Seminars

Skydive the Expo will feature a full day of free to attend seminars and educational talks.

From progressing in our sport, to talks from some of the leading manufacturers, there’s something for everyone.

Full details of the available seminars will be added below as they are confirmed.

The BPA reserves the right to amend, change, or cancel seminars at any time.

Mission Impossible

Ray Armstrong @ Alan Hewitt
Stunt Coordinators

Giving some insight into the cloaked world of the film industry. Showing the demands and rewards when working on technically demanding Hollywood Blockbusters with seemingly impossible story lines, to resource limited Commercials looking for a touch of reality in surreal environments.
Give us a call, we’ll come up with something.

In this talk you’ll here some of our secrets from behind the cameras, including our recent work on the latest Mission Impossible film.

About the speakers
Ray and Alan have worked on a great number of media projects over the years, building up a huge amount of experience in the industry.

Bringing together their decades of skydiving and film work, they’ve become the go-to people when the industry need someone jumping out of a plane.

The evolution of Freefly

Paul Capsey

The talk looks at how Freefly has evolved over the years from its conception in the mid 80s, with a look at how wind tunnels are creating a less dynamic generation of Freeflyers. Paul will also be taking a look at some of the mind blowing Freefly from the 90s & 00s that surpass what people are doing today.

About the speaker
Paul has been a full time Freefly coach since 2010 and now has over 3500 skydives, working as an AFF instructor.
In 2015 as cameraman for Freefly team Euphoria, along with David Pacey & Sean Freeman, he won a Bronze medal in both the World Cup and the World Air Games in Dubai in Freefly Artistics. He is also is a Freefly National Judge.

Going beyond Stratos and StratEx: Skydiving and human space exploration

Professor Anu Ojha, OBE
Director (National Space Academy)

In October 2012, Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier in a supersonic stratospheric skydive seen live by millions online around the world, only to see his record shattered two years later in low-key style by Alan Eustace.

But what further developments have there been in stratospheric skydive programmes? How is parachuting and skydiving integrated into the astronaut and cosmonaut training programmes of National space agencies? And will there ever be a time when BPA members could themselves experience the space environment through a jump from the “edge of space”?

About the speaker
Anu Ojha is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme, a Director of the UK National Space Centre (the UK’s largest visitor centre for space science and astronomy) and in 2018 was appointed to STFC Council – the UK’s Research Council responsible for national and international facilities and programmes in particle physics, nuclear physics and astronomy/space science.

He is also a member of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC) – the senior advisory body to ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration on all matters concerning scientific exploitation of human spaceflight, microgravity and exploration programmes. He has been jumping since 2000 and was involved as an independent science analyst for Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos stratospheric jump programme.

Choosing the right canopy

Albert Berchtold
Marketing Manager, Performance Designs

Selecting the right canopy for you can be a daunting task for anyone. Even tougher can be helping guide student, newer jumper, or peer in selecting their canopy. In this talk he’ll explore the important things to consider when making a canopy choice for yourself, or advising others.

About the speaker
With 20 years in the sport and 12 years at Performance Designs, Albert has devoted his life to learning and teaching others about parachutes and the joy of canopy flight.

He is on the USPA Board of Directors, a member of the US Canopy Piloting team, organiser of the Florida Canopy Piloting League (FLCPA), and an Honorary Golden Knight.

The future sport of Drone Racing

Richard Rowland & Leo Whitfield
BFPVRA Committee member / British Champion 2018

This seminar will give you an inside view into the upcoming sport of Drone Racing from the perspective of a top level racer and a National event organiser. Find out about the successes, failures and challenges faced as drone racing grows, what the future entails, as well the technological advances in drone equipment.

About the speakers
Richard has been involved with drones since 2011 and part of the racing scene since it started in 2015. Creating the UK Drone Racing League and Calendar has helped the UK racing scene grow and develop from the grassroots level all the way up to National competition.

In 2017 Richard was elected onto the committee of the British FPV Racing Association where he still holds a position now.

Leo started flying drones aged 14 having found his way into the hobby through YouTube videos. Now at 19 he is the current British National champion, and was the 2017 Danish National champion, his journey into drone racing has taken him across the world as he competes in races.

HAHO to rocket boots – Skydiving on TV

Andy Torbet
TV Presenter

Andy will be talking about his career, looking at the way he has combined his work as a television presenter, with his passion for Skydiving.

About the speaker
Although Andy’s jumping career started in the Armed Forces he was a very new sport skydiver when the BBC asked him to perform a HAHO jump over the Arizona Desert. From this his passion for skydiving blossomed and he went on to generate films on the sport, including wingsuiting and speed skydiving, for the general public on programmes such as BBC1’s The One Show and his own Children’s BBC series Beyond Bionic. The latter saw him pitting himself against the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal in the world, which involved strapping prototype jet engine to his legs.
He even has plans to play a game of real Quidditch in 2019…

Skydiving Fit? Isn’t it just falling out of a plane?

