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A Letter From Rook Nelson
Jumping season is upon us. Long Days of adrenaline filled fun and sharing stories over some drinks at night. Jumping can leave you excited and pumped up its important to remember that we are a community and must respect not only fellow skydivers but our close by neighbors. We have the privilege of this amazing drop zone that is nestled in the country but so do our neighbors. It’s a blessing, to be sure, and we should realize that we are not the only ones who are enjoying the countryside. Our neighbors enjoy it just as much. (more…)
Skydive Chicago founder Roger Nelson used to speak often about the importance of using knowledge to dispel fear. That philosophy drove him to do some pretty uncommon things in the skydiving world — like creating a 20-minute tandem class to help educate brand-new skydiving students on gear, procedure and what to expect. Over the years, that training has introduced countless new skydivers to the fundamentals of skydiving, and it has helped each one of its participants set aside nail-biting terror for healthy curiosity. It made them more educated, more comfortable and more open to enjoying their experience fully.
To find out how it works, we can dig in a little to the work of cognitive researcher Robert A. Monroe. Monroe proposed the notion that we should turn our ‘unknowns’ into ‘knowns,’ partaking of a “different overview” as a method of eliminating fear.
Alright skydivers! Are you getting excited?! The event of the year is around the corner and we’re assembling all the little details that make Summerfest awesome – more awesome than before (like we’ve said is our challenge in ourlivecast)! We’re here to help you boogie-goers prep for this hands down, do-not-miss event with the Top 6 Tips in Getting the Most out of Summerfest!
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Special Delivery From Rook Nelson
Finally, jumping season is upon us! There is so much to do. Wait, where do I even start? Its easy to get caught up by all the action on the dropzone. With so many disciplines to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin. First it is important that you follow the correct steps in learning. If you want to swoop, your not going to strap a 75 valkyrie on and send it. The better option would be to locate and learn from a qualified coach. Please know that not everyone who offers advise is qualified. Do a little research online and seek out recommendations before hiring a coach. This is true no matter the discipline you are trying to learn; whether free flying, wingsuit or CRW, etc. I am fortunate enough to have some of the best coaches and instructors who call Skydive Chicago home. Take advantage of their knowledge and be safe about learning anything new as you take your skydiving game to the next level. Stay safe and have fun!
Skydiving legend Rook Nelson is many things to many people. He’s a stone-cold, multi-medalist, multi-disciplinary competitor, owner of one of the biggest, most important skydiving dropzones on the planet, world record organizer, musician and all-around popular guy. He’s been such a feature on the skydiving landscape for so long that you might think – hey! – you know everything there is to know about Rook Nelson.
With all due respect, we’re here to tell you you’re wrong.
We sat down with Rook not long ago to find out some of his favorite kinda-sorta secrets, and we weren’t disappointed. So, without further ado, here’s a quick peek into the inner world of the amazing Rook Nelson.
Skydive Chicago founder Roger Nelson — a total skydiving legend, by the way — developed AFP because he wanted better for his students than the available programs had to offer. He just didn’t see many competent, confident skydivers emerging from those programs, so he took it upon himself to reinvent the system.
In 1984, he did. Roger created the most progressive and complete solo skydiving certification curriculum in the skydiving world. It still is.
AFP doesn’t skimp on the details; instead, it gives additional breathing space to the material (18 levels vs. the standard 8), which greatly increases graduates’ ability to grow strong and excel across skydiving disciplines. A one-to-one instructor ratio puts each student in the care of a highly skilled mentor, and video of each jump is included for each level so the student has a ready reference for every performance tweak.
In the intervening three-decades-plus between then and now, AFP has continued to evolve. The AFP curriculum has inspired the United States Parachute Association’s baseline requirements for self-supervision. And AFP graduates regularly go on to claim National and World Championships.
The team at “The Good Stuff” visited us a few short years ago and their experience is too good not to share again! Join Craig and Rob as they take you step-by-step on their journey from the moment they signed up, to the almost speechless moment upon landing! Be forewarned: it may make you want to jump from a plane!
