Dean O'Malley

Dean O'Malley


Jetpack America

Newport Beach, CA USA

Scare yourself just a little bit, then work through it and figure out how you're going to come out safely on the other side.


By Roadtrip Nation

Dean O'Malley


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Was always confused by the kids and students around him who knew exactly what they wanted to be.
Worked in corporate consulting at a big bank for some time after college.
Says you're continually changing-what you like now, you might not like in 4 years or 10 years, so keep experimenting.
Eventually realized he hated his job; quit without a single plan, just knew he couldn't keep doing consulting.
A friend showed him a YouTube video of someone jetpacking, which he'd never seen before.
Helped start up and run Jetpack America, which provides lessons and flight experiences on their jetpacks.
Says it's better to jump in and try things-even if you don't enjoy something, you won't have regrets, wondering if you should've tried.
Believes personal growth comes from extending yourself a little bit past your comfort zone.
Keep following my journey



I'm introducing the world to water jetpack flight, with jetpack sales, rentals and training at our flight centers.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Working with Others

Day to Day

I wear many hats, from Certified Flight Instructor to Social Media Rep to Marketing Manager, but my primary job is to help the world see just how much fun it is to fly a jetpack. I love getting out in the water, showing people an amazing time, and helping them conquer their fears.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Do something you love and it will never feel like work. Financial success may not be a certainty, but happiness surely will be.

Interviewed By

East Meets West

East Meets West

The East Coast born-and-bred road-trippers experience a totally foreign way of life-laidback and Californian-as they ride jet packs, talk to the creator of Frozen's Elsa in L.A., and venture north to Ventura where Patagonia designer John Rapp instructs them in the relaxed ways of West Coast work-life, finding what you love and digging in, and creating balance wherever you are.