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Get to Know David Lang
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When you were a kid, were there any early activities that might indicate you’d one day become a skydiver?
Not sure if there was any one specific thing. I spent a lot of time in nature as a kid, and my love of adventure has always been big! I was involved in competitive athletics, primarily football and track.
What was the circumstance that led you to the DZ for the first time to make your very first skydive?
I stayed at Skydive City in a tent for a few days before the start of my lease in Tampa when I originally moved to the Tampa area at the end of 2016. I was an active skydiver moving to the area and a friend and I moved here together. He had been to the DZ before and we spent our first few days in Florida doing what was most important to us – skydiving!
What made you want to continue skydiving after your first jump?
I think it was the sense of mental clarity and level of physical and mental engagement it involved. I was hooked the moment I let go of the strut on my first skydive, a static line jump in Weeping Water, Nebraska.
What’s the best / most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?
I think every so often this jump gets trumped by small, memorable experiences that continually happen if you continue to skydive. Every jump has a special energy to it, and some definitely resonate with you indefinitely.
If you could jump with anyone in the world, who would you like to jump with and why?
I would love to take join my mother on a skydive if she would ever agree to it!
what is one of the best customer experiences you’ve had at Skydive City?
Any time someone has that “light bulb” moment, where mental clarity meets physical capability, is magnetizing. Being an integral piece in a jumper’s progression (students and experienced jumpers alike) is a rewarding and humbling experience.
What about your daily work at Skydive City contributes to FUN at Skydive City?
I believe that I bring a professional skillset and knowledge base to the local crowd along with an eagerness to help others surmount their own hurdles in the learning process when it comes to skydiving. From freefall skills, canopy piloting, and general skydiving safety and awareness, I do my best to pass along as much learning in as entertaining and engaging of a way as possible through my coaching and mentorship.
What is most gratifying about your work at Skydive City?
Seeing others progress over the hurdles of the learning curve with in skydiving is one of the best things that comes from having the opportunity to be professionally involved at Skydive City. Each person is a unique amalgamation of personality and experiences, and helping someone develop skills within their passion is hugely rewarding.