Our Instructors

Gold Coast Skydivers has some of the most experienced instructors in the skydiving industry. Our senior instructors include four world record holders, two former U.S. Army Parachute Team members (Golden Knights) and a 3-time world champion. They average over 25 years experience. Meet some of the most talented instructors in the New Orleans area:


Mike Igo

In Loving Memory 3 May 1952 - 21 April 2010

Mike made his first jump when he joined the U.S. Marines in 1969 and fell in love with the sport. In April 1993 Mike founded Gold Coast Skydivers. Through Gold Coast Skydivers he has moved and inspired thousands of people around the world. Mike passed away shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. Mike will forever be missed at Gold Coast Skydivers.

Leanne Igo

Drop Zone Owner

Freefall Coach Leanne started skydiving in 1998. She was in the Air Force 10 years but got stationed in Mississippi and fell in love with the people at Gold Coast and decided to call it home. Leanne says "the thing she likes most about Gold Coast is the people are like her family and no one is a stranger. No matter how many jumps you have or what your skydiving preference is, you are welcome just the same."

Ben Crowell

Safety and Training Advisor, Tandem Instructor, Vector Tandem Course Examiner, Master Rigger, Freefall Coach, PRO Rated

Ben is has been skydiving since 1982. He started jumping at Gold Coast Skydivers in 2000 and became the primary rigger at Gold Coast in 2005. He holds the record for the highest tandem jump, 30,000 feet, as well as the POPS high altitude record in Mississippi. Ben retired from the USCG. What Ben likes most about Gold Coast is "this place is so friendly to jumpers of all disciplines and the facilities are outstanding."

Martin Swords

Tandem Instructor, Freefall Coach, PRO Rated

Martin has been skydiving since 1991. In addition he also works with novice jumpers and teaches them basic freefall maneuvers to prepare them for relative work. Martin holds an Eagle Award, a Falcon Award, and a Starcrest Award.

Rob Hansen

AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Videographer, Senior Rigger, Freefall Coach, PRO Rated, Pilot

Rob has been skydiving since 2003. He has been at Gold Coast Skydivers since 2006. He enjoys taking people for their first skydive and helping up and coming jumpers. Rob says, "I like the small family connection between the people at Gold Coast." Rob says, "I like the small family connection between the people at Gold Coast."

Davis Hall

Sean Rader