Full time skydiving instructor
4. Total Number of Jumps:
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.
Skydiving, of course :). Snowboarding and both watching and playing football.
Request him when you call us to book your tandem skydive at Piedmont.