From the Desk of Dan BC | May 30

What a Spring it’s been!  The sun has been shining, skyvans flying, new students becoming licensed skydivers and organizers of every discipline welcoming novice and world class jumpers with a smile and great skydives.  

I’m so proud of Skydive Perris when I see the place operating like this.  It takes so many people to make it tick.  The loaders getting everyone on the airplanes safely and efficiently, the bad spot drivers looking out for you at all times and making sure you don’t have to walk too far, the Ground Safety Officer coordinating the airplanes and directing the canopy traffic, Instructors who love watching their students learn, Riggers who pack every rig as if their kid was jumping it, the best pilots in the business, aircraft mechanics that fix airplanes before they break, wind tunnel Instructors who get you in the air even between loads, the Bomb Shelter crew who can handle a huge party or an early morning cup of coffee and the maintenance staff who keep the airport looking like a first class resort no matter how busy we get.

We truly do try to go the extra mile to provide you with a fabulous drop zone and wonderful community.  And if there’s anything we’re not doing I hope you know you can always tell me.     

So here’s the catch, operating costs have steadily increased and we haven’t raised jump rates in 7 years.  Starting June 1 jump tickets will be going up from $26 to $28.  This will help us to continue to provide you with the first class service that Skydive Perris in known for.  Thank you for your continued support and making Skydive Perris your home away from home.

See you at the DZ soon!

Dan BC

Photo by Craig O’Bryan

Events Outlook

Can you believe we’re already six months into 2018? Don’t worry, we’ve got even more stuff for the second half of the year than we did for the first!

ALL THESE EVENTS ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE – don’t hesitate to follow us!

JUNE

June 2 | One Step Up

On June 2, if you feel you have done several 40ish Ways and are ready to step it up a few notches, the Perris Organizers have designed One Step Up just for you. The goal is to have complex, multipoint dives(sequential) and of course, completions. As always, the environment will foster fun, learning and laughter, but also some very challenging jumps! Contact Grace Katz if you want to join. email hidden; JavaScript is required

FREEFLYERS, Nathan Smith has a lot of events organized for you throughout the year. Check out the list at the end of this article!

June 21-24 | Power Play

P3 is back June 21-24 with their coveted PowerPlay. The PowerPlay is literally the pinnacle of Formation Skydiving. This invitational event gathers highly skilled jumpers, in both competition and big way disciplines. 3 days of high level 16-20 ways ending in an ‘impossible’ big formation on the last day… But the PowerPlay participants redefine impossible on a yearly basis!  Contact Dan BC if you think you can step up to the challenge! email hidden; JavaScript is required

Photo by Craig O’Bryan

JULY

July 21 – Dueling DZs

Dueling DZs (Skydive Perris vs Elsinore) is happening on July 21st! Are you ready to jump defend the colors of your Dropzone? Create your 6-way team and join the fun! 4 jumps, take off at one DZ, land at the other! If you’re interested, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for Skydive Perris, and Mary SantAngelo email hidden; JavaScript is required for Skydive Elsinore.

August

August 18 | SCSL

August traditionally brings us the SCSL competition, this year on Aug 18! Everyone is welcome to the annual SCSL competition at Skydive Perris! No matter what your skill level is, if you want to have fun in the sky, join us for a day of jumping. Got a team? Then show up for some good fun and spirited competition whether you are competing for a medal, bragging rights, or just want to get a feel for what this 4-way stuff is all about. Don’t have a team? Then let us know and we can put together a pick-up team for you! Pre-register by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required. OR just show up!!

October

October 11-14 | POPS

October is when the temperature finally cools down a bit, and we’ve got so much happening here! First, the POPS (Parachutists Over Phorty) are back in Perris Oct 11-14 for a new series of World Record Attempts. You are over 40 years old, love doing big way and want to participate in a fantastic event? Contact Team RipCord Skydiving and send your application in! http://www.teamripcordskydiving.com

October 18-21 | Rainbow Boogie

The following week, Oct 18-21, the Rainbow Boogie is on! World class coaches Kate Cooper and Christy Frikken will be here to organize awesome jumps. L,G,B,T,Q or Straight, everyone is welcome to the Rainbow Boogie! Let your true color shine through!

