Skydive Washington DC- Virginia's skydiving center, Skydive
Orange, offers first Tandem skydiving, Accelerated
Freefall skydiving certification in
a safety oriented environment. Skydive Orange is Virginia's most
popular and closest
skydiving school to learn to skydive and get your License
to DC, MD, VA, NOVA, Maryland, skydiving weekday specials for
licensed skydivers - licensed skydivers can skydive weekdays from over 13,000' all day long
for only $25 / jump!
Two Skydivers just down
from their natural habitat -
the sky over Orange!!
TANDEM SKYDIVE COURSE - $255-
Tandem skydives are for first time skydivers to experience
the thrill of skydiving easily, requiring only a 45 minute class (but
allow extra time). A Tandem skydive
is usually from over 13,500 feet, a 50
second freefall skydive with step-by-step instruction, harnessed
together with your instructor during every step of the way-- from
aircraft exit through freefall, descent, and landing.
We can teach you the basics of skydiving on a
tandem jump (Category "A" training) after which you could enter the accelerated
freefall program (see below) once learning
and performance objectives are met. Tandem jumping is truly "the skydiving
classroom in the sky". Tandem skydiving is available to a broader
range of students than the other training programs and, in certain
cases, arrangements can be made for those with physical limitations.
Tandem skydiving is the instructors' choice at Skydive Orange for all
first-time jumpers, due to its effectively training parachute
steering and control during descent and landing supervision. (Landings
are the most critical part of any skydiving training jump.) We can
Tandem jumps Wednesday through Sunday. A weekday tandem can be the best way to start the AFF program. Check out the Skydiving
video and tandem
skydiving photos link to see typical Skydive Orange tandem jumps. See also-
*VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover- other prices shown are cash discounted
depending how you pay for the rest of the skydive when you
come out to jump. Credit cards are slightly
more. No checks.
In this YouTube Tandem
skydive video the student skydiver does a
great job of watching her altitude and opening the parachute the way
skydivers are supposed to on the first category of instruction-
Pardon the tedious 03:20 introduction before the skydiving starts, but
here's a skydive
Orange Tandem video done by Matt
Hill with Tandem instructor Mike
French. This one shows a typical tandem landing.
Search "skydive orange" on www.youtube.com
for many more jumps made at Skydive Orange.
ACCELERATED FREEFALL (AFF) First Skydive
Course - $410-
The Accelerated Freefall program is available to those who have
recently done a tandem jump, or to qualified students
who have previous skydiving instruction or other piloting experience, those who
train for high-level athletic or other physical skills in their
profession, and athletes from other adventure sports (call ahead if you
have questions about your eligibility). While more expensive and
demanding for the first jump, AFF training saves five to six jumps over the
progression on the way to independent supervision (all programs require
25 jumps toward "A"
license). We recommend that all students enter the
accelerated freefall program for training Category
B (after a Category
A tandem jump). Accelerated Freefall provides personalized instruction for
students seriously interested in becoming a skydiver. (For those curious
about skydiving or interested in making only one or two jumps, we
recommend the tandem program.) AFF skydives are made from 13,500
feet with your own parachute
system (provided). Two AFF Jumpmasters fly
alongside with harness grips. The training course is demanding and
includes aircraft exit, freefall body position, altitude awareness,
canopy control, landing. Jumpers not meeting the rigorous training
standards of the AFF first-jump course will be required to make at least
one tandem jump first, and there is no refund for the AFF portion of the
course. Ground school is approximately 6 - 8 hours. Jump same day
AFF training progression skydives cost considerably less. By appointment
only, we usually offer the first AFF jump ground school Saturday and Sunday
mornings starting 8 AM. See
Here's Julie's first
skydive AFF video with Skydive Orange instructors
Lambert and Sid Bailin, although the actual skydive doesn't start until
after 3:45 of annoying introductory stuff.
Video by Steve Doherty
Here's another AFF
Skydive Video! 17,700 MPEG file by Jake
Davis at Skydive Orange. This'll take quite a while to download
with slow dial up connections. Only thing is, it's actually OK if you SMILE in freefall!
Our 22 jumper twin engine aircraft
takes everyone to 13,500' (over 2-1/2 miles high!) Most small discount-priced skydiving places use only a little 4- jumper Cessna, (almost always a 60-year
old Cessna 182!) with it's relatively unreliable 1930's era mechanical magneto and piston engine
technology- and it only has one of those to start with! Our Otter, having
two engines could still fly quite well, even fully loaded if one engine had
problems. All our tandems, AFF's and fun jumpers jump from 13,500' from our Super Otter - We'll never let you jump from a little 4 or 6 person Cessna here at Skydive Orange - because we don't even own a Cessna! Instead we have a modern reliable twin turbine engine aircraft.
