Featured Friday - Danny Berg

June 17, 2016
Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone with a lot of people from visiting to local jumpers, to staff, pilots, instructors, ground crew, maintenance, manifest to teams, event organizers and load organizers!!! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock

Today, meet a guy hailing from the potato state who made his first tandem at the age of 21. He now calls Skydive Arizona home and works for the school, Adventures in Skydiving. Meet, Danny Berg!

What/who inspired you to make your first jump and why?
I did my first jump in southern Idaho for my 21st birthday with one of my friends. Somehow life happened and the idea of getting licensed got put back burner for a few years until 2014 when the idea became more feasible. 
Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you?
I did my first student jump at the Lost Prairie boogie in 2014; no doubt that boogie was a huge part of why I became hooked on the sport. I finished the student program and got my license here at Skydive Arizona last June. As far as what kind of student I was; I'm afraid to think about it haha. I don't think I was too terribly bad but I definitely had my obstacles. Every time I turn onto my final I hear Dusty in my head lecturing me on why low turns are bad.

You work for Adventures in Skydiving which is the skydiving school at Skydive Arizona. What’s it like working for the school and learning there?
I love working here! Every day I see new faces and meet new people. I get to see everyones anxiousness and nerves before they make their first jump, and subsequently get to see the excitement and energy when they land. In the year and a half I've been here, I've never woken up and dreaded going to work, which is huge for me. As for learning here; I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The fact that some of our instructors are pushing 20,000 jumps is unreal. By the time I got my “A” stamp; I felt like I had learned so much. It really was one of my most personally satisfying accomplishments.
What has been the easiest part of learning?  Hardest part?
I don’t know that I would say any of it was “easy” but it’s certainly made easier by the people around me. I feel like I have all the resources and knowledge here at my disposal, so I suppose the hardest part would be utilizing it all and trying to keep up.

What are your future goals in skydiving?
At the moment I'm mostly focused on hitting my 200 jump mark. I think it would be pretty cool to be an instructor someday. I remember career day in school and no one ever told me that you can make a living throwing people out of airplanes. Overall I’d like to just keep having fun. To not take skydiving so seriously that it becomes a torment or a source of stress. 
Where did you come from before SDAZ, what work did you do, and how did you end up here?
I’m from a small town in north Idaho, close to Canada. Most recently I was in car sales before this. I’ve had a lot of different random jobs. I even worked underground as a silver miner for a minute. I’m actually a fabricator by trade though, and thats how I guess I would label myself. I’ve been building drift cars and things like that for years. How I ended up here is a long story, but to sum it up: I quit my sales job on a whim after my first student jump, THEN applied for a job here (not my smartest life choice, but thankfully it all worked out). Moved down here a few weeks later and lived in a tent on the DZ for a month and a half until I found an apartment.
In 5 words or less, how would you describe yourself?
Random? Weird? Crazy cat person? I don't know…

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’d really like to thank the Hill family for giving me an awesome place to call work/home; especially Windee for tolerating me and not taking me out back and putting me out to pasture, as they say. My boss Debra for giving me this opportunity. Without her I wouldn't be here! Big thanks to Margy and everyone at Square2 for always taking care of me, as well as the manifest staff and everyone else here. My instructors for continuing to teach me day in and day out; and last but certainly not least: HUGE thanks is owed to my amazing mom. She has supported this endeavor from day one and done so much for me, I will truly never be able to thank her enough!
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