Shweta Parmar, Gujarat’s first female skydiver spoke to SheThePeople about her journey and shared how she fought the hurdles and made it happen for herself. Here’s her story:
I lost my father when I was 18. I was raised by 3 strong women, my mother & two elder sisters. Growing up,I always wanted to be a Pilot. I always wanted to fly, but I couldn’t pursue my passion because of weak eyesight. So, I decided to pursue higher studies & get a job.
I completed my MBA in 2015 & secured a job with an MNC. It’d been 3 months into job when I came across an Fb ad for Tandem jump in Mehsana. It costed Rs. 35,000! But I wanted it so badly that I gathered up the courage to ask mom. ‘Are you mad! Why do you want to waste money over a jump?’ I however, kept pleading & she finally gave in.
I was terrified on the day of the jump. I almost forgot to breathe, but what came after the jump was magical; it was as if I’d entered a brand new world. That’s when I realised; I wanted to be a skydiver!
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Days passed by, but at the back of my head, I was always thinking about skydiving. I told my family about my passion. My mom was worried about the danger I was putting myself into. ‘You are a woman. No one will marry you if something happens’, she’d say. But, my younger brother supported me. I remember him saying- ‘just go with what your heart says’. So I kept at it; it took me 3 months to convince mom.
In the meantime, I started my research. India had only 1 active place for skydiving. The next nearest place was Dubai. However, Spain was the safest. So, In 2018, I went to Spain for training. Learning skydiving was not the only challenge. Staying away from family in foreign country, learning to trust unknown people was a lot. Every mistake would cost me Rs.20,000+. There were days I would come back injured with fractures. But I never gave up.
In 2021, I completed my 8 level AFF skydiving course, 29 jumps in Spain & also got my USPA A license exam. I am a trained skydiving instructor. Now, I can jump with other skydivers anywhere in the world recognized by the United States Parachute Association. I have also started my own company,Techmero,a digital marketing firm in Vadodara. Today my mom is very proud of what I do. She says, ‘I never had an opportunity, nobody asked about my dreams, but I’m glad that my daughter fought for her dream & is living it’.
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