What is your USPA License Number?
Please list your USPA Ratings:
Tandem Instructor, Coach
When you were a kid, were there any early activities that might indicate you’d one day become a skydiver?
I would say there were a lot of indications that skydiving would be a good match for me. As a small child I was climbing up and jumping off anything that I could. My Mom says it started soon as I could walk by climbing up and jumping off couches or other furniture. As I got older it was trees, cliffs into water, etc. I can definitely say that there was something missing in my life before I found skydiving.
What was the circumstance that led you to the DZ for the first time to make your very first skydive?
When I graduated high school my Uncle DJ called me and said “Nate I got you two gifts, but you have to choose between only one of them. First one is this really nice tie from Nordstroms and the second one is we’re both going skydiving.” I think it’s pretty obvious which one I decided upon lol.
What made you want to continue skydiving after your first jump?
After experiencing my first jump, I knew in my heart that I just had to continue on and get my license. The pure freedom of jumping out of a plane, freefalling, and then flying a parachute to the ground is an indescribable and blissful experience.
What’s the best / most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?
There has been so many memorable skydives over the years for me so this one is tough. I would have to say that taking my Mom skydiving would have to be the most memorable and special jump for me. Skydiving is totally out of her comfort zone and the fact she put her trust in my abilities to not only get her safely to the ground but also impart upon her such an incredible experience means so much to me. Love you Mom!!
As an instructor, what has been one of the most meaningful jumps you’ve made with a student?
In 2020 I took a disabled veteran who had been severely injured on his last jump while serving active duty. He had severe PTSD from the accident and was very scared to jump again. Once we were about 3000’ up in the plane he told me that he was too scared and didn’t want to jump. For the next few minutes I talked with him about his decision, reassured him, and got him calmed back down enough that when it came time for the door to open he decided he wanted to jump. As we made our way to the door he looked back at me with so much incredible emotion and said “Nate I trust you, let’s do this!” After landing there were tears of joy and he thanked me through and through for talking him through his fears and helping him with his PTSD. As we parted ways he said to me “Nate thank you so much, I feel like my life has begun again and you will never know how much this jump means to me.”
If you could jump with anyone in the world, who would you like to jump with and why?
This one is easy, I have taken all of my immediate family members on skydives. I’ve taken my brother (who now has hundreds of jumps), I’ve taken my sister, and I’ve taken my Mom twice. So taking my Dad on a skydive would be my choice without a doubt. Come jump with me Dad!