Skydiving.com Durham: #1 in our Industry.
Imagine the thrill of soaring 14,000 feet over North Carolina. Skydiving.com Durham network has the experts and enthusiasts to ensure a spectacular experience for all levels; from tandem jumps to solo and Advanced Free Fall. Partner with the best for the best jump experience anywhere. Don’t just imagine it, make it happen!
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Skydiving.com Durham Offers More Dives Than Anyone in North Carolina.
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Skydiving.com Durham Offers More Dives Than Anyone in North Carolina.
Call 1-800-617-7948 Now!
Imagine the thrill of soaring 14,000 feet over North Carolina. Skydiving.com Durham has the experts and enthusiasts to ensure a spectacular experience for all levels; from tandem jumps to solo and Advanced Free Fall. Partner with Durham Skydiving for the best jump experience anywhere. Don’t just imagine it, make it happen!
Durham Skydiving – Soar with the Best. Call 1-800-617-7948 Today!
Don’t let lack of experience keep you away. You’ve found the experts who can take you from the thrill of your first jump to becoming a seasoned expert yourself. Our professionals will answer all of your questions and remove all doubts. Choose us and see it like never before.
This sport has a jump for everyone!
The Tandem Skydive offers a beginner the same thrill and rush that experts feels when they jump. You will partner with an expert. Harnessed together with one parachute, the expert will control the jump while you free fall and glide. Experience exhilaration like never before. This unmatched experience will be amazing for you or the gift of a lifetime for a loved one. Learn more…
Don’t stop at the Tandem jump. Skydiving.com Durham partners offer the advanced training you need. The solo diver can learn advanced skills using both Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) and Tandem Progression training at the skydiving school. They will test your knowledge and skills to help determine the right course for you. Skydiving.com Durham creates a customized solution for everyone. Learn more…
It’s not over when the jump stops. A video package will let you take your adventure home to share. Check out an affordable GoPro Package and you can film your jump with first hand perspective. More advanced video options are also available to take home. Link your adventure to social media and wow your friends. Learn more…
Free Fall with confidence. A team of experts will give you an experience beyond anything you can imagine. To ensure the safest jump, you need the friendly and knowledgeable experts. These highly qualified experts worry about the details so you can experience the exhilaration with confidence. When you team with our experts you have the option of more jumps at every level than anyone in North Carolina. Jump today and you will feel like you are jumping with a friend. Check with a team member for information on group discounts. Your friends will never stop talking about the thrill. Learn about our holiday discounts and jump when it is convenient for you. Need the perfect gift? Skydiving.com Durham has gift certificates. It’s the gift of a lifetime for someone special. It’s even more amazing if you go with them.
We Will Help Show you a Side of the Bull City You’ve Never Seen.
Think all you’ll see are tobacco fields? Think again. Arts are the new Tobacco! Soar over the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, or the American Tobacco Historic District. Once you see all that is going on down there you’ll realize you’re not in the Old South anymore. Gaze over the magnificent architecture of the Duke University campus and its own Duke Chapel, or see the campus of five star ranked, historic, North Carolina Central University. You may see three counties as Durham is not only in Durham County but extends into Wake County to the east and Orange County to the west. Glimpse the construction of the new City Center Tower. This multimillion dollar goliath will be a hub of education, retail, restaurants, and downtown living when completed. The mild Durham weather enables you to skydive year round. A few layers of clothing in the winter and you can fly above the winter landscape or perhaps catch part of the Freeze Your Balls Off Scooter Rally. You may even see a little of Durham’s occasional dusting of snow. In the spring, Durham comes alive and you may catch a glimpse of the the DOUGHMAN quadrathlon, Durham’s unique extension of a triathlon. Summer may offer a bird’s eye view of the Festival for the Eno, Durham’s own way to celebrate Independance Day. Soar over the World Beer Festival in October and you’ll realize that just because the climate is moderate year round, it doesn’t mean we don’t have fabulous fall foliage. Year round you can marvel at the City of Medicine as you gaze down at the vast Duke University Medical Center, a hub for medical research and a big part of Durham’s vertex of the famed North Carolina Research Triangle. You haven’t seen Durham ‘til you’ve soared above.
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Soaring with the Tandem Skydive.
What is it all about? A first-time jump is done in tandem with an experienced professional. You must be over 18 years of age. To ensure the safest jump, you will be given detailed information and instruction in a pre-jump class. As a beginning student you will attach to a highly skilled and certified professional, wearing a comfortable harness. You will have the utmost confidence when you board the aircraft because your tandem partner knows what to do every step of the way. The anticipation grows as the aircraft ascends. The beauty and excitement aren’t even diminished by the cramped quarters of the plane. The nervous anticipation builds with every increase in elevation. The pilot knows exactly where to take the aircraft for the dropzone and safe landing. Your adrenaline builds. Go up with confidence that the experts have thought of everything.
