Canopy flight by Alex
Canopy flight by Alex
Sunset Formation Exit by Alex
Sunset Formation Exit by Alex
The Fleet
The Fleet
Tandem Skydiving
Tandem Skydiving

New to skydiving? Tandem skydiving truly is an experience like no other!

Freefly Exit
Freefly Exit
18-Way formation Skillz Camp by Duncan
18-Way formation Skillz Camp by Duncan

Tandem Skydive

 

 

Out-of-State Jumpers: Florida Governor’s order 20-82, extended by order 20-112, requires for persons from areas with ‘substantial community spread’ – New York Tri-State area to quarantine for 14-days.

 

UPDATED INFORMATION – Opening Monday, May 4

After receiving feedback, we add additional protocols:
 
  • No persons will be allowed in manifest or inside buildings, except the Birdhouse and Bunker which are open air buildings.

                              Manifest will operate through the window for all transactions. No team rooms may be used. 

  • The aircraft will be lightly swabbed down between loads with sanitizer with attention to surfaces likely to have been touched.
  • Masks are MANDATORY on the ground and ride to altitude — except in freefall where they are prohibited as a safety factor.
  • Because the FLIGHT LINE is the highest risk work environment — persons working on the FLIGHT LINE should NOT wear masks as they could interfere with vision

                   – except the loader should wear a fask mask when dispensing hand sanitizer to skydivers.

 
Skydivers and staff are reminded of the following:
 
1. An order is in place until MAY 8 requiring persons entering Florida to self-quarantine for 14 days. Persons should not enter Florida to skydive here. Persons
    should not skydive here who have been out-of-state and have not been back within Florida for at least 14 days. 
2. Relevant CDC guidance for commercial aircraft contained in “Preventing Spread of Disease in Commercial Aircraft” includes a reminder to 
        
  • Treat all body fluids (such as diarrhea, vomit, or blood) like they are infectious.
  • Handwashing is the single most important infection control measure.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after assisting sick travelers or touching potentially contaminated body fluids or surfaces.
    • Wash hands when visibly soiled.
    • Use alcohol-based hand rub (containing at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed or gloved hands.

SKYDIVERS ARE REMINDED THAT “WHEN THINGS ARE DIFFERENT,” THEY ARE AT GREATER RISK.

PLEASE DO NOT BE SO FOCUSED ON CORONAVIRUS SAFETY THAT YOU OVERLOOK FOCUS ON SKYDIVING SAFETY.

TAKE IT SLOW. TAKE IT SAFE. GEAR CHECKS!

REVIEW YOUR EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND GET HELP  FROM CAM (S&TA) ON ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT 100% COMFORTABLE WITH. 

LIMITED RE-OPENING

SKYDIVE CITY RE-OPENS MONDAY, MAY 4 at 9AM

(Previously had hoped to open Friday, May 1, 9AM)

Only for TANDEMS and SKYDIVERS who are jumping (not socializing)

Spectators – please do not visit Skydive City

PRECAUTIONS & PROTOCOL FOR

OPENING SKYDIVE CITY

Skydive City closed voluntarily on March 19 to help contain the coronavirus, allowing persons in the RV park to shelter in place. Skydive City has never received information that being at or skydiving at Skydive City put an individual at a greater risk of contracting the Covid-19 than at any other location in Florida or the United States. Skydive City believes that, since closure, no one has been at Skydive City who has had Covid-19 or been knowingly exposed to Covid-19. Skydive City has taken precautions to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.

JUMPER ARE ADVISED OF CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS TAKEN AND THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN

CLEANING and OTHER PRECAUTIONS PRIOR TO OPENING AND AFTER OPENING

  • Bathrooms – cleaned before opening and throughout the day frequently with a bleach solution.
  • Commonly touched spaces swabbed down with a bleach rag, including door handles.
  • Manifest – avoid sharing computers – unless wearing gloves or wipe down in between use.
  • Bleach solutions – dilute to prevent gear damage and should not be used where skydiving gear is located or likely to be located.

