Learning to skydive takes some commitment: a time commitment, a financial commitment, and, most importantly, a mental commitment. When deciding on a skydive school to begin your solo skydiving journey and achieve your skydiving license, it makes perfect sense to ensure you are learning from the best. If you’re new to the skydiving world, it can all be a little overwhelming. Where should you go to get your skydiving license? What are the differences between different skydive schools?
The truth is, not all skydiving schools are created equal. At Skydive Orange, we set ourselves apart with the level of training and attention we provide to our students.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. We figured what better way to show how our skydiving school is different than to interview one of the students that graduated from our skydive school program.
Enter Brad Cohen.
Brad Cohen, originally from Harrisonburg VA, made his first skydive with Skydive Orange in June of 2017.
Brad says “I’ve been an adrenaline junkie since I was a kid so I’ve always wanted to [skydive]…I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do for my 23rd birthday, so I kind of spontaneously decided to go [tandem] jump.”
While his desire to do a tandem skydive was a “bucket list thing,” Brad decided to pursue AFF for a different reason.
What made you decide to begin AFF and jump from a “perfectly good airplane” again and again?
“I got down from my first tandem and signed up immediately for AFF. I was in love from the beginning. I had never experienced anything that gave me the rush that skydiving did. I loved the idea of a hobby that pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to continue to grow and set new goals.”
While that’s all well and good, one may wonder, what led Brad to choose Skydive Orange? What about the program spoke to him, specifically?“I really loved how safe I felt at Skydive Orange for my tandem, and the atmosphere was so welcoming. It was like a family, so I was definitely inclined to stay here.”
Brad was a solid student who worked his way steadily through AFF. He says:
“I didn’t race through the progression, but I didn’t have to repeat anything either. I took the advice from my instructors and just tried to be a sponge and learn as much as possible. Canopy stuff was a lot harder for me to grasp than freefall. Ironically, now I prefer canopy. I did a lot of my AFF with Tammer, and he was awesome to jump with! [He was] always so positive and encouraging.”
In September of 2017, Brad successfully graduated our program and received his skydiving license. Though, Brad didn’t stop there. Since 2017, Brad has accumulated around 325 jumps, possesses a C license, and a coach rating.
Currently, Brad has some pretty impressive skydiving goals. When asked about these future skydiving ambitions Brad says,
“I’m currently loving being an AFF coach and learning to shoot tandem videos—which is a blast. My main goal right now is learning to swoop. Next year, I’m hoping to get my tandem and AFFI ratings so I can make skydiving a full-time thing!”
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Interested in getting your skydiving license, check out the skydiving certification program at Skydive Orange today!
The largest tandem skydiving center near Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.