Staff Spotlight: Nathan Dexter

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Nathan Dexter is the Operations Manager at Skydive San MarcosIf you’ve ever been to Skydive San Marcos chances are you’ve met, seen Nathan Dexter. Nathan is one of our most experienced camera flyers who awes skydivers and first-time skydivers alike with his incredible flying skills to capture any photo he wants from any angle… no easy feat! Nathan is also our Operations Manager and an all-rounder who is quick to step in with whatever needs to be done on any given day. He’s quick with a laugh and a big smile and thrives off of seeing our customers enjoy themselves.

Please enjoy this staff spotlight on one of the people that makes Skydive San Marcos special, Nathan Dexter.


Section I: Personal Questions  

 

Give us the skinny. How old are you, where are you from and how in the world did you get into skydiving?

I’m 45, and I’m originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After watching the movie Point Break I knew I wanted to skydive.

 

When you were a kid, were there any early indicators that you’d be making a life in skydiving?

Never

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Cop believe it or not

 

What did you do before you found skydiving?

DJing, selling anything from encyclopedias to car sales!

Nathan Dexter gives a high five to a tandem student in the landing area.
Nathan has found the perfect job – capturing life changing moments in people’s lives.

What interests do you have outside of skydiving?

Snowboarding, amusement parks and relaxing with the family.

 

Who inspires you?

The Great PMG – Patrick McGowen.

 

What is something about you that few people know about and would be surprised to learn?

I learned how to play hockey as a kid in Visalia CA. Played for 12 years.

 

Section II – Skydiving Questions

 

Where did you make your first skydive and what was the motivation that prompted you to make that first jump?

Baldwin Sport Parachute Center, Baldwin WI (now, Skydive Twin Cities). I wrecked a few motorcycles and thought it was time to find a safer hobby.  

 

Prior to joining our team, you’ve worked at other DZs and have been in the sport long enough to see it all. What about Skydive San Marcos do you enjoy most?

Having a top-notch aircraft that is well maintained. Year-round jumping and it is never super cold at altitude in TX. 

 

You are an incredible camera-flyer able to fly on any axis of your body. How did you get so good?

Practice, Practice, Practice. I also got great advice from world champions and always asked myself how can I be better.

 

For aspiring camera flyers, what advice would you give to those wishing to learn?

Start by filming 4-way formation skydiving. 

 

You’ve been in the sport for a long time, what’s your secret to longevity?

After 22 years I am still learning something new every day. 

 

What is your favorite part of the sport?

Mental Therapy that it provides – Therapy for the SOUL

Nathan Dexter falls out of the plane backwards while capturing photography for a first time skydiver.
Nathan captures that ‘moment’ when things get real for our students!

 

Of all the skydives you’ve ever made, what are your three most favorite?

  1. My first skydive.
  2. The time I took Tony Hawk on a skydive.
  3. An MTV skydiving gig in Mexico.

 

Of all the places you’ve jumped, what place has been your favorite (outside of SSM of course)

World Freefall Convention

 

Many people dream of skydiving but often don’t because of fear. If you could offer thought about making their first jump, what should they know?

It is not a rollercoaster ride it is more therapeutic than you would ever expect. 

Section III – Fast Facts

 

If you could choose to live any place in the entire world, where would you live?

Belize

 

Favorite movie you’ve ever seen?

Tommy Boy

 

Favorite skydiving movie?

Dropzone

 

Favorite food that you enjoy that most people would consider disgusting?

Red Vines (licorice) and Popcorn together.

 

Favorite Canopy (Parachute):

Valkyrie

 

If you were to write a book, what would be the title?

How to sell anything and make a profit!

 

Most used app on your smartphone?

Aero Weather or Amazon