Published: May 12, 2016
As part of our Give It Away In May Campaign we are offering a FREE Theory Course on May 10th for all the women out there who have always wanted to learn to skydive solo. Ladies! This is YOUR chance to enter into a world so many will not dare to go! In the weeks leading up to the event, we are going to introduce you to a few inspirational women who have chosen the journey of skydiving. Read on and meet these skydiving legends!
Meet Skye Scheepens: Real Estate Rep and Manager by weekday - Wingsuit / AFF instructor / International Bigway Competitor by weekend!
"Having travelled to the US to be a part of the Aussie Bigway Record in 2015, this was an incredible experience, and the record was set at 117 skydivers from 18,000feet. This relies on 117 people being in exactly the right place, at the right time and all under 60 seconds. 117 canopies in the air is a terrifying yet beautiful experience, and when they all open at the same time, its like an awesome thunder sound in the air when you hear it from the ground."
SASD: What was the inspiration for you to become a solo skydiver?
SS: I grew up being afraid of everything. I was not a natural born adrenalin junkie, which I think is an assumption most people make about skydivers. So skydiving was something I never intended to do! However, I was working manifest at a dropzone on weekends and watching everyone else jump made me want to try it for myself. I did my AFF course, and being completely out of my comfort zone, I really struggled with the fear side of the sport. I was worried sick for days prior to a jump but once I completed the skydive, I was ecstatic! It got easier each time, and eventually the fear was not an issue. As I progressed through the sport, there was always a new challenge to learn, and my inspiration to keep jumping was other amazing skydivers I would meet and wanting to improve my skills. Improvement never ends!
SASD: How long have you been in the sport?
SS: I have been skydiving for over 5 years now and I wish I had started earlier, it changed my life.
SASD: What disciplines are your favourite? Why?
SS: I have tried them all, but particularly love Bigways and Wingsuiting. Bigways are "belly" or "relative work" jumps, typically involving anywhere from 10-400 skydivers in the air at once to make a "formation". Having travelled to the US to be a part of the Aussie Bigway Record in 2015, this was an incredible experience, and the record was set at 117 skydivers from 18,000feet. This relies on 117 people being in exactly the right place, at the right time. All under 60 seconds. 117 canopies in the air is a terrifying yet beautiful experience, and when they all open at the same time, its like an awesome thunder sound in the air when you hear it from the ground.
The next Record attempt is in 2018, so in the meantime, I will either go for a wingsuit, or do an AFF jump. Achieving my instructor rating in 2013 was one of the highlights of my skydiving career as I have loved teaching skydiving to new students and being so involved in that early process. It is genuinely fun for me as no two students are the same, and watching them progress is quite special.
SASD: What would you say is the greatest challenge of the sport for you personally?
SS: Consistency. Being able to jump as often as possible, as much as I want. I know makes me a better skydiver and a safer skydiver. Time and weather usually gets in the way...But I am now pregnant with twins and unable to skydive for the moment, so consistency is my biggest problem! I always felt the difference when I jumped if it had been a little while between jumps, and this is something I have always tried to get across to students, particularly when starting out, as too long between jumps makes skydiving so much harder when you are learning.
SASD: What do you do/ what keeps you busy when you aren't skydiving?
SS: I have been in real estate my entire career. I am currently the General Manager of UniLodge and am very thankful that there is no weekend work. My weekends are for skydiving.