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Start Skydiving 05 13 2013

News from Start Skydiving:

 Ohio Numbers 06  – 12 May 2013:

        Slots:  212
        Loads:  19
        Tandem:  61
        AFF:  2
        Fun Jumpers Slots: 65

USPA Coach Certification Course May 24th – 26th 2013 Starts at 7:00 Pm Friday.

USPA Coach Certification Course for earning your first basic instructional rating. Course start’s Friday May 24th – 26th 2013. Contact Gene at if you are interested.

This is the fundamental entry level USPA Instructor rating.  It will be the foundation that you will build upon while you obtain all of your other ratings.  This course will give you the basic tools and understanding needed to instruct general skydiving concepts.  This course also teaches coaches how to teach group freefall skills and teach new students how to build upon their newly developed skill sets. The course focuses on adult learning principles, teaching techniques and understanding the ISP, as well as applying useful strategies to be successful in applying and teaching skydiving to novice students.

  •   Current USPA membership
  •   B-license
  •   Minimum of 100 jumps
  •   Have the required topics signed off on the Coach
  •   Proficiency Card prior to the course
  •   Have completed your written exam
  •   Have the USPA SIM and IRM

You need to have a current SIM and IRM for the course. ( Current SIM and IRM at Manifest )

USPA Coach Proficiency Card


Team Fastrax will be holding a Basic CRW Skills Camp June 8-9. The camp will run for two days and will consist of 6 jumps and ground training. A B-license is required to participate.  Click Here to pre-register for the Basic CRW Course.


Big way training with Guy Wright is scheduled for June 13-16 so mark your calendars! The camp will begin with smaller 10-16ways and then progress to 20, 30, & 40ways with attempts at new Ohio RW records. This will be a great weekend of fun and challenging skydives with world class coaching and organizing.  Click Here to register.


Fastrax Swoop will be holding a second Basic Canopy Control Course on July 7th. There is a 10 person maximum for the course, and remember it is a requirement for earning a B-License. Click Here to register.

Tandem SkydiveJohn Harth “Rudder”255455_10100621506632822_1414396411_nAmy Fillion He got down on one knee and I said Yes!!! Derick Creech.

Swoop“Apollo Splash Down”

Start SkydivingCongrats to John Harth for the gold in zone accuracy and bronze overall. Skydive in Ohio

pAULPaul Stanford Complied his 3000th Jump!179152_598455503498738_1053650131_n

tandemTeam Fastrax Swoop Training “Alex Lupson new swoop jumpsuit”

Team FastraxThe MAN, the MYTH, the LEGEND…. And Brett Micheals

Skydive dayton“Welcome Back to Ohio” Paul and Julia .

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Sofly… Southern Ohio Freefly with Chris Frayer, Melanie Johnson, Brad Hunt, Paul Gerlesky and Aubrey Caldwell at Start Skydiving. Skydive ohio

Start Hard Training Weekend #1 — with John Hart, Michelle Albers, Derick Creech, Scott Shell, Amy Fillion and Beth Shell


Tyler Roemer demonstrating one of the most important tunnel instructor skills with Melanie Johnson and Tyler Roemer. OSUStudents and their instructors hitch a ride back from the student landing area. Photo by Melanie Johnson with Dewey Vinaya, Arianna Williams, David French and Bud Prenatt at Start Skydiving.UC.90 year old, Pat McKisie, may not have opened her eyes the whole skydive, but she did it!!! Photo by the Great Emily MacDonald  with Lonnie Kirk at Start Skydiving. Tandem SkydiveLarry Alcocer rolls out of the plane, looking chill as evah. Photo by Melanie Johnson.

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Self portrait by Melanie Johnson with Carly Colombero, Chris Frayer and Jennifer Frayer at Start Skydiving. 



Staff Sgt. Sean Samaroo, 4th Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan.

The ceremony took place at the newly designated Wanat Range, formerly known as Camden Range.

Samaroo received the award, the nation’s third highest military decoration, for his part in the Battle of Wanat, which took place 2008 in the eastern province of Nuristan, Afghanistan. Samaroo is also a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.

“There were a lot of heroes out there,” Samaroo said. “Some maybe didn’t get recognized as much as me. I’m pretty thankful and honored.”