Student equipment used at Skydive Orange
is state-of-the-art parachuting equipment. All main and reserve student parachutes
used are large docile ram-air, rectangular shaped parachutes, so landing
under one of these parachutes may be so light that there is little choice
but to stand up. At Skydive Orange, we
have a vast landing area, and a 6400 square ft. carpeted hanger.
Important First Jump Factors:
must weigh less than 220 lbs.
(See the weight FAQ
for overweight charges)
and be at least 18 years
old. Picture ID with date of birth checked.
Do not give blood or scuba dive within 24 hours before jumping.
To schedule skydiving classes, I will need a $50 non refundable deposit per person, see http://www.skydiveorange.com/faq.htm#far
. Each person needs to be at least 18 years old, able to read, write, be
in reasonably good physical and mental condition, understand the English
language, and be under
220#. They need to bring a picture ID with DOB
like a driver's, and must arrive on time. Balance in Cash or Visa /MasterCard /Amex /Discover (the posted prices are cash
discounted, credit card prices are a bit higher). Call me weekdays, I am
usually near the phone 9 AM - 9 PM Monday - Friday at (540) 943-6587 with
a credit card number to schedule. Trying to guess the weather rarely
works. It is each person's responsibility to turn up as scheduled, with
the understanding that if the weather does turn out bad, they will have to
reschedule their jump. Meanwhile, I would love to have you check out
Skydive Orange ahead of time on a weekend, call the hanger first (540)
672-5054 to check that we are indeed jumping as planned. Having said this
about scheduling and deposits, we'll gladly try to accommodate any size
group on any lead time; don't hesitate to tell us what you'd like and we
will do our best to accommodate you if we can.
But why skydive at Skydive Orange? We have area's best aircraft, a 22
jumper twin turbine Super Otter, modern skydiving equipment that we are constantly
selling and replacing with new, and an outstanding staff- see http://www.skydiveorange.com/reasons.htm
Even if the weather looks
plan on attending ground school.. Ground school, except
Tandem skydives, takes quite a while;
weather could and often does clear by the
time instruction is completed. When you come out to skydive, there
is always a chance the weather will be bad so you will have to return another day. If you don't come to the airport, you definitely will
not jump that day!
Tell all your friends about us! but don't wait for them all to
join you. Chances are out of a group of 4-20 friends who say
they also want to skydive, when you collect their deposits to schedule, most of them will say their knees itch,
or their eyes are stuck, they can't even see to change channels, let alone
skydive - better just come out yourself lest you never know the thrill of skydiving! - Then when they hear your
stories, they'll join you for your second skydive!
WE SKYDIVE ALL SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS...
and most summer Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays too, weather permitting. We usually offer all kinds of jumps
Saturday and Sundays, offering weekend tandem arrival times at
9, 11, or 1 PM winter arrival times. Summer weekday (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most federal holidays, usually afternoon tandem arrival times)
slower-paced weekdays are great for repeat
AFF jumps too.. Email or call me and I will try to arrange what you want. Click HERE
for planned WEEKDAY
SKYDIVING jump schedule..
I (Ned) am usually near the phone Monday through Friday 9AM till 9PM. (540) 943-6587
Check our latest Contact
3 Ways to schedule...
1- Call (540) 943-6587 with a
Visa, MasterCard, Amex # in hand.
______________ 2- If paying your Non-refundable
$50 deposit by check instead, Mail a $50.00 per person Deposit made out to
1ASC INC.2 weeks (for
checks) ahead of time to the office mail
(Balance paid by cash or
Visa, MasterCard, Amex at time of
arrival at Skydive Orange.
Everyone jumping must bring a picture ID with date of birth
like a drivers or passport. Prices shown are cash discounted. We accept
Visa, MasterCard, Amex.)
If you have a GIFT
CERTIFICATE - of course there's no deposit if
your jump has been prepaid, just email or call us to schedule your
skydive. But you need to be sure to bring your Photo ID and gift
If you have a receipt from
a bad weather day or a prepaid jump certificate, we need you to
bring your photo ID and the hand written receipt or certificate on the day you jump.
to learn how to jump with a wingsuit-
200 skydives within the last 18 months, or 500 total skydives. If you never made
a skydive before, then your
wingsuit training starts here. If you skydive but aren't already a
licensed skydiver, then your
Skydiving Wingsuit training starts here because you need to get your
skydiving license before you even think about learning to fly a wingsuit!
you have at least 200 skydives within the last 18 months, or 500 total skydives
and are ready to ready to jump wearing a skydiving wingsuit, then email
me and I'll arrange wingsuit instruction for you. If you haven't already
made the required skydives, then you need to make them first!
you have at least 200 skydives and are ready to ready to learn to jump off Buildings,
Antennas, Spans, and Earth -based high
places, then email
me and I'll arrange base jump instruction for you. If you haven't already
made the required skydives, then you need to make them first!