Photo by D-Squared

October 25-28 | Halloween Boogie, P3 & 4-Way Curious

Immediately after, it’s Halloween! The Halloween Boogie takes place Oct 25-28… Get your costumes ready, to jump, to fly in the tunnel, and to win the contest during the Saturday Night Party!

Happening at the same time as the Halloween Boogie (Oct 25-28), the P3 Fall Sequential Camp is the perfect event to stay sharp after the end of jumping season in colder places (but not here, here we jump every day, all day!). 16-60-way sequential jumps coached by World Class organizers Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, Kate Cooper-Jensen and the P3 team! Register at https://www.p3skydiving.com

Also during that weekend, if you want to be on a 4-way team and don’t know where to start, come to the 4-Way Curious event, a classic by the Perris Organizers on October 27 email hidden; JavaScript is required – you will learn the fundamentals of 4-way, meet other jumpers who want to join this phenomenal discipline, and of course, have lots of fun!

November

November 23-25 | Thanksgiving Trifecta

Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving trifecta will happen on November 23, 24 and 25. The Nationals are over, and we are already starting to think about next year!

Friday, November 23, our Team Building event will help you find your new teammates for 2019. Beginner or World Champion, 4-way or 8-way, everyone is welcome! Seminars throughout the day by our Load Organizers.

Saturday, November 24, if you couldn’t go to the Nationals, let the Nationals come to you! Ghost Nationals is the 4-way competition of the year, in collaboration with the Perris Organizers!

Finally, Sunday, November 25, this is one you don’t want to miss! The Turkey Meet is the Speed Event of the year! Depending on the number of people showing up, we’ll do 10 to 16-way speed jumps, followed by a sequential… and we’ll count points! So, come and get ready, because it’s going to be a load of fun! Contact Grace Katz at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more info!

December

December 26 – January 1st

…And last but not least, we end the year with the Party in Perridise Boogie, from December 26 to January 1st. Skyvans, tunnel, load organizers, discounted jumps… we’ve got it all! And YES, we are still hoping to get THE JET back in line for it! We’ll keep you posted on separate posts about this, so stay tuned!

– The Skydive Perris Family

PS- We also host some recurring events, because some things are too good to happen just once a year:

Throughout the summer, the Women’s Skydiving Leadership Network is organizing a series of skills camps, whether you want to become a camera flyer (June 2-3), a coach (June 14-18, Sept 13-17) or even a tandem instructor (July 13-17, Sept 27-Oct 1). Come on Ladies, join the movement! email hidden; JavaScript is required

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Is Indoor Skydiving Scary?

A lot of people decide to try indoor skydiving because the outdoor version involves falling thousands of feet out the door of a plane, and they’re not entirely sure they’re up for it. We absolutely understand that perspective. If you’re feeling tentative about the idea of taking flight, you might be wondering, exactly, how scary indoor skydiving might be even in the absence of a plane. We’re here to help give you some context on what to expect to move forward with grace and confidence.

Accept The Learning Curve.

As a species, we human beings have trouble when we try new things. It’s no wonder, either–resistance to the new is an adaptive response that has served us well! Resisting new situations, especially high-pressure novelties like putting your body into an unfamiliar physical environment, is part of why your bloodline has survived to the point where you can contemplate walking into a great big tube full of high-speed wind.

What to do? Give yourself a break! You’re trying something new. There’s going to be a learning curve. You’ll feel awkward at first. Everyone does! You’ll need the guidance of your professional instructor to feel supported and safe. (That’s what they’re there for, after all.)

Learning to fly is like learning to ride a bike for the first time. While they’re not scary inherently and they certainly won’t always send you nail-biting, they’re reliably scary learning situations for first-timers in some way or another.

Take A Tailored Approach

The scariness of indoor skydiving is directly relative to the scariness you subject yourself to on a regular basis. The best way forward will be to take that into consideration and plan accordingly.

If you rarely step outside your physical comfort zone, you can expect that the experience will be very stimulating, and it could feel overwhelming if you don’t approach it with care. What we’ve found is that timid new flyers do best when they come to the tunnel about an hour early before their reservation and relax in the observation area. Watching other people fly can give you the sense of familiarity you need to relax and have a great time. After all, it’s hard to ignore the out-and-out joy in those faces, especially when the flyer makes the conscious choice to relax and have fun. That’ll be you in a little while!