FOOD and BAR

Sunset Bar and Manifest will sell alcohol in closed containers for consumption off the premises during regular hours. See map that indicates where “off the premises” begins.

Food service will not be available until May 16. Limited snacks at Manifest: BRING YOUR OWN FOOD.

SIGNAGE & BARRIERS

Sign at Front Gate:

LIMITED OPENING – SKYDIVERS AND TANDEM STUDENTS WITH RESERVATIONS ONLY

Plexiglass placed as a barrier between customers and manifest.

Signs in Various Locations:

CORONAVIRUS – SKYDIVING IS A CONTACT SPORT

BY SKYDIVING AND BEING AT SKYDIVE CITY, YOU ASSUME THE RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION

You are not be safe from coronavirus infection here. No amount of care or caution can assure your protection. We have taken reasonable precautions to protect your health, but make no guarantees or representations. You must take your own precautions. If you cannot accept that risk, don’t skydive or be at Skydive City.  As a condition of being here:

                YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE NOT ILL and HAVE NOT BEEN KNOWINGLY EXPOSED TO COVID-19

No more than 2 people in manifest at any time. Stand with six feet of distancing. Temporarily, payments accepted at the Window. Putting more money on account than normally avoids visiting manifest frequently.

Signs on Manifest doors:

DURING THIS TIME:

ONLY STAFF INSIDE MANIFEST OFFICE 

DO NOT STICK FACE INTO MANIFEST WINDOW

SPECTATORS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER.

ONLY persons jumping may be in manifest.

Sign at aircraft cockpit entrance:

Avoid talking to pilot. Cover your mouth if you must.

 

Water fountains — caution tape placed to prevent use.

Spectator Sign:

SPECTATORS: We are normally friendly. If we don’t talk to you it is due coronavirus. Children should not be here. Avoid interacting with others.

Signs in bathroom stalls:

AVOID TOUCHING SURFACES

Use paper towel, gloves or other barrier between your hand and faucets and flush levers


Sign on Moby Deck:

NO SPECTATORS at SKYDIVE CITY

UNLESS YOU ARE ACCOMPANIED

BY A TANDEM OR EXPERIENCED SKYDIVER

NO CHILDREN

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Aircraft and skydiving safety should never be sacrificed for coronavirus safety.
  • Everyone visiting at Skydive City must have a face mask or other nose/mouth barrier in their possession.
  • Face masks must be worn in manifest, boarding area, in airplane and otherwise as frequently as practical.
  • Maintain six feet distance at the boarding area, manifest and elsewhere, as practical. 
  • Avoid holding items held by others.
  • Refuse to interact with anyone who appears ill. Alert management or S&TA who will escort the person off the drop zone.
  • Instructors – refuse to jump with anyone who appears ill and advise management or S&TA.
  • No fist-bumping, high-fiving, handshaking or other unnecessary touching.

   Toomey is the “Washee Washee Deputy” who will provide a squirt of hand sanitizer to help seat belts stay sanitary.

  • No spectators at Skydive City unless accompanying tandem students.
  • Everyone is responsible for safety.
  • Everyone should politely inform spectators (who are not with tandems) not to be here – alert management if they do not leave.
  • Everyone will sign the attached WAIVER and QUESTIONNAIRE. Any “yes” responses will be required to leave Skydive City.
  • Florida Governor’s order requiring persons from out-of-state to quarantine for 14 days expires May 8  applies to persons from areas of ‘substantial community spread,’ including Tri-State area (NY, CT, NJ)

Tandem & AFF precautions:

Note: Given PIA not endorsing any product on gear, we have changed our policy:

