REASONS TO SKYDIVE AT
SKYDIVE ORANGE, VA:
Why Skydive Orange is the best place to skydive for
Why Skydive Orange is the best place to skydive for
definitive YouTube SKYDIVE
ORANGE TANDEM VIDEO- it says it all! It was videoed by
Lambert of a skydive made with Instructor Nick Kaminski
We put Safety first!
FREE SKYDIVES from 13,500' with gear rental included - an amazing 12 more thrilling minutes of freefall time - when you buy the whole
license program up front! Otherwise you still get 6 Free
graduation skydives from over 2 1/2 miles high ($510
value) when you graduate!
Looking for a skydiving place that "Specializes" in first jumps,
or Tandem skydives?
Numerous skydiving places proudly proclaim
that they "Specialize in first Time Tandem Skydives", or "Specialize
in first jumps". What they are really saying is they do not have
the staff, experience, or airlift capacity to accommodate any further training
beyond a simple first jump. Considering that Skydive Orange does more of
each kind of first jumps and AFF program training jumps than many drop zones
for hundreds of miles around, I think it is realistic to say, by comparison,
that we "Specialize" in all kinds of first jumps,
progressing Skydiving certification training, as well as specializing in
accommodating the needs of licensed, experienced skydivers with hundreds or
thousands of jumps. We've been making over 17,000 jumps ever year here
at Skydive Orange for over 6 years now.
The lone tandem instructor at a very small skydiving
place lacks the instantaneous de facto peer-review process that those in a
larger skydiving place give each other when they suggest ways to improve to each
other, or if they see a safety compromise - more instructors = more eyes in the
plane, on the ground, and in the air to spot and correct potential safety compromises
before they are repeated.
When we hire new tandem instructors, for instance, one
of the things we look for is excellence in multiple facets of the sport as well
as genuine enthusiasm outside of just doing paid working jumps. This helps
assure that the person teaching you maintains skills beyond the minimums needed
just to maintain their Tandem instructor rating, for example.
Skydive Orange is a relatively busy East
An August 2002 survey of skydiving centers in the United States has shown other skydiving centers' business decreasing 20% - 30% in 2002. But here at
Skydive Orange, our business increased by 33% - from 10,082 jumps in 2001 to 15,035 jumps in
2002 during the
same time. (Update - over 18,000 skydives were made at Skydive
Orange in 2003.) While we are not as busy as the major Drop Zones in Florida
or Crosskeys NJ., there are several reasons why this should matter to you:
1) Since we are busiest skydiving place around, we have more to lose if
something goes wrong, so we are extremely careful about safety, we value our
reputation, and we make the investments to maintain the best facilities. We
plan to build ourselves a brand new 12,000 sq foot commercial hanger
specifically for skydiving in the next year.
2) More activity means we are the most experienced skydiving center,
with current active instructors.
3) It is not just first-time skydivers
increasing our business. We attract many licensed skydivers from other
skydiving centers who have traveled around and compared. Having seen what each
skydiving place has to offer, they switched to Skydive Orange. Some student skydivers start
elsewhere, then hear about Skydive Orange and come here instead. One major
factor in their decision to switch to jumping with us has been:
Our Dedicated Personnel! Our instructors
4 former &/or present USPA Safety &
1 AFF Course Director (trains and evaluates potential AFF
2 Tandem examiners (qualified to rate new
2 persons qualified to run a USPA
2 Former DZ Operators
18 USPA Coaches
10 AFF Instructors
15 Tandem Instructors
See some of them on our instructor
The most amazing thing about our personnel is that they
have a way of staying here at Skydive Orange almost forever! We pay well,
and provide an excellent teaching environment. From
what we've seen at other drop zones, they have a high turnover in staff. A
successful skydiving operation requires an exceptional environment that
instructors, coaches, packers and students as well as experienced club members are happy in. For the
most part, students want to learn, and teachers want to teach. That is what we
do. (And have lots of fun doing it, of course!). See help
WIND TUNNEL COACHING!
The biggest return on your skydiving education investment is time in the wind
tunnel! Lambert has been organizing occasional trips to ParaClete wind tunnel in
Raeford, NC, pooling the time we buy and often taking advantage of nighttime
flying rates - AND including his considerable coaching skills. When you start
the AFF training progression with us, be sure to remind us to add you to the
email list we use to keep our student skydivers updated on opportunities like
this. See what skydiving student Brian Marcus had to say about his Skydiving
Certification wind tunnel training.
Our Student Parachute Systems-
We frequently replace our Tandem and Student Parachute
Systems with new state of the art equipment, well
before they wear
and they always have the latest safety features on the parachute system you use.
CHECK OUT OUR 7 BRAND
NEW tandem parachute systems we just got July 2010.
All student and rental parachute systems are equipped with in date
CYPRES® automatic activation devices. If you are
considering jumping somewhere else, be sure to ask them to show you the
CYPRES®. If it doesn't look like this:
CYPRES automatic parachute activation device control unit.
