A few months ago I answered the phone as usual, "NorCal Skydiving this is Jimmy."
The voice on the other end responded, "Hi, this is Lee. I'd like to make arrangements to come out and learn to skydive."
Great. So I started to go over the details about making a tandem jump followed by the AFF Skydiving classes.
Lee stopped me and said he'd done a lot of research and already knew a little bit about the skydiving process, he just wanted to make arrangements to come out to our facility to do the first tandem and then the AFF course.
"Awesome," I thought. This guy had already done some homework. "So where are you going to be coming out from?" I asked.
"Alabama," he said.
"Whoa! What? You mean you're going to travel all the way to Northern California from Alabama to learn to skydive here?"
Lee said, "Yeah man. I found you on the internet, did some research, and I've decided to learn with you guys."
"Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, okay. Sure that will be awesome. Let's make a reservation for you to come out."
I thought this had to be a joke and that I'd never hear from him again. Although he asked which airport to fly into and which hotel to stay in while in Cloverdale. Pretty detailed joke, but I've NEVER heard of anything like this before!
Well to make a long story short....Lee flew in to SFO, arrived in Cloverdale in his rental car at about 10:00 pm, and stayed at the local Super 8. The next morning he arrived at the Drop Zone right on time for his appointment!
Lee and I made a FANTASTIC tandem jump, and then he hopped in his car and headed back to SFO to make a 4:00 pm flight back to Alabama. He's scheduled to come back to start his AFF training in mid January, and you know what? I definitely believe him!!!!!
While Lee was here for those few short hours, I asked him why he hadn't chosen to jump at one of his local Drop Zones in Alabama?
His answer: "I did my research and I want to learn from the best."
Right on Lee! We're looking forward to seeing you again in January!!!!!
By the way, this was Lee's first trip to Northern California! He saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time while jumping here at NorCal Skydiving. WOW!!!!!!