C’mon Baby, re-light my fire

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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…

We all find ourselves in a groove from time to time. Grooves are great! We feel confident in our abilities, we are happy with our accomplishments, and we’re fulfilled. But sometimes it’s not a huge slide to go from a groove to a rut. Luckily, skydiving is such a wonderfully varied sport, that it’s an easy problem to avoid!

A New Groove!

~  Been rocking Four-Way for ages? Every dive flow so engrained in you that you can visualize them all with ease? Take a weekend and stroll on over to that goofy looking jumper waddling around in the wingsuit and ask them what it’s like. Chances are there’s a wingsuit course not too far afield that can help to spice things up.

~  Spent the last 500 jumps paying more attention to zippers and line twists than laughing with your crew because you’ve been perfecting your wingsuit flying and building confidence? Have a chat with coach running the “Head-Up” camp over the weekend and see a few smiling faces and get a bit of a different angle on your view.

~ All about dirt-water-dirt and nailing down your accuracy skills, or trying to get the most out of a distance run, but you find you can’t remember the feeling of terminal velocity? Give yourself even just half a day to go knock out a cannonball with the gang, a zoo dive 4-way or even grab a low time jumper that’s just looking lost and give them a few jumps they’ll always remember!

~ Always in the same place? Travel! There are incredible dropzone’s all around the world, each one of which offering incredible destinations with wonderful events, unique views, and new people. Home will always be home, but traveling will help give you great stories and potential skills you’ll be able to bring back with you to help keep it fresh!

The greatest part about skydiving is just how much it has to offer. With so many different disciplines, so many different variations and so very many different personalities, there is always something to help keep you in that groove!



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.