Color square is either Red (Expert) Yellow (Student) or Blue (Tandem)
then it is a second rate automatic activation system. If they
can't show you the CYPRES on the student parachutes, I suggest you GO ELSEWHERE TO
JUMP as they are trusting your life to
something a little cheaper than the industry standard. Ask almost any
experienced skydiver which is the best automatic activation device, and they'll
tell you it is the CYPRES, which leads the industry in the number of units in use by
a factor of over 250:1. No other manufacturer could ever test their product to
the degree the CYPRES gets tested in such extensive everyday use. With so many Cypres AAD's out there, and such a miniscule rate of
trouble, we choose to stick with the most tried and tested system there is,
because we take our responsibility to you seriously.
skydiving school uses the most recent official instructional program -
The Integrated Student Program, (ISP) the United State's Parachute Association's
(USPA) newest instructional program, was invented and first used here at Skydive
Orange. It addresses many areas that skydiving center
operators felt was not adequately covered in the old student progression,
with emphasis on teaching parachute canopy control to minimize landing
injuries. Pricing and an explanation of what you will be doing on each jump is on http://www.skydiveorange.com/repeat.htm#a-h Many
other skydiving centers still use the obsolete
AFF Level 1-7 program.
The ISP includes 8 categories, A-H,
each item to be marked off a check off card as you progress, including an oral test at the end of each category. Once the card is
completed, we fax it to USPA and it becomes your A license. The ISP is an outline of what you will
learn and can be found in the Skydiver's Information Manual
(SIM). Copies of the ISP
& SIM are available for sale at student manifest.
See more about why it is better than the old AFF level 1-7 system on Skydiving Instruction
We update and change our program constantly to take advantage of the latest United
States Parachute Association recommendations. We are probably
the most up to date skydiving center in the US, owing to our efforts and
No Facility fee nor club membership fees-
We do not charge a daily nor weekend "facility fee" nor
require club membership just to jump with us like some skydiving places (unless
you plug a trailer or tent into our electric). Although we do require USPA
membership, just like all USPA group member skydiving places.
LOAD ORGANIZERS For Freefly & RW!-
On most weekends we have dedicated experienced load organizers for licensed
skydivers doing Freefly and RW jumps. Here's our calendar of Freefly,
& Belly flying/RW organizers.
$21 weekday Jumps from 13,500'!-
Click for weekday
Our 22 jumper Otter
has an extra margin of safety since it is more controllable in the event of
engine failure than many skydiving aircraft. It is also more forgiving of
weight and balance which is important at 13,000' as skydivers approach the
exit. See also Aircraft
But there is much more to this than just the fact
that we have the only year round Super Otter in Virginia, DC, and Maryland
exceptional aircraft in any case - with freshly overhauled engines. This magnificent aircraft attracts the most experienced
skydivers and skydiving instructors.
Since we are the most popular skydiving center, we can take our pick of
which instructors to hire. Our students benefit from having the most
capable, knowledgeable skydiving professionals.
Some skydiving places still use little Cessnas for
jumping. They are kind of cute, but twin engine turbine aircraft, especially
the Otter, have a better safety record and climb higher more efficiently and
Our club atmosphere-
As a club we put the emphasis on growing and adding
more skydivers to our club rather than just maximizing profits on each
student. This (plus the Otter) has also attracted more skydiving profesionals who like this
environment. When you skydive Virginia's skies over Skydive Orange, you skydive
Virginia's friendliest skies! The truth of the matter is, you will just have
more fun here with us. We are the friendliest place in Virginia to make a tandem
Convenient landing area-
Close to our hanger.
We are a USPA Affiliated Skydiving Center-
A While most potential first timers find discerning the difference between
skydiving places to be difficult, one of the most important basis of comparison should
be that you only jump at a United States
Parachute Association group member Drop Zone such as Skydive
Orange. We are listed on www.uspa.org imn
their drop zone directory.
Group members such as us follow USPA's safety recommendations and
training standards. While there are probably some good non group member Drop
Zones, there are others that have, shall we say, a less than stellar reputation.
Why would anyone trust their life to a skydiving place that won't even pledge to
follow the United States' national skydiving
organization's safety requirements?
Advanced Skydiving Instruction-
We periodically have various experts come to orange who teach and organize
instructional skydives in their own field of expertise. These are usually
listed as a boogie on the calendar.
Here are some examples of advanced training at Skydive Orange:
Relative Work Coaching:
See Relative Work Coaching events on our Skydiving
Events page. Relative work means flying together to make skydiving
formations in freefall.
Freefly "Head Down" Coaching:
See our Freefly
Skydiving Coaching page and also look for Freefly coaching links on
our Skydiving Events
page. Freefly is a newer skydiving discipline, flying in formation head
down or standing up in freefall.
See also Skydiving
(to teach others to skydive):
Tandem To become Tandem Skydiving Instructor.
To become a USPA rated Coach
AFF Certification Course to be an AFF Skydiving instructor
Canopy Skool Advanced Canopy flight instruction for those who
want to know more about how their parachute flies. A necessity for those
contemplating high performance landing approaches.
More Canopy Coaching! - seminars on safe and exciting canopy piloting,
usually hosted by Parachute designer Brian Germaine, check our events page
in teh spring for planned canopy flying seminars.
Birdman Wingsuit Coaching
USPA Safety Day!
Every spring, Skydive Orange hosts a series of Safety
Day seminars in the hopes of helping USPA make skydiving safer
nationwide by encouraging each skydiving place to hold their own safety day
events. Check our Calendar of events for next year's USPA Safety day date.
Teams love us!
Coast Skydiving Team Practice jumps from a Super otter year round near
See what our customers
say about us!
See what our GRADUATES
say about us!
Check out our Pictures and Videos!-
At Skydive Orange we do more jumps that get videoed by the most talented
video guys than any other skydiving place for miles around, and we've got
the Videos to prove
We Were Chosen by the DJ crew
at for Tandem Skydives!
That's the Reasons we are the best place to go skydiving in the
Northern Virginia, Washington DC metropolitan area, and Maryland
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