I was an officer at our university's climbing club
(rock climbing) for a couple of years. You do need
to register the club with the University, and they
will probably require you to have a staff/faculty
sponsor and/or advisor.
Our climbing club managed to get some equipment
from REI (a climbing equipment supplier) so we had
the equipment to take a fairly large group of
people (20+) climbing if we wanted to. We got
this equipment through a request to REI directly,
without going through student government.
You -might- be able to purchase 'club' rigs or
something like that, but I think the costs, the
maintenance requirements, and liability issues would
prohibit it. For climbing, it only takes around
$500 to get a dozen or more people on the rock
cheaply, this isn't the case with skydiving.
I would imagine you could approach the student govornment
and ask, but they will probably be fairly reluctant to
do much for you unless you get a fairly significant number
of members. If your DZ is a helpful one you may be
able to work out a deal like discounts on jumps or
on gear rental for club members, and charge a very
minimal membership fee to help out with adverti***t,
meetings, bringing in guest speakers/instructors, etc.
I would advise you to focus on the latter, having
guest speakers, safety meetings, etc for the club, and
advertise them with flyers or radio ads if your
school has a radio station. The more work you put
into this, the more helpful your local DZ will be,
since you will become a source of new customers.
I don't know much about the intercollegiate competition,
as far as skydiving goes I don't think there are many
resources out there for that. You might be better off
making some competitive teams out of club members and
competing at non-collegiate events. Others here will
probably know more about that than I ;-)
Blue Skies, and Good Luck!
> Hello all
> I am working on restarting the Skydiving Club at my university (Carnegie
> Mellon U in Pittsburgh, PA) and I was wondering if anyone reading the
> newsgroup can offer any advice on the club side of things (my DZ has the
> skydiving covered for me). Did you get funding from a student senate or
> other body, did you do intercollegiate competition (is there any
> organized intercollegiate competition) ? Any info would be appreciated,
> from what not to do to anecdotes about what happened in your club...
> blue skies
> Scott Ziolko 412-862-2539
> Carnegie Mellon University