What your skydiving instructor wants you to know
By Brian “Beevo” Denham
If you can jump out of an airplane, you can do anything.
I say this to all my tandem students at Skydive Taft; it seems to give them the motivation they need to let a complete stranger throw them out of an airplane. Pretty crazy huh? As a tandem instructor, I come across a lot of different personalities, and over time, I can read people well enough to adjust my approach and hopefully make their time with me as memorable as possible.
Someone’s first skydive is a big deal because that individual is usually going through a transition in their life, whether they know it or not. When asked to explain this experience to someone that’s never jumped before, some people say it’s like trying to explain how sex feels to a virgin since there are no descriptive words that give it justice. Awesome, cool, amazing, are just too broad in order to begin to describe the intensity of jumping out of an airplane for the first time. The best I can come up with is sensory overload.
Once the door opens and you’re hanging out of the airplane, you experience the most overwhelming feeling unconceivable to the normal person. But the intensity is not the reward, but a necessary step to get to a place of total peace. Once you leave the airplane, your mind quickly realizes there is no going back and the most amazing thing happens: you let go.
Skydive Taft is very unique drop zone bringing people together that normally would never cross paths. Skydivers in general tend to live more for the moment and the bonds between them are extraordinarily strong. As I write this page, I find myself reminiscing about how I got started working in this sport and how Skydive Taft changed me for the better, but I’ll save that for another time.