Supercharge coaching - dedicated to your potential
We are a team at Supercharge and take our role seriously
To give people the opportunity to be their best selves and achieve their goals and to foster an inclusive sporting community founded on teamwork and performance.
To establish Supercharge as the mainstream training pathway of choice, for people who want to improve their performance, experience greater personal fulfillment and by doing so achieve their sporting goals.
Respect – Treat everyone we meet with respect
Inclusion – Do not judge or allow prejudices to impact our behaviour
Partnership – Seek to understand, listen and learn from eachother
Community – Respect those who are experts in their field
Integrity and authenticity – Do what we say and say what we do
Quality versus quantity – Find the unique solution for each individual need
Humility – Be of service and open to learning
“I improved more over three days than I had done after years and 270 jumps, it was game on!”
Supercharge coaches are experienced skydivers, accredited in the Supercharge system and dedicated to helping you achieve your sporting goals. They have a unique range of personalities, life and skydiving experiences, offering you a choice in coaching styles.
At the age of 16 she was looking for some adventure.
Her journey so far
Not exactly a natural and despite the weather, two round reserve malfunctions and a tree landing in front of her rather distressed father, she completed her student progression and with 100 jumps was qualified to jump with other people. Much fun has been had since then.
Competitive 4 way FS is Melissa’s passion. Since moving to Australia in 2002, Melissa has represented Australia several times, most recently as a member of Boomerang Betty at the 2018 World Meet. Her joy of big way skydiving began in 2010 when she joined the Aussie Bigway Team in record setting success, continuing as a record breaking team member in 2015 and again in 2019 as a member of the leadership and coaching team.
It was her observation in 2015 that many people were benched from the record team for lack of information that inspired her to create Supercharge Programs and to invest in herself as a coach. Now recognised as the ‘Queen of Personal Flying Skills’, Melissa provides a professional service through her Supercharge personal flying skills, 4-way and Bigway coaching with Aussie Bigways, driven to help people develop their personal and team skills and achieve their goals in the sport.
Melissa's message to you
Many of you are on the cusp of your own adventure. You want to be part of invitational events, new records, create competitive teams, travel, share experiences and perhaps even win.
When I started jumping, there were no tunnels, no AFF, no tandems and the concept of ‘coaching’ was not mainstream. I remember talking to John McIver in the early 90’s over a beer in a pub in Auchterarder, Scotland. He was from ‘Sebastian XL, the UK 4 way team placed third in the world. I shared my frustration at my ability to fly to which he simply said, ‘why dont you ask me to coach you?’ and so I did!
In whatever discipline your vision, from VFS to the excitement of fast furious technical 4 way flat or the thrill of building something huge, each one begins with developing the flying skills for a high level of personal control and precision relative to others. Invest in yourself, build good habits as early as you can then let your adventure begin.
Started jumping – 1981, Strathallan, Scotland
First jump canopies – C9, I24 belly mount reserve
Progression nemesis – 10 second delays – I did 20 of them before I mastered stability!
Jumps now – 8000+
Favourite slot – 4 way FS AAA, Inside Centre
Most lead ever worn – 7 kgs
Skydiving claim to fame – Australian Record Holder: highest points scored in time in 4way FS competition (32), highest competitive average at a World Meet (Female 4way FS 16.7), National bigway record team member (130 way).
Laurence Garceau (LG)
When can I do this again?
Her journey so far
Fortunate to do her later B-rels with an avid FS competitor, LG joined her first 4-way team with less than 200 jumps. Since then, 4-way and 8-way competitions have been at the top of her list of goals, under the guidance of world class coaches. She has enjoyed being part of Australian and US teams and representing the country at World Meet.
Steered towards bigways by her friends, LG found fun and challenge in that discipline too. Her favourite event is the P3 Powerplay, where 4- and 8-way fast and precise moves meet complex large formations.
Such passion must be shared! Progression towards coaching was a natural step, particularly since this avenue is key to her and many others’ success. In the sky and in the wind tunnel (rumour has it LG spends more time in the tunnel than at home), you will always see a huge smile on her face. For good reason: that is where she can improve on her personal, team and competition skills, develop as a coach, and earn the privilege of playing a part in others’ journeys. Also laugh at her attempts to fly in diffrerent orientations, but that’s another story.
When Melissa first mentioned the concept of Supercharge to LG, she recognised the exciting potential for Australian flyers to develop at home, and dived head first into a coaching role on the program.
LG's message to you
Who knew you could even jump by yourself, let alone make skydiving your sport, win medals and build records? I want to be the first female to jump from space; what’s your dream?
