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The sport of skydiving has become increasingly popular these days, with more people than ever taking their first amazing flights through the sky or taking lessons to get certified! Many other individuals want to try skydiving, but perhaps haven’t yet found the time or the courage. And still others want to give a friend or family member a gift certificate to allow a loved one to pursue a skydiving dream. The beautiful skies of Texas are the perfect place to enjoy a skydiving adventure. The experts at Skydiving.com Houston are ready to help you soar from heights of 14,000 feet!
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For all too long, flying a kite and watching it soar and bob and weave overhead was the closest most people could come to experiencing the unique thrill of actually flying through the sky themselves. With the advances in skydiving equipment and safety, thankfully, that is no longer the case. Come soar the Texas skies with Skydiving.com Houston and enjoy a true adventure of a lifetime! Our skilled experts will bring you in for a safe landing.
For beginning skydivers, the safety and security of a Tandem jump is by far the most popular option. With the security of being in a special double harness with a certified and highly experienced Skydiving.com Houston instructor, you’re free to concentrate on the stunning rush of sensations as you exit the plane into the beautiful Texas skies. From the exhilaration of the initial free fall to the joy of flying through the air after the chute deploys, we’ll make your skydiving experience memorable! Jump in!
Often, people become downright addicted to skydiving after their first unforgettable experience in a Tandem jump. If you’ve considered going on to earn your skydiving certification, there’s no better place to take lessons than at our Skydiving School. Our experienced professionals can explain the various options. Do you just want to be able to solo skydive, to get certified, or maybe aim to become an instructor yourself? We’re proud to offer both Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) and Tandem Progression training courses. Read More…
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Did you know that humans started cobbling together makeshift parachutes and jumping off cliffs as early as the 1100’s in an effort to emulate flight? Admittedly, jumping off a cliff these days probably isn’t on anyone’s bucket list! However, with the modern advances in technology and safety, the sport of skydiving certainly is a feasible and popular way to experience the thrill of soaring through the sky. Skydiving.com Houston is your best choice to fly the lovely Texas skies.
Our experienced professionals are on hand seven days a week to discuss your available choices, from enjoying a single tandem dive to taking skydiving lessons to purchasing a gift certificate for a loved one. Additionally, we offer group and holiday discounts. If you have a companion who just wants to watch you skydive, we have a special viewing area where they can watch in comfort.
At Skydiving.com Houston, we emphasize safety in everything we do and we’re proud of our outstanding safety record. We also focus on outstanding customer service. Our knowledgeable and courteous experts can answer your questions and discuss your options, and help you plan the perfect skydiving trip, the right training program, or the ideal gift certificate for a special person in your life.
If you’re checking into taking your first skydive, you’ll probably want to consider the tandem jump, which is our most popular type of skydive. With a tandem jump, although you do have a short on-ground training session before boarding your jump plane, the instructor handles all the logistics of the actual skydive. You’ll be physically attached to the instructor by a special harness made for two skydivers, which leaves you free to concentrate on every physical sensation and sight during your jump. First comes the incredible adrenaline rush when you exit the plane into a free fall from some 14,000 feet aloft! Your free fall lasts about a minute and will reach speeds of 120 miles per hour. After the parachute is deployed, you’ll be able to concentrate on your amazing view of Houston and surrounding areas from above. You can watch for landmarks such as the four major bayous that run through Houston or the ship channel that connects Houston to the nearby Gulf of Mexico. In a city noted for stunning skyscrapers, you can watch for the two tallest buildings—the JP Morgan Chase Tower at 1,002 feet (also the tallest in state excluding radio towers) and the Wells Fargo Plaza at 992 feet.
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When you think about it, what better place could you choose for skydiving than “Space City,” as Houston has been nicknamed? Houston boasts the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC), which trains U.S. astronauts and includes Mission Control. The city is also home to Space Center Houston, which is JSC’s official visitor center. And “Houston” was the first word spoken by Neil Armstrong during the moon landing in 1969.