  • Instructors must swab down the touch-points of student harnesses using only:
  • Instructors may use a water-damp (not wet) rag to lightly swab down tandem gear.
  • Or, diluted solution of Lysol in a spray container – sprayed onto a rag and swabbed on the touch points of the student harness.
  • No Bleach or any other product, including hand sanitizer, on or near tandem gear.
  • Tandem Instructors – use full face helmet.
  • Instructors – wash hands prior to and after each customer interaction.
  • Tandem Instructors – wear a buff or other lower face mask or covering when speaking with and harnessing students – and should request students to do so.
  • Tandem instructors – on initial interaction with customers, escort them to the manifest bathroom to wash their hands.
  • Tandem students should not use a jumpsuit.
  • AFF students should wear a jumpsuit – using the same jumpsuit all day.

Manifest safety and responsibilities

  • Place barriers between hand and items to prevent direct contact. Barriers may be glove, sleeve of shirt or other piece of cloth or paper.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Manifest: Direct persons to wait outside when 2 people are already inside.
  • Manifest may accept payments at manifest window – but give priority to persons manifesting.
  • Periodically, manifest will read the signs about hand washing and risks over the loud speaker.

Loader safety and responsibilities:

  • At the start of each day, and on shutdowns, the loader shall use Lysol on rags to swab the interior of the airplane.
  • At the start of the day, loader will clean the metal on each seat belt, including pilot seatbelts.
  • Prior to each load, loader will clean the bar and the sides of the door.
  • Loader should ensure that six feet of distance be maintained between persons when loading, except tandem instructors will hold the harness of students.
  • Loader will not permit anyone to enter the aircraft without a face mask.

Jumper Precautions:

  • Fun jumpers take precautions consistent with government guidance.

DISTANCING

  • Spread out on Moby Deck, in the packing areas, Bunker, and on tarps to create six feet of distance between yourselves and others.
  • Dirt Dive with virtual, distanced touching.
  • No spectators on the Deck – escort spectators to the spectator area.
  • Benches should be positioned in spectator area.
  • Manifest should advise spectators to be in the spectator area.
  • Boarding Area: Keep 6 feet distance boarding the airplane.

AIRCRAFT

Government guidance is ambiguous. Differences in comfort with social distancing vary. Phase 1 federal guidelines recommend 6 feet of social distancing and maximum 10 in a group –except if social distancing is impractical, precautionary measures should be observed. Skydive City has determined that it is impractical to run the Otters with six feet distance and ten skydivers. Skydive City is implementing precautionary measures. In deference to those wanting more social distancing, Otter loads available on request with ten slots with a higher price.

Twin Otters will have 20 slots at the regular price. On request, Twin Otter loads will be manifested with a maximum and minimum of ten slots at a higher price.

Precautionary measures in the aircraft:

  • The door may be opened at safe altitude to encourage air circulation.
  • Skydivers and students MUST wear a neck buff pulled up over mouth and nose, or other face mask, in the boarding area, in the aircraft (and on exit if exits are in tight proximity – tight exits should be avoided).
  • A cloth, sleeve or other barrier is recommended to fasten seat belts.

AFTER JUMPING PROTOCOLS

  • Jumpers and staff should go directly home after jumping without making a stop.

They should launder their clothes and wash thoroughly so as not to introduce any inadvertent contamination into the broader community.

________________________________________________________________________________

Everyone Required to Sign this Waiver Addendum and Questionnaire:

WAIVER OF CLAIMS and LIABILITY RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS AND AGREEMENT

I know that skydiving is a close contact sport that may heighten the risk of exposure to coronavirus. I know that I could be exposed to coronavirus at Skydive City and could become ill after such exposure. I agree that Skydive City has taken reasonable precautions to prevent my exposure to coronavirus and that no amount of care or caution by Skydive City can eliminate the risk that I am exposed to coronavirus or develop illness. I agree that there is no way to determine if any illness I may get is the fault of or caused by Skydive City, and I waive any claim I may make that Skydive City caused any illness I may develop. I voluntarily agree of my own free will to be at Skydive City and participate in activities at Skydive City. I assume any risk of infection and covenant not to sue Skydive City; and if I do sue, it is a breach of this agreement which is legally enforceable.