NFTO
4 Way British Champions

Members of NFTO will be presenting a ‘behind the scenes’ look at fitness and diet for skydiving, with a focus on team training and competition. Speakers will include Vana Parker, Sian Stokes, Catherine Anderson and Simon Brentford.

About the speakers
NFTO are the current 4 way British Champions, Female World Silver Medal holders and Female Indoor World Cup Champions.

The Freefall Camera Project

David Alatorre & Peter Storey
Research fellow in robotics / Applications engineer

The Freefall Camera is the world’s first skydiving robot, designed to autonomously film skydivers in freefall. The robot uses a variety of control surfaces and sensors to change its relative position and terminal velocity. Since their presentation at Skydive the Expo 2015, they have completely redesigned the robot to make it lighter and safer, and completed live tests from a plane. In this talk David and Peter will discuss the latest developments, show the first ever ‘Robot Relative Work’ footage, and give you a glimpse at what’s next.

About the speakers
Peter Storey is an Applications Engineer working in the Autodesk Technology Centre in Birmingham. His job involves pushing Autodesk’s design and manufacturing software to the limits, with projects involving 3D printers, CNC machines and robotic arms. Peter graduated from The University of Nottingham with a first class MEng in Mechanical Engineering and has been skydiving for 6 years.

David Alatorre is a Research Fellow at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in The University of Nottingham. His research focus is on novel position and force control strategies for in-situ repair continuum robots. David received a first class MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics from The University of Nottingham in 2015 and is currently finishing his PhD in Robotics. He has been skydiving since 2011.

Critical Communication: adding value to your coaching skills.

Chris Shaw

Coaches and Instructors – how much of your time, energy and effort that you spend with your clients (students) are ineffective?

Did you know communication with your clients is probably only 30% effective at best?

This seminar is for coaches and instructors looking to find additional ways to deliver the best value possible to clients, by increasing your ability to get your briefings across, without radically changing your own style of coaching or instructing.

Whilst primarily aimed at coaches and instructors, this seminar is also valuable to anyone who has a need to effectively get a message across, to an audience, in a personal or professional capacity.

About the speaker
Chris has been involved in coaching and instructing over many years. Initially in the corporate world, developing teams and individuals to realise their full potential and more recently working more in coaching and instructing through his Sky Skills skydiving business.

Chris has been intrigued by what makes effective communications and also what doesn’t: why is it some coaches/instructors/teachers connect with their clients and others struggle to do so? To find out why this happens, Chris has studied many aspects of communication, interaction and learning and employs them in his current coaching business where he not only coaches skydivers but also senior (Director/C-Suite) managers in the business world.

Indoor Skydiving – Olympic dreams and beyond

Marc Fletcher
British Indoor Skydiving Association

A journey exploring the evolution of indoor skydiving as it’s own sport, the growth of indoor competitions, recent GB excellence, Olympic hopes and an introduction to the British Indoor Skydiving Association.

About the speaker
Marc started skydiving 15 years ago as a university undergraduate. He’s been doing it ever since and now as an AFF instructor and coach has over 3000 jumps. He first seriously started flying in wind tunnels as part of the original Bodyflight project in 2006. During his extended time at University Marc was BCPA chairman for 2 years introducing the dedicated achievement and competition structure that is still in use today.

Since then he has represented GB many times at the World level both in and out doors and is currently competing on ACM Weembi, a dedicated tunnel team. Marc was a BPA council member in 2013 and now a founding member of the British Indoor Skydiving Association.

Packing your parachute. What (not) to do.

Hans van Marrewijk
European Marketing Representative – Performance Designs

Hans has more than just a little bit of experience packing parachutes, and with all those pack jobs, he’s learned a thing or two.

In this seminar, you’ll hear some tips and tricks to make your packing more enjoyable along with some myth busting about packing techniques and (bad) habits.

Hans will also cover safety and safety issues and talk about the influence some components of your equipment can have on your canopy and its opening.

About the speaker
Hans is the European Marketing Representative for Performance Designs and has made over 22,000 jumps. He started skydiving back in 1994, started working in the sport in ’98 and joined PD in 2014.

Is CRW cool again?

Wes Guest & Simon Perry
Team VelociWraptors 2 Way CF

2018 2 way CF national champions and theoretical stunt team, VelociWraptors, embark upon a 50 minute journey to not only make you want to try CRW but, convince you that CRW is cool again. They’ll take a look at the golden days of CRW to the latest CRW/XRW hybrid jumps, and the competition scene to prove that fashion has gone full circle and the cool kids do CRW again. On top of all that, they’ll be telling you how you can get involved.

