My dad, David Atwood, started skydiving a couple of years before I was born so I was hanging out at drop zones from Montana to California throughout my childhood. I got my first job in skydiving working for Jim Wallace in Lake Elsinore, packing parachutes, picking up students, and running errands. I was finally able to make my first skydive on July 9th, 1994 in Hollister, California thanks to Greg and Patty Nardi. I was lucky to have my Dad as my AFF instructor. I finished my license the following year in Star, Idaho. After my first jump trip to Skydive Arizona for the Easter Boogie in 1995, I fell in love with the facility. The weather, the knowledge of the staff, and the airplanes all made this the most epic skydiving facility I had experienced.
It wasn’t until 2000 that I had the opportunity to move to Skydive Arizona and immerse myself in the skydiving experience. I started out packing parachutes and jumping whenever possible. Mostly with my great friend Ben Bressler, and listening intently in the free fly corner to soak up the knowledge being spread by coaches like Steve Curtis, Jason Peters, Omar Alhegelan, Keith Snyder, and many others. It wasn’t until the completion of the Skyventure Arizona wind tunnel that my skills started to progress.
I joined Arizona Drive in 2007 and fell in love with the discipline of Vertical Formation Skydiving as well as the competition experience. In March of 2011 I was asked to join Arizona Arsenal. I knew it was an opportunity I could not pass up.