Shocker! I’m talking about Jump for Diabetes. But, the good thing is, you’ll really only be hearing about this one last time. And of course, likely once after…gotta do a recap!
Anywhoosits – as if you haven’t heard this enough already, I’m putting it short and sweet – here are the reasons not to miss this event:
- High Altitude Jumps
- More than $10,000 in gear giveaways
- PD Canopy Raffle
- Onsite vendors including EG Suits and Guaranteed Wellness
- 4 live bands Saturday night
- RED BULL GIRLS
- Food vendors
- Oh, and HELLO – skydiving!
Needless to say, it’s going to be an incredible weekend. We have 10 sponsored jumpers who will be out jumping their asses off for the cause – myself included.
Fingers crossed for beautiful weather!
Can’t wait to see y’all there!
Love and blue skies!
Okay, so as I mentioned on Facebook earlier this week, all my posts from July are gone. Bummer! But, since this week is uber busy with work, I’m taking the very rare spare time I have to recreate these posts. First, I’ve got the ever important interview with the lovely Sydney!
I had been her Twitter follower for months since we’re both in the social media world due to our very similar jobs, and when I heard she was getting into skydiving I was beyond excited for her. She’s quickly become one of my favorite Skydive Chicks, with enough enthusiasm and passion for the sport to show just about any jumper up. She’s smart, witty, strong and adorable! Needless to say, I absolutely adore this girl!
But you’ve heard enough from me, let’s here it from HER. Ladies and gentlemen: Sydney Owen.
SDC: Alright lady, so tell us a little about how you got into the sport – what’s your story on how you fell in love?
SO: On what was formerly the best day of my life (since replaced by AFF graduation) I decided to go jump out of a perfectly good airplane at Skydive Space Center in Titusville, FL. The second my feet safely landed back on the earth, I swore that I would do this someday. My someday came this March, when I did another tandem, this time at Skydive Temple. I thought to myself, think about how badass it would be to jump out of perfectly good planes on EVERY business trip I went on. As soon as I got back home to Chicago, I started researching local drop zones and decided to check out Chicagoland Skydiving Center with a buddy of mine. One more tandem later, I was enrolled in AFF and doing ground school. The rest, as they say, is history.
SDC: Such similar stories. LOVE IT. So where’s your home dropzone?
SO: Home DZ is CSC, in the bustling metropolis of Hinckley, Illinois.
SDC: Have you been to any other DZs yet? If not, do you plan to in the near future?
SO: I’ve been to SDC for their fireworks display (totally sick) but haven’t jumped anywhere beyond Space Center, Skydive Temple and CSC. But we did do a sick formation fly by as we arrived at SDC, so that was almost as awesome as jumping there.
SDC: You have so much passion for this sport and such an incredible attitude! I speak for myself when I say I was immediately drawn to you, so I can imagine that the skydiving community has welcomed you with open arms. How has your transition from the “real world” to this whole new community been for you?
SO: Good question, and thank you! I’d go out on a limb and say that the skydiving community is my real world. I can be me, with no restraints, truly Sydney: Unfiltered around the DZ. I’m not sure if it’s just CSC, but I feel like those people are quickly becoming my family. There are so many rockstar skydivers there – and everyone is eager to help me learn. It’s funny, in my latest blog post I said how there’s a low tolerance for bullshit and assholes, and a bunch of the jumpers from CSC commented and were telling me I have a lot to learn. I guess that’s where the “real world” part of it comes into play. I work in such a fast-paced, high-stress environment, that the DZ drama seem so pale in comparison.
SDC: Given that you’re a typical type A, like the rest of us skydivers (and marketers), have you found that this sport has changed your attitude toward life at all?
SO: I’m much more mellow. Which I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet. Skydiving has made me realize that most of my “emergencies” before joining the sport were actually not even close to being emergencies. I think this has helped me keep a level head, especially at work, to realize, okay, this isn’t a life or death situation like your line-over mal was last weekend. Lesson learned: there is always a solution. No need for panicking.
SDC: You’re still so new to the sport but there’s so much you can teach others given that you’re fresh out of Freefall University. What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received so far?
SO: The best advice I’ve received so far has to be broken into two categories: directly related to skydiving and general philosophical advice that, though it’s from a skydiver (my amazing AFF instructor, Barry), can be applied to your life both in the sky and on the ground.
