How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Lois Davis

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by Lois Davis | B-33903 | Springfield, Missouri

Twenty-five years ago, when I was in veterinary school, I had a classmate who posted an advertisement about skydiving on a bulletin board in a school hallway. Although he never got enough people together to make it happen, he planted a seed in my mind: Someday, I would check out the sport. Then I graduated, went to work and got married. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Susan Gault

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by Susan Gault | USPA #236109 | Spartanburg, South Carolina

If I had a nickel for every time my mother said, “You and your daddy are insane,” I could buy myself a new rig. (OK, so maybe it would take a dollar instead of a nickel.) I smile when she says this, knowing that our insanity is the best thing that ever happened to us. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Reno Soverns

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by Reno Soverns | A-57030 | Vallejo, California

It was, as they say, on my “bucket list.” I was 42 years old, at least 50 pounds overweight, and I’d just ended a 10-year relationship that had been anything but good. I needed some excitement in my life. When I walked onto the drop zone on August 8, 2009, I expected to put a check mark by that item on my list and never return. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Elmo Fuddpucker

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by Elmo Fuddpucker | Lincoln, Nebraska

The roar of the bulldozer was getting closer and closer. It was then that I saw someone coming. The moment he started to yell, I knew I was not going to be lost forever. It was June 1981. I had been discarded in the Sarpy County, Nebraska, dump, near where Lincoln Sport Parachute Club (LSPC) was located at that time. I was certain to be buried until Kenneth “Sonny” Bader saw me. He pulled me out of the pile of garbage and threw me in the back of his truck. The next weekend, I was airborne and received my name. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Heidi Barker

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by Heidi Barker | USPA #231673 | Boise, Idaho

October 7, 2007, and May 4, 2008: two dates that changed my world and my life forever.

May 4, 2008, was Michelle’s 23rd birthday and our first without her. For weeks in advance, Rich and I discussed and danced around the issue of what to do on that day. We quietly and tearfully fought through the pain of the loss of “Mitchy.” When the day arrived, there was still no plan in place. It seemed strange to even contemplate the notion of some kind of celebration. With no decision made, Rich decided that he would go fishing for a few hours. I stayed at home, wondering what to do. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Bob Davies

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by Bob Davies | D-13735 | Lake Forest, California

As years of skydiving passed, I noticed that my jumpsuits were starting to get tighter. My fall rate became a challenge, and I couldn’t guarantee that I would be able to honor my part of the skydive. But since I was only making six jumps a month, I continued on as if everything were normal. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Kathy Stringer

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by Kathy Stringer | C-36393 | Hendersonville, North Carolina

Skydiving has changed my life in so many ways. First, skydiving brought Larry and me together. Although we met in college and had been good friends for almost three years, we never dated—that is, until Larry and his twin brother, Gary, became skydivers. One day, I asked Larry to take me with him. So, for our first date, on July 22, 1979, he took me skydiving in Liberty, North Carolina. I did a static-line jump, and Larry did a solo jump. I fell in love—with jumping and with Larry! We had a whirlwind courtship and married three months later. Like most newlyweds, we were very poor. So, since Larry was an experienced jumper, he continued to jump, and I put my skydiving on hold. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jay Lehr

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by Jay Lehr | D-22708 | Ostrander, Ohio

When I was 16 years old and working as a summer camp waiter in New Hampshire, I was commandeered off a road one day to help fight a forest fire. That day, I saw smoke jumpers jumping in to fight the fire. I thought it was so neat that each summer during college I applied to the smoke jumping school in Missoula, Montana, but, sadly, was never accepted. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Mark Perry

 

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by Mark Perry | C-37171 | Naples, Florida

I began this wild and wonderful sport of skydiving like most, by taking a trip to the local DZ on a dare; I experienced the thrill of freefall with a tandem jump. A month later, I made one more tandem and was hooked. My good friend, Angel, and I decided to continue the thrill and step it up a notch by wearing our own rigs. After a year of AFF and accumulating enough jumps, we were skydivers! I felt confident enough in my skydiving skills to invite my wife, Debbie, and son, Nick, to visit the DZ and share in my enthusiasm for the sport. Debbie had no interest in skydiving, but out of her love for me she wanted to be there to support my new hobby. At the end of the day, and after witnessing one of my less glamorous landings, she turned to me and said, “Are you sure this sport is right for you?” I assured her that skydiving is safe and told her that I would get better at my landings with a little more practice. Nick thought that his old man was just going through a phase and the hobby wouldn’t last. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Ann Rezbanyay

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by Ann Rezbanyay | C-36575 | Northville, Michigan

 It was the summer of 2006 in southeastern Michigan. I was barely 23 years old, growing my destination wedding photography biz and in the midst of being a serial dater attempting to find someone who could keep up with my passion for extreme sports. Every date I had was atypical and centered on adventure. Trying to not repeat anything, it was only a matter of time before one of my dates included skydiving. more »