How Skydiving Changed My Life - Susie Marshall

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by Susie Marshall | B-34172 | Cardiff, California

I had never been interested in skydiving. I have a friend who has skydived for years, but it wasn’t something that was even on my bucket list. I was scared of heights and of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I thought, “It might be great for other people but not for me.” more »

Gearing Up - November 2010

EdScott

On the morning of February 11 in Reno, Nevada, a gavel will drop and bring to order the newly elected 22-member USPA Board of Directors for 2011-2012. That same day, the board members will elect their (and our) Executive Committee, comprised of the USPA President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman and Member at Large. Then, the president will appoint chairmen for the seven standing committees listed in the by-laws, and the committee chairs will select up to six board members to serve on each of their committees. With that, the new board will get down to business. more »

Profile - Karen Lewis | D-24575

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201010Karen Lewis is a PRO-rated canopy pilot and freefall photographer based at Perris Valley Skydiving Center in California. She started skydiving in 1997 and since then has built up an impressive medal collection from the USPA National Skydiving Championships. Though Lewis is known mostly as a camera flyer, she is also an instructor, swooper and FAA-certified parachute rigger. She was also very active with Jump for the Cause (JFTC), the organization that set multiple women’s large-formation world records while raising money for the fight against breast cancer. more »

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 »

Gearing Up - October 2010

EdScott

Once the facts emerge after a fatality, USPA catalogues it into one of several categories for record-keeping purposes. The canopy-related category is a broad one that includes accidents involving low turns (both intentional and unintentional), botched landings, canopy formation entanglements and canopy collisions—basically, any accident that occurs after a jumper deploys a fully functional parachute. more »

Profile - Pip Redvers | D-21950

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20109Pip Redvers is a talented load organizer who knows how to make skydives work. Originally from England, Redvers now makes Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida, his home drop zone. He is one of only a handful of people who have made more than 20,000 jumps, so if you get a chance to pick his brain about skydiving, it will be well worth your time. 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 »

Gearing Up - September 2010

EdScott

Among the myriad responsibilities shared by USPA Instructors, Coaches and Safety & Training Advisors, and DZ operators and staff, the most important involve the training and supervision of student skydivers. DZ personnel apply detailed instruction and rigorous oversight beginning with the first jump and continuing through achievement of the USPA A license, at which point a skydiver is no longer considered a student. For students, each jump introduces new concepts, learning objectives and techniques, always amid ever-changing wind and weather conditions. Distractions are many and continuous. more »

Profile - Keri Bell | D-15889

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20108Keri Bell is a third-generation jumper. She is a member of the Farrington family of skydivers in the Pacific Northwest— her grandparents were pioneers of the sport. Bell has traveled the globe participating in para-ski events and world-record-setting jumps such as 1999’s 282-way formation skydive in Thailand. Currently, Bell manages her family’s drop zone, Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington, where she is also the Safety & Training Advisor. 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 »