First bit, skydiving related: locate your reserve handle before you pull your cutaway handle. One of my instructors, Chris, told me this as we were doing my gear check before my AFF level one jump, as he had a malfunction, cutaway, couldn’t get to his reserve handle, and his CYPRES saved his life. So, biggest thing there: know where your handle is before you pull it.
As for Barry’s latest nugget of wisdom (he’s been throwing several at me lately): Time is all in your head. Live in the moment and time doesn’t exist. Heavy stuff, right? My favorite phrase is “Is it Friday yet” and I oftentimes ask Barry (and my other instructors) to speed up the week so I can get back in the air. But, if you live in the moment, then the rest doesn’t really matter. I’m currently testing this philosophy, I’ll let you know how it turns out.
SDC: What’s been the most memorable experience?
SO: My graduation jump was most definitely my most memorable experience in skydiving so far. I think about that jump and just get giggly and glowing and feel a real sense of pride for all that I’ve accomplished in the sport so far. Second to that would be my cutaway – which happened early in my AFF training, on my second coaching jump. I just remember looking up at the canopy and thinking about the flash cards we reviewed in ground school: “what is this called and how do I get out of it?” I was totally calm, landed the reserve ride and got a bunch of high fives from everyone on the ground.
SDC: What are you looking forward to most this season?
SO: Beyond looking forward to learning as much as humanly possible, I want to find gear of my own. And road trip it out to Colorado for some tunnel time. And continue to build on the friendships I’ve started with the people at the DZ.
SDC: What are some of your goals as a newbie skydiver and where do you see this taking you in the future?
SO: I want to learn skills that will eventually lead to me either A) being an AFF instructor or B) totally rocking the sky in general, and eventually being some kind of coach/instructor/skydiving badass that is totally worth sponsoring. I’m not going to lie, I’m most definitely one of those people that, in 30 years, you’ll meet around a bonfire talking about the days of old and my extensive career in the sky. I want this to be my life. I’m okay with the gypsie lifestyle. I just need to get myself in a place that will allow me to do that.
SDC: Anything else to add?
SO: Um, you’re pretty much my life twin, and I totally love you and your blog and your pictures of you being all fabulous in freefall and I CAN’T WAIT TO JUMP WITH YOU. Okay, inside voice.
So clearly you can see why I love her….she compliments me! Ha, obviously it goes way beyond just that. She’s a badass skydive chick, what’s not to love, right?! Be sure to check out her blog over at Sydney: Unfiltered. What, you didn’t think I came up with that catchy title all on my own, did you?
And as a little update since the last time I posted this interview, Syd and some of her pals from CSC will be headed out for Jump for Diabetes weekend, in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! Woot!
In case you hadn’t heard, we’re planning high altitude jumps from the King Air that will be coming in to support that weekend. It’s going to be EPIC .
Love and Blue Skies!
This weekend Rick and I headed to Start Skydiving in Middleton, Ohio with our friend Joe for a weekend of “all you can eat” skydiving as we were calling it. They were running a special, $210 for all the jumps you can make in a weekend. We had to take advantage of that!
The first day we made 10 skydives, so Sunday we jumped for free! That’s good stuff right there.
We also were able to make night jumps for our D-license requirements. This is a great dropzone to do night jumps, the LZ is huge and the hangar lights shine into part of the designated landing area so if you’re accurate you can see your feet as you land, making it pretty cakey if you ask me.
Lots of great freefly jumps were made this weekend, too! More docks than I’ve ever made in a single weekend, and my partner and I realized just how much we’re getting it together. Fall rate is less of an issue than it’s ever been and we spend most of our jumps face to face, docking on each other. I LOVE skydiving with him!!
I also was able to demo a “new” canopy this weekend. On the first jump of the weekend we were teamed up with one of the local freeflyers who mentioned that he had a Sabre2 for sale. This got my attention as that’s what I’ve had my eyes open for lately – but when he mentioned it was a 120, I was hesitant.
After a few conversations with trusted friends and fellow jumpers, I felt confident that I could fly it. So I took it for a spin on a hop ‘n pop. I went without a weight belt, or even a jumpsuit, just to get a flavor of how it flew. It opened like a dream…definitely a different story than my Sabre 1. The responsiveness is incredible, pull a toggle and it goes! Landing was a breeze too – the flare is nice and strong, so even coming in a little hot I’m able to get it to slow up enough to tiptoe out.
So, I decided to take it for a full-altitude skydive on the next jump, weight belt, jumpsuit and all. Sure enough, I loved it just as much on this jump too!