Situated mostly in the north part of the Gulf coastal plain, Houston is only about 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Connected to the Gulf by the 52-mile-long constructed Houston Ship Channel, Houston is both an inland city and a major seaport. With most of the city only being about 50 feet above mean sea level, it tends to be hot in the summer and mild in the winter.
If you’re a visitor to the city, around your exciting skydiving ventures, Houston, as the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., offers a multitude of attractions and activities. A few of the most popular visitor attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Space Center Houston, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, George Ranch Historical Park, Reliant Park, and nearby San Jacinto Battlefield. Just east of Houston is the San Jacinto Monument in San Jacinto State Park, the nation’s second tallest monument. It stands 570 feet tall, weighs more than 70 million pounds, and features a 34-foot-high lone star at the top.
Perhaps you’re more into professional sports. Not a problem—Houston is home to professional football, baseball, men’s basketball, soccer, and American Hockey League hockey teams.
If you’re a shopaholic, you can check out the city’s remarkable seven-mile-long, climate-controlled pedestrian tunnel, which connects restaurants, shops, and other services over a 95-block downtown area. 19th Street in the Heights is famed for shops that carry collectibles, vintage clothes, and more. And of course, there’s the Galleria, a huge shopping center covering 2.4 million square feet. If you visit the Galleria, don’t miss the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park just adjacent to the mall. It’s a unique 64-foot-high, semi-circular fountain that recirculates 11,000 gallons of water per minute.
Finally, if you think of oil rigs and dirt when you picture Houston, think again. Among the ten largest U.S. cities, Houston ranks first for total parkland acreage, and also was cited by causes.com as one of the nation’s 10 greenest cities.
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For tandem skydiving, Skydiving.com Houston will provide you with the best possible adventure! For a novice skydiver, the tandem jump offers an added level of security and safety, as well as the chance to fully enjoy every moment of your skydiving venture. With this method, which came into widespread use in the 1970s, you are actually physically attached to a certified skydiving instructor by a special double harness. That allows you to soak in every nuance of emotion you experience and every sight you’ll behold as we take you soaring over Houston through the stunning Texas skies. And not to worry. Not only do we maintain a perfect safety rating, but our instructors and pilots are highly experienced, as well as being trained and certified under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the United States Parachute Association (USPA) best standards.
You may be thinking: well, okay, I want to skydive and this sounds good so far, but what’s actually involved? Just think about the anticipation you’ll enjoy from the moment you schedule your upcoming tandem skydive. At Skydiving.com Houston, we make booking your skydive simple. We have trained professionals available seven days a week to answer your questions and discuss all your options. We’ll help you get your jump on!
Finally the big day is here and you arrive at the airport. In just a short time, you’ll be jumping out of a plane into the Texas skies! Your eagerness builds moment by moment. At the jump site, you’ll meet the certified instructor who will pilot you through your upcoming skydiving feat. Before boarding the jump plane, you’ll have a short “school” session. This is just another way we make your safety our priority. The ground school covers basic details such as how to jump from the plane correctly. You’ll also be shown how to carry out some free fall movements, as well as the proper way to deploy the main parachute.
You might also learn a bit about the equipment used for tandem skydiving. At Skydiving.com Houston, we use only FAA- and USPA-approved methods, as well as the latest and best equipment. For tandem jumping, there are some differences in the equipment from that used for single skydivers, to account for the added weight of the second person. A small drogue parachute is employed in Tandem skydiving that is deployed shortly after you exit the aircraft. The purpose of the drogue is to slow the jump velocity and enable release of the main parachute at the proper altitude. It increases the time span of your jump somewhat, with an added advantage: if you’ve included a separate videographer to capture your skydive, the camera person can maintain the same speed as yours throughout your skydiving adventure.
