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Kyle Horton

USPA Coach, Tandem Instructor, PRO Rated, Demo Jumper & Wingsuit coach

Kyle Horton Wingsuit Coach and Tandem Instructor at PNW Skydiving Center

Kyle Horton

Sky Team

What are your PRIMARY roles at the DZ?

  • USPA Coach
  • PRO Rated, Demo Jumper
  • Tandem Instructor
  • Wingsuit coach

What is your USPA License Number?

Please list your USPA Ratings:
Tandem instructor, static line instructor, coach, pro rated

How many jumps do you have?
2,000+ skydives (within those skydives 1,200 tandems, 800 wingsuit jumps, 286 belly jumps, 400+ BASE jumps).

How many years in the sport?

When you were a kid, were there any early activities that might indicate you’d one day become a skydiver?
When I was a kid I would always jump off of cliffs and do flips. I lived by a dropzone most of my life and would love to see the parachutes come down and land. When I was about 10 years old I saw the movie Tomb Raider. To see the stunt of wingsuit BASE jumping on the big screen I knew it was something I wanted to do one day.

What was the circumstance that led you to the DZ for the first time to make your very first skydive?
I was working a shift at Subway. I was not happy with my life being right out of high school not knowing what I wanted to do in life. My friend Chris A came into Subway, I asked him how he started to get into skydiving. He responded with I started to pack fly video and now I’m just rocking it. We proceeded to talk about the process so I figured I would try. I went to my local DZ took packing lessons saved up money and did AFF and 8 years later here I am. Trying to share the same experience of skydiving with others. Thank you Chris A.

What made you want to continue skydiving after your first jump?
I was a huge adrenaline junky at an early age. I had to find a hobby to stay out of trouble as a teen since there wasn’t anything really to do in my area. I did AFF on my first jump because I knew it was something I wanted to do and had found my passion.

What’s the best / most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?
Wingsuit sunset jumps. They are the best flying next to purple-pink orange clouds it truly feels like a completely different world and can’t be described really unless you try it.

If you could jump with anyone in the world, who would you like to jump with and why?
I have already for the most part jumped with everyone I have wanted to. If I could choose someone though it would have been Shane Mcconkey that guy is a legend and we have a lot in common, like most jumpers.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about jumping for the first time?
Stop making any excuse possible to not go skydiving. Oh I need friends to go with me…. oh I’m busy, maybe next weekend, maybe next year … let me save you all the trouble and simply say stop letting fear control your life and go out and have fun. Once you stop being afraid life becomes more fun in areas you didn’t think would be so much fun. As soon as you leave the plane all the fear goes away and it’s a blast. The best feeling ever.

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