If you’re a skydiver, you know Jay Stokes’s name. He’s the former President of the USPA, after all. He came to professional civilian skydiving only after serving in the US Army for 24 years on the military side of the freefall fence, and in that time has earned a veritable gallery of certifications. (These certifications are above and beyond Jay’s two Masters’ degrees.)
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When I talk to him, World Wingsuit Champion and elite wingsuit instructor Chris Geiler is gearing up for a busy day jumping his wingsuit from Italian cliffs. The road to terminal pasta-opia has been a long one, as Chris was born quite literally on the opposite side of the world—a small town in Western Australia, “in the middle of nowhere,” as Chris puts it. He spent his early childhood moving from state to state in Australia with his mom.
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When I talk to Skydive University founder Rob Laidlaw, he’s in Guatemala. He’s personally supervising three examiner trainees as they conduct a Coach Examiner verification and AFF Instructor Certification program for the Guatemalan Parachute Association.