Featured Friday - Stephanie Frey

September 03, 2015
Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone. No - a GINORMOUS drop zone with a lot of people from visiting jumpers to local jumpers, to staff, pilots, instructors, ground crew, maintenance, manifest to teams, event orgnizers and load organizers!!! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock!

In this week's series, meet an enthusiastic newbie who just happened to find skydiving in her life, Stephanie Frey!!


What inspired you to make your first jump?
I randomly decided I wanted to do a tandem for my 26th birthday.  None of my friends wanted to go, so I drove up alone and jumped.  I loved it so much that same day I bought a second tandem.
What made you decide to go beyond the first jump?

After my first tandem I knew I loved skydiving.  After my second I knew I had to get my license.  A week and a half after my first tandem I was up in the air for my first student jump.  I don't think I have ever been more scared, but I also had never felt more alive once I got back on the ground.


You learned here at one of the biggest skydiving centers in the world! Do you have any plans on traveling to check out other DZ’s? If so, where & why?
Right now I have been focusing on becoming familiar and comfortable with jumping at Skydive Arizona. 
Other drop zones are definitely in my future though!  I am so excited to be involved in a sport that has such a large sense of community.  I can't wait to get out there and meet other jumpers and see new dropzones.

What was the hardest part for you earning your A-license?
Learning how to trust myself and developing self confidence when it comes to jumping.


What are your future skydiving goals?
My only goal is to have fun.  Right now I've just doing small two and three way jumps, which I am more than happy with!  I've been working on polishing fine movements in free fall and tracking.  I'm looking forward to getting more jumps under my belt and trying out some more advanced formations.  I am also looking forward to learn freeflying.
What’s the best resource you’ve found as a newbie?
Skydive Arizona is filled with so many amazingly helpful people.  The instructors at the school have been invaluable to me.  They've helped me just as much now as they did when I was a student.  Really though, everyone at the dropzone has been so welcoming and willing to offer advice.  I am excited to have found a group of people who are so patient and willing to show me the ropes.


Speed Round (quickly choose without thought):
First load or sunset load?
First load
Turtle or the hare?
Pie in the face or a hug for a celebratory jump?
Hug, please
Yoga or cardio?
Beer or wine?
Anything else you’d like to add?
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far.  A few months ago I would never have imagined I'd be doing this...EVER.  Skydiving has brought me such a huge sense of accomplishment and self confidence.  And it's given me the opportunity to make so many great friends.  I couldn't be happier that I stumbled into this.
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