THE TEAM

TEAM LEADER

ED BLAKEY

Jump Numbers: 8200+

Ed is an ex-soldier who spent 12 years in the Parachute Regiment of which four years were spent in the Army Parachute Display Team, The Red Devils. He is now a coal boat owner who runs his business along the Kennet and Avon canal with his partner and team member Karen.

As a qualified BPA tandem skydiving instructor, Ed has been accompanying people on tandem jumps for over 12 years. Ed has four children, a pug named Fred and is a keen ultra-marathon runner.

CANOPY FORMATION COACH / JUMP MASTER

ANDY NAUDE

Jump Numbers: 2500+

Born in South Africa, Andy is an ex-British Army Parachute Regiment soldier who served for over 12 years with 3 PARA, four years of which were spent in the Army Parachute display team, The Red Devils.

Andy is one of the team’s canopy formation coaches and is also one of the team’s jumpmasters, he is an ambulance technician (currently on a student paramedic course). In his spare time, Andy likes to wingsuit and is a keen rugby fan.

CANOPY FORMATION JUMPER

LEE WAITE

Jump Numbers: 500+

Lee served 8 years in the British Army as Physical training instructor and Boxing coach. Lee is one of our most talented canopy formation jumpers and holds a Canopy Formation Coach rating.

Since leaving the forces, he has worked his way up the ranks in the private security industry and is now the Head of Operational Security for a large facilities management company.

Lee is a big Chelsea FC fan and in his spare time he enjoys boxing and walking his dog, Tank, with his wife Louise..

CANOPY FORMATION JUMPER

JEZ COOPER

Jump Numbers: 4000+

Jez is from New Zealand where he spent time with the 16th Field Regiment RNZA. Jez works in the banking industry and at weekends works as a tandem skydiving instructor and skydiving photographer.

Jez’s hobbies include: wingsuiting, motorcycles, cricket, rugby and he is a big F1 fan.

FLAG JUMPER

MARK BOXWELL

Jump Numbers: 900+

Mark is our newest team member who has begun his career in canopy formation jumping and has already completed his CF1 grade. Into wingsuiting and free flying, Mark works full time as a Technical Programme Manager for a diabetes care company.

Mark’s hobbies include triathlons, scuba diving, rock climbing and playing the guitar in a band. He is also a keen ultra-marathon runner where he takes parts in events with fellow team member Ed.

GROUND CREW / PACKER

KAREN BUTT

Jump Numbers: 14+ (tandems)

Karen is one of the team’s experienced parachute packers. Her work in the sport has taken her worldwide, from the UK to New Zealand.

Now a co-owner of a coal boat with Team Leader Ed, Karen spent 18 years working in management for a major retail company prior to becoming a parachute packer.

A super keen motorcyclist who has been riding for over 25 years, Karen was previously a bike instructor. She describes her main hobbies as being ‘everything pug’ – she has a four-year-old male pug named Fred!

GROUND CREW / PACKER

JULIE WOODROW

Jump Numbers: 3500+

Julie is a very experienced parachute packer where she applies her trade at Skydive Hinton full time.

Julie has many years and over 3500 jumps in the sport. She has been a member of various teams and holds four Guinness World Records with British Female Formation teams.

Jules lives on a narrowboat with fellow team member Paulo and their dog Sox! When Jules isn’t busy packing parachutes, she spends time mountain biking.

TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER

PAULO “YA” BRAZ

Jump Numbers: 5000+

Paulo (also known as ‘Ya’) is from Portugal and is the Jump Dogs team cameraman.

Experienced in team camera work for Portuguese and British national competitions, Paulo now works full time as a professional free-fall cameraman at Skydive Hinton. Paulo films and edits skydives for clients and is a very keen ‘swooper’ – he jumps the smallest and fastest canopy on the team.

Paulo lives with his partner and fellow team member Julie and their dog Sox. His hobbies include mountain biking and anything to do with photography.

GROUND CREW

DUNCAN MURRAY

Jump Numbers: 600+

Duncan served 13 years in the Parachute Regiment of which four years were spent in the Army Parachute Display Team, The Red Devils; where he became highly experienced in providing parachute display commentaries for all sizes of events, from stately home garden parties to international air shows. He was also the team’s PR and Sponsorship Manager.

He now owns and runs Provence PR, an established Public Relations Agency.

Duncan is married and has three children, two cats (no dogs yet!) and has a passion for cinema.

CANOPY FORMATIONS COACH / JUMP MASTER

TOM BLAKEY

Jump Numbers: 4500+

Tom has served for 30 years in the Parachute Regiment, with 1 PARA, the Pathfinders, the Red Devils Parachute Display Team and 4 PARA (Reserves). He served operationally in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and on exercises worldwide. While serving in the Pathfinders, he specialised in HALO and HAHO covert parachute insertion techniques, and as a Military Tandem Master.

During his five years with the Red Devils, he was part of the Canopy Relative Work team, qualified as a Tandem Instructor and was the Red Devils Team Leader. He has 4500 jumps to date.

Outside of skydiving, Tom enjoys weight training, hillwalking, and Scuba diving.

CANOPY FORMATION JUMPER

DAVE INGHAM

Jump Numbers: 180+

Dave has spent the last 12 years in Northants Fire and Rescue Service and is currently serving as a watch manager

Dave is the latest member of the Jump Dogs officially joining the team in October 2019.

Outside of skydiving, Dave enjoys; walking his German Shepherd, Charlie, of course! Snowboarding, City Breaks, restoring his beloved classic VW and is a huge F1 fan.

THE JUMP DOGS

The real Jump Dogs are Tank the Frenchie, Sox the Collie/Lurcher cross, Fred the Pug and our newest additions to the team, Pam the Pug and Charlie the German Shepherd. We are all owners of the various human team members and this allows us to attend multiple displays around the country… As long as we’re given plenty of treats!

Our hobbies include running around parks, fetching tennis balls and chasing after sticks. Pam, in particular, enjoys barking hello at fellow dogs!

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CONTACT

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please use the following contact information to get in touch with us, or use the form provided.

 

T: 0808 197 0323

M: 07531 647 419

E: info@jumpdogsparachuteteam.co.uk

What are the criteria required for the jump dogs to parachute into your event?
  • As a British Parachute Association registered team we need to comply with the following regulations.
  • We require a minimum landing area of 100m by 50m.
  • The landing area needs to be free from any major hazards which will get in the way of us landing.
  • We need six weeks (preferably 8) prior notice to the event for us to get all of our clearances in place.
  • Once we have conducted a telephone/email enquiry with the organiser and we have got the things mentioned above we will need to send a two-person team to the site to conduct a full recce of where the event is taking place to ensure everything is in place for your big day and to explain anything else that hasn't been covered.
  • We have other rules for the actual day i.e., wind conditions, cloud base heights etc. which will be explained on the site recce.

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