Our Best Holiday Special – EVER!

Skydive Perris – the land where skydivers dreams come to fruition! We’re honored that many call us the Mecca as we just simply love to welcome people to this incredible community, and have a long history in doing so. We’ve proud to say we’ve evolved from a small little airport to one of the busiest skydiving centers in the world with a restaurant and indoor skydiving facility! We’re also a one-stop shop where you can come enjoy your first skydive or go all the way to earning your first license, TO becoming world record or wingsuit ready!

Now we’re bursting at the seams to give you the deal of the year for tandem skydivers! If you’ve ever dreamed of skydiving or you’re ready to mark it off your bucket list – NOW is the time! We’re ready to introduce you to this awesome sport with the BEST deal we’ve ever offered!

Tandem Skydive $199$149*

Sensory Overload – $244$194*

The Deets

  • Only available for purchase to use between December 1st-31st 2017
  • OR Gift certificates available and are good through December 31st, 2018 
  • Cannot be combined with any additional discounts

Click HERE to purchase today!

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Why We Love Jumping From Hot Air Balloons

Photo credit (above): Craig O’Brien

There’s no mistaking it: Skydiving out of hot air balloons is most definitely a Thing. In fact, people have been parachuting from hot air balloons since shortly after the Montgolfier brothers invented them. During World War I–a century ago!–hot air balloons were used as warships, and hundreds of pilots saved their lives by parachuting from them when they caught fire (or were otherwise incapacitated). Hot air balloons even have history in skydiving training: During World War II and the Cold War, the British Army even used balloons as aircraft to train new jumpers.

In modern times, the usefulness of hot air balloons for skydiving is much more on the “fun” side of the fence. Curious? Here’s the deal.

What’s Different About A Hot Air Balloon Jump

exit shot of 3 people skydiving out of a hot air balloon

photo credit: Dan Dupuis

Skydiving from a hot air balloon is a bucket-list treat for experienced skydivers because it feels so elementally different to jump from one than it does to jump from a normal aircraft. Because a hot air balloon is essentially hanging in the air, there’s no relative wind as you exit, so jumpers are unable to use that pressure to maneuver when they exit a balloon. Skydiving out of a hot air balloon offers the jumper no real “control” for the first few seconds of freefall–just a weightless drop. We call this a “dead air” exit–and it feels crazy. For this reason, it’s recommended that you have a B-license equivalent (50 jumps) to jump a hot air balloon.

It’s also very, very, very quiet. In fact, a hot air balloon skydive is eerily silent for the first 5-10 seconds (which feels interminable in the context of a jump). As your body picks up speed, you’ll start to hear the wind slowly pick up, but it feels like it takes ages to do so.

The Importance Of Timing

Because the wind needs to be as close to totally still as possible for the hot air balloon to fly safely, balloon jumps are almost always relegated to the still hours of the day: the early mornings and the late afternoon. If the hot air balloon pilot sees that the forecasted wind won’t be picking up for a while, she/he may schedule more than one “hop” for the given time bracket. The first “hop” will likely take off from an established launch zone; the second “hop” will require all the jumpers (and passengers) to race out to where the balloon lands, then take off directly from wherever that might be. If it’s your first time skydiving from a hot air balloon–and especially if you’re nervous–you should try your best to wake up good and early to be on the first, less-frantic “hop.” You’ll be glad you did.

How Do I Do a Hot Air Balloon Skydive?

Because they’re difficult to administer, regularly scheduled balloon skydiving is a pretty uncommon thing to find. That said: Here at Skydive Perris, ready access to hot air balloon skydiving is just another reason we’re unicorn-special. There’s an outfit that operates right here in Perris called Balloon Skydive, which offers sunrise balloon jumps pretty much 365 days a year. You’ll rock up with all your own equipment and your paperwork firmly in order, then sign your waiver do a glorious balloon jump over our beautiful Perris Valley. If you have friends with you who want to take the balloon down again, that’s no problem. Anyone may fly as a ride-along for approximately the same price.

woman skydives from hot air balloon

photo credit: Trisha Maas

At Perris, we don’t administer tandem skydives from hot air balloons, but we cheer on our experienced skydivers as they check off this key item on their skydiving bucket lists. Want to try your hand at a hot-air huck? Get your solo skydiving A license through our world-class program, and you can make that landmark leap!

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What Every Newly Licensed Skydiver Should Know

Photo credit (above): Dennis Sattler

It’s not easy to be new in this sport. I know. I’ve been there. And guess what? So have all of the rest of us, from the dudemanbro whose wingsuit videos you gawk over to the tandem master who told jokes to the back of your head as you were getting ready to face that door for the first time. You’re far from alone.

If you want to continue on this journey into the heart of skydiving, you’re going to have to get past this steep uphill section when it would be far easier to turn around and roll back down to “normal life.” There are a few things I wish I’d been told right at the beginning, so here’s my best pep talk, dear friend. Pull up a chair and pour yourself a drink.

