Skydiving has been a big part of my life for the last 25 years. I currently have over 16,000 jumps from a perfectly good aircraft in flight, this current level of experience did not come easy. I started by packing the parachutes under the supervision of a parachute rigger in an old metal building that was used to store the airplane when we were done at the end of the day. As you can imagine with summer temperatures you will sweat a lot while during this activity. One day my friend went up for a jump as we sometimes got the chance to throughout the day but when he opened his parachute he passed out and drifted (thankfully safely in a clear area) back down to the ground without controlling his parachute. The doctor said that he was severely dehydrated and to be more careful in the future. WOW! Talk about feeling vulnerable. As I grew in the sport we always taught proper hydration.
Over the years, I have trained people to jump from airplanes in Las Vegas, New Jersey, New Zealand, Texas and now Atlanta Georgia. Being a skydiving trainer is the most enjoyable thing I have experienced but now I get to teach the trainers and show the importance to have a student to obtain their goals in skydiving.