I believe in physics, training, and myself.
Being a person who
Skydives and BASE jumps on a regular basis this is crucial.
Sure, I believe in other things also, like my family, friends, and the
certainty of taxes and death BUT ever since June of 2002 I have
found I believe in physics, training, and myself more than ever.
After finishing graduate school and securing a good job as an
economic consultant I called my father and asked, “What do you
want for father’s day, the sky is the limit”. After a brief pause he
said, “Well if that is the case then I want to go skydiving”.
A few weeks later my father, grandfather, cousin, and I all jumped
out of the same airplane, each of us tandem with our own instructor.
While all four of us loved the experience, my dad and I were hooked!!
I went on to become a Master Parachutist, the fourth and highest
sport skydiving license offered by the United States Parachute
I learned how to shoot video and photographs while freefalling in
the sky between 100 and 200 MPH and while flying a parachute.
I became a coach, which is someone who helps another skydiver
learn how to better fly their body and fly their parachute.
Eventually I became an instructor so I can teach people how to
skydive and take passengers tandem with me for their first jump.
Every time I exit an airplane or jump off of a bridge I am testing my
beliefs, but during a malfunction, well that is really where my faith in
physics, training, and myself is crucial.
Over the years I have a few close calls and even had to use my
reserve parachute twice. On both occasions I needed to cutaway,
or jettison my main parachute, re-enter freefall, and then deploy my
emergency back-up parachute.
Both of those times I had a passenger with me and both times I was
able to bring us safely to the ground.
Now after 7 years I have almost 2400 skydives, 650 tandems, 50
BASE jumps, and have gotten the opportunity to parachute in many
beautiful places including Japan, Spain, Mexico, and 12 states.
I have also enjoyed some very cool and unique experiences, such
as taking a few of my past college students for jumps, kissing my
wonderful wife one mile in the sky after opening our parachute, and
maybe best of all, teaching the guy who taught me how to play
baseball, soccer, ride dirtbikes, and drive how to do some new
moves in freefall — that guy is my dad.
I enjoy challenges, over coming fear makes my spirit grow,
and since I believe in physics, training, and myself well
parachuting is one of the ways that I test my beliefs.