Friday, February 22, 2019

Learn to Skydive Month

U.S. Parachute Association Announces May is "Learn to Skydive Month"

Skydiving Centers Around the U.S. Offer Free Ground Training Classes - The First Step in Taking to the Skies

This May, participating skydiving centers around the country are offering first-timers the chance to learn how to skydive - for free! The United States Parachute Association (USPA) has proclaimed May as "Learn to Skydive Month."

Each year, more than half a million people enjoy the life-changing experience of jumping out of an airplane for the first time. Now, skydiving centers are making it easy for beginners to learn all about the sport and what it takes to make that first leap - with free ground training.

"Learn to Skydive for Free" classes will be hosted by participating skydiving centers throughout May. These classes include the ground-training portion of a first-jump course, the first step toward a solo skydive. U.S. Parachute Association-certified instructors will teach the courses, which include all the basics for jumping solo. Students will learn about equipment, aircraft, exiting, freefall, how to open and land a parachute, emergency procedures and more - at no cost! Those who then decide to take the leap of a lifetime can pay for the air portion of the jump and receive additional hands-on training before doing a solo or tandem skydive.

For the past decade, skydiving has continued to grow in popularity. In 2018, USPA membership set record highs, topping 40,000-plus members for the second year in a row. USPA members, along with about a half million first-timers, made roughly 3.2 million skydives last year at more than 220 USPA-affiliated skydiving centers across the country.

USPA also welcomed more than 6,500 new members and issued more than 4,000 basic skydiving licenses, proving that more first-timers are pursuing the sport and becoming certified solo jumpers.

Whether you've always wanted to skydive or just want to learn more about the sport, now is your chance! "Learn to Skydive Month" is open to anyone 18 or older. (For those wanting to jump, additional weight and health requirements apply.)

Contact a participating skydiving center to reserve your slot now!

The following DZs have scheduled their Learn to Skydive classes:

Skydive Carolina, Chester, South Carolina: March 10
Des Moines Skydivers, Winterset, Iowa: April 7
Start Skydiving, Middletown, Ohio: April 27 and May 25
Cleveland Skydiving Center, Garrettsville, Ohio: April 28 and May 5
Bay Area Skydiving, Byron, California: May 4, May 11 and May 18
Skydive Finger Lakes, Ovid, New York: May 4
Skydive Lone Star, Luling, Texas: May 4
Skydive the South, Tuskegee, Alabama: May 4
Skydive Perris, California: May 5
Skydive Sofia, Bulgaria: May 6 and May 24
Adirondack Skydive, Fort Ann, New York: May 11 and May 25
Lincoln Sport Parachute Club, Weeping Water, Nebraska: May 12
Skydive Pennsylvania, Mercer: May 12
Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Rochelle, Illinois: May 18 
SkyDance SkyDiving, Davis, California: May 18
Skydive Monroe, Georgia: May 19
Skydive Midwest, Sturtevant, Wisconsin: May 22
Skydive San Marcos, Fentress, Texas: May 22
Skydive New England, Lebanon, Maine: May 25
World Skydiving Center, Jacksonville, Florida: May 26
Jump Jasper, Florida: Multiple dates


Many additional DZs are also planning to participate:


AerOhio Skydiving Center, Rittman, Ohio
Sky's the Limit, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Skydive City Zephyrhills, Florida
SkyDance SkyDiving, Davis, California
Skydive Pennsylvania, Mercer
Skydive Perris, California
Skydive Puerto Rico, Arecibo
Skydive Suffolk, Virginia
West Plains Skydiving, Ritzville, Washington