The main parachute size also differs between tandem and standard skydiving. In tandem skydiving, the main chute must be 360 square feet or larger to carry the weight of two jumpers. And because your safety is always of paramount importance during a skydive, equipment for Tandem skydiving includes a main parachute and a reserve chute, as well as an automatic activation device (AAD). The AAD’s purpose is to automatically deploy the reserve parachute if the main chute has not been released by the time you reach a specific minimum altitude. However, it’s extremely rare that an AAD is ever activated.
Finally ground school is over and it’s time to board the aircraft. You may be curious about the types of planes used for skydiving. One common feature of jump planes is their ability to accelerate rapidly, often taking only 10 to 20 minutes to reach a jump altitude between 10,000 and 14,000 feet. Worldwide, the most used jump plane is the Cessna 182 (Skylane), which can carry four people. The world’s fastest ascending plane, the Beech 90 Series King Air with a PT6A-20 engine, is the United States’ second most used twin-engine aircraft for skydiving.
Now you’re aboard your jump plane and zooming up through the Texas sky to reach the jump altitude. What a rush of sensations! You’ll probably feel some natural trepidation, but the excitement of your upcoming adventure likely will outweigh any fear. Then, safely harnessed to your certified and highly experienced instructor, you exit the jump plane. You plummet immediately into a 120-mile-per-hour, one-minute free fall. Many people say the sheer rush of adrenaline and the level of excitement during free fall are hard to describe because it is, quite simply, beyond any other experience! When you reach the correct altitude and your instructor deploys the main parachute, you’ll begin your amazing journey through Houston’s skies.
The Houston skyline, which is the fourth tallest in the country, will be one unforgettable sight as you soar overhead. You’ll probably see the Houston Ship Channel connecting the city to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the four bayous that cut through different parts of the sprawling city, which covers 601.7 square miles. You’ll see lots of green spaces as you pass over Houston’s approximately 56,000-plus acres of parkland. Just east of Houston, you might get to see the 570-foot-tall San Jacinto Monument. And you’ll see a big variety in the topography surrounding Houston, as areas to the north and east tend to be forested land, while to the south and west, prairie grassland is common.
As your skydive continues for a total of about 8 to 12 minutes, your soaring flight will bring you ever closer to earth, and buildings and other objects will become more clearly defined. You may be wishing that your adventure would never end as the instructor brings you closer and closer to the landing site. You’ll be wearing the proverbial “ear-to-ear” grin as you alight safely back onto the ground. Not only have you just completed a huge achievement, but you’ll have a never-ending collage of memories from your flight through the Texas skies!
So what might some people consider even crazier than you undertaking your first skydive adventure? Many might say it’s when you announce your desire to take lessons and become a certified skydiver. But that’s okay—those who have enjoyed the exceptional feeling of freedom as you soar through the skies high above the ground will understand your desire to take skydiving lessons. Of course, skydiving training is tough—it has to be—but when you reach the end of training successfully, you’ll have the supreme satisfaction of joining the elite group of certified solo skydivers.
The Skydiving School at Skydiving.com Houston offers the ultimate in skydiving training programs. We’ll help you broaden your skills and knowledge in your quest to become certified for solo skydiving. Legally, there’s no requirement for you to become certified to make solo jumps, but in order for you to safely enjoy the sport of skydiving, it is definitely your smartest move. Furthermore, once you become a certified skydiver, you’ll be permitted to undertake solo skydives at all United States Parachute Association (USPA)-approved skydiving centers. Skydiving.com Houston’s network of skydiving centers all are included in that category.
Our experts at the Skydiving School stay informed about the most current training methods and information. Every one of our instructors is certified by the USPA, and each has extensive experience in training beginning skydivers.
If you’re looking for the fastest way to be ready to make your first solo jump, check out the USPA’s Integrated Student Program (ISP). It’s a carefully structured program that builds on skills learned in each level as you progress through the training. Among our network members who teach skydiving, ISP is used more often than any other method.
