Josh Koons

Josh Koons

1. Age:

31

2. Birthplace:

Bakersfield, California

3. Occupation:

Full time skydiving instructor

4. Total Number of Jumps:

4,000

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.

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Both of us had a great experience! Thomas especially made our first jump fun and enjoyable. All the staff were professional and competent, and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone for their first skydiving experience!

» Ashley Ly