In the light of present circumstances and based on the information provided by the government, Blesma has cancelled this event
About the Event
Be part of Blesma’s sky diving team. After taking part in the Wind tunnel Taster selection process based in the UK, the team will spend a fortnight in California learning to Solo Free Fall. Members chosen to take part will receive ground school instruction before flying out to Lake Elsinore in California. We will support your mission to become a skydivers, gaining an A licence that will enable you to jump anywhere in the world- opening up new adventures and possibilities. If you are looking for an unforgettable experience that will challenge you whilst providing you with a respected qualification, then this it the expedition for you!
(Please note the dates for this expedition have changed slightly to 30 April – 17 May)
- Lean how to solo free fall.
- Be part of Blesma's skydiving team.
- You will need to pass a British Parachute Association medical and go through basic testing on a training weekend to ensure you can operate skydiving equipment.
- You must be able to enter the USA. You will need to pass a British Parachute Association medical and go through basic testing on a training weekend to ensure you can operate Sky Diving equipment. Members must be under 14 stone and 40 years of age. There is some scope for over 40’s however you must be reasonably fit.
- What will I gain from the trip?
The aim of the trip is to train Blesma members to gain their Skydiving A License, which is the basic entry level into the sport of free-fall sky-diving regulated by the BPA.
- What documentation will I need to enter the USA?
Members must have an in-date ESTA and a valid passport.
- What else will I need for the trip?
You will need the following:
- A BPA Medical form F114A, stamped by a doctor.
- 2 x passport photos to send off for your license
- A Valid Passport.
- Will it cost me to attend?
Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.
- What is the selection process?
The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.
- How much notice will I be given?
Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase. If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.
- How does the reserve list work?
Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).
- I have never been on a Blesma activity?
Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.
- Who will lead the activity?
Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.
- Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?
We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.
“Not only is this trip a great way of catching up with the ‘lads’ and sharing stories, it is also a soldier’s way of mental healing. The blokes might not even know they are doing it!”Matt Kingston
“All the guys overcame their individual problems. Whether it was instability in the air, finding new ways of exiting the plane or simply dealing with fear, we all qualified. We could not have achieved what we did without the help of the instructors. Their patience and expertise helped us all remain safe, get stable and most importantly- fly!”
For more information please contact the Activities Team
Tel: 0208 548 7094