Cal Lesser - AFF May 2006
haven't learnt anywhere else, but I wouldn't want to. Freefall
Addicts are at an active, small, so very friendly DZ, and
it's clear from the way the competition Pro's there interact
with Barry, that he's hugely respected as an expert in this
field. They were the leading lights of other schools before
and have much more new (and often replaced) kit than other
schools, because of Barry's expertise in the sport. But the
reason I'd recommend them is Barry's awesome teaching which
makes being terrified a pleasure, and Lamorna's fun and enthusiasm.
They are young and in touch and made it such a fun and easy
time. I made faster progress than folks at other schools,
despite my incompetence, and ended with the qualifications-
but also new friends in the sport. Awesome place to learn,
especially if you're on your own.
Kirsty Baldus - AFF May 2006
really enjoyed doing the course out there with you guys. Thought
the apartment was great - think the whole idea of the shared
house is really good especially for a beginner as it puts
you more at ease at the DZ as you know people! I really enjoyed
doing the course and felt I was totally prepared for each
jump that I did. Plus the little things like having the instructors
and student in FFA jumpsuits helped as it means you dont feel
like you stand out and feel like an outsider!!! which is important
in a place full of skydivers when you have never done it before!!
Again the friendliness of everyone and the social side was
great - having a few beers with everyone again means that
not only do you have a good time but you feel more comfortable
doing the course in the day!
Matt Coughlan - FS1 March 2006
was great getting back out to to train with you some more
. Loving the new FFA apartment :) I was made to feel welcome
from the start, with Barry & Lamorna coming to the airport
so I could follow themback to the pad!
to Mike's coaching and the high altitudes/freefall times you
get at Skydive Spain, my course wasplain sailing. FFA is in
touch with the needs of the modern skydiver, not a frap hat
in site! Great new gear and new ideas....Thanks once again!!!
Ian Waites Canopy CH1 and CH2 May 2006
AFF and FS1, it seemed logical to think about improving my
canopy skills. Considering the time spent under canopy far
outweighs the time in freefall, I wanted to make sure I was
enjoying the ride, instead of just opening and landing. Secondly,
I felt that the canopy ride had become the least considered
element of my dives, and as such, the most unsafe. On my second
attempt at landing in the 'pro landing zone' at a previous
DZ, the swarm of instructors headed by the pilot to dish out
my bollocking, convinced me that my canopy skills needed some
10 jumps, ground school, and various briefings and video debriefings,
I was an infinitely more capable pilot, and enjoying the canopy
ride so much more that I've been pulling at 6K for many of
the jumps since just to extend the ride. Not to mention the
fact that I have my CH1 and CH2 completed now- a goal I was
finding difficult to achieve in the UK thanks to the weather,
busy dropzones and large, old, ever-changing canopies.
is a beautiful city, especially from 15000ft, and I felt welcomed
and well looked after by the Addicts. Thanks guys.
Keith Bates FS1 April 2006
throws themselves out of a perfectly stable airplane? This
was the question I pondered as I arrived in Spain to go
skydiving for the second time. This time to get my FS1 qualification.
To cut a long story short, I had a fantastic week jumping
and meeting new people. Even though I was not staying in
the apartment, I was still welcomed there in the evenings
so I at least had a bit of company! The course itself was
fantastic- jumping with other people is far more fun, and
I'm sorry again to my instructor Mike who
I almost managed to wipe out on the 'dive to pin'. But no
matter what you do in the air, I've found that it's more
than that. Skydiving is the whole experience- the pre-flight
jitters, the smell of the aircraft fuel in the hot air,
the blast of air from the engines as it attempts to prevent
you from boarding almost in recognition of your folly, slipping
off your seat if you're near the door, the pre-jump high
fives- grinning madly at people and pretending to be relaxed
while in fact you feel anything but happy and calm!
The tummy jerk as the plane levels and the door slides open
greeting you with a blast of cold air- remember not to look
down, ready in the door- don't think about it- just do it,
then....empty space....that wonderful feeling of falling
and the whole sky is now your playground. Complete freedom
and nothing like it in the world. If you haven't tried it
then get over to Spain at the next opportunity!
came out to do my AFF course and 10 consols in April and had
a fantastic time. Lamorna was a great teacher for ground school
and Mike and Barry were fantastic AFF instructors combining
first class training with a bit of well needed humour! I went
from being a nervous wreck on my first few levels to loving
it and now can't wait to get back in the air! The drop zone
is really friendly and we only had about 6 hours of bad weather
in 2 weeks. I would thoroughly recommend freefall addicts
to anyone and I will be going back for more as soon as I can
afford my FS1!
Paul Naylor - 29 jumps in 13 days!
team at Freefall Addicts have made it possible for me to achieve
my Life Time's Ambition, to learn to skydive.
to the skills, patience and professionalism of my Instructor
Luci Boella I am now able to just ' throw on a Rig ' jump
in an aircraft and do the business from 13 Grand anywhere
in the World.If that aint the best thing ever I don't know
training that I received on my AFF course
left me totally prepared for that first leap into the 'unknown'.
