Pauline Forister

Pauline Forister

Jul 18

First jump July 2008… because i LOVE adventure!! flying is awesome!! Jumps 725 Ratings None Future ratings None Container CURV… comfort!!! Main canopy Pilot… soft openings for these old bones… ha! Favorite discipline Freeflying Skydiving Training Skydive Spaceland What would you most like to improve about the sport of skydiving? Everything, but probably belly and tracking skills Most common mistake you see new jumpers make? Canopy flight and pattern...

Alisha Bloodworth

Alisha Bloodworth

May 27

First jump I made my first tandem on July 28, 2012 and signed up for the entire A-license program immediately after I landed. I needed a change in my life, and skydiving seemed like something extreme that could help me push my limits. Jumps 220ish Ratings None Future ratings USPA Coach Container Infinity! I love how customizable their containers are. Mine is beautiful. Plus, it fits me like a glove, is super comfortable, and is incredibly freefly-friendly! Main canopy I fly a Sabre2 135 currently. A lot of people complain about their openings, but with good packing and deployment technique the openings are consistent and relatively soft. I love my Sabre2 because it’s aggressive enough that I can have some fun when I want but it’s not as demanding as the higher performance canopies. Favorite discipline Freeflying Skydiving Training Skydive Spaceland Most common mistake you see new jumpers make? Succumbing to peer pressure… Peer pressure to break-off/pull lower than you’re comfortable with, be one of the “cool kids” by jumping to a new discipline before learning the basics at a slower speed, downsize too quickly, start swooping, stick that camera on your helmet for jump 200…you get the idea. My favorite newer jumpers speak up when a load organizer asks if they’re comfortable with the break-off altitude. They pull themselves off jumps that have gotten too big for their skill level. They don’t let it bother them when someone calls their canopy a “boat.” Those are the jumpers I want to jump with. They know their limits and stick to...

Katrina Shows

Katrina Shows

May 27

First jump Oct 1998. Had a friend that who was learning to skydive, like us all it was all she talked about. Hung around the DZ for a while, and decided “what the heck”, I’ll give it a try. Jumps 4500+ Ratings USPA Coach, AFF Instructor, Formation Skydiving Regional Judge Future ratings None Container Icon, because it is the one rig that offered everything that I and the team wanted. It is extremely comfortable, easy to pack (main and reserve), and one of the safest rigs I have ever owned. I love my “Next Generation” icon, the enhancements are fabulous (magnets on riser covers are the bomb! ). Main canopy Depending on what type of skydiving I am doing, I jump different canopies. If I am doing larger skydives, where I want a quicker and more predictable opening canopy, I prefer a Pilot canopy. The openings are extremely dependable, just the right amount of snivel, easy to land in any circumstance, and they are fun to fly as well. When I am not doing larger skydives, I main canopy is a higher performance Sensei. The openings are amazing, and extremely fun to fly. Favorite discipline Relative work (belly flying), Swooping, Freeflying, having fun! Skydiving Training Skydive USA What if anything would you improve in this sport? My friends not getting hurt. I’ve been in the sport a long time, and I have seen too many friends get hurt. Please educate yourself, think about things, and know that not everything that worked for somebody else will work/apply to you. We are all individuals, and we all learn and progress at a different pace. Keep the long-term goal in mind–staying alive. Most common mistake you see new jumpers make? Not asking enough questions, and doing things they are not ready for. Get educated, stay safe. Watch and learn from...

Tash Higman

Tash Higman

Jul 23

First jump July 1997, to raise money for charity Jumps 1250 Ratings USPA Coach, BPA FS Coach Future ratings None Container Javelin Odyssey. Pure vanity, my initials are NJ and the size of my container is NJ. Main canopy Sabre2 120 loaded at 1.4. It is a versatile canopy that opens fast enough for pulling at 3k, can be swooped and yet remains relatively docile if I want to fly it carefully. Favorite discipline Relative work (belly flying) Skydiving Training CF Netheravon (UK) What if anything would you improve in this sport? A formal mechanism by which ratings holders keep up to date with developments. There are lots of changes going on at all times and there are no requirement for continued education for coaches and instructors. This is less of an issue at a larger DZ. Most common mistake you see new jumpers make? Forgetting that the more skilled jumpers have usually spent a lot of time working on those skills and were at the beginning of mastering their skills too once. By all means, aspire to be Dan BC, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t engineer a 4-way draw in 20...

Merry Regan

Merry Regan

Jul 18

First jump I made my tandem in July of 2011. I had a friend who was a tandem instructor and well, I told people at work I would make a jump that summer, so I couldn’t back down. Jumps 500+ Ratings None Future ratings None Container Javelin odyssey. It looks great, is comfortably, allegedly is easy to pack, and I like the design of the container from a rigging/safety perspective. Main canopy I fly a pilot 117. Soft, predictable openings. It is not demanding to control in difficult situations but can be fun to fly if I so desire. It gives me a wingloading that allows me to fly in wind/turbulence and get also to get back from a long spot. Favorite discipline Relative work (belly flying), Freeflying Skydiving Training Jumptown Most common mistake you see new jumpers make? I think younger jumps often do things in a hurry — now that they have a license, they are eager to prove themselves and do what every other skydiver is doing. They do not realize that just because they CAN do something now does not mean they should.They might jump in sketchy wind that more seasoned jumpers would sit down in. Or they might think they should buy all new gear right off student status. Or they might start to freefly with 50 jumps and no audible. Or they might decide to 20 way with less than 100 jumps.I did many of these things because my friends were doing them and I thought that I needed to do them too. I think younger jumpers just need opportunities to do things tailored to their skill level and mentors to look out for them and let them know what experience can wait a little longer. The sky will be there...