#1. You’ve Got To Give It Time.

Here’s the first thing I’ll tell you: You need to not give up.

Skydiving is an easy towel to throw in, after all, and you’ll have plenty of moments you’ll be tempted to. You’ll screw up landings and come plowing into the dirt in front of people you really wanted to impress. You’ll exit the aircraft textbook-perfectly on some jumps and embarrass yourself thoroughly on others. You’ll be inexplicably terrified some days, waking up in the bunkhouse in a cloud of AV gas fumes and dread.

You’ll feel like you’re boring the more experienced people who make the effort to jump with you. You’ll feel graceless and awkward. You’ll feel slow. You’ll feel as far as you could possibly be from “cool.”

It’s okay to feel all of those feelings. The one feeling that you should diligently keep off the menu is despair. After all: The fun is coming! With every jump, you’re moving ever closer to the moment you feel at home in the sky. Celebrate every little victory with everything you’ve got. Accept the compliments when they’re presented to you. (They’re not disingenuous.) Pay the beer fines.

licensed skydivers ride in back of truck at dropzone

photo by: Dennis Sattler

#2. You’ve Got To Keep Showing Up.

The fear and the frustration are bound to come after you. Every time you let them chase you off the dropzone, you’re one step closer to walking away from the sport. Startlingly high numbers of people only make a couple dozen skydives before hanging up their A-licenses. Don’t be one of them. Be ready for the inevitable face-offs.

Fear and frustration are tricky; they hide behind “logical, responsible choices.” There are errands to be done and financial obligations to be met and important social happenings to be attended, after all, all of which stand in the way of a weekend at the dropzone. Guilt trips will likely rain down on you from family and friends who don’t understand your new obsession. Then, of course, there’ll be the skydiving accident videos folks not-so-helpfully share to your social networks; the injured friends; the near misses that get you to freshen up on your emergency procedures at the same time as they get you thinking about your choice in hobbies.

You know, in your heart, what’s a “reason” and what’s an “excuse.” You know, in your heart, what’s a brave choice and what’s a weak one. Allow the excuses to fall away from you; envision them as leaves, flowing briskly by you across a rushing river.

woman gives thumbs up on the way to skydiving plane

photo by: Dennis Sattler

#3. Be The Smartest Skydiver You Know.

There’s a reason that most new skydivers focus all their time and financial resources on freefall skills. It’s freefall skills, after all, that make for the sexiest videos, n’est-ce pas? It’s freefall skills that get you on the jumps with the hometown heroes at your dropzone; that get you the biggest group hugs; that impress your Facebook friends.

I’m here to tell you it’s a trap! Try not to fall in. Right now, when you’re more overwhelmed by the basic components of a skydive than you will ever be again, you need to focus what cognitive wherewithal you have left directly on the most important part of your jump: The landing. Now is the time to get canopy coaching; to rigorously workshop your accuracy; to learn every minute idiosyncrasy of your canopy and KO your gear fear. The time to do this is now, in these early moments when you’re still actively programming the subconscious responses that might later save your femurs. The best advice: Don’t end up one of those D-licensed jumpers who can stick a slot in a world record but still semi-secretly hates the nylon overhead afterward.

experienced skydivers exit plane at Perris

photo by: Iwan van der Schoor Photography

#4. Be Part Of The Community.

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. If you have to write it on your arm in Sharpie, do it. Stop worrying that everybody thinks you’re a fraud; stop worrying that you aren’t cool enough to hang around; stop worrying that they don’t really like you. They do. That love you feel is real. You’re part of the family now, and we want you here. And we really, really want you to stay.

newly licensed skydiver with Perris skydiving community

photo by: Dennis Sattler


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What Happens If A Parachute Fails To Open On A Skydive?

At this point, you’ve probably watched enough skydiving videos to have seen dozens of parachutes blossom open against the big, blue sky. Over and over again, you hear that signature crisp snap and a square of bright nylon appears, like magic, to drift the grinning pair of parachutists safely down to the grassy field below.

Okay, you say, Those are videos of a parachute opening. Cool. But what happens if it doesn’t? How often does a parachute not open?! How often do parachutes fail?!

The answer: Hardly ever. According to the USPA (which collects and publishes skydiving accident statistics), about one in every one-thousand parachutes will experience a malfunction so significant that actually requires the use of the reserve parachute. If that idea sends you scrambling for the keys to your getaway car, wait for just a second. First off: a ratio of 1:1000 is ridiculously rare in terms of the real world. Secondly: Even if your parachute actually does fail to open into that familiar flyable configuration, you’re still almost certainly going to be fine. Here’s the straight story.

Q: What can cause a parachute not to open?

A: Okay. First, let’s get something clear.

When you hear on the news of a skydiving accident, the phrase that almost always gets tossed around is that the skydiver’s “parachute failed to open.” That phrase always makes experienced skydivers wince because it is practically statistically impossible that the parachute actually “failed to open.” What almost certainly did happen is that it opened in an unflyable configuration and the proper corrective steps weren’t taken. When a parachute fails to open in a way that the jumper can control back to earth, the jumper has to immediately go to a set of tried-and-true emergency procedures to right the situation. If not, there’s gonna be a problem.

