Our Team

  F#?@ing awesome!!! Staff were friendly and informative. They didn’t leave any questions to be asked! Very safe and professional – PLUS they take you to 15k ft! ...

Lisa, Canadavia rankers.co.nz

Jelle

Ground Crew

Jelle has been with TTS since January 2013 and has done 120 skydives.

Where are you from?
Maastricht, Netherlands

What do you do on your days off?
Skydriving

What do you love most about Taupo?
The lake

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Astronaut

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Giraffe


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
John Frusciante - I'd ask nothing, just let him play guitar

What is the meaning of life?
42???

Sam

Pilot

Sam has been with TTS since early 2013. He has 0 skydives under his belt and counting.

Where are you from?
Wellington

What do you do on your days off?
Mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, skydriving

What do you love most about Taupo?
It's such a big little city

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A bus driver

If you were an animal, what would you be?
An eagle


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Jelle - how can I be more like you?

What is the meaning of life?
My formula for life is very simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between I occupy myself as best I can.

Houmi

Ground Crew

Houmi has been with TTS since May 2014 and has done 3 skydives.

Where are you from?
England

What do you do on your days off?
Exercise, chill, have fun

What do you love most about Taupo?
The people, fun stuff

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Tandem Master

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Lion


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
I'd ask myself in one year

What is the meaning of life?
Happiness

Scott

Packer & Ground Crew

Scott has been with TTS since December 2013 and has done 380 skydives.

Where are you from?
Warwickshire, United Kingdom

What do you do on your days off?
Sport jump and weigh my food. Sometimes I shave my legs.

What do you love most about Taupo?
I love how in Taupo you can pretty much do anything, from skydive, waterski, ski, swim and jet boat.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Well I wanted to be a fighter pilot but I realise now that that will never happen, so I'm still undecided.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A lion, sleep all day...


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Buzz Aldrin, tell me the truth about the moon landing

What is the meaning of life?
24?

Hamish

Boss Man, Pilot & Tandem Master

Hamish has done 13,500 skydives and has been with TTS since the dawn of time!

Sam

Ground Crew & Bus Driver Extraordinaire

Sam has been with TTS since December 2013 and has done 3 skydives.

Where are you from?
United Kingdom of Great Britain

What do you do on your days off?
Climbing, go for walks and river floating

What do you love most about Taupo?
That it's small and friendly but most of the things you want to do you can do

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don't think I'll ever grow up...

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I am an animal!


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Scarlett Johansson... "Want to go for a meal, drinks and maybe breakfast?"

What is the meaning of life?
42

Mikey

Tandem Master & Freefall Cameraman

Mikey has done 11,000 skydives. Mikey is really excited to be a new dad!

Marc

Ground Crew & Video Editor

Marc has been with TTS since September 2013 and has done 2 tandem skydives.

Where are you from?
London

What do you do on your days off?
I'm a waterbaby me, so you'll either find me in the lake doing some bombs or at the hot pools sipping on a beverage

What do you love most about Taupo?
Its natural beauty and the ability to actually breathe fresh air, ha!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An older version of myself

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A dog, I like being patted


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Myself as a wee lad, so I could correct my wrongs

What is the meaning of life?
Happiness and a bit of fun all round

Albert

Tandem Master

Albert has been with TTS since December 2005 and has done 14,000 skydives.

Where are you from?
Germany.

What do you do on your days off?
Camping and fishing.

What do you love most about Taupo?
The lake and lifestyle.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'll tell you should it ever happen.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
An eagle.

If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Albert Einstein - Who is your hairdresser?

What is the meaning of life?
Peace, joy, and pancake.

Brad

Tandem Master & Drop Zone Safety Officer

Brad has done 14,000 skydives. Mulit-talented Brad manages the TTS drop zone, pilots the plane, and is a licensed Learn to Skydive instructor.  What does he do best?  He makes a mean beef biltong!

Geoff

AFF Director & Instructor

Geoff has done 1 MILLION skydives!?

Geoff manages the Learn to Skydive program in Taupo.  He has revolutionalised skydive insturction by creating an accelerated jump program, complete with with state of the art video feedback on every instructed skydive. If you want to learn from the best, check out our Learn to Skydive section.

