Yesterday, a friend sent us a link to an article about a new place to skydive in Michigan. When I clicked on the link, I was surprised to see a familiar face. We'll get to that in a minute.
You may recall that Mr. W started skydiving by taking a tandem jump a few years ago. With a tandem jump, having a great instructor makes the difference between a fun experience and an amazing experience and Mr. W had Josh Sheppard; one of the best. Josh is experienced, enthusiastic and passionate about skydiving. Mr. W had such an amazing experience that he decided to take the AFF course (to learn to jump solo) before they were back on the ground.
So back to that article, the familiar face I saw was Josh. He and his brother Abe have started a new skydiving business in Owosso, Michigan called Skydive Owosso. Both Josh and Abe have impressive credentials and were part of the skydiving team that set the Guiness Book of World Records largest wingsuit formation flight. They are open to all jumpers and have some fantastic tandem packages. They're lots of fun, too!
I asked Josh if he had a good story about being a tandem instructor that I could share with you and he did. It cracked me up and I think you'll enjoy it too:
One day a girl came out to Midwest (Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club). She booked a tandem for her and her boyfriend. We were in the small plane, Randy's 182. When I told her to get up so we could start getting ready, she starts crying hysterically!! It was hilarious and heartbreaking. We got hooked up after a group hug with the pilot! Lol. I was telling her everything is going to be fine and going over the instructions. The entire time with her crying her eyes out!! We jump with her crying through Freefall! I open the parachute and as we pleasantly fly through a clear blue sky on a perfect Michigan summer day, she is still crying... Trying to comfort and coddle her is not working! She isn't having fun which is becoming frustrating for me. By 1500 feet I need to start setting up to land. The girl is still freaking out and I yell "Hey!! This is fun!! Shut up and have a good time!!" She stopped crying and smiled immediately!! I couldn't believe it. All I had to do was tell her to "Shut up and have fun!"
See what I mean? Having a great instructor makes all the difference, even if you are nervous. I already told Josh that I'm planning to visit Skydive Owosso for a tandem jump next season (The anniversary skydive that I told you Mr. W and I were going to do didn't happen. Our anniversary was just a month after my dad passed away and I wasn't ready).
|Our son's girlfriend on her tandem jump|
For more information about Skydive Owosso, visit their website or their Facebook page facebook.com/skydiveowosso. We wish them great success with their new business and can't wait to visit!
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