On the morning of July 13, 14 months into Samaroo’s deployment, an estimated 200 enemy fighters launched a coordinated assault on a small vehicle patrol base manned by approximately 50 American and coalition troops.

As the battle began, Samaroo – then with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade – and his squad were manning a traffic control point near the base. Samaroo’s squad successfully defended the traffic control point before reinforcing an observation point, which was under threat to be overrun by the attackers.

On his way to the observation point – an uphill climb through exposed terrain – Samaroo encountered three wounded Soldiers, whom he and his squad brought to safety.

Samaroo himself was wounded by shrapnel and was bleeding from the head and legs, but refused to leave his position until reinforcements arrived.

Nine American Soldiers were killed in the attack; 27 Americans and four Afghan soldiers were wounded.

Samaroo credited his training and instinct with helping him through the situation.

“There was a time that I did not want to go up that hill,” he admitted. “I thought that it was too early. There’s such a thing as tactical patience. You have to let the battle evolve.

Because of that, I believe we saved a (few) more lives that way.”

After he was wounded, Samaroo said goodbye to his wife and son aloud, according to a first-person account read during the ceremony by Lt. Col. Richard McDermott, 4th Bn., 10th Inf. Reg., commander.

“That’s when I said, ‘Man, this is it. You’re gone,'” Samaroo said. “I really thought I was, but I just clicked like that and started focusing back on what I had to do.”

Samaroo admitted that the incident changed his life.

“Any time you have a near-death experience … it changes you. It does. You think about the small things in life,” he said.

Samaroo, who has been in the Army for nine years, came to Fort Jackson in January as a cadre instructor at Camden Range. The range, which has been undergoing extensive upgrades, was renamed “Wanat Mounted Convoy Live Fire Range” in honor of the Soldiers who died during the Battle of Wanat.

Brig. Gen. Bradley May, Fort Jackson commanding general, called the renaming a fitting tribute as the range will be used to train “skills that will allow (Soldiers) to thrive in combat, just as Staff Sgt. Samaroo did.”

Samaroo said he hopes to pass on those skills and ultimately intends to become a drill sergeant.

“That’s always been a dream of mine, being a drill sergeant,” he said. “I want to be able to share what I learned as a combat Soldier.”


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Start Skydiving Live Load List
United States Parachute Association
Start Skydiving Newsletter sign-up

News from Start Skydiving Florida:

Now Open Year Round ” Start Skydiving Florida”


Adelle Molnar jumps with Clint Leighton at Start Skydiving Florida. DCIM100GOPRO

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Sasha Molnar and Dan Treeman at Start Skydiving Florida. DCIM100GOPROSteven Hart a Start Skydiving Florida.


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News from Team Fastrax:

Demo this week:


  • David Hart  Tandem Instructor
  • Dan Paganini Tandem Instructor
  • Paul Stanford Tandem Instructor
  • Matt Harvey Tandem Instructor
  • Rudder Tandem Instructor
  • Scott Stilwell 7,800 sqft flag / Tandem Instructor
  • Gary Holden  Flag / Streamers
  • John Hart Video
  • Melanie Johnson Video
  • Gene Ground Crew

05 18 2013 University of Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball

  • John Hart American Flag
  • Paul Standford University of Cincinnati Flag
  • Dan Paganini Crew
  • John Harth (Rudder) Crew / Game Ball
  • Gary Holden Ground Crew

Last weeks Demos:

05 07 2013 Middletown

  • Gila Streamer
  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Paul Stanford Middletown Flag
  • Matt Harvey Tandem Instructor
  • Rudder Tandem Instructor
  • Babs Ground Crew
  • Gary Holden  Ground Crew

SkydiveCris Carter event at Barnitz Park on May 7th.

05 08 2013 Scioto Downs

  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Robin Streamer
  • David Hart Streamer
  • Babs Ground Crew
  • Matt Ground Crew
  • Gary Holden  Ground Crew

Tandem JumpTeam Fastrax @ Scioto Downs

DemoDan Paganini and The American Flag

ucTeam Fastrax @ UC Baseball Game

DemoTeam Fastrax @ Toyota Grand prix of Long BeachFastraxPaul Stanford 1500 feet above landing area.

 Texas Motor Speedway“Treeman” TeamTeam Fastrax, Dana Lee Bowman, Jessie Fletcher, and Fiona Gorostiza.