Signed: _____________________________________________

Name: __________________________________________________________________

Date of Birth: __________________

Date: _______________________

QUESTIONNAIRE

Do you have the coronavirus? ______ YES ____No

Have you had or been exposed to the virus in the last 14 days? _____ YES ______NO

Have you travelled outside the US in the last 14 days? _____ YES ______ NO

Do you have any of the following symptoms? _______ YES ______ NO

Coughing _____ YES ______ NO

Shortness of Breath _____ YES ______ NO
Fever > 100 F _____ YES _____ NO
Chills or repeated shaking with chills _______ YES _______ NO
Muscle pain ______ YES _____ NO
Sore throat ______ YES ______ NO
Headache ______ YES ______ NO
New loss of taste or smell ______ YES _______NO

Florida Governor DeSantis’ order requiring 14 days self-quarantining after entering Florida expires May 8

Have you been outside Florida in the last 14 days? _____ YES _____ NO

Signature: ______________________________________________________________________

 

Skydive City 

 

BOOK YOUR JUMP!

   Book online. Or, reserve your slot by calling or writing our email

ARRIVAL & CHECK IN:

     Arrive at your scheduled time. Bring your gift certificate or booking confirmation. Carefully read our Waiver, sign it and fill out a registration form online or when you arrive

GROUND PREPARATION:

   Our manifest and instructors will show you a video about your Waiver and an instructional video. The instructor will give you a tandem skydive briefing and prepare you for the jump. You will put on a jumpsuit and a harness

VIDEO CINEMATOGRAPHY:

   Getting video? Your instructor and videographer will begin professional production by setting up the intro shots and ground interview 

BOARDING THE AIRCRAFT:

    Your instructor will lead you to the boarding area. You board a spacious Super Twin Otter. On your 20 minute flight, your instructor will buckle you to the harness and give you the last instructions. 

FREEFALL:

The door opens. You slide to the edge. Your instructor swings you out the door. You quickly accelerate to 120MPH of adrenaline for 60 seconds of freefall and the parachute opens at 5000 feet. 

UNDER CANOPY:

You help steer the parachute during the 4 minute ride down. 

LANDING: 

Your instructor takes over for the landing. Just lift your legs as high as you can!

Click here for Complete Tandem Jump pricing

Video Options

  • Outside Video – $95 (Freefall videographer flies alongside and shoots video and photos)
  • Handcam Video – $75 (Tandem instructor takes hand-cam video and photos)
  • Handcam Still Photos – $55 (Tandem Instructor takes hand-cam photos only)

Ready to jump?

Make a reservation on our reservations page

Your email confirmation will link you to our Online Waiver and Training Video. 

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Accelerated Freefall or AFF

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What it is and how it works:

AFF, combined with USPA’s Integrated Student Program allows you to build a great set of skydiving skills and advance to solo skydiving in as little as 9 jumps, your 9th jump typically being your first solo skydive. You can achieve your skydiving license in 25 jumps, and we offer packages for all of these programs. Each ‘Category’ can consist of 1-3 skydives and establishes a set of knowledge and practical skills before you move onto the next Category. In a nutshell:

Category A is the first jump, includes a detailed ground school on all aspects of free-fall skydiving, aircraft procedures, equipment, canopy control, landing and unusual or emergency procedures.

After the first jump, you continue through the rest of the Categories

 

AFF Categories B through H

Once you complete the Ground School and first AFF (Category A) Skydive, there are still several levels to complete before we “cut you loose” for solo skydives.

The Program ensures that you can check your gear, handle yourself in an airplane, exit properly, fall stable, complete a series of basic free-fall maneuvers, and that you can deploy and land your parachute safely. Once you demonstrate these skills to us, then you can skydive solo or with a coach.