If you’re already a daredevil, your experience will almost certainly be very different. What we notice most often is that über-adventurers try to carry over the tools they’ve picked up over years of pursuing other sports and apply them directly to tunnel flying. Indoor skydiving may get very scary, very fast when you realize that the stuff that generally works for you–making rapid, aggressive corrections; muscling through difficulty; getting tense–doesn’t work in the wind. If you think that might describe you, you should do yourself the kindness of entering the tunnel with a beginner’s mind. Listen to your instructor. They’ll help you find that delicate middle ground.

instructor teaches first time indoor skydiver how to fly in wind tunnel

Worried About The Risks Of Indoor Skydiving? Here’s Some Real Talk.

While absolutely no sporting activity is without risk (heck, that’s what the waiver is for), the wind tunnel is gentler than it sounds. There’s no big leap required (or advised) to enter the tunnel. Unlike “outdoor” skydiving, there’s no heavy equipment to wear. There’s no landing. In fact, flying in the tunnel with a capable, professional instructor places less stress on the body than most weekend bicycle rides. (That’s why people from 3 to 103 are welcome–and happy–in there.)

That said: Let’s get real. Tunnel flying is not a totally risk-free, harmless environment. As with anything that’s worth doing, there’s the potential for injury. Your pro tunnel instructor is there to prevent the eventuality–but when they happen, tunnel injuries generally show up as bumps and scrapes. You can expect your instructor to be hands-on throughout the whole experience to keep you stable and safe in the airflow, and that whatever curveball you throw at them, they’ve seen before.

Here’s the final fact, though: First-timer anxiety is as real a thing in the windytube as it is in the sky or any other sporting pursuit, but you’ve got this! We can’t wait to share these high-fives with you when you come and join us. Don’t make us wait!

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Back to the Sky In Style: Michael Thomas’ Story

Photo credit (above): Lori Eyler

At Skydive Perris, we’re lucky to have a pretty darned amazing community. You probably already know that lots of household-names-in-skydiving call Perris home. Today, though, we want to introduce you to one of our favorite local sport jumpers: Michael Thomas, a gentlesir with a simply amazing life story who rejoined the sport after a forty-year absence. The best part: if you’re thinking about making a skydive for the first time, he has an invitation for you!

…But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Here’s Michael’s story, in his own words. (Get ready to be amazed!)

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Michael Thomas in the 1970s right after landing from a skydiveI did my first jump in November of 1973. I was a student back then, going to what was called Southwest Texas State University at the time. (It’s Texas State University now.) There was a dropzone nearby in the town of San Marcos. Some buddies of mine and I decided that we wanted to go check it out. I did a static line jump. I really took to it.

When my dad found out that I was skydiving, he wasn’t too thrilled about it, since he was paying for my education. He told me, “Son, if you’re going to be doing that, then you’re on your own.”

I told the dropzone owner, an active-duty First Sergeant who had retired from the Golden Knights, what was going on. To solve my problem, I told him I was going to enlist in the Air Force. He thought I was out of my mind, but he told me about this Dental Laboratory Prosthetic Technician school that he knew about at Fort Sam. The Army was going to be discontinuing the program, but they had two slots left, and he wanted me to have one.  

He gave me some inside information. He told me that the recruiters there would try to get me to go to combat arms or fill some other slot, and that when they did, I needed to say, ‘No, thank you very much,’ to which they’d reply, ‘Well, we can’t help you then.’ He told me not to get upset — just to bide my time. He told me that, a couple days later, they’d call me back to tell me that a slot had suddenly opened. And that’s exactly what happened. I made a pretty decent career out of it.

I put on my wishlist where I wanted to get transferred after I got out of school. I put down California solely because of the skydiving. I’d been watching what they were doing in Perris even back then — pouring over Parachutist magazine — and I wanted to be part of it. I knew about Perris from day one. Perris had a reputation. It was a mecca back in the ’70s when I first started jumping. The military is notorious for not honoring your wish list, but somehow, I got lucky. I got my first pick on the list: California.  

Michael Thomas pulls on toggles under skydiving canopy in 70sThen I got married. My girlfriend then — now my wife; we’re still married — was supportive. When we were dating, she would go to dropzones with me. She even saw my first malfunction — in an airshow, no less. But life got in the way. Skydiving was an expensive hobby. My priorities changed and I kinda drifted away from the sport.