I continued to use this canopy throughout the weekend – even through night jumps. It finally feels like I’m in charge of the canopy and I can make it do what I want…and I’m not staying in the sky for 10 minutes! So I brought it home for my rigger to inspect…fingers crossed.
Now, here’s my disclaimer. For anyone who is counting, I skipped a step in the canopy downsize process. I started on a Triathlon 160, downsized to a Sabre 1 150 and now I’m on to a 120. As I mentioned earlier, I was hesitant when he said 120, I even mentioned that “it’d be great if it was a 135,” but given that I’m about 130 pounds out the door, those with much more experience than me advised that I’d be alright.
Normally, I wouldn’t recommend people skip steps in downsizing like this, but every person is different and it all depends on your flying ability and what you want to do with the canopy. After almost 10 jumps on it, I definitely feel confident. This canopy gives me room to grow. There’s so much I can do with it over time. And for right now, as a pretty conservative canopy pilot, it gets me to the ground quickly and safely.
So when it comes time to downsize, demoing is a good idea. You never know what you might be getting yourself into, so try before you buy and see what’s right for you.
This is one of those “learn from my mistakes” kind of posts. Don’t let this happen to you!
Remember growing up and having your mother preach to you about staying hydrated on those long, hot summer days?
Yeah, so do I. And I wish I would have listened closer.
This weekend was a busy one at the dropzone – between milestone celebrations, demos and packing in the heat, there were enough distractions to make me forget about eating and drinking properly.
And I paid for it dearly yesterday with a trip to the emergency room. Chills, muscle spasms, dizziness, increased heart rate and chest pains – not a good combination! I wasn’t about to wait the 4+ hours they were anticipating to get me in, so after speaking to a nurse who suggested I was “just” extremely dehydrated, I took her advice, bought some Gatorade and headed home.
Sure enough within a few hours of guzzling the electrolyte-enhanced sports drink my symptoms were starting to subside.
So after a miserable day yesterday I’m doing my best to quench my thirst before it arrives.
Lesson learned: sometime you just need to stop and take care of yourself – especially on hot days at the dropzone. Proper nutrition and hydration are extremely important – not just in sports, but in life. If you’re not consistently careful, it’ll catch up with you…trust me!
From now on, I’ll be sure to have extra sports drinks on hand….you should too!
It’s Friday, and it’s beautiful out! This weekend is looking incredible for some quality skydiving .
So I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Here’s what’s up for Jump for Diabetes:
- We’ll be out at Skydive Pennsylvania this weekend, selling PD Canopy Raffle tickets for $100 and allowing people to pre-register in person, rather than online. Cash or checks made out to Jump for Diabetes are accepted. Pre-registration for skydivers is $30 and guarantees you a t-shirt, goodie bag and raffle ticket for he general raffle (which includes thinks like a FREE Freak n’ Suit, a Bonehead Helmet, a pair of Gatorz, FREE freefly pants from EG Suits and much more)! If you decide to register the day of the event it’s $35 and you’re not guaranteed a goodie bag.
- Grand Prize Raffle Tickets recently went on sale: $5 each or 3 for $10. Find out more here: http://jumpfordiabetes.com/blog/?p=21
Those are the big updates for Jump for Diabetes this week. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the tickets, registering for the event or donating to the cause, email JumpforDiabetes@gmail.com and we’ll get you set up!
Well it’s official, Rick and I bought a home.
At the dropzone.
And for anyone who has spent any amount of time at a skydiving dropzone, you know what this means. We bought a trailer in Safety City!!
Oh, I mean, be bought a camper. It’s not a trailer, we’re staying far away from that terminology.
We’re the proud owners of a camper. Whoo!
(This is not ours, nor does it resemble ours, but it’s a cool picture)
This was our first full weekend staying in our new weekend home. And let me just tell you how fantastic it’s been. We no longer have to worry about hotels or bugging someone to stay with them. We can go out on days where the forecast doesn’t look super promising, knowing that at least we’ve got a place to crash after hanging out all day. And when those mid-day naps are calling, there is a bed awaiting my sleepy head.
We’ve even got a small refrigerator to house our necessities like juice and extra bottles of water.
There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done on it, like some roof repairs, but it’s in relatively good shape.
I’d say it’s pretty official that Skydive Pennsylvania has become our home dropzone, or at least as close to a home DZ as we’ll get, given the amount of time we spend traveling.
