How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Nancy Fichtelberg

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by Nancy Fichtelberg | USPA #247308 | North Brunswick, New Jersey

All of my life I have been afraid of so much: roller coasters, heights and even flying in airplanes! If I was a passenger in a car, I would tell the driver to slow down. I was not much of a daredevil, to say the least. I never had a hobby or had anything that I loved doing. I was the mom of four daughters who meant the world to me, but they were grown and had their lives to live. My husband and I had a home that was becoming empty. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jorge Bauza

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by Jorge Bauza | A-63105 | Denton, Texas

It all started when my son, Kelki, turned 18. As a birthday present, he wanted to make a tandem jump. We went to Xtreme Divers West in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and he made his jump. On his 19th birthday, I asked, “What do you want to do this year?” He replied, "I want you to jump with me!" And that is how I made my first tandem jump. After that jump, Kelki asked for my blessing to become a skydiver. Based on my experience in the school of life, my reply was a blessing and advice to stay safe. So, there he went. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jake Morse

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by Jake “Feather” Morse | C-39588 | Minnetonka, Minnesota

Two years ago, I was willing to try nearly anything to rebalance my mix of work and life. I sought a social hobby that people really got excited about, with a small, close community that calls itself family. I’ve had hobbies and a social life, but the two never really comfortably overlapped. I sought that overlap. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Cody Marsh

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by Cody Marsh | B-29614 | San Diego, California

This story begins long before I ever strapped on a parachute for the first time, long before I saw “Point Break” and long before I even knew what a parachute was. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Marcelaine Wininger Lewis

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by Marcelaine Wininger Lewis | D-24581 | Houghton, Michigan

In 1999, I met a nice man who was a skydiver. As our friendship shifted to romance, I began flying with him to Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. Because I am a flight instructor, I quickly became friends with the jump pilots. The constant sound of Twin Otters roaring to life on takeoff, the intoxicating smell of jet exhaust, the blossoming of canopies overhead, Moby and other cool music pulsing in the background electrified me. I was fascinated by the things and people who were flying, but during that first summer, it never occurred to me to jump. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Tyler Farnham

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by Tyler Farnham | A-46902 | Cocoa Beach, Florida

April 2009 was the month my life changed forever. I am a seasoned skydiver who has been jumping for 10 years. I was born and raised a surfer, but when I turned 18, a few buddies and I decided to go skydiving thanks to the movie “Point Break.” After that first jump, I was hooked and wanted more. I immediately got certified so I could jump on my own. The feeling skydiving gives me is like nothing else on this planet: I’m flying like a bird, and once I’m on the ground, I get an enormous rush and can’t help but smile. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jessica Kniffen

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by Jessica Kniffen | A-35942 | Phoenix, Arizona

It all started on Christmas Day in 2002 when my mom gave my dad a gift certificate to make a tandem. Curiosity got the best of my mom and me, and in the summer of 2003, we also made a tandem. I made a second in the spring of 2004, and then in May of 2005, I decided I would do one AFF jump in order to say that I had gone skydiving. (I never felt that a tandem was skydiving.) After my first AFF, I was addicted. In August 2005, I earned my A license and before I knew it, I was at the drop zone every opportunity I had. more »

How Skydiving Changes Our Lives

HSCML20124In 2004, I made my first tandem skydive. Two months earlier, I told my husband and his friends that they were crazy for doing it, but after seeing their reactions, I decided to give it a try. After my first jump with Martin Swords at Gold Coast Skydivers, I was hooked. My progression was very slow, but due to the patience of the local staff and experienced jumpers, I stayed with it. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jim Fischer

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by Jim Fischer | A-62069 | St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Two years ago, my 26-year-old son called me to say he just went skydiving for the first time. We weren’t close, and I couldn’t understand why he would waste his time and limited resources on such a frivolous and dangerous activity. His first jump was a tandem, and he was intent upon taking the AFF course (whatever that was). Despite my apprehensions, he took the class and began jumping on a regular basis. My wife and I were worried about him. We asked him to call us on Sunday afternoons to reassure us he survived another weekend of defying death. And when he called and eased our worried minds, he’d relate his forays into the atmosphere with great joy and enthusiasm. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Larry Hayhurst

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by Larry Hayhurst | D-29907 | Forest Hills, Pennsylvania

I started skydiving after age 50. more »