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Jake Strain in freefall with other fun jumpers

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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Kelly Corcoran, smiling with sunglasses on his head while standing in front of a beach with boats in the background.

KELLY CORCORAN

What are your primary roles at the DZ?

AFF Instructor; USPA Coach; Packer; PRO Rated Demo Jumper; Senior Rigger; Tandem Instructor; Videographer; and Manager.

What is your USPA License Number? 

D-27956

Please list your USPA Ratings:

Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor, Senior Rigger.

How many jumps do you have?

10,650

How many years have you been in the sport?

19 years.

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

There have been many. But taking my father on a Tandem ranks pretty high.

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

It’s not for everyone. But there is only one way to find out if it’s for you.

Dawn Wheeler smiling with a beach behind her.

DAWN WHEELER

What is your primary role at the DZ?

Manifest

How many jumps do you have?

5

What was the circumstance that led you to the DZ for the first time to make your very first skydive?

A friend came to town for a Dave Matthew’s concert and said he wanted to go skydiving. I really had no interest in jumping out of a plane but he insisted so I went, and here I am.

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

I would have to say the 3rd one because our friend did a video of our jump.

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

If I can jump then you can do it. I was terrified but it was such an amazing experience that I have jumped 4 more times. The scariest part is getting out of the door and what I have learned is if I don’t look down I do much better.

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

BROOKE BROWN

What are your primary roles at the DZ?

Senior parachute rigger and social media marketing representative

What is your USPA License Number?

C-44448

Please list your USPA Ratings:

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.

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