Composed of seven instructional levels, the ISP is developed to make certain that you, the student skydiver, have completely mastered the skills and knowledge of each level before moving ahead. Each of the seven levels has Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs) that you’ll be required to fully master before starting the next training level. Although both the training programs for Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) and Tandem Progression use the seven ISP levels, the two programs employ different ways of teaching the skills included in each ISP category.
At this point, you may be asking yourself—well, that sounds great, but what about the actual skydiving part? Throughout the ISP levels you’ll complete a number of training skydives with one (or sometimes two) certified instructor. The USPA classifies the ISP by category, with Categories A to E being jumps that you’ll take alongside your certified instructor (note that some categories require more than one training jump). When you successfully complete Category E, you’ll be able to “self supervise,” as it is termed. For Categories F to G, you might do solo skydives or may still be accompanied by your instructor. Finally, once you’ve successfully finished 25 jumps, if your instructor verifies that you’ve met the A License requirements, you’ll be able to get your A License. Congratulations, you’re a certified solo skydiver at this point!
The Skydiving School at Skydiving.com Houston teaches the AFF training method more often than any other training method, for reasons of safety and to aid in building student confidence during the initial training jumps. Our highly experienced and certified instructors focus on the safest and most up-to-date instruction methods. While the various training levels may sound tedious, training is structured that way so that you don’t unexpectedly encounter a potentially dangerous situation during a training jump.
Before embarking on your first training skydive, however, you will have about 6 hours of ground school, during which you’ll learn vital basics such as how to properly release your parachute and how to track your altitude. Once you’ve mastered your ground lessons, you’ll be ready to move on to the fun portion of training—getting to jump from the plane for your training skydives!
Under the AFF program, you’ll conduct your first three skydives as “Harness Hold Training.” Typically, these jumps involve two instructors who skydive right alongside you. As the name suggests, the instructors hold onto your harness up until you deploy your chute. Having the instructors hold your harness during the free fall until you deploy your chute provides an added level of confidence for you. If anything should go wrong during that portion of the jump, the instructors can immediately act to correct the situation. After you’ve deployed your parachute, the instructors let go of your harness and release their own chutes, and you all complete the jump individually.
When making your AFF training jumps, your parachute release happens at about 6,000 feet above ground level (for later training jump levels, it will be at about 5,500 feet). If you haven’t released your parachute at the proper altitude, the instructors give you a hand signal to “pull.” That hand signal is all most students require to then deploy the chute. But if you don’t deploy the canopy with the hand signal, an instructor will urge you to deploy the chute by actually placing your hand on the pilot chute release. After that, the instructor releases the chute if you still have not responded. The training harnesses for skydiving students are built with extra pull handles in different areas to ensure that the instructor will always be able to reach and release your chute when necessary.
Following the initial three harness hold jumps, if you have proved you’re able to properly release your own parachute, you’ll progress to “release dives.” Remember, you’re never allowed to progress to the next training level until you prove you’ve mastered the TLOs for your current training level. Before the jump, the instructor explains that you’ll begin the jump with the instructor holding your harness, as in the first three jumps, but at some point during free fall the instructor will release the hold on your harness. The purpose of these training jumps is for the instructor to verify that you’ve mastered the basic skills needed to carry out a free fall without help. Although the instructor stays close after releasing your harness and can coach you with hand signals, it might not be possible for the instructor to take hold of your harness again if you have trouble releasing your parachute.
A primary point of safety for AFF instructors is the “hard deck.” That’s the minimum altitude level at which the instructor must deploy his or her own parachute to avoid the risk of serious injury or even death. The skydiving equipment for students includes a reserve parachute and an Automatic Activation Device (AAD). If you, the student skydiver, reach the hard deck without having deployed your main chute, the AAD immediately releases the reserve parachute, thus giving you the opportunity for a safe landing. The reserve parachute and AAD provide you with an extra safety measure during your student jumps, and thus, give you more confidence that you can successfully complete your skydiving training.
