Skydive Truckee Tahoe is owned and operated by a family with a long history in skydiving. Sisters Jules and Jen Drew and Jen’s husband Mike Swanson started Skydive Truckee Tahoe in 2016. The business venture is a culmination of a decades long love for and professional involvement in the sport of skydiving. They want to share their passion for skydiving in what they consider to be one of the most beautiful places in the world to jump. Lake Tahoe, California.
The Truckee airport, offered an ideal location for a skydiving center and allowed the creation of the closest skydiving center to Reno and the shores of Lake Tahoe. Combined with the most spectacular views Skydive Truckee Tahoe is able to offer the best quality, personalized experience to all of our customers. With decades of experience in the sport at a highly competitive level, they conduct their operation with extreme attention to detail and make safety an overriding priority with all activity.
“We have so much fun sharing this exciting sport in this beautiful location and are excited to introduce more people to the gorgeous skies over Lake Tahoe!”
A third-generation skydiver, Mike holds multiple US national and world championship titles and multiple gold medals and major triumphs in the world of skydiving.
A BASE jumper, proximity wingsuit flyer and aerial stuntman, Mike has been part of breakthrough stunts like the ‘Transformers 3’ stunt project, flying wingsuits in urban proximity through downtown Chicago which won the Taurus Stunt Award for 2011 for best specialty stunt!
Also a Red Bull athlete, his passion for flight and exploration into all that is new and untouched is contagious and inspiring. With over 23000 skydives, he is one of the most experienced and accomplished skydivers in the world. He loves sharing his knowledge and expertise as well as refining his own skills in all of his aerial sports.
Mike is recognised as a pioneer of freeflying has over 3,000 wingsuit jumps more than 1,000 BASE jumps, over 200 hours as a private airplane pilot and more than 300 live shows. He pilots paragliders and paramotors and his private airplane, and is a professional aerial cameraman. He has co-organised and participated in five world records at the last count, including coordinating 138 people freeflying head down in formation.
He is one of the most accomplished and experienced skydivers in the world. When he is not skydiving and flying, he enjoys travelling and skiing with his family and introducing his daughter to all the activities that an outdoor Tahoe life offers.
Started her career in skydiving in South Africa in the mid 90’s before moving to the U.S. It was an unexpected pursuit, given her extreme fear of heights and and an initial declaration that skydiving is “something she would never do”..
She was introduced to the sport by some skydiver friends and spent a few weekends hanging out at the DZ (dropzone) Watching all those first time jumpers having so much fun is what propelled her into an activity that she would never have dreamed of. Ultimately it turned out that her fear of missing out was greater than her fear of skydiving and then the skydiving addiction took over from there. She has since earned her instructor rating and has accumulated over 1000 skydives. She has jumped at DZ’s across the country, working at all levels from coaching beginner skydivers, instructing student skydivers, packing parachutes, competition organizing and managing large dropzones.