The people you end up trusting with your life, who you would never have thought would cross your path, the international travel to share indelible experiences with a whole world of such friends: just some of the perks of joining the skydiving family.
Do you want to become the best teammate possible and contribute your hard-earned skills towards success? This is where our shared adventure begins. There is no magic wand for most of us humans: we need to watch, apply, make mistakes, learn from them, learn from others, and repeat. I won’t promise it’s all smooth sailing and breezy from here. What I will promise is that it’s worth every single moment, through adversity to success, whatever you choose that to mean. There is no limit if you back your ambition with quality training.
Started jumping – 6 February 2005, Picton NSW Australia
First jump canopies – student gear with rip cord and a 270 main & 260 reserve. Does 0.5 even qualify as wing loading?
Progression nemesis – chicken wings in the tunnel. It took me ages to figure out how to keep those arms down.
Jumps now – 2600
Favourite slot – 4-way Outside Centre, 8-way Inside Rear. Genetically designed for Point and Tail respectively. I didn’t let that stop me; would you?
Most lead ever worn – 12 kgs
Skydiving claim to fame – Australian 8-way team member at the World Meet in Dubai, Australian bigway record holder (130-way) and World record holder (2-point 202-way).
Petrified for her first 50 jumps…
Her journey so far
Petrified for her first 50 jumps but encouraged by her instructors and coaches, she was driven to understand and overcome her fear. A B license and the ability to jump with friends changed everything. Then discovering that you could ‘compete’ with your friends in a team cemented her passion for the sport.
4 and 8-way FS became her preferred competitions and formed an incredible first decade in the sport. Various team performances allowed her to represent Australia at World Championships and World Cups; a collection of mind-blowing, ‘pinch yourself’ experiences. Joining the big way scene in 2010, again only because of encouragement from coaches and mentors, pushed her through boundaries that she had previously thought impossible. Kate is also a judge in Canopy Piloting.
Kate's message to you
I benefitted from investing early in my skydiving, heading to the USA at 150 jumps for some tunnel coaching and the bigway experience. I encourage you to do your version of the same and find coaches and mentors who listen to your dreams and goals, then help you to make them a reality. This is really how it was for me; big dreams but little skill or idea how to get there! Mentorship, coaching and friends helped me to get better and experience more than I could have imagined.
I know that anything is possible for us all, with a little help from others and some dedication. I’d be honoured to contribute to you achieving your dreams and goals. Go for it!
Started jumping – 2008, Picton, Australia
First jump canopies – Sabre II 170, Airforce 150 reserve. My first rig was so long on my torso that I had to reach under my butt to deploy!
Progression nemesis – my left leg and my T-Rex arms.
Jumps now – 2,400
Favourite slot – 4-way FS AAA, any slot but Tail. Those arms.
Most lead ever worn – 7 kgs
Skydiving claim to fame – Australian Records: National bigway record holder 2010 (119). Highest points scored in time in 4-way FS AAA (32), highest competitive average at a World Meet (Female 4way FS AAA, 16.7).
World Cup Bronze medal, 2015 (Female 4way FS AAA).
Parachuting was a required skill in the Special Forces.
His journey so far
Progressing with the Military parachuting he now holds current qualifications equivalent to an APF Instructor/Examiner Rating in Static Line, Free Fall, Tandem and Tethered Bundle. He has also held an APF Instructor B Rating for over 25 years.
Greg has competed in 4-way FS at State and National level in AA and AAA but is currently between teams. His primary effort for the past decade has been leading the Aussie Bigway Team in record setting success 2010, 2015 and 2019 as Team Leader, participant and as a member of the coaching team.
He has supported Melissa Harvie in her creation of Supercharge and is one of her coaches, helping people optimise their personal and team skills and achieve their goals in the sport.
Greg's message to you
Your journey starts with exposure to Instructors and those people may very well have made an indelible mark on why you have continued in the sport and/or what path you have taken or intend to take.
After over 40 years of parachuting and instructing, riding out its highs and lows and benefiting from all that experience gained along the way it is very obvious that seeking coaching to advance personal skills in whatever your chosen discipline is now an accepted and a very much encouraged process.
Developing your personal flying skills, flying with control and precision relative to others is the core of Melissa Harvie’s Supercharge Programs and I very much believe in and support her in offering this path for those willing to invest in it and their goals.
Started jumping – 1978, Saltash NSW
First jump canopies – T10 & MC3 – both with a belly mount reserve
Progression nemesis – Military Static Line, then Free Fall and later conversion to Civilian / APF
Jumps now – 13,750+
Favourite slot – 4-way FS AA, AAA, Tail
Skydiving claim to fame – National bigway record team member (130 way) and National Sequential Record Holder (3 point 45-way)