Flirting with danger

2010-06-09 14:21

Phaizel Rass is an extreme sport fanatic who loves living life on

the edge. He is the site supervisor and jump master at Mogale Bungee situated in

Krugersdorp, west of Joburg.

We had a chat with him about leading an extreme sports life.

Who is

Phaizel?

I’m 31-years-old and live in Orlando East, Soweto. I was born in

Riverlea, but moved around living in a lot of places because I want to

experience different people and cultures.

How did you get

into your job?

I discovered my love for extreme sports in 2002 when I abseiled for

the first time. Initially, I found it scary but the more I did it the more I

fell in love with it.

I’ve trained for various courses including Rock Climb Instructor as

well as High ropes and Team building Facilitator.

I Joined LOTEA and Bungee

Mogale and started my training as a Jump Master and took over the position in

2008.

What are your

responsibilities?

I have to ensure the site and equipment is in top condition to use.

I’m in close contact with the clients when they get ready to jump. I ensure that

they are emotionally, physically and mentally ready before letting them

go.

What do you love

most about your job?

Helping people get over their fears. You need to have a lot of

patience and be a people’s person. Bungee jumping is an emotional process and

you should be able to guide people through it no matter how long it takes

them.

What makes extreme

sport so awesome?

There’s no difference between extreme sport and business.

If you

have a team of people hiking in the Drakensberg and one of them is weak, this

person is going to slow them down if they let him go to the back of the

trail.

But if you take that slow person to the head of the group – they

will finish climbing the mountain quicker.

The same applies to any work

environment; your team is only as strong as the weakest employee.

bonolo.modise@media24.com



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