First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Ratings: USPA Coach
USPA: # 243216 |D-34359
Chris works at Partners HealthCare; Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel and Director of the Office for Interactions with Industry. Live in Wayland MA. Married 31 years to Kathy Cleaver; three sons, Nate 26, Lucas 23, Simon19. Two dogs (Georgie and Wiley) and two cats (Comma and Caralina).
Where are you from: I'm a New Englander. Grew up in Connecticut; went college in Vermont; been in the Boston area since 1980.
When was your first skydive experience: My first skydive was at Jumptown in July 2008, tandem with Kevman, Brycie on video. It was supposed to be a one-time bucket-list thing but I caught the bug. But I didn't really get serious until 2010 when Nate turned 18 and we did AFF together and got our licenses. Been loving it ever since.
What do you love most about skydiving/Jumptown: Aside from the adrenaline, constant learning, all the regular stuff - it's an incredibly great change from my job, which involves a lot of things that seem stressful and important - until you compare them with standing at the open door of a plane at 13,000 feet, about to jump out. Helps to keep the priorities straight. And really amazing to make a whole bunch of new friends at this stage of life -that doesn't happen for most middle-aged men.
What are your hobbies/Interests: we do a lot of skiing, down-hill and cross-country, and hiking as a family. Kathy and I do some mountain-biking and scuba diving and I do a lot of road biking. Used to be a big windsurfer but it's been a while.