Skydivers tend to have a higher stimulation level, I think. We need to be in the mix — doing something. My professional life suited that part of my personality. First, I was a Vocational Training Instructor at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc. I’ve got a book’s worth of stories from when I was there. I was on the Special Operations Response Team. We had a lot of high profile inmates there. I got to meet Manuel Noriega.

I was in the National Guard, too. I was deployed to Iraq in 2003. We got ambushed on November 2nd of that year, outside of Baghdad. We got blown up pretty good. I was slammed against a truck and cracked a vertebra in my neck. I wound up getting my spine fused all the way from C2 to C7. It sounds bad, but I’m okay. I have close to full mobility and I don’t have any pain. After that injury, I was awarded 100% disability.

At any rate, I was out of the sport of skydiving for about 40 years. I always wanted to get back in it, but I could never really find the time or the money.

I’d lived close to Perris for so many years. I missed jumping every time we went down the 215 to San Diego, which was a lot. I’d be driving along and see canopies, which would instantly make me start daydreaming, which would mean my wife would have to yell, ‘Get your eyes on the road!’ to wake me up. Every single time, I’d get excited and want to go to the DZ.

Fast forward to two years ago, when I fully retired from the Fed. I started to get bored. I garden; I have a woodshop in my garage, where I make reproduction antique furniture — I’m busy. But one day, I was sitting at the table reading the paper, and on the front page, they were talking about a 202-point formation that they were going to be doing out at Perris. I couldn’t resist. I decided I was finally going to go out there and take a look.

So I went down to Perris on the day they were scheduled to attempt the record. The dropzone was closed for sport jumping, but the energy — the electricity in the air from all those people — I was really getting excited, you know.

And then — as I’m standing there, basking in it — Melanie Conatser gets on the PA system. She says, “Listen, we’re going to need some help here. I see that we have some local people here with pickup trucks. I’d appreciate it if you’d come to the manifest and make yourselves known so we can pick up all these jumpers.” They had designated landing areas all over the dropzone because of the number of jumpers that would be landing all at once. I volunteered. I’ve been a fixture on the Perris DZ ever since.

present day Michael Thomas flying under canopy at Skydive PerrisNot long afterward, my wife mentioned that she wanted to go to Nebraska to visit our daughter and grandchildren and son-in-law. I saw an opportunity. I figured it would be easier to ask for forgiveness instead of asking for permission. So while she was gone, I went and did the AFF course at Perris. Before I did my AFF at Perris, I’d never jumped a square before, but it went fine. And, as it turns out, my wife was cool with it. She was a little bit concerned about my neck — a legitimate concern, considering all those fused vertebrae. But it hasn’t slowed me down. I even stress-tested my neck on a downwind landing. No problem.

I feel like it was fate that we had the 40-year anniversary of Perris the year I came back to the sport. Right when I returned to skydiving, I got to meet a lot of the legends I’d been starstruck by even when I started in the 70’s.

People are sometimes a little surprised when I talk about the fact that skydiving is a therapeutic activity. There’s a mode that you get into: when you start to gear up, you dirt dive, and then after that, once that process starts, there is nothing else going on in your life except that moment. From the time you get on the plane until the time you land, that’s all you can feel. That’s your universe. I’d have to say that’s one of the biggest reasons why I jump.

It’s an unnatural activity to be purposely, deliberately jumping out of an airplane. You don’t know what’s going to happen with complete certainty. That’s what causes most of the fear, I think.  But once you’ve made a resolution that you’re going to face this, and that you can do this, the reward at the end is incredible.  

It’s not just me, either. When I see tandem jumpers who are walking back from their very first parachute landing, I make a deliberate effort to go over and ask them how they liked it. Every one of them gives the same answer: ”It was the most fantastic, exhilarating experience of my life. I can’t believe I did that, and I don’t know what I was afraid of.” And they’re all just glowing, with this euphoric look on their faces. And a lot of them come back to do it again — and to get their solo skydiving license. Which, really, is phenomenal.

It doesn’t hurt that, safety-wise, Perris has the best tandem masters, the best equipment, the best pilots, the best of everything. And, being that Perris is a world-class drop zone, the odds are definitely in your favor that, if you jump there, you’re going to survive. So enjoy it!

