Skydive Chicago’s July Newsletter

Skydive Chicago’s June 2018 Newsletter

Take a peek at the latest information and happenings at the world-famous Skydive Chicago!

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…)

How To Dispel Fear with Knowledge

How To Dispel Fear with Knowledge

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.

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Experienced Skydivers: Top 6 Tips To Get the Most Out of Summerfest

Experienced Skydivers: Top 6 Tips To Get the Most Out of Summerfest

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 our livecast)! 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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June Newsletter

Skydive Chicago’s 2018 June Newsletter

Take a peek at the latest information and happenings at the world-famous Skydive Chicago!

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!

Sincerely,

Rook Nelson  (more…)

7 Things You Might Not Know About Rook Nelson

7 Things You Might Not Know About Rook Nelson

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.

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What Is “AFP”? Is It For You?

What Is “AFP”? Is It For You?

How Is AFP Different?

The Advanced Freefall Program (AFP) at Skydive Chicago™ is just one more reason that Skydive Chicago is special in the best possible way…and we’re going to prove it to you! Check this out.

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.

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