Your free fall begins, with you harnessed to your tandem partner as you exit the aircraft. The portion of the descent where your parachute is not yet deployed is the free fall. Feel the exhilaration from the velocity at which you are falling. Free falling feels much more like flying than falling. Breathe easy now but it’s not easy to speak or hear. You have never had a rush like this. Nothing compares to this part of the descent. Rest assured, your partner is in full control on this downward trajectory and very shortly will deploy a smaller drogue parachute to slow your tandem free fall to the speed of one person. The videographer can keep pace and the fall duration is lengthened by the drogue. Look out over the Bull City and marvel at North Carolina’s beauty. Since there are two of you descending, to accommodate the weight, the main parachute is larger than one used in a solo jump. Your expert teammate knows exactly when to deploy the parachute and how to pilot the canopy. After the chute deploys, with a slight jerk, you can relax a little. Now you can talk with your dive partner. Admire the skyline of Durham and imagine the old days when it was mostly tobacco fields. Start thinking of the landing techniques you learned in the lesson as you near the ground. While remembering the landing tips can make it smoother, your pro is still controlling everything in a safe manner. Once your tandem team has nailed the landing you can let out a huge cheer for yourself. Whether you made the decision to skydive or it was an unexpected gift, it is now checked off the bucket list. The only question left is, “When can I go again?”
So you’ve taken your first dive and now you are craving more. Why not let the professionals guide you through Advanced Training to become a certified solo skydiver with the United States Parachute Association (USPA)? The instructors you will be jumping with are fully USPA certified with extensive experience in training others. They can help you get to the next level and you can achieve your “ALicense.” Having an A-License proves you are a safe, competent skydiver. At this level you will be able to jump at any USPA certified skydiving center. This can be the first step to further certifications. Once you are certified you can experience other cities with the same excitement. Get a bird’s eye view wherever you go!
The fastest way to experience a solo free fall is to participate in Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) training. There are more jumps required to get ready to solo jump, but the jumps are less expensive. With this training, multiple students dispatch at the same time from lower altitudes. Two AFF instructors jump with a student at the same time in most cases. This is also called “Harness Hold Training,” where the instructor holds onto the student until the canopy is successfully deployed. There is actually no physical or harness connection with the student so the instructor flies away to deploy his own parachute. When using this technique for training, the student will deploy the canopy at the higher elevation of 6000 ft. AGL (1 mile or 1600m) and then for subsequent jumps use the lower elevation of 5000 ft. AGL. If the student has trouble, the instructor will use hand signals to remind them what needs to be done. He may even physically move the student’s hand to pull the cord and as a last resort to help he could actually deploy the parachute for the student. The student’s parachute equipment will have extra “pull” handles.
Once a student has proven they can deploy their own parachute, after a few runs, they will move to the next level; they will be given more opportunities to prove they have the free fall skill required to jump without an instructor. A “release dive” is the step when, after three levels and being briefed by the instructor, a student will be released at a certain point during the free fall. Although the teacher will remain nearby to coach, he may not be close enough to assist at pull time. For this reason it is important that the student has the skill required to activate their parachute properly at the right altitude. ALL objectives must be completed by the student before moving on to the next AFF level. Although in an emergency the instructor must save himself, the student’s equipment has an “Automatic Activation Device” (ADD) with a reserve parachute as a final level of protection. Further advanced levels of AFF require only one instructor. The student will also learn more advanced aerial maneuvers. To prove to the instructor that a student can achieve intentional stability after disorientation he must succeed with more advanced turns, forward movements, and flips. The instructor uses his professional discretion to determine when the student has achieved all of the “Targeted Learning Objectives” (TLOs) for each level. The student must have the skills for a solo landing without assistance, but during the AFF jumps a student may have contact and instruction from ground personnel via radio. AFF training is highly effective, safe, and as the name implies, a relatively quick way to become a proficient solo jumper.
Some Skydiving.com affiliate dropzones offer a Tandem Progression to AFF Training. In this program, a student participates in a ground school and proceeds with 3 tandem jumps to reinforce the skills they learned on the ground. Additional assistance is given to the student in subsequent AFF jumps from both instructor in the sky and the radio personnel on the ground. The student receives more guidance as the instructor holds onto him longer and uses more detailed verbal and hand signals. This helps the student work up to a more confident deployment of the parachute. This 8-jump, more detailed progression provides skilled training and builds confidence.
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Get a Professional Video and Take Your Jump Home from the Dropzone.
Skydiving.com Durham partners offer the best professional video packages so you can take your jump home to share. Relive your experience over and over. These top level package provides for a private videographer who is with you to record every moment of your adventure. He will film, as your anticipation builds, from the lesson on ground to boarding the plane. The videographer will capture all of your expressions because he is with you as you ascend to proper altitude and await your jump. His camera is right there to catch every emotion and expression from start to finish of your free fall. He will not miss a second of the excitement during the landing and your celebration. The video professionals in the dropzone will edit your experience into a spectacular video for you to upload and share. Why just tell your family and friends about it when a personal video can make them feel like they were right there with you?
A more affordable option to capture the excitement is a GoPro video. Your tandem master will record the entire jump from your perspective while wearing the camera. As with the other video options, the professional videographers in the dropzone will edit your experience into a spectacular video to upload and share. Your friends will wish they were there when they watch with you as you relive the exhilarating experience.
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Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have both taken the plunge, but you don’t have to be a famous action movie hero to do it. Anyone can! A gift certificate from Skydiving.com Durham is the perfect gift for both thrill seekers and the person who has everything. Call one of our team members to discuss available gift options. The most popular gift certificates are for a tandem jump and include all the necessary professional services for a safe and exciting adventure. You can ensure your gift is enjoyed forever by including a video package. This exciting gift certificate is valid for two years from the date of purchase so there is plenty of time for the recipient to plan their jump. Skydiving.com gift certificates are accepted at over 80 partner skydiving centers, making them an ideal gift for friends and family all over the US. Should your recipient be unable to use their gift, it is fully transferable. We can accommodate most schedules with our convenient, 7-days-a-week customer service.
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