Meet the skydive teacher who works in a wheelchair

Jarrett Martin’s not your average skydive instructor. Why? He does all his jumps in a wheelchair.
By Suzanne Locke

The son and grandson of skydivers, Jarrett Martin made his first solo jump at the age of 14 and, these days, is an instructor at Skydive Dubai. So what? He’s a wheelchair-bound paraplegic.

A speed-flying stunt in Hawaii in 2009 left him with a broken back and paralysed from the waist down. Yet despite a year-long rehabilitation, the strong-willed young American was skydiving again within six months. Now he’s one of just a dozen wheelchair skydivers in the world.

“My accident was so traumatic I almost died,” Jarrett, 25, says in the video clip above. “Every time you look at someone with a spinal cord injury, know that they went through some serious trauma and came a lot closer to dying than you probably have. Think about how they feel to be alive. I’m thankful to be alive. There are no limits.”

The Wings For Life World Run – the only run where the finish line catches you – takes place on May 8, 2016 in 34 locations, including Dubai, all at the same time.

It raises money and awareness for Wings For Life, a foundation trying to find a cure for spinal cord injury. The whole 100 percent of your entry fee goes to the cause.

You have until May 4 to register for the Wings For Life World Run online.

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