What else occurs during your training skydives? Throughout the range of jumps, your instructor coaches you during the free fall via hand signals to point out problems with your body posture or other issues. Post-jump, your instructor will provide a debrief and may give corrective training. It gets a bit more fun during later training jumps as you gain skill at different aerial exercises such as turns, flips, controlling your fall rate, and mastering forward movement. These exercises are extremely important, because they teach you to how to get control of your jump again if you suffer from any disorientation that could cause instability during your skydive.
Additionally, during your AFF training jumps, you’ll be provided with a direct radio connection so that you’re able to communicate with the landing team. Just as importantly, you’ll learn to land by yourself, so that should the radio communications fail, you’ll still be able to make a safe landing.
During your AFF training program, your instructor must verify that you’ve adequately mastered the TLOs for each level of training before you’re allowed to move to the next level. Remember, the magic number is completing 25 successful training skydives to become eligible to receive your A License!
Although not as popular as the standard AFF skydiving training, Tandem Progression is a well-recognized variation of the typical AFF program. The major difference between the two training methods is how the first three jumps are carried out.
As with standard AFF, you’ll enjoy a round of ground school lessons first, and will be taught the same basic information—controlling your parachute, correct free fall procedures, basic equipment knowledge, and how to handle various emergencies. After you’ve completed the ground sessions successfully, you’re ready to get airborne!
While Tandem Progression follows the same AFF training levels, the initial three jumps (termed Categories A and B) are carried out as Tandem skydives. You’re actually connected to your instructor with the typical Tandem jump rig. As you progress through the three jumps, in each one, you’ll have a bit more control over the mechanics of the skydive.
Your two initial Tandem training jumps will teach you how to conduct important movements during free fall, how to monitor your altitude, and importantly, how to release your parachute. You’ll carry out certain emergency actions you learned in ground school, with your instructor’s assistance. And you’ll be shown how to handle issues that could commonly occur while skydiving. This training prepares you for the third and final Tandem dive, when you’ll be in sole control of your skydive, with the instructor on hand to assist you only if required. In addition to performing the activities you mastered in the first two Tandem dives, you’ll be required to demonstrate your ability to handle things such as simulated emergencies, controlling your parachute’s descent, and finding the airport unaided.
Your next two jumps (termed Category C) are similar to the standard AFF training’s harness hold jumps. The instructor holds your harness during free fall after exiting the plane. Once again, you’ll have to prove you’ve fully learned the activities you practiced during the Tandem jumps. Your instructor will address body positioning or other issues occurring during the training jumps. For these two training skydives, once your chute has been released, you’ll have access to radio communication if you need help locating the landing area.
The next training level again involves two AFF training jumps (termed Category D), but instead of holding your harness, the instructor jumps from the plane separately. Building, as always, on what you learned in previous training dives, you’ll be taught how to make turns of 90, 180, and 360 degrees. While doing so, you have to be able to monitor your altitude. After releasing your parachute, you’ll carry out various canopy maneuvers assigned by the instructor in advance of the jump.
Your final AFF training jump (termed Category E) is the culmination of all your hard work and training. You’ll show off all the training maneuvers you learned in the previous jumps, plus throw in a few aerial acrobatics such as front-loops, back-loops, and barrel rolls. And you’ll illustrate that you know how to handle your chute and are able to land without any help. What’s most exciting is that once you have finished the jump and your instructor signs off, you’ll be set to receive your A License!
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If a picture is really worth a thousand words, then a video of your phenomenal skydiving experience must be worth at least a thousand pictures, right? Seriously, if you’re going to summon up your courage to tackle an extreme sport like skydiving, overcome your fear of heights, or master whatever other obstacle that previously kept you from making your skydiving dream a reality, you’re going to want that jump recorded for posterity. Or perhaps, more truthfully, you’ll want it filmed for bragging rights.