VIDEO’S Wounded Warrior Event at Texas Motor Speedway:

Upcoming Demos:

      • 05 18 2013 University of Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball
      • 05 18 2013 ARMED FORCES DEMO DZ (New)
      • 05 22 2013 DC Gaylord
      • 05 26 2013 Scioto Downs (New)
      • 05 27 2013 Woodside Cemetery
      • 05 30 2013 Quaker Steak n Lube The Thank You Foundation (New)
      • 05 31 2013 USAFA Golf Classic (New)
      • 06 01 2013 Dayton Dragons American Celebration
      • 06 01 2013 Pyramid Hill
      • 06 07 2013 Ramsey, NJ Relay For Life
      • 06 07 2013 Tri State Warbird Museum
      • 06 14 2013 Flag Retirement (New)
      • 06 18 2013 Dayton Dragons All Star Game
      • 06 22 2013 Dayton Airshow
      • 06 23 2013 Dayton Airshow
      • 07 04 2013 Dayton Dragons 4th July Celebration
      • 07 22 2013 Dayton Defense Golf Outing
      • 07 26 2013 Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic
      • 07 27 2013 Freedom Alliance Charity Golf Classic
      • 07 29 2013 Pat Rupp Memorial Golf Tournament
      • 08 03 2013 Bath County Wings and Wheels
      • 08 03 2013 National Night Out
      • 08 11 2013 NASCAR Watkins Glen
      • 08 15 2013 All Ohio Balloon Fest
      • 08 16 2013 All Ohio Balloon Fest
      • 08 17 2013 All Ohio Balloon Fest
      • 08 17 2013 478th Golf Outing
      • 08 17 2013 Dayton Dragons American Celebration
      • 08 24 2013 Fallen Hero Poker Run (New)
      • 09 12 2013 Quaker Steak n Lube The Thank You Foundation (New)
      • 09 13 2013 National Championship Air Races
      • 09 14 2013 National Championship Air Races
      • 09 14 2013 Safety Fair
      • 09 15 2013 National Championship Air Races
      • 09 21 2013 Air Force Marathon 2013
      • 09 21 2013 The after party at the Greene
      • 09 28 2013 Smith Park Hospice
      • 10 27 2013 Marine Corps Marathon
      • 11 02 2013 Hueston Woods State Park Veterans Day

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xgBTb.St.58Wounded Warrior Jessie Fletcher jumps tethered to Paul Stanford at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, Friday, March 1, 2013.

1hLQeT.St.58 Wounded Warriors Jessie Fletcher, left, and Dana Bowman, right, after their jump at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, Friday, March 1, 2013.16hXkr.St.58 Fiona Gorostiza, Fox 4, displays the coins that she received after her jump at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, Friday, March 1, 2013. The Opening ceremonies began at 8:30 a.m. with the National Anthem performed by Aaron Tippin, followed by a choreographed skydiving jump with Team Fastrax into Texas Motor Speedway. eq6od.St.58John Hart, retired army, Team Fastrax, jumps at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, Friday, March 1, 2013.

Treeman @ Combat Veterans to Careers Demo


06 14 2012 Start Skydiving “Flag Day” Hook Field Team Fastrax Video By “Brett Dennis”

06 14 2012 American Legion “Flag Day” New Carlisle Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

06 30 2012 Kentucky Speedway Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

07 28 2012 Nuxhall Miracle League Team Fastrax Video By “Dan”

08 24 2012 Simon Kenton High School (ARMY) Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

09 01 2012 Mead Cusa Cup West Carrollton  Team Fastrax Video By “Rudder”

09 01 2012 Mead Cusa Cup OAK GROVE PARK Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

08 31 2012 Fairfield High School Game Team Fastrax Video By “Dan and Rudder”

09 01 2012 IU vs. Indiana State Team Fastrax Video By “Dan”

09 02 2012 WEBN Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 06 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Pittsburgh Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 09 2012 Darby Dan Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 15 2012 Air Force Marathon Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 15 2012 Safety Fair Team Fastrax Video By “Dan P”

09 15 2012 University of Cincinnati Football  Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

10 06 2012 University of Cincinnati Football  Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

10 12 2012  Logan Hocking  Team Fastrax Video By “Dan”

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