While South Africa has a year-round skydiving season due to our superior weather, traditionally, the first day of spring on 1 September, marks the official start of the jumping season for skydivers around the world.
“Already more than one hundred locals have signed up for our recently announced post-lock down ‘3.5 km Social Distancing Special’,” says Mike Rumble, Drop Zone Operator of Mother City SkyDiving, Cape Town. “Since we are a niche activity, this is evidence of a popular groundswell.”
Rumble’s experience is buttressed by research undertaken by a leading German travel booking company called Tourlane which revealed South Africa as the most favoured post-COVID-19 destination.
“The start of jumping season also coincidentally overlaps the timeframe that The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is lobbying for a phased re-introduction of international inbound tourism," explains Rumble.
He and his team firmly believe that local and international visitors can be safely accommodated much earlier and they look forward to getting the go-ahead to resume operations and get back up in the air.
In the interests of a robust, sustained tourist economy, the Western Cape Provincial Government is also throwing its weight behind an urgent move to allow the opening of all sectors in the tourism, travel and hospitality industries which comply with hygiene and social distancing protocols.
Rumble also points out that skydiving and parachuting are already strictly regulated by government-approved controlling bodies. As well as complying with general Covid-19 regulations, skydiving dropzones around the world have introduced protocols specific to the sport. Moreover, like a lot of South Africa’s adventure tourism products, drop zones are typically located at small airfields far from developed areas with already small group sizes consisting of close family and friends.
Mother City SkyDiving - Cape Town has completed more than 20 000 successful descents since the start of their operations in 2015 and has an unblemished safety record.
Their entry, "Let's Jump out of a Plane…", took first place in the category: Sport & Adventure Tourism at the recent International Tourism Film Festival Africa 2020 awards.
For futher infomation contact:
Mike Rumble - 082 926 3591
Mother City SkyDiving - Cape Town