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Oct. 10, 2022

Mike Talerico - Skydiving

In this episode, Jay welcomes Mike Talerico to shed light on what it’s like to be a professional skydiver. Mike is a competitive skydiver who’s done over 2,900 jumps throughout his career. Pretty wild, right?

Skydiving is often a life-changing experience for the average person… but how has it changed Mike’s life? What drove him to start skydiving in the first place? Listen in to gain insight into life as a pro skydiver, how competitive skydiving works, and the weirdest/riskiest jumps he’s seen over the years.

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? This is your sign to take the leap! Stick around until the end of the episode for Mike’s expert advice for first-time skydivers.


Summary

In this episode, Jay welcomes Mike Talerico to shed light on what it’s like to be a professional skydiver. Mike is a competitive skydiver who’s done over 2,900 jumps throughout his career. Pretty wild, right?

Skydiving is often a life-changing experience for the average person… but how has it changed Mike’s life? What drove him to start skydiving in the first place? Listen in to gain insight into life as a pro skydiver, how competitive skydiving works, and the weirdest/riskiest jumps he’s seen over the years.

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? This is your sign to take the leap! Stick around until the end of the episode for Mike’s expert advice for first-time skydivers.

Episode Highlights:

🪂 [03:16] Mike shares his background in skydiving and talks about what it’s like to be a professional skydiver.

💀 [09:37] Mike’s one and only (near-death) experience jumping with an old school round parachute.

🏅 [14:40] What is competition skydiving?

💻 [21:47] How technology has enabled parachutes to evolve to be safer.

⬇️ [25:04] Assessing and minimizing risk before skydiving & What can happen if you don’t check your equipment.

🦅 [29:06] The weirdest things Mike has seen throughout his 2,900+ skydives.

⏱️ [32:30] How long is the freefall time in a skydive? Have you learned anything about yourself or the world during a skydive?

🗺️ [45:02] Mike speaks on the global competitions he’s competed in

ℹ️ [47:23] If you’re interested in skydiving for the first time, listen to Mike’s greatest tips and advice for first-time skydivers.

Resources Mentioned:

United States Parachute Association

Visit Skydive City in Zephyrhills, FL

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Mike Talerico

Competitive Skydiver

Mike is a competitive skydiver who’s done over 2,900 jumps throughout his career. Pretty wild, right? Skydiving is often a life-changing experience for the average person… but how has it changed Mike’s life? What drove him to start skydiving in the first place? Listen in to gain insight into life as a pro skydiver, how competitive skydiving works, and the weirdest/riskiest jumps he’s seen over the years.

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? This is your sign to take the leap! Stick around until the end of the episode for Mike’s expert advice for first-time skydivers.