There’s another thing that’s cool about Perris: They preach that old-school philosophy that establishes the sport of skydiving as a brotherhood. We look after each other, here. We treat each other with respect and kindness. We make everybody feel welcome out here, no matter who you are. Speaking of which, here’s an invitation: When you graduate with your license, come and find me! I’ll be happy to jump with you.

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Regina Elwell Owns the Weekend

The Inspiring Backstory of One of Our Favorite Perris Wingsuit Coach/Organizers

Imagine this for a Sunday:

You wake up, stretch, and wander over to meet your friends at 8 a.m. Everyone pops on their skydiving rigs, zips into their wingsuits and marches up to the nearest plane. You spend the day doing complicated, six-way sequential wingsuit jumps, focusing on nailing the details of a few different dive flows, rinsing and repeating on a forty-minute cycle all day long. When the shadows start to get long, you and your friends celebrate with a sunset jump, zipping through the golden glow under the power of your own wings.

That may seem like superhero stuff, but it’s a pretty normal Sunday for Regina Elwell.

“When I was a kid,” she remembers, “I would constantly ask my dad to take me skydiving. His way of playing it off was to reply that he would–as soon as I had my own health insurance. So the first thing I did when I had my first big kid job lined up after undergrad–and had my own health insurance, naturally–was to do a tandem with one of my cousins.”

After that experience hooked her, she completed her AFF at Virginia’s legendary Skydive Orange. She did her first 50 jumps very quickly, then took 4 years to do the next 20.

“I didn’t even really know what wingsuiting was until spring of 2012, when I came back to skydiving,” she says, “but I was instantly intrigued as soon as I did.”

USPA regulations required that she have 200 jumps before she’d be allowed to try the discipline, so she set about the following 130 very quickly to get up to the jump numbers she needed.

“Jump 200 was my first wingsuit jump, and I pretty much haven’t taken it off since then,” Regina grins. “I have made maybe fifty total jumps that aren’t wingsuit jumps since I started wingsuiting.”

Photo by Chris Geiler

For a long time, Regina’s dedication to wingsuiting revolved around the pursuit of the world’s statistically-most-lethal pastime: wingsuit BASE.

“I knew that every [wingsuit skydive] I was doing was training for that goal; for something with the potential of grave consequences, but also the potential for immense personal reward,” she explains. “I fell in love with wingsuiting during my first flight and it was only with that passion that I was able to dedicate my entire being to accomplishing the personal goal of wingsuit BASE jumping.”

“Wingsuiting never gets boring to me. There is always something to learn. I especially love where wingsuiting is going more recently,” she adds, “I’m very intrigued by incorporating more dynamic movements and performing sequential dive flows with wingsuits. It is crazy how rapidly wingsuit technology has evolved over the past several years and how drastically the talent of wingsuiters has improved. I have recently started training in the wind tunnel to refine precise dynamic movements. It has been fun to then apply those skills to wingsuiting in the sky.”

If that sounds like a rather scientifically inspired approach to the discipline of human flight, that’s not surprising. Regina herself is a scientist–a scientist of several flavors, as a matter of fact. After earning a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, she worked in a cancer research lab. Eventually, she went back to grad school to get her Master’s of Science in High Technology Crime Investigation.

“I have been all over the place with my interests over the years,” she laughs.

Photo by Dan Dupuis

It’s work facilitated by the latter degree that takes up Regina’s current weekdays. She specializes in digital forensics and network intrusion investigation.

“I’ve been in this career field for eight years now,” she explains. “When a company gets hacked, they hire the company that I work for and people like me figure out what happened. It’s a complicated puzzle that is constantly changing.”

As you might imagine, that takes a lot of time. Regina is, therefore, a weekend warrior skydiver–albeit an incredibly dedicated one. She drives 90 miles each way to spend her time off load organizing, coaching and progressing within the Perris skydiving community.

“Coaching and load organizing to me is all about teaching others how to do what they love to do, only better,” she says. “I love to share with other people the tips and tricks I have learned along the way.

It becomes quickly evident that the other thing she loves is her home dropzone: Our beloved Perris.