Hopefully we’ll get this thing road-ready one of these days so we can travel around to other dropzones with it! Now that would be convenient. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but I like a good challenge.
Looking forward to many more weekends spent in our DZ home.
(This is why they call it the Blue Sky Ranch)
For my 26th birthday, my wonderful freefly partner took me out to The Blue Sky Ranch in New York for a weekend of skydiving.
I was excited to be in a location where they have three Twin Otters and a bi-plane (which, let me spoil this for you right now, I didn’t get a chance to jump…even though it was my birthday).
Regardless, we still had an incredible time! Our friend Tom was out there on Friday with us as he was passing through town for work and headed to the East coast for a wedding. Our first couple jumps at the Ranch were with a familiar face, which was nice.
I was nervous on that first jump about finding the dropzone. The arial maps were hard to see and given the location of the LZ I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find it, but turns out we got out pretty much right overhead so it worked out well. Not difficult at all.
One of the first things I noticed from 3,000 ft was this:
There’s a story behind it that I’ll leave for the Ranchers to tell, but I will say that it’s a cemented imprint from a guy who impacted the ground and left a 4″ crater. Enough said.
As the day progressed the spot seemed to get longer and longer. The last jump of the day was a little hazy and we’d decided on the load that we were going to have the pilot do a go-around so that we weren’t completely screwed. Well turns out, the spot did end up screwing us in the long run. We landed about 2.5 miles off in a development that looked like this.
Thankfully they found us quick and we got a ride back to the dropzone. A warm welcome over the PA system from Sarah was what we heard as we walked back into the hangar.
The next couple days were a blur of jumping and socializing – but needless to say it was a great time. We made a few new friends, promoted Jump for Diabetes, and Rick got in his first wingsuit jump!
Aside from not being able to jump the bi-plane, the only other bummer was that there weren’t people swooping the pond. Guess I was under the impression this took place all the time…
If you’re passing through NY and are jonesing for a jump, stop by The Blue Sky Ranch – be sure to tell Sarah and Lauren I said hi .
Until next time, I’ll leave you with a few more pictures that I took from this weekend:
(Sky was stunning on Saturday)
(The infamous swoop pond)
(More of the pond)
(Lone skydiver heading to the loading area)
Welcome back to BASE week! Today we’re going to hear from one of the most visible characters in BASE jumping.
If you’rve heard of BASE, you’ve heard of this guy. That’s right kids, it’s Miles Daisher!
*Photo credit unavailable as I borrowed this from his Facebook page. Hope that’s alright. But this is one wicked picture!
I feel so honored to have the chance to chat with Miles and find out more about what makes him tick. So let’s have at it shall we?
SDC: So let’s dive right in with the standard first question: how and when did you get your start in skydiving? Tell us your story…
MD: I became addicted to skydiving September 6, 1995. I’d always wanted to try it and when my roommate Frank “The Gambler” Gambalie (skydiver, BASE jumper and hero) told me where to go, I booked an AFF (
SDC: That’s pretty incredible! I’m a huge believer in following your passions and doing what you love, all the time. Your story is a great example of that. I’m sure a lot of people out there envy that – and I’m sure you hear that all the time
SDC: So when and how did you transition to BASE?
MD: Watching Frank’s BASE videos was always really cool. When I saw one in particular of a jump from the Troll Spire on the Great Troll wall in Norway where Frank jumped and tracked away from the wall for 26 second before pulling his pilot chute to open his parachute. He was flying his body away from the wall and this sparked my interest to get involved with fixed object parachuting. From the EARTH! I’ve lived my dream and have had the opportunity to jump the Troll wall from Frank’s exit point, the Troll Spire. This was one of the pinnacle jumps that I’ve ever done!
I started on bridges that were the safest things to jump in case your opening faces a direction other than the heading that you choose. If you have a 180 degree off heading opening on a cliff or a building you will have only an instant to correct the direction your parachute is flying before you strike or hit the object you jumped from. With a 20 MPH forward speed on these canopies we fly, things can happen fast and usually do. Bridges are the safest way to start. I take baby steps with every goal I have so I may enjoy the ride to conquer each challenge as safe as possible.
SDC: Do you frequently get to skydive these days or are you all BASE all the time?
MD: I still Skydive quite a bit. I LOVE it. Compared to BASE jumping while having a safe amount of time in the air as well as more time to dial in tricks and ways to fly your body more proficiently while skydiving. I also perform Demonstration jumps with the Red Bull Air Force from aircraft. I’ve even started a new sport called Skyaking (see picture above) that involves skydiving while in a kayak. The freefall can be tricky but I think I’ve got a good handle on this now and the landings are really fun. Swooping into a lake, river or even a ditch while strapped in a Skayak is always a great time!