Although there was a little voice in my head saying ' this
aint normal mate ' I bit the bullit and off I went. Trusting
my instructor,applying what I'd learned in ground school and
having faith in the kit on my back meant that I was able to
complete my AFF in just over 2 days and go on to do twenty
nine jumps in my time at Sky Dive Lillo.
counting the days until I return in September when I'll be
doing my FS1.I don't know who the 'lucky' instructor is gonna
be but Hey Dude, I'm coming back for more.
found everyone involved in the Free Fall Addicts team to always
be happy to answer my questions and point me in the right
direction.From finding the Best restaurant in town to real
good advice and assistance regarding the pro's and con's of
buying your first Rig.
Oh ye, and if you want to make a movie, Mike' Worthington's
your man !
pool was great on those really hot day's and I'll deffo be
checking out those ew Dune Buggies next time.
you' ve always wanted to sky dive, then these guys get my
Go for it......
Keith Fenech - AFF graduate from Malta
AFF course was a great experience and glad I've done it with
you guys cause I got to meet some very interesting people.
Apart from the friendly instructors, the family like atmosphere
on the dropzone is one thing that will make me choose Lillo
from other dropzones.
and Pablo are great just like all other instructors I met
on the DZ. Stephan gave me some very serious training and
he showed me he meant business when it comes to skydiving
training. Pablo (my secondary instructor) is quite good at
putting students at ease and forget their somewhat nervous
feelings on the first jumps. I also got to interact with Lucy
quite a lot and overall I think the friendly instructors at
Lillo are the strongest point that the Dropzone has to offer.
Joel Gluth - An Australian living in England!
first went to Skydive Lillo because, after much research,
it seemed as though their AFF school was one of the best in
Europe. I'd never been to Spain before, and jumped at the
chance (sorry) to soak up the atmosphere of a small Spanish
town while I learned to skydive. I wasn't disappointed on
either count: during the week I spent there, there was no
shortage of local flavour even on the dropzone, and the quality
of the instruction was superb.
Lillo is so student-centred, there are always people around
going through exactly the same stuff as you while you learn.
Some places can be a bit intimidating when you're a new skydiver,
but at Lillo the opposite is true: you don't need to look
far to find encouragement, advice, or just a few drinking
buddies who're just as excited and wide-eyed about the whole
thing as you are.
go back to Lillo to jump for a lot of reasons. I like the
chilled attitude of the resident legendary skydivers. And
I just keep making friends there, some of whom I'll run into
again real soon, either jumping in the UK, or at one of FFA's
you at the Christmas pig roast ;)
very good - comfortable and clean and, if i'm totally honest,
much nicer than i was expecting. I had the big bedroom with
the balcony, and it was lovely sitting up there with a cup
of tea early in the morning and watching the sun rise. very
calming, and a great start to the day.
school, levels and briefings/debriefings: all clear, concise
I cannot speak too highly of marcus. He did his best to instil
confidence in me, and i trusted him implicitly.
opinion: What a great bunch of people. each one was delightful
in their own way - warm, friendly, and easy to talk to. Maybe
it's the nature of the sport, but I certainly don't come across
can I say about my time spent doing an AFF course
with Barry and the lads from Freefall Addicts?
honestly don’t think I can put it into words. One minute
I was carrying on as normal in England, stressing out about
meeting deadlines.The very next I was throwing myself out
of a plane door 12.5k ft above Spanish vineyards!It was awesome!
the moment I arrived I was made to feel welcome and at ease.
My instructor Luci gave me sound advice and support; from
ground school right through to my hop and pop, thank you.
Each member of the team was always more than willing to answer
questions I had and offer their experience throughout my stay,
I enjoyed every moment and would jump at the chance to go
wasn't until after two days of intensive jumping (15 jumps)
that I had a chance to reflect on what I'd done. I had a massive
smile on my face all the way back to the UK and am now planning
how I can finance my way forward in this sport".
finished levels 3 to 8 and 10 consol jumps in 2 days thanks
to the blue skies!
had a great time! The most amazing experience ever! I've been
wanting to do this for the last ten years and finally got
was pretty damn nervous at first but Marcus is an excellent
instructor and quickly put my mind at ease. The AFF course
means you are never overloaded with too much information and
each jump you learn some new stuff until you're jumping out
on own! The consolidation jumps are really where I started
relaxing though and practicing different skills during freefall
and the instructors are always around to give you a few ideas
of things to try or to help if you are finding something difficult.
drop zone is very friendly and chilled place and I met some
great people there. Hopefully I'll be back soon to do my FS1
let me say that I had a great time in the week I spent with
the freefalladdicts, I only wish i'd stayed longer! Very tempted
to jump on a plane right now! All the staff at the dropzone
were very friendly and helpful, each using their enthusiasm
for skydiving to encourage and teach us. Luci my instructor,
was great! Especially when I couldn't get out of the plane
and contemplated giving up skydiving (!) I've a lot to thank
her for as ive gone from being very nervous in the plane and
dreading the skydive, to actually sitting calmly in the plane
listening to music and looking forward to the jump. Most of
all im having FUN !
talking to the instructors, Barry, yourself, the packers,
and other students i've learnt a great deal in 1 week. Everyone
seems to really enjoy what they are doing and want others
to enjoy it too.
hoping to return to Lillo in either January or April 2006
to do the FS1 course, and also go to the tunnel trip in november.