“We are pretty spoiled here,” she laughs. “The weather is pretty much fantastic. I got sunburnt this weekend, because it was in the mid 80s at the beginning of February. And the talent that comes through there is phenomenal. We’re always challenged.”

“The atmosphere is my favorite thing about Perris,” she continues. “It’s a very well-run business, but it is still fun. They strike that balance really well. When you’re here, you know that there will always be multiple planes running; that there will always be people you can learn from; that the weather will be good; that the facilities will be nice. You know you can get a shower right after sunset if you want, or grab a meal at the restaurant. Everything right there. It’s pretty much perfect.”

If you want to grab a slice of that perfection for yourself, Regina has some excellent advice for you.

“Never stop learning,” she insists. “I’m happiest when I’m either in a state of learning or a state of laughing, so if I had to say anything to anyone else, it would be to constantly learn and laugh, whether that’s laughing at yourself for making a mistake or simply enjoying the moment. Always strive for both.”

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Why Do People Skydive?

What’s the psychology, exactly? Are people who skydive completely nuts? Why skydive when there’s a risk involved? Surely the reasons not to skydive outweigh the reasons to make that fingers-crossed leap–right?

We’ll give you this: On the surface, skydiving seems like a crazy idea. It has its origins, after all, in the death-defying feats of several aviation pioneers (check out this chick, for instance) and sees a lot of wartime action–but why would any sane person without a paycheck in the game hand over their money to jump out of an airplane thousands of feet up in the sky? At first glance, it may seem like there are more reasons not to skydive than there are reasons to skydive.

But actually…that ain’t true.

Here’s the inside scoop–from people who skydive on the regular–that speaks to why the whole idea has merit. It may not be for the reasons you think!

Reasons To Skydive

Right. So: first, let’s go over the reasons to skydive–right from a few very important horses’ mouths.

“I started skydiving because I loved the idea of freedom.”

– Felix Baumgartner, best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012

“I was a pilot and flying hang gliders, paragliders, aerobatics airplanes, and then I discovered skydiving. Free fall. Free. With nothing around you, just a parachute on your back. And you go down. But you don’t feel like you’re going down. Total freedom.”

– Yves Rossy, a.k.a “Jetman,” the inventor of a series of experimental individual jet packs

“Why force one’s body from a plane to make a parachute jump? Why should man want to fly at all? People often ask these questions. But what civilization was not founded on adventure, and how long could one exist without it? Some answer the attainment of knowledge. Some say wealth, or power, is sufficient cause. I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead.”

 Charles A. Lindbergh, American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, skydiver and environmental activist

The Psychology of Skydiving

See the common theme there? It’s repeated from skydiver to skydiver to skydiver around the world and back again, from the most experienced world gold medalist to the mom celebrating her 40th birthday with the only tandem jump she’ll ever do. For some, the reason to jump is the thrill–the adrenaline–the chance to cross the first entry off their bucket list. For most of us, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole world of wonder to be found, and it starts long before the jump: in the framing we use to approach the psychology of skydiving.

When we talk about the “psychology of skydiving,” we’re generally referring to a skydiver’s relationship to fear. When you peek behind that fear, it becomes obvious that skydiving is more about the act of taking calculated risks. If that sounds like a complicated bait-and-switch, just wait! There’s more. At the end of the day, skydiving is really about freedom–which has to do with facing fear, but that’s not the whole story. It’s about empowerment–which requires bravery, but not as its sole element. Skydiving is a form of therapy, massaging your worn-out muscles that hold up your sense of hope. It’s about challenging yourself to believe you’re capable of much more than you think.

Another thing: It’s not just for the young and dumb. (Being young and dumb doesn’t even really help!) People of all ages and all walks of life come together on the dropzone–and, as you certainly know by now, it’s a full-blown sport if you really want to dive into all that skydiving has to offer.

middle aged gentleman about to board plane to go skydiving

Why Skydive?

There’s no cookie-cutter reason to skydive in all the world. If you’re asking yourself that question, it falls to you to give the answer. For most people who skydive, the answer tends to be really personal: A major milestone in their life; a major loss; celebrating the miracle of family or friendship. If you pause for a moment to reflect, you’ll probably know the exact reason why you need to skydive. It’s probably right there, burning in your chest. It’s just waiting for you to act–so give that impulse a high-five and reach out to us to make it happen. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

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