Josh Koons

Josh Koons

1. Age:

30

2. Birthplace:

Bakersfield, California

3. Occupation:

Full time skydiving instructor

4. Total Number of Jumps:

2,800

5. Skydiving Philosophy:

Skydiving isn't about jumping out of planes. Sure, it's fun, but it represents something bigger. It's about freedom!

6. How (and where) did you start skydiving?

Mom owned a dropzone in Alaska, and I grew up on the premises. She got me to do a tandem when I was pretty young and I immediately fell in love with the sport of skydiving. I started packing parachutes at age 12 and became a “professional” packer at the age of 16. (I’ve done roughly 5,000-6,000 pack jobs!) I became a full-fledged tandem instructor at the age of 20.

7. Of all of your skydives, is there one that stands out most?

In Thailand, jumping out of the tailgate of a C-130 holding roughly 100 skydivers.

8. What's the most amazing thing you can do in the air?

I love doing formations with other skydivers--we jump out of the plane and we all connect in the sky.

9. What kind of skydiving student were you?

Since I knew all the other skydivers before I started skydiving, I was very nervous and felt a lot of pressure from other skydivers when I first started skydiving. That pressure actually helped me become a better skydiver.

10. Do you have any suggestions for first-time tandem students?

Follow the directions of your instructor. They know what they are talking about.

11. What makes a great skydiver?

I started packing a few years before I started jumping. After I became a skydiver and actually jumped my pack jobs, I became a better packer. There's no better way to better your packing skills than to actually feel the way the parachute opens after you pack it.

12. Pet peeves:

Students grabbing onto the plane when I'm trying to get them to jump out of the plane.

13. Hobbies:

Skydiving, of course :). Snowboarding and both watching and playing football.

Request him when you call us to book your tandem skydive at Piedmont.

Something I wanted to do for myself and my kids for our birthdays.  Went with a group of eight (all family) and honestly could not have had a better time.  The facility was nice, and the people were honestly fantastic.  Made the entire experience that much better.  Sincerely appreciate the attention to fun and safety from all of the instructors, and absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a unique thrill.

Oh...pay the money for the pictures and videos.  It's worth it...but hold the camera yourself.  Makes for interesting viewing later on.

» Randy Clark