First jump in 1981 at Skydive Elsinore on a static line with a T-10 round parachute. Second jump in 1990 at Cal City Skydive Center. Continued jumping at Cal City where I learned to shoot video and earn my Static Line, IAD and Tandem ratings. In 1996, became Co-Chief Instructor and S&TA in charge of Static Line and Tandem operations.
In 1997 attended the first BIC in Richmond Virginia and became a BIC Director, (later changed to Coach Examiner). Moved over the Skydive Perris in June of 1997 and in 1999 earned a AFF instructor rating. In 1999 joined The Flying Elvi Skydiving Demo Team. 2000 to 2007 worked weekends doing video, AFF and tandems for various skydiving schools before returning to Perris Valley Skydiving School full time in May 2008. Became Chief Instructor at PVSS in June 2011.
In 2008 became a Tandem Examiner for both Strong Ent. and UPT. In 2012 became an AFF Examiner and Static Line Examiner.
Military work: Tandem Examiner for the Canadian Forces SkyHawks Skydiving Demo Team since 2009, tandem evaluator for USAF ANG, instructor for numerous basic para courses for Canadian Military and Qatari military.
Jump For The Cause 2000 where I had the privilege as a Tandem Instructor, along with my friend Coral DeGagne a paraplegic, to participate in a World Record 35-Way Formation with a tandem in the base. We were able to raise $50,000 for spinal cord research.
Real World/Road Rules Challenge for MTV, The Revolution (ABC), Good Day LA (Fox) tandem jump aired live on Fox, Entertainment Tonight, Visa Commercial, Top Chef, Oprah Winfrey Show.
Jumped with actress Amy Pietz of Caroline in the City, Sports Illustrated Cover model Petra Nemcova, Tanner Gill, Don Swayze, Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Tonight/Fox newscaster Lauren Sanchez, Patrick Bates of the L.A. Raiders, Barkevious Mingo of the Cleveland Browns, Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks.
NasCar races into the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Ca. and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vega Nev., Green Hills Memorial Park, Frontier Hotel Las Vegas, Chinook Winds Casino Newport Oregon, Ritz Carlton in St. Tomas Virgin Islands, South Pointe Casino Las Vegas for Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, VH1 Celebrity Golf Tournament Las Vegas, Whidbey Island NAS Air Show in Wa., Riverside Resort/Casino Laughlin Nv.,
Sponsors: Skydive Perris, Performance Desions, Velocity Sports Equipment, Bonehead Composites, Alti 2
Away from skydiving interests include motorcycles, (big loud ones), scuba diving, football, fishing, (love the Sea of Cortez), hiking and Margarita's!
Hopes to retire someday on a quiet beach with a long extension cord for my blender!