SDC: That’s incredible – I’ve seen some of the videos of this and you can’t help but smile while watching you having a blast up there, in a kayak! Where do you do most of your skydiving these days – where do you consider your “home DZ” I suppose?
MD: I’ve had a few different home DZs. I started in Skydance Skydiving then moved to Lodi for years. Then I learned to do tandems and packed a bunch at Skydive Lake Tahoe when I became a professional parachutist. It is hard for me to call one place my home DZ. Nowadays I’ll call the in Twin Falls Idaho my home DZ as I do more BASE jumps than anything else. Or anyone else, because I can here in this BASE jumping friendly environment. At 2,669 BASE jumps I’m catching up to the 3,100 skydives I’ve done. Last spring I’d call Sebastian Florida my home DZ. I must say that I’ve been SUPER fortunate to be able to call Lauterbrunnen Switzerland my home DZ last summer as we’ve (Red Bull Air Force) been shooting a 3D movie called Human Flight for a few months. Check out humanflight3dmovie.com to see some of what we were up to. Mostly big wall proximity flying with squirrel suits. I’d have to say it is tough to point a finger at one DZ to call home when I love to visit them all.
SDC: We’ve all seen at least one Miles D video and there’s always one common denominator – you are very high energy! What’s your secret?
MD: The secret to the high energy I have while skydiving and BASE jumping is this . . . When you do things you are passionate about, you do them 115%, or put everything into them. When you love what you do, you get excited about it. For me and this instance, I find it really easy to get excited about flying parachutes and my body through the air. It is super sensory overload for me. I love it! Then there is the rest of my life where my mom would always tell me to settle down and stay still which I’m still not truly understanding why and what she really means by this. As well as the fact that I love the Red Bull energy drink that keeps my vitamin B levels up to where I enjoy them. Caffeine is good for you too if you like to get after stuff. I guess the ADD in me is a good thing and I’ve harnessed the power of it and sustained for life with some help drinking the right stuff.
SDC: What is one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had in this sport?
MD: I’ve had many super memorable moments in the air with my friends. One that really let’s me feel that I can conquer anything and do anything if I put my mind to it as well as enjoy each moment to the fullest, is when I did a 2 way with(my best friend and BASE partner) from the Troll wall in our squirrel suits to actually live the dream and experience the reason I’ve been driving so hard and learning so much to safely get to where I am today. We jumped together at sunset after our Norwegian friends showed us the way to the top and flew for what seemed like forever. Shane shot video of me and I just looked around and soaked it all in. I didn’t even fly well and wasn’t really trying to. I was enjoying the moment the entire day! Shane was yelling at me to Go man Go! and was buzzing around me like a bee trying to get me to fly faster but I just smiled and thought about The Gambler and the good times we’ve all had together. Then after we landed in a field by the road, I hid behind a hay stack because the jump we did wasn’t exactly legal. Shane made fun of me and did the most hilarious John Belushi impersonation while in the wide open field, running side to side and diving on the ground to hide. Then he’d get up again and run side to side and dive on the ground to make fun of how stupidly paranoid I was of getting caught. We laughed for hours on this while we had pizza in the landing area with our Norwegian BASE tour guides toasting a few beers as the sun disappeared on us.
Ahhhhhh the stuff dreams are made of. That’s for sure.
SDC: That sounds amazing. That’s one thing about parachuting I’ve come to love the most – experiencing these moments with good friends. There’s nothing quite like it! Aside from, what are some of the must-attend boogies and events in the skydiving and BASE world?
MD: If you ever get a chance to go to Malaysia to jump the KL Tower, DO IT! To me this event is the funnest. That is a word too. It’s a multi day BASE boogie with cultural celebrations and all the jumps you can handle off the 1,000 ft tower. There is an organized multi week tour that travels the country and has demonstration jumps at many different buildings. I’d like to have enough time to do this someday but the KL Tower is the crowned jewel of the trip from what I hear. I’m trying to get myself organized up on this adventure again this year.
SDC: Malaysia has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. Maybe now there’s another reason…What’s the best piece of advice (related to skydiving/BASE jumping or not) that you’ve ever been given?
