It was through Dan Thames, that I met Jim McGraw (An AFFI @ SDD).
Both of these men are Amazing!
Dan flies wing-suits (see previous post). And Jim (& his wife!) do “Canopy Relative Work” (CReW), as shown.
I mean.. Seriously… How cool is that!?
But not just that… They’re both so kind, generous, and caring…
Routinely investing their personal time, to help less experienced skydivers, for no benefit of their own.
It’s a privilege to talk to either of them.
But they do have their differences.
Having made the decision to get my A-license (in November, in Ohio), it meant I had a long winter ahead.
I knew I was going to be jumping out of “perfectly good airplanes” when spring finally sprung.
And I knew I knew nothing about it.
So I wanted to learn.
You can’t learn how to skydive by reading a book (Obviously!), but you can learn something.
And that’s where it got interesting.
And a little scary.
In a new way.
Asking for advice, lead to some unexpected results.
Jim (and many others, in online forums) were quite adamant… “Don’t read! And don’t watch videos! Just wait! And listen to your instructor!”
Others (like Dan) sympathized… They’d researched similarly themselves, while waiting to get started on their own A-licenses.
And it’s easy it is to find someone that thinks like you do, or that tells you something you want to hear.
So are you really researching, or are you looking for encouragement?
It’s a dangerous sport.
I’m not saying what’s right or what’s wrong.
That’s up to every man to decide for himself.
Please be careful though.
Your life is in your own hands… Sometimes…
But your mind calls the shots… Always.