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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.

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.

Without a doubt, the most important consideration we, as skydivers, have is the safety of
ourselves and our fellow jumpers. Most experienced jumpers are well versed in ensuring that
they maintain their own equipment and environment in a safe manner, but just as important is
helping ensure that you, as a licensed jumper, do the same for your friends and fellow skydivers.

You’ve been at this a while now. Your car seems to almost be on autopilot as you head to the dropzone sipping your morning coffee and running through your mental gear check to make sure you’re not borrowing an alti from the gear shop, again. Your crew is fantastic, and these brothers and sisters you’ve spent countless weekends with are closer to you than pretty much anyone. You love them all and you’re going to have another amazing and fun time, but…

As summertime kicks into full gear and we all try to get the most out of good weather days with lots of sunshine, there are a few things that you, as a licensed skydiver, can do to help us turn as many loads in a day as possible and give you more chances to hit the skies. Check out these great ways you can help us make this one amazing summer.

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