How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Adam Cutler


by Adam Cutler | B-38978 | Cape Elizabeth, Maine

When I was little, I was that rare kid who knew what he wanted to do with his life: more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Eric Penningroth


by Eric Penningroth | A-66009 | San Antonio, Texas

About two-and-a-half years ago, I decided to follow in my sister’s footsteps and make a tandem jump for my 50th birthday. She had done it several years earlier in Guam, and the pictures just looked awesome. So on the day before I turned 50, I went up in a Twin Otter and jumped. It was absolutely exhilarating! I purchased a coupon for another jump, which I used a year later toward payment to obtain my license. I had decided skydiving was a rush that I could enjoy more than once. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Kevin Bukstein


by Kevin Bukstein | B-38806 | Madison, Wisconsin

I was three jumps away from getting my A license when I had to leave for college. Seven years later (and many failed promises to get myself licensed), I finally returned to my home DZ, AtmosphAir Skydiving Center in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. When I started skydiving in 2005, I was by no means a featherweight skydiver. Due to my heavyset appearance, I was affectionately nicknamed “Cannonball.” And during my seven-year hiatus from skydiving, I had packed even more weight onto my already stocky 5-foot-7-inch frame. I was pushing 260 pounds when I passed the certification jump for my A license. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Wendy Helton


by Wendy Helton | B-38074 | Mount Pleasant, North Carolina

The year 2011 found me struggling with the effects of my recent divorce. I was floundering like a fish out of water, just gasping for that last breath of air. Sadly, there were moments when I wondered if life was even worth still living. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Roland Steadham


by Roland Steadham | C-39315 | Miami, Florida

When I did my first jump at Skydive Utah in Erda nearly four years ago, little did I know it would do much more than change my life; it saved my life! For 33 years, I was a successful TV meteorologist working in large markets like Miami, San Diego and Salt Lake City. But as things go, the economy took a big chunk out of advertising and TV budgets. The end result: I was let go. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Melissa Tsouhnikas


by Melissa Tsouhnikas | C-39407 | Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Skydiving didn't just change my life, it took over my life, even if everyone didn't get it. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Westy Copeland


by Westy Copeland | A-62615 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

After nearly 20 years of marriage, one gets a bit blasé about stuff. Routines grind on, kids take all your time (and money), and work makes a husband and wife pass like ships in the night. The mirror shows you a body that’s getting older and a face that’s toughened from years of stress. And then one day, your husband suggests trying a tandem skydive. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Shawn Madsen


by Shawn Madsen | C-33917 | Polson, Montana

The effects that skydiving has had on my life are probably a bit different than most. From the time I was a child, I have wanted to jump out of airplanes. Every year for the Fourth of July celebration in our small town in eastern Oregon, there would be skydivers who would land in the middle of the festivities throughout the day. It was from watching them that I began to dream about someday getting to do the same. In 1990, when I was 22 years old, at a hot-air balloon show in Colorado Springs, I made a beeline for some skydivers to inquire about the possibility of jumping. The next day, I found myself doing a static-line jump in Loveland, Colorado, and I’ve been jumping ever since. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Adam Martin


by Adam Martin | B-36896 | Gilbert, Arizona

Starting with the death of my grandfather in December of 2009, my life began to spiral out of control. Over the next two years, I allowed the events happening in and around my family to lead me into a very deep and dark place. After the divorce of my parents and the death of my grandmother, I really didn’t think life could get any worse. How wrong I was! On December 2, 2011, my father, whom I was living with, took his own life. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Alisha Backus


by Alisha Backus | D-32390 | Fern Park, Florida

When a person constantly witnesses emotional or physical abuse, it can take its toll. My parents went through a nasty divorce that took several years. Luckily, my mother is an amazing person who taught me compassion, which is hard to find these days. Through this time, she kept me grounded. more »