The Team

Team-DJ 

DJ Marvin

License:  D-22292

Ratings: Coach Examiner, AFF Instructor Examiner, USPA/UPT Tandem Instructor Examiner, Tunnel Coach

Jump number: 8,000

Year of birth: 1973

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? Sharing our wonderful world (from freefall to the community) with others. Making dreams come true!

What is your skydiving philosophy? Make the most of each jump and you will take away the most from each jump.

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor:  We can learn from EVERYONE, from the first time jumper to a national champion. Always have an open heart and mind.

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Team-Val 

Valerie Marvin

License: D-29368

Ratings: AFF Instructor, Coach Examiner, Lead Mentor for Skydive Spaceland's Mentor Program

Jump number: 2035

Year of birth: 1976

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? Helping others learn something extraordinary and work towards individual goals.

What is your skydiving philosophy? Fly safe and have fun.

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor? Say what you mean, mean what you say.

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Henry “Hank” Prewitt Jr

License: D-27400

Ratings: Coach Examiner, USPA/UPT Tandem Instructor Examiner, AFF Instructor, S&TA

Jump number: 6350 

Year of birth: 1969

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? My favorite jumps are tandems. I love taking people skydiving.

What is your skydiving philosophy? Live your life to the fullest.

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor: When I was a new jumper asked Roger Nelson what I should do. He asked me "Can you spread the love kid? That's what I want you to do!" I believe that is what we should all be doing.

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 Team-Jay

Jeffrey "Jay" Veenendaal

License:  D-29692  

Ratings: USPA/UPT Tandem Instructor Examiner, Coach, AFF Instructor, Coach Evaluator, PRO, Tunnel Instructor and Coach

Jump number:  7,000

Year of birth:  1986

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? The joy and excitement of a student experiencing individual flight for the first time.

What is your skydiving philosophy? Each jump is a new chance for your best skydive!

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor: Be a blank slate, always be open to new ideas or techniques from peers.

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 Team-Jason

Jason Hyder

License: D-18960

Ratings: AFF Instructor Evaluator, Tandem Instructor Evaluator, Coach Evaluator, Airline Transport Pilot

Jump number: 6,000

Year of birth: 1972

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? Watching a 'whuffo' transform into a teacher.

What is your skydiving philosophy? Listen deeply to everyone's story... there is always something to learn from it.

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor: Teach more because you will learn more.

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Rory Corrigan

License:  D-028873

Ratings:  Coach Evaluator, AFF Instrcutor Evaluator, Tandem Instructor Evaluator, FAA Master Rigger, Regional Judge - Formation Skydiving, Tunnel Instructor and Coach

 

Jump number: 4,000

Tunnel Time: 30+ hours

Year of birth: 1980

 

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? Seeing the "Eureka!" moment in a student's eyes

 

What is your skydiving philosophy? Nothing can clear your mind and center you quite like one jump out of an aircraft.

 

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor:  Be versatile with your teaching; you will encounter a wide variety of people, so be ready to teach AND learn from every one.

 

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 Team-Liz

Elizabeth “Liz” Sass 

License: D-25653

Ratings: Coach, AFF Instructor Evaluator, Coach Evaluator 

Jump number: 9,500 

Year of birth: 1976

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? yes.

What is your skydiving philosophy? Skydiving starts on the ground. The more you do, the more you will learn. Share the knowledge.

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor: A rating is a ticket to learn. Know you will make mistakes, and learn from them.

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Team-Daniel 

Daniel Angulo

License: Coach, AFF Instructor Evaluator, PRO

Jump number: 7,200

Year of birth: 1977

What is your favorite part of teaching skydiving? Watching my students grow in the sport.

One tip to give the aspiring coach/instructor: Learn more as much as you can always answer anything to anyone you are teaching.

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