What we’re really talking about here, then, is what might prevent the successful deployment of a flyable parachute. That, as you might imagine, depends on three major factors: rigorous equipment maintenance, correct packing and flying in the correct body position when deployment procedures are initiated. You’ll certainly note that these factors are controllable.

At Skydive Perris, we proudly cleave to a set of strictly maintained standards which ensure that those boxes are checked. First, our parachuting equipment is top-quality across the board; secondly, we rigorously inspect and maintain it; thirdly, we only employ the finest professional tandem instructors in the sky.

tandem student feels pull of parachute opening

Q: What will happen if your parachute fails to open?

A: Of course, skydiving does carry a risk. You know that already. When destiny decides to toss a totally statistically unlikely scenario into our plans, we go straight to Plan B. Every tandem skydiving parachute has a backup parachute waiting in the wings. Interesting fact: the backup parachute is hooked up to a system that deploys it automatically in the one-in-a-million scenario that nobody lifts a finger to get it out.

Usually, though, reserve deployment is a manual procedure. When a parachute opens in a non-flyable configuration, we get rid of it. With the flick of a wrist, the reserve parachute “rides” the swiftly disappearing main parachute to a quick, on-heading opening. The process is so quick and seamless that the tandem skydiving students that experience a reserve ride don’t even know it happened. That said: Want to know what to do if your parachute doesn’t open? See if you can figure out that it didn’t!

skydiving landing under parachute

Q: Should I worry about a skydiving parachute malfunction?

A: Worry? Um…no.

Tandem skydiving accidents are incredibly rare. That’s by careful design. Tandem skydiving is, overwhelmingly, the method we use in the skydiving industry to introduce new jumpers to our sport, and it’s vital that we keep that introduction a sweet one. Your tandem skydiving instructor is the product of extensive training in skydiving safety procedures. S/he is ready to deal with any situation that might arise.

The skydiving safety statistics numbers are clear that the safety of skydiving is at a higher standard now than it has ever been. Fun fact: It’s far safer to go ahead and take that skydive than it is to drive to the dropzone! Try that one on for size.

older woman in skydiving freefall for the first time

When you make a skydive at Skydive Perris, know this: By far, the biggest risk you’re accepting is that you’ll end up “cutting away” your life as you know it to come and live out with us at the dropzone and make skydiving your everyday adventure. You wouldn’t be the first! Come on out and see.

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From The Desk of Dan BC – November


We’ve finally recovered from the Nationals!! What a great two weeks it was. The chance to have a front row seat to watch state of the art performances in every freefall discipline was incredible. And to see the mutual admiration, respect and camaraderie amongst all the athletes from those disciplines was a true statement of who skydivers are and the amazing community we have. Perfect weather, as many as 130 loads a day and nearly 19,000 jumps with only three minor injuries made it one of the best USPA Nationals I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot. Special thanks to our staff, everyone who came to watch and especially the competitors.

The Nationals also enjoyed a lot of good media coverage. One comment made by several reporters was that they’d seen few sports like skydiving that are gender neutral, where men and women compete against each other. I explained to them that there is no advantage in skydiving regarding size and strength so men and women compete on an even playing field. Not only that but every year there are plenty of both on the podiums during the medal ceremonies. They were quite surprised by this as they were under the impression that skydiving is a very male dominated sport.

Blocksmixteen 16-Way Team at Nationals

Male dominated sport?? That is definitely not the case at Skydive Perris! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only guy around! Melanie owns the DZ. Shazza runs the school. Sheila is in charge of the Tunnel. Selena is the boss at the loft. Laura is behind the scenes keeping all of us in line. Grace Katz leads the Perris Organizers (Mark Brown thinks he’s in charge but that’s only because Grace lets him believe that.) Kate Cooper-Jensen is the Big Way Master. Christy Frikken is the head FS Coach. Taya Weiss is the WS Guru. Jeanine Bonvin organizes the FF Organizers. There are so many more great female coaches, organizers, instructors, riggers, tunnel instructors, pilots, manifesters, as well as Perris Skydiving School, Bomb Shelter and Square One employees that I can’t mention them all here. Should I continue?

photo of Grace Katz
Taya Weiss is a Wingsuit Coach with Lighting Flight

Male dominated?? I don’t think so. No one dominates this drop zone. It’s enjoyed by women and men of all colors, religions, sexual preferences, professions, nationalities, political parties, ethnicities, back grounds, economic statuses and with more opinions than there are people.

But all of them follow the same three, very strict rules we have at Skydive Perris:

1) Don’t be dangerous
2) Don’t be an asshole
3) Have fun.

And we have a lot of fun coming up on the schedule!!

NOVEMBER 16 – 19  P3 16 TO 60WAYS

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