Featured Friday - Rebecca & Adam

July 06, 2016
Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone with many extraordinary people from local to visiting jumpers, 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 an incredible couple who are on an extraordinary journey!  Meet, Rebecca Avison (from New Zealand) & Adam Merino (from Australia) made Skydive Arizona home for a few weeks!!

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What/who inspired you to make your first jump and why? 
R - My Mum. We did tandem skydives together for my 19th birthday. Mum had always wanted to try it, but my Dad had said "not until Rebecca is old enough to look after herself". So when I asked mum for a skydive for my birthday her response was "great! If you can convince your father to let me go too!"
A - a friend of mine said "let's learn to skydive, it's something different". So we did. 
 
Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you? 
R - I learned in Methven, New Zealand at the New Zealand Skydiving School about 6 years ago. I'd like to think I was "a natural", but in reality I was quite a nervous student (nervous in the plane, all smiles in the air).
 
A - Commandos Skydivers in Tooradin (Victoria, Australia) it was June 2011. I picked up the basics pretty quickly. I did static line training, so I found flying canopies easy. I only needed radio assist for my first two jumps. I was quite light and floaty for a while once I got to doing full altitude skydives. 
 
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Where are you from & tell us about your trip to the U.S.? 
R - I am originally from Wellington, New Zealand. But I have been living in and travelling Australia for the past 7 months. 
 
A - I'm from Melbourne, Australia. 
We are on a jumping holiday here in the US and we aim to jump as much as possible and meet as many people as possible. Skydive Arizona is our first stop on our 3 month adventure. 
 
What inspired your trip?
Neither of us have been skydiving a great deal in recent years, so we wanted to take a holiday and try catch up on some of the jumps we've missed out on. I've visited the US for skydiving before and loved it. The US is the land of amazing dropzones, coaches and possibilities for us. 

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What’s been your favorite jumps since you’ve been at Skydive AZ?  
R - Every jump I get to share with Adam is my favourite. One that stands out was a 4-way head up jump with 9 Toes and Seth on Saturday. It was lots of fun jumping with people with so much experience. There were a few docks in there and lots of smiles all around. 
 
A - not one single jump has been my favourite, I've enjoyed all of them for different reasons and it's been great to jump with new people and learn new things. 
 
What are your future goals in skydiving?
R - I'd love to get my instructor ratings, and also get to the point where I can coach full time for a career. I really admire the elite women in our sport and I hope one day I can inspire other females who skydive. 
 
A - learn as much as I can and get my ratings so I can teach others. And to always have fun. 

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Anything else you’d like to add?
R - Thank you Skydive Arizona! It's been wonderful staying here for the past 3 weeks. We look forward to coming back soon! 
 
A - Whether it be with packing, freefall or canopy skills, we've been offered assistance and tips willingly. The staff and jumpers have been very welcoming, and thank you to the Bent Prop for feeding and watering us. 
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