About the speakers
Growing up on the DZ at Dunkeswell, Wes has spent his whole life in skydiving. After previously winning junior categories in 8 & 4 way FS he ran out of friends and had to take up 2 way CF. When not competing Wes can be found dedicating his time to coaching his younger brother Dan Guest in Freestyle.

Simon has been skydiving since 2011 after starting with the BCPA. His primary focus was formation skydiving, winning various competitions with his team Tyranno4us. He has spent the last two years getting into Canopy Formation. He has competed with varying success in 2 and 4way, and is looking forward to continued and greater CF challenges with VelociWraptors and abroad for a bigger 2019!

Speed skydiving

Matthew Black

In this seminar, Matt will be covering the Speed skydiving requirements and fundamentals, along with a bit of myth busting, and discussing his thoughts on the Future of the Speed skydiving.

About the speaker
Matt was inspired to try skydiving after seeing the Red Devils at a display on the Isle of Wight at the tender age of 14. He started jumping in August 1991 at the age 18 at Ipswich Parachute Centre.

As his career progressed, he jumped camera for many 4-way teams and bigway organisers, and was lucky enough to see the first Speed Skydiving competitions in the late nineties. After deciding that it was for him, he has now become the current UK Speed record holder.

Down for 50

Joel Strickland

Across the Summer of 2018, two freelance air sports athletes set out to be the first people to skydive in all fifty of the United States as part of a single unbroken trip.

Why did they do this, how did they do it and (most importantly) what did they learn?

Down For 50 is an adventure of epic scale – involving spectacular highs, life-threatening lows and many things in between. Built from equal measures ambition, experience, determination and foolishness. From the desert to the mountains and back again, from sea to shining sea.

About the speaker
Joel began skydiving in 2006 in Australia. After a few years living in New Zealand and with a couple of hundred skydives, he came back to the UK where I worked as a tunnel instructor for five years.

Along the way, he competed both indoors and outdoors – winning several gold medals and representing Great Britain at international level.

More recently he’s been living location independent – working as a professional skydiver and freelance journalist around the world.

Currently, he’s living in Berlin – working for the Hurricane Factory as their sport manager, instructor trainer and ‘skydiving ambassador’.

Canopy Piloting and Canopy Handling working group update

Mark Bayada

This talk will be about the high number of landing incidents we are currently having in the BPA and the different ways we are planning to tackle the problem, including a new system of training for both canopy piloting and canopy handling.We’ll also discuss the possibility of new regulations for type and size of canopy to be jumped, and how and when these changes will be implemented.

The aim of the talk will be to try to dispel any rumours and to get as much feedback as possible from the jumpers about how they feel they might be affected.

About the speaker
Mark started skydiving 26 years ago and in that time worked full time in the industry initially as a member of the Red Devils parachute display team and then as an instructor and chief instructor and pilot. He is a council member and has been an instructor examiner for 17 years assisting with several enquiries following incidents and working groups including the canopy working group that created the CH and CP system.

Following a number of serious landing incidents another working group has been formed, of which he is the chairman, to look into the problem and recommend any changes that might help reduce the number of incidents in the future.

XRW, then and now

Andy Ford
Infinite Skydiving Solutions

During this talk, Andy will take a look into the History of XRW (Wingsuit alongside Canopy Flight) and how some of our UK skydivers have taken up the challenge over the skies of Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

The world is your dropzone

Tom Noonan
UPT Tandem Program Director & USPA National Director

As skydiving continues to expand it’s global reach, more and more skydivers are able to see the world from above, unlocking views of the planet no one else will ever see. Whether you want to join an expedition currently available, or create your own extraordinary skydives somewhere else in the world, come listen to the ups and downs of skydiving in some of the world’s most remote locations.

About the speaker
Tom Noonan is the UPT Tandem Program Director and is also a National Director for USPA. He has been skydiving for 19 years and has made 7500 skydives. He has spent the last thirteen years working in the skydiving industry as a manufacturer trainer and educator.

It’s never too late

Dilys Price, OBE

This seminar covers the many incredible things Dilys has learned so far, in particular that life is for living. She’ll talk of starting in skydiving at the age of 54, how it changed her life, and how it led her to start a now successful charity.

About the speaker
Dilys started sky diving aged 54 and in 2013, at the age 8, she gained a Guinness World Record as the oldest woman skydiver. In 2014 she was awarded the Bold and Old Trophy by Royal Aeroclub of Great Britain, and of the eight recipients so far she was the first skydive.

Still skydiving in 2017, having broken her ankle in 3 places in 2015, she’s made 1139 skydives, until reluctantly in 2018, because of her health, now only makes tandem jumps.

She still works tirelessly for a kinder, compassionate world in which we show respect and love for each other and work for the higher good in any way we can.

The Skyhook

Kenneth Gajda
Rigging Department Manager, UPT

Full details coming soon.