Featured Friday - Alex Swindle

September 30, 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, we meet a local jumper who learned to jump here, is into many disciplines, has hilarious Facebook posts, but we know him mostly by his obsession with Batman. This week, meet the one and only, Alex Swindle. 


What/who inspired you to make your first jump?
I got to go to the very first Diamondbacks game and it opened with a demo jump into the stadium that blew my 9-year-old mind. I always wanted to jump and planned to go when I turned 18, but I chickened out before I even made the reservation. Then I finally sucked it up and went for my 21st birthday.
Where did you learn to skydive?
I got my A license at Adventures in Skydiving, but really everyone at Eloy has taught me how to skydive--instructors, organizers, local fun jumpers, AXIS Flight School, Airspeed, FunAir, packers, riggers--they've all been incredible resources whenever I've had a question about anything.
What disciplines of skydiving do you like and why?
All of 'em? A fast 4-way works the competitive part of my brain. A wingsuit flight is indescribably freeing (and I get to say "I just flew in from Eloy, and boy are my arms tired!"). Seeing a tandem student go from terrified in the plane to overjoyed under canopy never gets old. Walking back in from the desert after a successful big-way attempt is one of the best senses of accomplishment I've ever felt. An organized jump is a good excuse to spend time with great friends in a low-pressure environment. And if nothing else, my handful of attempts at freeflying have provided plenty of entertainment for everyone involved.

Batman WS

You’re a teacher – what inspired you to become a teacher and what’s your favorite thing about teaching?
I took a class in college that put me in local middle and high schools a couple times a week. I found out that I loved working with kids and trying to find new ways to explain ideas, so it seemed like a good fit. While math itself is fun and all, the best parts of teaching by far are my students. They're absolutely hilarious and make sure I never get through a day without cracking up at least a couple of times at their jokes (or at least their failed attempts at humor).
You’re known for being a batman fanatic. What started the obsession?
 Batman: The Animated Series was how I spent every afternoon after school as a kid. That led to the movies, which led to the comics, which obviously leads right into buying Batman-themed skydiving gear. Someone once told me I have the mind of an 8-year-old with the purchasing power of a 27-year-old. It's a very dangerous combination. 

Speed Round (quickly choose without thought):
First load or sunset load?
Sunset load high pull
Sky or tunnel?
Comicon or US Nationals?
One's a gathering of weirdos with questionable fashion sense wearing skintight spandex; the other one is about comics. I feel at home at both. 
Batmobile or Lamborghini Sesto Elemento?
1989 Tim Burton Batmobile.
Algebra or Calculus?
Calculus is integral to my understanding of the world (see what I did there?)
Video Game or Relaxing movie?
Relaxing video game

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