Brendon

Chief Safety Officer

Brendon has done 14,000 skydives. Brendon has the important job of overseeing safety at the drop zone.  He has supposedly retired from skydiving, but word on the street is that he is going to start jumping again!

Rob

Freefall Cameraman

Rob has been with TTS since April 2009 and has done 1500 skydives.

Where are you from?
Brighton, England.

What do you do on your days off?
Skydive, ground launching, rigging parachute gear, chilling in the garden with a beer.

What do you love most about Taupo?
The mates I have here and the relaxed way of life...no worries.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don't want to grow up.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A bird, of course.


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Spartacus - Are those your sandals bro?

What is the meaning of life?
Live it!!!

Andy

Tandem Master & AFF Instructor

Andy has done 14,000 skydives.   This TTS legend has been with us longer than anyone can remember.  He is an accomplished cameraman, skydiver and Learn to Skydive instructor.  And a nice guy to boot!

Elad

Tandem Master & Safety Officer

Elad has been with TTS since 2003 and has done 14,000 skydives.

Where are you from?
Eilat, Israel.

What do you do on your days off?
Spend time with my two kids and wife.

What do you love most about Taupo?
The quietness.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Alive.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A parrot.

If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Zohan - Do you have any fizzy babblach?

What is the meaning of life?
69.

Freddy

Tandem Master

Freddy has done 20,000 skydives! Freddy has been skydiving since he was 5 (or so it seems).  He splits his time between New Zealand and Austria, where he runs his own tandem operation.  

Joel

Tandem Master & Freefall Cameraman

Joel has been with TTS since 2004 and has done 5,500 skydives.

Where are you from?
After being a travelling bus baby, I settled in the centre of the North Island.

What do you do on your days off?
Film some stuff. Build some stuff. Fix some stuff. Break some stuff.

What do you love most about Taupo?
Lake and river adventures.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A film director.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Spider monkey with wings.


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
God - How fun was it to create the universe?

What is the meaning of life?
Still figuring that out.

 

Ryan

Freefall Cameraman

Ryan has been with TTS since 2009 and has done 500 skydives.

Where are you from?
Nelson, NZ. Go there, it's mean as.

What do you do on your days off?
Stalk some deer, skate some bowls at the mountain when it's cold, bang on the drums or guitar when the weather is toes.

What do you love most about Taupo?
It has all the above.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Making films can be fun.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Probably a lion.

If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
William Wallace. It was just a great time for gingers. I'd get him over for some call of duty and a cheeseburger.

What is the meaning of life?
It was 42, wasn't it?

Leski

Tandem Master & Freefall Cameraman

Leski has been with TTS since June 2006 and has done 2,000 skydives.

Where are you from?
France.

What do you do on your days off?
Depends.

What do you love most about Taupo?
Depends on the weather.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Haven't grown up yet, have I?!!

If you were an animal, what would you be?
One that can't be caught by humans.


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Serge Gainsbourg - What do you want to drink?

What is the meaning of life?
Having fun is a good one to start with.

Holly

Sales & Marketing Manager

Holly has been with TTS since February 2012 and has done 2 tandem skydives. Where are you from? Rotorua What do you do on your days off? Go snowboarding, mountain biking and bake! What do you love most about Taupo? It's so pretty, and there's so much to do. What do you want to be when you grow up? A writer If you were an animal, what would you be? An otter If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person? Marian Keyes - write another book! What is the meaning of life? To be happy!

Liam

Tandem Master & Freefall Cameraman

Liam has been with TTS since 2006 and has done 3,500 skydives.

Where are you from?
Britain.

What do you do on your days off?
Skydive.

What do you love most about Taupo?
The lake.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Don't care, I just don't want to wear pants.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Donald Duck (he doesn't wear pants).


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
Brad Rock - Did you  make my risers yet?

What is the meaning of life?
42.

Dewi

Office Manager

Dewi has been with TTS since November 2011 and has done one skydive.

Where are you from?
Brighton, UK.

What do you do on your days off?
Mountain biking and trying not to get sunburned.

What do you love most about Taupo?
My hostel - free coffee.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A lumberjack, leaping from tree to tree with ma best gal by my side.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A duck.


If you could meet anyone from past or present, who would it be and what would you ask that person?
The Beegees - Is there any point?

What is the meaning of life?
26 x 2 - (2 x 5).