Waldo was born on 20 August 1970 in Windhoek Namibia. He matriculated in November 1988. In January 1989, he joined the South African Army and went to the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn and became a non – commissioned officer. He became a Paratrooper in 1989 and 1990 he was transferred to the Parachute Training Centre at 1 Parachute Battalion. He was promoted to Warrant Officer and became the Chief Parachute Instructor for the South African Defence Force in 1993.
During his career in the Paratroopers he completed the following courses:
- Basic Parachute Selection Course
- Basic Parachute Jump Course
- Basic Parachute Jumpmasters Course
- Basic Parachute Instructors Course
- Basic Free Fall Course
- Free Fall Jumpmasters Course
- Free Fall Instructors Course
- HALO/HAHO Instructors Course
- Tandem Parachute Instructor (Rated on Strong, Vector and Sigma)
- Rope Work Dispatchers Course
- Rope Work Instructors Course
- CQMS Course
- Warrant Officers Course
- Battalion Mortars Course
- Battalion Anti-Tank Course
- Heavy Machine Guns Course
During his Defence Force career he presented numerous parachute courses for the South African Defence Force. In 2001 he became the South African National Accuracy Parachute Champion during the National Parachuting Competition in South Africa. Waldo represented South Africa at the 2nd World Games in Granada Spain.
One of the great heights in his career was in 2002 when he did a high altitude jump from a C130 Hercules Aircraft from an altitude of 36500 feet above mean sea level and during his career at 1 Parachute Battalion he accumulated in an excess of 4500 parachute jumps.
He resigned from the SANDF in 2005 and became one of the owners of Parachute Training Enterprises t/a Chute Systems. As one of the owners of Chute Systems he is currently presenting numerous airborne and parachute courses for the African Countries.