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Gold Coast Skydivers Watch the City Grow

April 6, 2018 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

A Gold Coast skydiver has had a birds eye view of the city’s growth over the years while leaping out of planes.

Archie Jamieson didn’t just fall for Australia’s Gold Coast.

For more than 30 years he’s spent much of his time also falling onto it – albeit in a controlled way.

The veteran parachutist and owner of Gold Coast Skydive has made more than 15,000 jumps and reckons he has the best job in the world.

“Just think about it,” Mr Jamieson says.

“I take off in a little plane next to the big passenger jets at the Gold Coast’s international airport at Coolangatta. That’s an experience in itself.

“Then we y above this great city, jump out of that little plane, enjoy fantastic views on the way down and land on the beautiful sand at Kirra beach. Whether I’m skydiving solo or tandem, you can’t beat it.”

Not bad for someone who admits to a fear of heights.

“Yeah, that does seem a little odd, I suppose,” he says.

“Then again, skydiving does take the height issue out of the equation, at least once you exit the plane.”

Gold Coast Skydive is based at Kirra, where the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games beach volleyball is being held.

Mr Jamieson says he has witnessed the growth of the Gold Coast over the years with a bird’s eye view.

“I remember taking my rst jump over the Gold Coast and it was such a thrill, and such a different experience. I never thought I could be so scared and having so much fun at the same time,” he says.

“Over time, however, I’ve been able to really take in the expansion of the city below me.”

At the start there was just a strip of houses along the coast and the beginnings of development moving back from the beachfront, he says.

“The explosion of development since then, and the making of this city, have been remarkable. And the views of the ocean and sand never get old.”

As the Gold Coast has grown, so has interest in skydiving. At least part of the credit for that goes to a Hollywood lm, he believes.

“When Point Break came out in the early ’90s, it had a couple of good-looking blokes in it, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, and it had a lot of surng and some skydiving,” says Mr Jamieson.

“Within three months of its release, the tandem skydiving business increased exponentially, with many new coastal and beach drop zones opening up around the country. Hooray for Hollywood indeed.”

Gold Coast Skydive has operated since 1988, but it wasn’t until 2008 – when Mr Jamieson and his wife Samantha purchased the business and gained approval from City of Gold Coast to land on Kirra beach – that the company really started to thrive.

Gold Coast Skydive now has 20 staff, two aircraft, four buses and conducts about 6000 tandem jumps each year. In addition, Mr Jamieson and his team have conducted many high prole displays over the Gold Coast.

A qualied pilot, Mr Jamieson’s love of ying was passed down to him by his father, who ew Halifax bombers for the RAF during World War II. His brother is also a recreational pilot.

Mr Jamieson is also a competitive parachutist, recently teaming with his general manager, Alana Bertram, to earn a place on the Australian team to contest the 2018 FAI World Parachuting Championships on the Gold Coast from October 6-13.

This will be the third time he has represented his country at a world championships.

“Alana and I will be competing in an event called artistic freestyle,” he says.

“It’s an entirely different discipline, like aerial gymnastics. We can’t wait to represent our home city and country in our home skies.”

To learn more about Gold Coast Skydive, visit www.goldcoastskydive.com.au

To learn more about the 2018 FAI World Parachuting Championships, visit www.apf.com.au

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