Featured Friday - Emily Quinn

September 16, 2016
Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone with many extraordinary people! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock

Today, we meet a woman whose overcoming Stage 3 Malignant Gliblastoma. She's found working in the loft at Desert Skies Rigging and at the tunnel. She's an incredible person who loves this sport and her smile radiates as she walks through the hangar. Meet the inspiring, Emily Quinn!


What inspired you to make your first jump?
I randomly decided the best birthday gift for my dad would be a tandem jump. So I booked one for my dad and myself almost 6 years ago at Skydive Arizona! I became super curious after that! Like 7 or 8 tandems later I had the instructors basically point out that it's time to spend the money towards getting licensed!
Where and when did you learn and what kind of student were you?
May of 2011 at Skydive Arizona! I have no idea what kind of student I was... I'd say focused but not 'perfect' by any means.

Most people don't know that you had a brain tumor. tell us about it, how did you recover and get back in the air?
I'm one of the randoms to have had a borderline stage 3 malignant Glioblastoma. Now in remission, I'm extremely appreciative seeing as I've progressed in far less time it takes most, if any. I honestly believe my constant focus on one day being back in the sky sustained my recovery from such a circumstance. I know it sounds cliche but you've got to punch through vs. dip out. I could go on forever on all I've learned, how/why, but all I can say is we are all capable of obtaining ANYTHING! Chase your passion, stay POSITIVE!

What's your favorite discipline of skydiving and why?
As of late I'm beginning to try and learn as much as I possibly can to hopefully do MFS. I absorb everything the AMAZING instructors at SkyVenture Arizona are throwing at me. I wasn't quite sure what my first discipline would be until I've felt coddled under some badass wings! =)  **(I understand if you cant use that word... in which case maybe just the word lovely!)**

What are your future skydiving goals?
Progress as much as possible! It's not hard work when you're working hard at something you love... I'll see where it takes me =)

What's the best advice you can give for newbies?
 -Absorb everything the instructors/experienced skydivers (especially here at Skydive AZ) have to say. When they call you out on minuscule errors, LISTEN! When they hand over advice whether it be in canopy flight, free falling, gear maintenance, general safety... LISTEN! When you're noticing self improvement due to all these AMAZING skydivers looking out... give 'em a hug! =)
 -When you're fun jumping, jump with the LO's! They are all into steering you towards whatever goals you're shooting for.
 -Oh yea, and TUNNEL FLIGHT! SkyVenture's instructors are AMAZING and all their eyes light up when they get to take part in helping one of us obtain progress!
Anything else you'd like to add?
Make your positive energy as contagious as possible!

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