Naomi Kotzee is an absolute gem of a woman. She is, inarguably, the most recognizable person on the dropzone, with her sunny smile, her thunderous laugh and her indefatigably friendly, boisterous personality. There couldn’t be a more perfect person to have next to you to face the challenge of learning to skydive: not only is she a singularly experienced athlete, she’s an inveterate teacher and a truly kind, heartfelt human being. And you’re going to love her story!
When Naomi had about 1,500 jumps, she got a far-flung job offer she couldn’t refuse: to be one of the female indoor skydiving instructors, in Abu Dhabi. She, of course, took it. There was no skydiving at the time in the country because the regional industry was busy building up Skydive Dubai, so she didn’t jump out of a plane for almost half a year — but she did a lot of tunnel time, which is worth its weight in gold.
“During all my travels over the past couple of years, I’ve been jumping at Mossel Bay and organizing here,” she smiles. “I just fell in love with the place. It is so nice and chill. There is a beautiful sea here. The view from the dropzone is one of the most incredible skydiving views I’ve ever experienced. It is a really beautiful place to live and to jump. The people are super friendly. I’m absolutely loving it.”