Published: April 27, 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 Laura Watson: Scientist, formation competition skydiver, tango dancer and owner/creator of The Bride Lab
"Learning to trust yourself and have confidence in yourself that you can deal with any situation you find yourself in. It's not always easy - but sometimes the most difficult things in life are also the most rewarding!"
SASD: What was the inspiration for you to become a solo skydiver?
LW: I had always wanted to try skydiving, and my mum, brother and I all did a tandem skydive in 2005. Everyone really enjoyed it and the following Christmas I decided to buy a voucher for my brother to do his first solo skydive. The strange look on his face when he opened the voucher initially made me think that he wasn't all that keen, but then I opened my present from him and saw that we had bought each other the exact same present - without even discussing it! It was great for us to share the experiences of making those first initial jumps together - something I'll always remember fondly!
SASD: How long have you been in the sport?
LW: I did my first solo skydive in 2006 - wow that's 10 years! Time flies when you're having fun
SASD: What disciplines are your favourite? Why?
LW: I like to try all sorts of different things - I have been organising female skydiving events around the state with the aim of getting more girls involved in skydiving and I teach novice skydivers how to do formation skydiving. I've done a bit of canopy formation and wingsuiting, but my absolute favourite is 4 way skydiving! I love the challenge of working as a team and the amazing feeling when everyone gets into a rhythm making the formations and it's almost as if you're all moving as one - and seeing everyone's smiling faces during the jump!
SASD: What would you say is the greatest challenge of the sport for you personally?
LW: Personally, I think skydiving is such a mental sport. The biggest challenge I face is about overcoming fear, and learning to manage all the emotions that can come into play with skydiving. Learning to trust yourself and have confidence in yourself that you can deal with any situation you find yourself in. It's not always easy - but sometimes the most difficult things in life are also the most rewarding!
BELOW: "Dr. Tee", Laura's Italian stallion husband proposing to her after a demonstration jump.
SASD: What do you do/ what keeps you busy when you aren't skydiving?
LW: My career for the past 10 years has been in medical research, but looking for a new challenge I recently opened a wedding gown boutique (The Bride Lab, www.thebridelab.com.au) - so now working two jobs keeps me pretty busy! I also love to dance tango, practice yoga, travel and speak Italian!
SASD: How do you think skydiving has changed you as a person?
LW: Skydiving has helped me appreciate the importance of living life to the fullest! It has made me more confident, and the skills I developed of managing and overcoming fear I have applied to so many aspects of my life - Nicole said it too - but it's absolutely true - if I'm facing something I'm nervous about, I'll often tell myself "If you can jump out of an aeroplane, you can do this!"
SA Skydiving Adelaide, adventures in Langhorne Creek signing off. Stay tuned to hear more from SA Skydiving's female sports skydivers over the next few weeks!