Inspired? Want to discover more about skydiving? Or are you ready to book? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, CLICK HERE for more details! We’d love to welcome you to this awesome sport!
Tandem skydiving (or tandem parachuting) refers to the type of skydiving most often used to introduce new skydivers to the sport. During a tandem skydive, a student skydiver wears a harness which is attached at four points to a tandem instructor. The instructor is, in almost all cases, a highly experienced skydiver with a specific professional certification to instruct tandem students. The instructor guides the student through the entire jump: the pre-briefing, the equipment gear-up, the aircraft ride, the aircraft exit, the freefall, the canopy flight and the landing.
That’s the facts, but there are a few other things you oughta know about the greater story of tandem skydiving. Let’s get into it, shall we?
You should know how tandem skydiving has transformed the sport from a hard-core hobby to an inclusive experience.
When tandem skydiving was invented, it revolutionized skydiving. Previous to the advent of the tandem, most skydivers entered the sport through the static-line method. Static-line skydives require each student to exit the plane alone and conduct themselves to the ground independently. Proportionally far fewer folks were willing to undertake such a stressful introduction to the sport.
Since tandem skydiving pairs each student with an instructor that remains with the student from point A to Z, providing constant feedback and comfort all along the way, tandem skydiving allows new skydivers to remain supported in their learning process and confident of their safety. Student retention skyrocketed–and with it, technological developments that have made the sport even safer, more comfortable and more practical for long-term participation.
You should know how tandem skydiving has given previously “unskydiveable” people access to the sport.
Go ahead: Google “100-year-old skydiver.” We’ll wait.
Are you not completely amazed at just how many 100-year-old skydivers there are? How many 101-, 102-, 103-, 104-, 105-year-old skydivers? It’s jaw-dropping. Tandem skydiving has allowed even great-great-grandma to get in on the freefall action. That was never possible before its invention.
We’ve take more than our share of centenarian skydivers up into the sky. And y’know what they always say, every time? That they wish they’d started jumping earlier. So get a wriggle on, buddy! That’s you they’re talking to.
You should know the safety record of tandem skydiving.
Tandem skydiving is safer, statistically, than the car ride you’ll take to get to the dropzone. Far safer, in fact. Math says that tandem skydiving is safer than spending any time at all around cows; than walking across a field in a lightning storm; than skiing; than risking a bee sting. The United States Parachute Association has been keeping statistics on the safety of skydiving since it was founded 70 years ago, and the stats speak for themselves: Tandem skydiving is not only a great way to try out skydiving, it’s an activity that the risk-averse can really get behind.
You should know the kind of gear Skydive Chicago uses.
Skydive Chicago uses the highest-quality tandem skydiving gear available. We understand that student confidence is key to comfort and enjoyment, and we’ve spared no expense in procuring and maintaining the tandem skydiving equipment that inspires that confidence.
We have a many-decades-long reputation to uphold, after all! Skydive Chicago has been a legend on the world skydiving scene since we were founded–for skydivers, by skydivers, for the love of flying. And you should know how excited we are to welcome you to our ranks. Make your reservation today!
This upcoming Memorial Day weekend will mark our 20th Season since we opened the doors to our current operation just north of the little bustling town of Ottawa, IL. With so much to celebrate, we decided to make sure to do it right. “What’s doing it right” mean, you ask? Well, for starters, we are offering $20 jump tickets all weekend long starting on Saturday and ending on Monday. Have that friend who wants to do a tandem? You can let them know that SDC will be discounting tandems to $189 for the weekend as well. There are prizes, random t-shirt give-a-ways, a surprise from Eat Up coming, and we will even be rocking out down at the Tiki with our very own Cisco Dragon as he sings and plays while we gather with friends and family. Make your plans now and join us for a fantastic weekend at Skydive Chicago!
Ryan Patrick started Stay Awesome Productions and has been skydiving and making video edits for the last five years. He has honed his skill to a point where they are truly awesome edits. You may have seen him around this DZ or that DZ as he films and edits and makes all of us look good but, now, he’s teamed up with Skydive Chicago to help cover all the action that is coming your way this year. Let’s take a minute and get to know the man behind the camera… (more…)