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Skydiving. Sharing stories about the beauty of the sky. sebastianochiappa.wixsite.com/joplanes

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The Sky is the Age Limit

I've been obsessed with finding ways to transfer the value and wisdom of older generations to younger generations. I've searched around the world hunting for ways to illustrate the necessity of these relationships, but nothing shows the importance of learning from those who came before us like skydiving.

The hypothesis: the lessons shared through the stories of experienced skydivers can literally save the life of an inexperienced parachuter.

To validate this theory and share this finding with others, I needed to experience it. So I tracked down Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS)'s with over 12,000 members in 28 chapters (with newly added Belgium). Alicia and Pat Moorehead of POPS were quick to help me find an older skydiver in the Bay Area to do my first tandem.

by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri

I am so grateful Alicia and Pat pointed me to then 68-year-old Mad John Dobleman out of Bay Area Skydiving. Beyond my life-changing jump with Mad John (I cried tears ranging every spectrum of emotions), I was amazed that one human had such a profound impact on those around him.

I can't even imagine trying to measure the impact of Mad John's butterfly effect. First as a math teacher, and secondly as a mentor with jump numbers in the quintuple range. He is a man driven by sharing his passion for jumping with others.

Mad John Dobleman is a rare human and I feel honored to have shared a jump with him. Enjoy the short video below and feel free to share, embed, etc.

I'd love to do a larger project on older skydivers if anyone would like to collaborate. We film in 2D and VR. Maybe the next POPS gathering…

A special thank you to the contributors below!

by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
by Amanda Cavaleri
This article was originally published on skydivemag

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