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Jake Strain in freefall with other fun jumpers at Skydive STL

Jake Strain

OWNER

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jake Strain has around 5000 jumps and loves all aspects of running a DZ.

His parents worked hard and by example instilled in Jake the values of integrity, respect, persistence, and love. He has carried those lessons into his personal and professional life and believes you should hold your family and friends near.

Jake was a sports fiend from the word “go”. Competitive by nature, he played baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and ran track through high school. Being in the “zone” is what he loves most about sports. His other favorite past-time as a child was jumping off the cliffs by the many lakes the family visited while camping around Oklahoma. If there is a defining childhood moment, it would be his technique for getting off any cliff that scared him. He would count to three and just go! Sounds a lot like BASE!

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The owner of Skydive STL, Luke Church wearing a blue skydive shirt and mostly white head band.

Luke Church

OWNER

Luke Church grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. When he was fourteen, he saw a BASE jump video on the internet and knew that was what he wanted to do. With more than 6000 jumps he has found skydiving to be as exciting as Base jumping.

Luke’s favorite part of owning a drop zone is the people that come to skydive. He understands that one jump can change a person’s whole life. Watching people overcome their fears and being really tuned into the moment never gets old. Every person who comes to skydive has a story, and they all leave the DZ changed in profound ways. The opportunity to share his passion with everyone reminds him why his motto about life is GO ALL IN!

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lee skydive stl manager wearing blue shirt and parachute in front of white wall while smiling

Lee Cipriani Nisley

What are your primary roles at the DZ?

Tandem Instructor and Manager.

What is your USPA License Number & Ratings

D-32598, Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor, Safety & Training Advisor.

How many jumps do you have?

4,250

How many years have you been in the sport?

11 years.

What’s the most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?

My wife’s graduation jump when she got her solo skydiving license.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about jumping for the first time?

I’ve never had anyone land after a skydive and say they wish they hadn’t done it, you will love it too!

kerri office manager wearing blue jersey and pants in front of white wall smiling with hands on hips

Kerri Cipriani Nisley

What is your primary role at the DZ?

Social Media Marketing Representative

How many jumps do you have?

32

What is your USPA License Number?

A-89413

What led you to pursue your skydiving license?

Skydiving was something I always thought was just a bucket list item, however it quickly became one of my favorite hobbies I could do with my husband. Nothing beats playing in the sky with him!

What’s the most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?

My graduation jump to get my license. It was the most liberating and fun feeling. By far the highest high I’ve had from a skydive.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about jumping for the first time?

Don’t go down the internet rabbit hole of looking at everything that can go wrong, skydiving technology has come a long way and is always progressing. Your instructors are incredibly experienced and the equipment is constantly maintained and inspected thoroughly. If you’re nervous, just ask us questions!

noah skydive stl instructor standing with shocka hand signal in jersey shirt smiling in front of white wall

Noah Bogard

What is your primary role at the DZ?

Tandem Instructor

How many jumps do you have?

1300

What is your USPA License Number?

D-37153

What led you to pursue your skydiving license?

When I was a kid I used to watch skydiving on the X-Games, and always said I wanted to try that. When I was 24 I finally got my chance. Before my feet touched the ground I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 3 years later I am introducing people to my AMAZING world!

What is your most memorable skydive?

The first time I hooked someone to me as a tandem instructor, I had every emotion running through me, from scared to super excited!

Evan the parachute packer wearing a gray shirt while standing and smiling

Evan Shukers

What is your primary role at the DZ?

Parachute packer

How many jumps do you have?

80 +

What is your USPA License Number?

A-87020

What led you to pursue your skydiving license?

The fun and joy of freefall I discovered when making my first skydive with my brother. I love jumping with my friends and family. There is nothing else quite like it!

What’s the most memorable skydive you’ve made?

The weekend I completed skydiving license and then getting to jump with all my friends on a formation skydive.

Brooke Brown, the senior parachute rigger and social media marketing representative wearing a blue skydive shirt while standing and smiling.

Brooke Brown

What is your primary roles at the DZ?

Senior parachute rigger

What is your USPA License Number & Ratings:?

C-44448, FAA Certified Senior rigger

How many jumps do you have?

620

How many years have you been in the sport?

9

What’s the most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?

Flying outside video for my mothers first jump.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about jumping for the first time?

Leave all of your worries in the airplane it will be an experience of a lifetime.

Matt Brian

What is your primary role at the DZ?

Office Manager

How many jumps do you have?

50+

What is your USPA License Number?

A-93317

What led you to pursue your skydiving license?

I had the opportunity to do my first tandem jump with the Army Golden Knights completely by chance, I was just in the right place at the right time. As soon as my feet touched the ground I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!

What do you enjoy most about skydiving?

The community of other skydivers!!! But also that feeling of calm and relaxation during freefall despite going 120+ mph while falling through the air.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about jumping for the first time?

Do it!!! Many people don’t take advantage of the opportunity to do something like this. There are so many good things in life on the other side of fear, you just have to take that first step.

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