Amazing women perform at the top levels of skydiving in all disciplines. However, our numbers are small: only 13% of USPA members are women, and only 10.9% of new A-licenses in 2015 were issued to women. We believe that having more women instructors, role models, and mentors at dropzones around the country is critical to raising the number of women in our sport. To make this happen, the Women's Skydiving Network provides women with opportunities for training, networking, and fellowship throughout their skydiving careers.
The WSN was started by Christy Frikken and JaNette Lefkowitz in 2016. Since then, we have grown to become a network of over 3,000 women. Our members come from all over the world and include women of all experience levels, from students to World Champions.
We want all women who jump to know that they are welcome in the WSN. We invite all jumpers to work with us to achieve our goal of promoting women in skydiving.
Welcome to the Women's Skydiving Network. We're glad you're here!
WSN Admin Team
Christy Frikken is a world-class FS competitor and bigway organizer with over 13,000 jumps and 16 years in the sport. She has competed with teams such as SDC Rhythm XP and Perris Fury and holds several world, national, and state records for largest all-female formations. She was a software engineer for 8 years before becoming a professional skydiver. As the owner of furycoaching.com she loves whipping FS fliers into shape and can help you or your team achieve better, more successful skydives. Christy leads our team of FS Mobile Mentors and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Skydiving is the most amazing, dramatic, and growth inspiring activity I have ever been lucky enough to experience. I am saddened to think that half the humans do not see themselves reflected in my sport in equal numbers.
I believe if we provide more paths for women to be successful in the sport it will create more instructors, teachers, leaders, organizers, and competitors. Providing more role models will help make skydiving an environment that is welcoming and respectful to all women skydivers."
JaNette Lefkowitz has been jumping since 2001 and has more than 10,000 skydives. She is a founding member of SDC Rhythm XP, one of the highest-rated FS 4way teams in the world and gold medalists in Open Class at the 2019 USPA Nationals. In 2016 she won gold at the World Parachuting Championships as a member of the US Women's Team, the Army Golden Knights. She also has a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She hosts tunnel training camps all year at Paraclete XP and is passionate about supporting women in our sport. She leads our team of Tunnel Mobile Mentors and can be reached at email@example.com.
Courtney Lee has been jumping since 2011 and has completed 1,100 skydives and 25 hours of tunnel time. She has been a member of several 4way and 8way FS teams and loves working with new jumpers to help them build their skills and confidence. She is a Coach and AFF-I and organizes all season at Skydive Chicago. She has been the Manager of the WSN since 2017 and is also a member of our Mobile Mentors team. Courtney has a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling and is a therapist in private practice in Normal, IL. If you have any questions about the WSN or just want to chat about skydiving, drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I've been extremely fortunate to have great female role models like Christy and JaNette throughout my skydiving career. Their mentorship has helped me become a better skydiver, coach, and organizer. I'm thrilled to be a part of the WSN because it's an opportunity for me to give back to the community I love. I'm passionate about supporting women in the sport and helping them achieve their goals! Don't hesitate to reach out-- if you've got ideas, I want to hear 'em!"