Monday, 25 April 2016

John Haag - Four Hundred Jumps

John Haag, in addition to being a high-powered business executive and consultant with decades of experience and skill behind him, is also a skydiver. The passion started for Haag after he took his first skydiving lesson and knew instantly that he had to have more. Haag somehow finds time to jump out of airplanes on a regular basis to practice his skydiving skills and style.

Skydiving definitely qualifies as an extreme sport, but is a little unusual in the sense that it is an activity that was born of necessity: it developed because people had to abandon planes that were about to crash. As extreme as that is, however, skydiving is relatively safe, as extreme sports go.

What draws a lot of skydivers is the thrill of free falling. There is an incredible rush that many say is hard to put into words, and is incomparable to anything else. Free-falling out of control like that provides a huge adrenaline rush, and skydivers often say they feel totally free as they plummet toward earth. The standard altitude for skydiving is about 12,500 feet above ground level. From that altitude, a skydiver’s terminal velocity in the standard free-fall position, and with a closed parachute, is about 120 miles an hour. “Terminal velocity” is the highest speed reached as you fall through the air.

John Haag still calls himself a beginner, even after some four hundred jumps. He is currently the Managing Partner with CallisterHaag, a business consulting and management firm that has helped many businesses get back on their feet and through difficult transitions such as leadership changes and capital investment deals. Haag maintains both his skill jumping out of planes and his skill helping businesses survive in San Francisco.