A local skydiving instructor is documenting the impact that he's had on people's lives.
Jason Warren, of Regina, made his first jump on July 21, 2001 and has been a member of Skydive South Sask in Moose Jaw since then. He has about 1,400 jumps under his belt.
"Everybody has their own traditions," explained Warren. "As a skydiver, you're supposed to log all your own jumps so that you an actually see what you've done when people ask. I've done a little bit of a different thing on that. Whenever I take a tandem person, I've made it my goal to collect enough memories to share with my kids and if ever I have grandkids, to show them the impact I've had on people. It's really amazing just collecting those little stories."
There was one entry in particular that stood out for Warren.
"About four or five years ago, one of my tandem students, they passed away of cancer and [the family] actually phoned us and asked for his log entry to use for a memorium. I think that's something that is totally amazing, collecting that piece of paper, that little log book entry. He found it so enjoyable, it was a memory. That's what we're here for, to create great memories."
The 48-year-old single dad of three has been skydiving at locations across North America including here in Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, Chicago, LA, North Carolina and Mexico.
One of his goals is to go on a skydive with over 100 at an event coming up in 2025.
When asked what the appeal of skydiving is, Warren replied that for him, it's meeting interesting people and giving them the experience of a lifetime.
"It's my rule to take you from unknown to the experience of skydiving. I also travel for skydiving and the achievement I get out of that is to meet really interesting people from all over the world who really want to live life and show me how to live life to the fullest."
Skydive South Sask is a non-profit club that offers three types of jumps: tandem, gradual free fall, and the more advanced progressive free fall. The club has been operating out of the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport since the early 90's.
For those thinking about crossing skydiving off of their bucket list, Warren encourages people to just 'come on out'.
"Take that little risk, take that little leap of faith. All of our instructors are highly qualified, we're wanting to share the love of skydiving...Not all of life is pre-planned, sometimes you just have to take the opportunities that are presented to you," he said.
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