Skydive City does about 800 AFF Jumps per year, with about 85% of the students passing the program in the planned eight or 9 jumps to Solo Status.

There are many ways to progress in the sport of Skydiving and we can typically get you through to ‘Solo’ status in 3-4 days and a USPA ‘A’ License within 12-14 days!

Skydive City offers extensive training in many areas, so please feel free to discuss your options with any of our highly experienced staff.

Each Category teaches you more and more as you progress to ‘Solo’ status. Once you are solo, you have a great deal of freedom and have great confidence and ability as you move on to your USPA ‘A’ License.

Category B introduces the student to free-fall turns (jump with two Instructors), and improve on your landing pattern and basic canopy skills.

Category C1, C2 is normally 2 jumps, the first with two Instructors, the second with only one Instructor. You will learn forward movement and then fly ‘solo’ for the rest of the skydive. You will also learn to plan your own canopy pattern with minimum assistance.

Category D1, D2 is with one Instructor, and is usually done in two jumps. You will learn 90 and 360 degree free-fall turns and learn riser & braked turns under canopy. We also touch on accuracy and stand-up landings.

Category E1, E2 we practice aerobatic free-fall maneuvers, back-loops, front-loops, and rolls. Canopy skill includes planning your own spot, spotting basics, and landing within 50m of the target by yourself.

Category E3 is your first completely SOLO skydive. Go enjoy the skills you have acquired and have some fun!

Category F-H cover the remaining jumps to finish your ‘A’ license. Some will be coached jumps where skills are taught and demonstrated, and some will be solo skydives. You can do the program on your own, progressing along jump by jump with our assistance of course, – OR –

Throughout the AFF Integrated Student Program, we provide you with a great deal of other training:

  • Learn about your equipment
  • Pilot Briefing
  • Aircraft Instruments
  • Aircraft Spotting
  • USPA Membership
  • Canopy Control and Accuracy Approaches
  • Packing Lessons available
  • Comprehensive Student Guides – yours to keep!

Download the License information packet, with pricing typical progression and everything you need to know to become a licensed skydiver

Already signed up for the class? Need a Refresher on all the material? Here’s a great Study Guide for anyone to use to get a head start on your training, or get you back up to speed if it has been a while since you jumped.

Click here for AFF pricing

Student Coaching

So, once you have graduated to ‘Solo Status’, or Category E completed, you still have several steps to do to finish your USPA license.

A lot of those things can be done on your own, but several other freefall and canopy skills must be taught, learned and demonstrated. That is where coaching comes in. A coach jump helps to improve on existing skills and teach you more advanced skills to complete whatever skill you are looking to finish.

Typically the cost is $95/jump, that includes, your airplane slots for you and the coach, your gear rental and the Coach’s fee. You can expect to do about 5 Coach jumps to finish everything for your license.

Or perhaps you can use our coaching programs and our Instructors at Skydive City to advance your skills. For the price of an extra jump ticket, plus a $25 coaching fee, we can send you on a jump with a high quality Coach, who can observe and critique your flying skills, offering friendly and helpful advice to assist you in your progression.

Been a while since you jumped?

There is a treasure trove of information out there to help you review material or get current again. We offer refresher training, but you cna arrive better prepared using the resources from Skydive City, the United States Parachute Association (www.uspa.org) and we put together some great review material here>>

More Questions? Contact us or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Skydive City is one of the World’s Premiere Skydiving Centers. We cater to skydivers and students from all of the continents.
In business since 1990, Skydive City is carrying on the long tradition of high quality skydiving, training and fun that has been in Zephyrhills since the 1960’s.
We are a USPA affiliated dropzone with a solid staff of high quality Instructors, all with various USPA, CSPA, and BPA Instructional ratings.
Whether you jump Tandem or AFF, work with our coaches to improve your skills, or learn something new – like freeflying, wingsuits, camera and video work or need to attain an instructional rating – you are sure to receive the finest instruction and care at Skydive City.