MD: The best advice I’ve gotten in my life is “Pay Attention!” You can learn a lot by observing. Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut. Unless you have a question of course. Many people want to get into BASE and start hucking flips and do cool tricks right away. Best thing you can do is to get your FUNdamentals dialed in and perfected before starting to get rad. When you do want to learn something new, break it down into pieces and practice each part so that your motor muscle memory can save you when your brain doesn’t. Baby steps take longer to do but will get you to your goals safer than going full tilt taking chances and missing out on the Journey that is ever so important and a big part of the whole big picture.
SDC: With the amount you have on your plate you must have a very supportive family?
MD: I gotta give huge props to my wife Nikki and children. I don’t know where I’d be without their support and trust and faith in me and what I do. My lifestyle is kinda crazy in the (not so) real world of normalcy. I have a crazy schedule that is subject to change at a few days notice. Hard to make every soccer game, gymnastics meet and even birthday party. We all support each other like a team. I’m super blessed to have such an understanding and helpful family who has my back no matter what. The same thing said for me to them. I don’t take unnecessary risks even when I’m doing the “crazy” stuff I do. There is a method to my madness. I plan on sticking around for years and years to be able to brag up the good times with great friends and give my kids as much grief as possible unless they remain the almost perfect angels that they are for the rest of their lives. I try to surround myself with good people and abide by the great words of Bill and Ted on their adventures “Be excellent to each other.” This would be the one moment where my wife would not support me in my cheesiness as she thinks I’m a dork sometimes. The thing is, she is right and I’m glad she can keep it real too. I can handle it when I’m right and she can’t seem to appreciate the goodness of a quality movie I believe in.
SDC: So for all those aspiring BASE jumpers out there here’s one you’ll appreciate: If you could give one piece of advice to newbie BASE jumpers, what would it be?
MD: If you would like to learn to
Blue skies! Rock On!
Thanks Miles! This was a treat!
I highly recommend checking out any and all of Miles’ videos – it’s some good stuff.
The forecast didn’t look favorable for last weekend – not one bit. With a 60% chance of early afternoon thunderstorms, the crew pretty much assumed Saturday would be 1 and done as far as skydiving goes. Sunday looked even worse, with an 80% chance of storms all day.
Lucky for us, we were only weathered out for a short burst of cloudiness on Saturday and still got 15 loads up.
I was especially thankful as I had not been in the air since South Carolina – so I was jonesing BAD.
At sundown on Friday night, the 2nd annual Tom Watson party started. It included catering, gun shooting, couch burning, good friends, and a beer fire truck..seriously, look!
*Photo by Mary Margaret Briggs
Oh, and there were also lots of great skydives! Joe Lunardi was the load organizer for the day, and he put together some great group freeflying and a fun tracking dive.
Here’s some proof from the weekend
This was also the first weekend for me and my 10 pound weight belt. That’s a story for another day.
Sunday’s weather panned out as expected – with lots of rain. But it was still a fun time at the dropzone, hanging out with friends, watching videos and chatting the day away!
Hope y’all had a good weekend! Looking forward to doing it again soon!
Last week Rick and I took a trip to South Carolina for a long weekend. The main purpose of the trip was to visit his aunt who he hadn’t seen since the 80s, but our adrenaline addiction benefitted greatly when we heard that she lived an hour from Skydive Carolina.
So needless to say we spent some time at this Southern DZ!
The first thing you notice when arriving at Skydive Carolina is the HUGE LZ. H.U.G.E. It’s 70 acres! And there are outs everywhere – not that you frequently need them. Even I didn’t have a problem hitting my target
The only issue we really ran into was turbulence and thermals off the runway.
We were pleasantly surprised when we ran into a few jumpers that we met at the Everglades Boogie. We posted up near a group of belly flyers who made us feel right at home and got a chance to jump with one of the freeflyers who we also met in Clewiston.
On the last day of the trip we were able to jump with Justin, a friend from Skydive PA and now a resident of South Carolina – this was the weekend he made Skydive Carolina his home.
The first jump of the day was a little hairy for me – what with getting kicked in the face and almost getting clobbered by another freeflyer. Whew!
After spending a few days there, I have a good feeling that Justin will be right at home there. The people are so nice and down to Earth! There’s a strong community feel, very encouraging. Most of all, people are just there to have a good time – even the teams in training took the time to chat and share in a few laughs.
Another Southern DZ I highly recommend! If you decide to pay this dropzone a visit, tell Annette that Ashley and Rick said hi