You’re the only person who’ll know exactly what sensations you experienced throughout the free fall and flight. But you won’t be able to see how your own face portrays every sensation you’re experiencing. You won’t see your face reflect the exhilaration of your free fall or your amazement as you soared in flight over the towering Houston skyline.
Additionally, you’re going to be overwhelmed during your jump by the free fall adrenaline rush and will be faced with an overload of visual images during your skydive. That means over time your memory is likely to lose many of the specific details from your skydiving venture. You may not remember, for example, the collage of sunlight and shadows as the sun struck different buildings you passed over, or the exact shades of the water in Houston’s system of bayous.
As always, Skydiving.com Houston has you covered with a variety of professional video packages for all the different skydiving options we offer, from Tandem jumps to Accelerated Free Fall and Tandem Progression jumps—and at prices to fit nearly any budget. Our professional staff members can explain the details of each package. We’re available seven days a week.
To have every moment of your ultimate skydiving adventure recorded, check into the option to have a videographer film your entire experience, beginning with a short interview when you arrive at the jump site. The videographer will film you getting on the plane and during the ascent to jump altitude. By exiting the plane beside you, the videographer will continue recording every nuance of your expressions as you plummet into the free fall and will capture the amazing scenery below you as your soar through the Texas sky. By landing ahead of you, the videographer will also be able to film every moment of your landing, followed by another short interview about your experience after you’ve safely touched back down on the ground.
If you’re looking for a less costly package, consider a GoPro video, one of our most popular options. Wearing a GoPro, your Tandem skydiving instructor records your jump up close…really up close!
After you’ve finished your skydiving adventure, the dropzone’s experienced staff will professionally edit your video, and you’ll receive a video format that you can share on social media, email, or however you prefer. You might even want to schedule a viewing party to take full advantage of those bragging rights!
Finally, it’s wise to select your video package at the same time you book your skydive, so we can be certain to have enough professional videographers on hand for your jump if that’s the option you choose. The professionals at Skydiving.com Houston are happy to help you plan your ultimate skydiving experience from jump to video recording.
Skydiving.com Houston takes pride in offering superior customer service, and that includes helping you understand the full details of the options we have available, so that you can select the perfect package. That assistance is even more important when you’re considering a skydiving gift certificate for a special family member or friend.
After all, when you give someone a gift certificate for skydiving, you’re actually giving them the astonishing gift of flight through the Texas skies! What experience could be more memorable or more enjoyable for a loved one? Our professionals will explain the different types of skydiving options available, as well as the different professional video packages, so you can put together the ideal gift certificate for your recipient.
We offer a range of gift certificates for Tandem skydiving, as well as one gift certificate option for the Accelerated Free Fall Level 1 Skydive. While you can select a gift certificate for either kind of skydive jump by itself, including a video package in your gift certificate allows you to enjoy the experience with your gift recipient again and again, long after the jump is over and done.
Whatever special occasion is coming up, from birthday or graduation to anniversary, a skydiving gift certificate is the ultimate gift. It’s even an ideal gift for a “non-occasion” when you just want to let someone special know you’ve been thinking about them.
We believe in giving you the utmost value when you trust us with your business. So, our Skydiving.com Houston gift certificates are good for an entire 2 years from the day they are purchased. We even allow gift certificates to be transferred to another person in case your recipient isn’t able to use the certificate themselves. And, because our gift certificates are recognized at more than 80 skydiving centers besides our Houston, Texas, location, your gift recipient can choose a location that’s most convenient for them.
Giving a skydiving gift certificate isn’t the one-time gift it first appears to be. Instead, you’re actually giving someone a lifetime gift. First, your gift certificate causes shocked amazement and joy when the recipient opens it. Then the skydiving adventure will be eagerly anticipated for weeks or even months leading up to the time of the scheduled jump. After the jump, your recipient has unsurpassed memories that will last for a lifetime—even more so if you included a professional video package with your gift certificate.
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