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Our highly experienced tandem instructors are here to give you the thrill of your lifetime on your first skydive! All of our instructors have at least 500 skydives and several years in skydiving.

Stephen Boyd Jr.
Stephen Boyd Jr.
Jumps: 7200
First Jump: Many moons ago
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Yes
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Knowing that we have a great impact on people's lives.
Spacelander Since: Day One
Jason Hyder
Jason Hyder
Position: Director of Operations (All Spaceland drop zones)
Jumps: 5000
First Jump: October 12, 1990
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-18960, PRO, S&TA, Aff-I, Tandem-I, Instructor Evaluator, ATP Pilot
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Witnessing people's lives change so quickly in a positive way.
Spacelander Since: October 2008
Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson
Position: Skydive Spaceland Houston Operations Manager
Jumps: 6700
First Jump: 2009
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: 12-time world record holder, 8-time US National record holder, 14-time State record holder, USPA Coach, Tandem -I, S&TA, PRO, Most handsome man in skydiving (according to his mom)
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Seeing the look on people's faces after they make their first skydive.
Tommy Miller
Tommy Miller
Position: Chief Instructor
Jumps: 5000
First Jump: 2009
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-32741, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Coach
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Being able to meet new people everyday.
Spacelander Since: Sept 2014
Fernando Rodriguez
Fernando Rodriguez
Jumps: 3600
First Jump: 2001
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Coach, AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Pro-Rating
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Being part of a first jump is an amazing sensation! You never stop learning in this sport!
Spacelander Since: 2017
Matthew Peterson
Matthew Peterson
Jumps: 4500
First Jump: 9/10/2007
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Senior Rigger, Tandem Instructor, STP Instructor
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Flying my parachute
Spacelander Since: 4/10/2009
Katie Piele
Katie Piele
Jumps: 1000
First Jump: May 2014
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-35263, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Skydiving is the greatest thing in the whole wide world and I love being able to share my passion with people. Being part of someones first skydive or their skydiving journey is a very special experience for me. This sport offers many opportunities for personal growth and has a rad community full of goofballs. My favourite thing about skydiving is.. Skydiving! It's so neat!
Spacelander Since: Sept 2014
J Daniel Williams
J Daniel Williams
Jumps: 19400
First Jump: 19 years ago
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Coach, Tandem-I, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The people! And Swooping.
Spacelander Since: March 2016
DQ
DQ
Position: Chief Tandem Instructor
Jumps: 4000
First Jump: 2003
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D License, Tandem Rating, Getting RAD
Skydiving: Favorite Part: New Line Sets
Spacelander Since: 2008
Randy Hoing
Randy Hoing
Jumps: 2100
First Jump: 1990 from a Helicopter
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem- Vector, Sigma, Strong, racer, AFF-I, Rigger, Airline transport Pilot (Boeing 747, 737, and Casa 212), Jump pilot (Twin otter, CASA, King Air, Cessna 182)
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The awesome people!
Spacelander Since: 2013
Clint Moore
Clint Moore
Jumps: 6000
First Jump: 1997
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: USPA D Licence, Coach, AFF-I, Tandem Instructor
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I love introducing people to this sport. Seeing people that I have taken for their first jump getting license and jumping solo is awesome!
Hank Prewitt
Hank Prewitt
Jumps: 10000
First Jump: Sept 2000
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: USPA/UPT Tandem Examiner USPA Coach Examiner, AFF-I, S&TA
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Sharing the skydiving experience with new jumpers
Spacelander Since: September 2009
Jeremy Karnopp
Jeremy Karnopp
Jumps: 4200
First Jump: May 14, 2009
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Senior Rigger, D license, Tandem-I, Wingsuit Instructor, BASE jumper, and have traveled the world in pursuit of the most incredible experiences!
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I get to share the most incredible experiences known to man.
Spacelander Since: October 2012. This has been the most progressive dropzone I've ever been apart of!
JP Furnari
JP Furnari
Jumps: 13049
First Jump: June 1999
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-23489, AFF-I, TI (Vector/Sigma), Retired Vertical Wind Tunnel Instructor, 2005 Advanced Canopy Piloting Silver Medal- Overall/ Gold Medal - Speed, 2003 Largest Sequential Formation Record Holder (120way), FAA Commercial Pilot ASEL/AMEL, S&TA, Professional Exhibition Rating.
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I love being in the sky, using the talents and technology to master the resources of lift, air, and gravity.
Spacelander Since: March 2010
Raul Quiñones
Raul Quiñones
Jumps: 8000
First Jump: 1993, Sebastian FL
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: AFF-I, Tandem-I, Organizer, A few record
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I love jumping with my friend and I also love teaching.
Spacelander Since: 2010
DJ Marvin
DJ Marvin
Jumps: 8000
First Jump: August 23, 1997
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem and AFF Examiner
Justin Schmidt
Justin Schmidt
Jumps: 1600
First Jump: 3/4/12
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D license,
Skydiving: Favorite Part: My favourite part of working in skydiving is seeing all the different reactions of the first jump students and ensuring a great time!
Spacelander Since: April 2016
Matt “Haz-matt” Bessonette
Matt “Haz-matt” Bessonette
Jumps: 10300
First Jump: 5/18/2001
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D license, Coach and Tandem Rating
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Sharing the sky with all the people.
Spacelander Since: 5/18/2001
Dan Lane
Dan Lane
Jumps: 13000
First Jump: 1995
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-22475, Tandem -I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Introducing new people to an awesome sport, and cold beer at the end of the day!
Spacelander Since: 2009
Pedro Ramos
Pedro Ramos
Jumps: 5000
First Jump: Dec 7, 1996
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-22505, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Coach Examiner, UPT Tandem Examiner, PRO Rating
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Teaching and helping people learn. This dropzone has amazing teamwork!
Spacelander Since: May 2016
Tony Cascino
Tony Cascino
Jumps: 3200
First Jump: April 2007
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem-I, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Sharing that first jump experience with tandem students.
Spacelander Since: June 2015
Adam Chamberlain
Adam Chamberlain
Jumps: 2000
First Jump: October 2009
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor, Coach
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Every jump is different so it never gets old. I can't believe I do this for a living!!
Spacelander Since: January 2015
Francisco Otero
Francisco Otero
Jumps: 1000
First Jump: October 2005
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-34528, Coach, USPA/UPT Tandem
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Meeting and working with new people from all over the world that share the same passion of flying.
Spacelander Since: December 2015
Blair Hamelink
Blair Hamelink
Jumps: 8000
First Jump: 2007
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D license, Tandem-I, Coach, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The people!
Spacelander Since: 2015
Jay Veenendaal
Jay Veenendaal
Jumps: 7700
First Jump: September 2002
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-29692, USPA Coach/TI/AFFI/PRO/TIE/S&TA, UPT Tandem Examiner, IBA Coach/Instructor/Trainer, Multiple World Record Holder
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The people!
Spacelander Since: 2010
Aaron Dugan
Aaron Dugan
Jumps: 950
First Jump: 2011
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-34968
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Having the ability to show others the amazing part of life that we call skydiving.
Spacelander Since: April 1, 2016