David Bentley - Sports editor of Newspost
is an editor of local newspapers and sports publications across
the north of England.
recently travelled to Spain to skydive with Freefall Addicts
and I loved every minute of it. I haven't thought of much
else since to be honest!
The Freefall Addicts team were incredibly professional, great
fun to be around and inspired confidence among all of the
students who were training with them. Must be all that adrenalin.
Despite being a freakishly tall Charlie Sheen-lookalike Mike
Worthington was worth his weight in gold, taking me through
the ground school and later levels. Whenever I was unsure
of a procedure, body position or piece of equipment we went
back over the drills until I was totally confident and ready
to go. It's all good!
007 Barry Maple's top tips always came in handy and the guy's
basically the ultimate teacher. In the debrief after each
skydive I got massive amounts of feedback and always felt
really positive even if something hadn't gone to plan.
The team make you feel like they're only there to skydive
with you – it isn't a job to them it's a way of life
and it was one of the best weeks I've had in years. Despite
looking an idiot in those goggles...
In freefall your perception and vision increases with every
jump and you start to see more of the world, instead of just
Barry's hand waving in front of your face.
The weather was clear blue skies and warm temperatures almost
the whole time and some of the students were getting in eight
and nine jumps a day, almost unheard of back in the UK. Barry
and Mike are well backed up by Lamorna and Mel, who keep things
running behind the scenes and get you back up in the sky with
The trip to the dropzone couldn't have been easier –
a cheap flight from Liverpool and a short car ride down a
Spanish motorway to reach Lillo. Sorted.
can't fault these guys – get your ass to Spain and jump.
arrived at Lillo without complication, and I’d only
been there just over an hour when they started giving me free
beer and free food from the BBQ!
Perfect start to a Perfect Holiday :)
The instructors and equipment are both 1st class, and I felt
like a part of the action right from the start.
I can’t believe I’m here now leaving this feedback,
I’ve been there and done it, and I’ll be back
to do it some more with the all of the other University of
back jumping at the North West Parachute Centre in the UK.
I got my BPA membership sorted in a matter of days, and now
I’m just waiting for a gap in the clouds :)
to everyone at Lillo, you’re fantastic!
Graham Read - November wind tunnel trip
Just a quick e-mail to thank and congratulate you on an excellently
organised and executed event at Bodyflight over the weekend.
It was without doubt the best experience I've had with Freefall
Addicts / FFU, a job well done!
Wendy also sends her profound thanks, she was quite nervous
to begin with but I think you'll agree made incredible progress
for a non-skydiver.
I hope you'll run another visit to the tunnel soon, hopefully
some time early in the New Year? Please count on our support
if you do!
Ken Willis - Bodyflight master!
a way to spend a Friday night - indoor skydiving! From my
desk in central London to wind in my hair (okay not strictly
true as the helmet and goggles stopped that, not to mention
my actual lack of hair!) in less than two hours and using
public transport - was surprised how close and easy to get
to Bodyflight Bedford was.
amazed at how much progress I made - from only 8 previous
skydives (and some might say not a great deal of control!)
after 20 minutes of tunnel time I was actually in control
(okay getting out the door wasn't the most elegant!), rotating
and moving back/forth/up/down and without really thinking
about which arms/legs to move - how cool is that.
two instructors (who spookily just manage to stand there while
you are flying!) were great - and their subtle hints really
made a difference.
thanks to Mike 'it's all good' W (and of course Lamorna!)
my, and everyone else's, best efforts to get me through my
AFF first time around last August, I found Level 5 impossible
to achieve and finally called it a day. However, the Freefall
Addicts weekend at Bedford wind tunnel last November was a
lot of fun and obviously did the trick. Five days at Seville
with Barry, Lamorna and Mike was enough to get me through
the remaining levels and do a couple of solos with time in
is the achievement of a life ambition, and I am just thrilled.
And it makes it even better that everyone else involved, including
other students but particularly Barry, Lamorna and Mike, are
also thrilled for me. It really felt that we were all working
together, and as I succeeded, so did they.
a great holiday: all of us living in the apartment together
worked really well - intense, but good fun and interesting
too. No chance of anyone not making friends, the common interest
is far too overwhelming! Great coffee and good food at the
DZ. No chance of time hanging heavy.
am really looking forward to my next visit - soon, I hope.
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