Parachute Association of South Africa

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The Parachute Association of South Africa (PASA) manages the sports of parachuting and skydiving in South Africa on behalf of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

Mission statement[edit]

To foster, develop and facilitate sport parachuting, in all its facets, within South Africa, in the safest and most progressive manner, on behalf of its members.[1]

Organisation[edit]

The structure of PASA consists of a Management Council and two subsidiary associations, namely the Association of Drop Zone Operators (ADZO) and the Sport Skydivers Association (SSA).

All affiliated Drop Zone Operations have a seat on the ADZO board. The duties and responsibilities of ADZO include, inter alia:

  • To ensure the safe conduct of all parachuting activities at all affiliated Drop Zones.
  • To ensure that all instruction performed by affiliated DZ Operations by way of first jump courses, using static-line, AFF or tandem methods, and the progression thereafter, conforms with internationally accepted safety standards and norms.
  • To train and develop staff with the necessary skills and knowledge required to implement the safety standards and progression.
  • To maintain the uniformity of minimum safety standards amongst all the affiliated DZ operations. To ensure that the Manual of *Procedures (MOPs) remains current and complies with the latest operating procedures. To abide by the constitution.
  • To facilitate communication amongst its members and with the authorities in regard to safety issues and developments.

The Sport Skydivers Association consists of committees for each one of the FAI recognised disciplines, and for Wing Suiting, a Judges Committee and three Non-Executive Directors. These committees are tasked with organising and promoting their respective disciplines within South Africa by:

  • Organising and holding regional and national championships.
  • Selection and support of National teams/representatives to represent South Africa at International Championships.
  • Organising and holding seminars and training camps to improve the standards of participation within each discipline, whether at a junior, intermediate or senior level, both locally and abroad.
  • Keeping up to date with, and disseminating to all members, information relating to new techniques and practices which may improve standards of performance within each respective discipline.

Affiliated Clubs[edit]

  • Aerial FX - Show Jump Operation
  • Bloemfontein Skydiving Centre - Student Operation
  • Durban Skydive Centre - Student Operation
  • EP Skydivers - Student Operation
  • Icarus Skydiving School - Show Jump Operation
  • Johannesburg Skydiving Club - Student Operation
  • Potchefstroom Skydivers - Non-Student Operation
  • Pretoria Defence Parachute Club - Student Operation
  • Pretoria Skydiving Club Student - Operation
  • Rustenburg SkyDiving Club, operating out of Rustenburg Airfield is frequented by sports skydivers of all skydiving disciplines as well as a popular skydive training facility that offers tandem skydiving, Accelerated Freefall (AFF) and static line courses.[2]
  • Skydive Cape Town - Student Operation
  • Skydive Mossel Bay - Student Operation
  • Skydive Oudtshoorn - Student Operation
  • Skydive Plettenberg Bay - Student Operation
  • Skydive Port Elizabeth - Student Operation

Skydive Port Elizabeth provides facilities for all skydiving disciplines and all levels of experience viz. tandem skydiving, static line and (AFF) Accelerated Freefall student training

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