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Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith is CEO/President, and Guest Relations Associate at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. He has owned and operated the business since 2000. He has been skydiving since 1994, and in addition to leading the CSC Team, is currently an instructor, videographer and pilot for CSC.

When it comes to skydiving, there are many links in the chain required to ensure a safe, fast, and efficient operation. From your first meeting with Manifest to the person that packs your parachute, to your instructor, and yes, of course, your pilot. 

So if you’re an active skydiver, none of this will be particularly new to you. You’ve felt some if not all of these effects more times that you can actually count, but… you might not have broken them down quite like this; and if you’re looking into becoming a jumper, these are some of the things you may have never thought of:

You’ve simply never seen such a crystal-clear blue. Jumpers wait for the entire year-round for the season we now find ourselves enjoying, and it’s the absolute perfect time for you to make your first jump! 

So you’re thinking of making your first ever skydive.  You’ve gone deep down the YouTube rabbit hole and watched everything from tandem skydives to wingsuits carving down mountain slopes inches above the terrain, and there are more than a few things that you’re not so sure about; so with that in mind, here’s answers to a few of the more common questions and comments we hear as professional skydivers.

Our more seasoned jumpers will most certainly know this, and our newer jumpers will learn
quite quickly. Manifest is one of, if not, THE most difficult jobs in skydiving. Manifest is tasked
with an incredible amount of responsibility, from helping solo students and tandems complete
their paperwork and get matched with instructors, to ensuring experienced jumpers have up-
to-date reserves and are current, as well as organizing each and every load all day, every day.

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