Oct 16

52 Dropzones

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Edit: Since this post I’ve now reached 54 dropzones, having been to Skydive Sussex for the UPT Examiner meeting in April, 2015 and Skydive Crosskeys, also in New Jersey, in June of 2016.

Yesterday I grabbed a USPA magazine and started checking boxes. I’m not sure why I started going to see different dropzones. Maybe it was that I could often stay there for free. Maybe it was to see what they were doing different. Maybe it was truly fueled by goal to jump in all 50 states in my lifetime. Eventually you get tired of seeing just another hangar with an airplane and reserved community. But for the most part I’ve really enjoyed the places I’ve been to, and feel like I can always take something away from visiting them. It still amazes me how often you realize you are just 20 minutes away from a dropzone on a cross country journey, and therefore a handful of times I would show up just to see no one was there. But maybe it was because the first time I ever did this — at Zhills, I ended up living at those places. The following list shows the incredible amount of research I’ve done into the industry, and I know it will help me synthesis ideas when I open my own location. I split the list into: places I’ve lived, places I’ve jumped, places that were open and I signed an waiver, and places that were closed.  This represents 6 years of Skydiving.

Places I’ve lived/worked:

New Zealand Skydiving School

Skydive Elsinore

Skydive City (Zhills)

Skydive Chicago

Skydive Canyonlands

NorCal Skydiving

Start Skydiving

Places I’ve jumped:

Skydive Arizona

Skydance Skydiving

Skydive Perris

Skydive San Diego

High Skies Adventures

Skydive Delmarva

Jump Florida

Skydive Deland

Skydive Sebastian

Skydive Spaceland (Clewiston)

Skydive Idaho

Chicagoland Skydiving Center

Gold Coast Skydivers

Skydive Kansas City

Adrenaline Air Sports (Carolina Skydiving)

Skydive Raeford

Skydive Oregon

Skydive Temple

Skydive Moab

Skydive Orange

Skydive Suffolk

Kapowsin Air Sports

Skydive NRG (defunct)

Skydive Halmstad

Gritium

Visited while open:

Skydive Hollister

Out of the Blue Skydiving

Florida Skydiving Center (Lake Wales)

Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club

Skydive Warren County

Skydive Oklahoma

Skydive Dallas

DC Skydiving Center

Virginia Skydiving Center

Skydive Smaland

Westeros

Skydive Lonshoping

Thai Sky Adventures

Closed:

Emerald Coast Skydiving (now defunct)

Skydive Sacramento

Skydive Palatka

Skydive Space Center

Jerry’s Skydiving Circus

Ocean City Skydiving Center

Skydive Mesquite

Skydive New Mexico

Piedmont Skydiving

Chambersburg Skydiving Center

Flying Tigers

Skydive Carolina

Skydive Walterboro

Skydive Utah

Wisconsin Skydiving Center (Skydive Atmosphair)

Queenstown

Taupo

  1. Valinda 27 Dec 2016 | reply

    Shiver me timbers, them’s some great inaftmorion.

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