My name is Jeff. Dawson and I am a skydiver. I am passionately fanatical about the sport, the culture, the family that is skydiving.
I made my first jump over 26 years ago on my 40th birthday. I was going to make only 1 jump, to say that I had "been there and done that". A year later I jumped at a chance to make a second. This led to a third. It was after that jump I became hooked. During the jump debrief the jumpmaster told me I was ready to continue with the next phase of training. Me ?? Become a skydiver ?? The light went on and I have been jumping ever since.
Skydiving is unique in the fact that your first try at the sport is immediately rewarding. You don't have to be an expert at the sport in order to get the "high" that participating brings. Nine times out of ten, the word I hear a first timer use to describe the jump is "awesome". It is also the most accurate word. When you land, you are in awe of what you have just accomplished. And yet, that first jump is merely the tip of the iceberg. Under the surface lies the world of skydiving. A world that is infinite in its possibilities and excitement. I am blessed to be a part of that world.
I am extremely fortunate to have a wife who supports me in this endeavor. Laura is not jealous of the extraordinary amounts of time that I spend at the dropzone. While she doesn't jump herself, she understands that jumping makes me happy. I am a very happy person. Without her help, I would not enjoy jumping nearly as much.
I jump at the Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin. It is the largest dropzone in the state and also the closest to my home in Milwaukee. In addition, whenever we travel I like to get in a jump or two. To date, I have jumped at 140 locations in 19 states and provinces.
This web site is a scrapbook of a sort. I don't claim to be a writer or a photographer. Nor do I claim to be an expert in the sport. I just love to jump. I hope that this site will give you a little glimpse of my involvement in the sport of "jumping out of a perfectly good airplane".