What is a Tandem Skydive & Why Should You Try It

February 21, 2019 by Skydive California
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Every journey begins with a single step.  In our case, this “step” is one that puts you through the door of an aircraft 13,000 feet above the ground. Where does a skydiving journey begin? Often, it starts with a tandem

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How Much Does Skydiving Cost for the First Time?

February 21, 2019 by Skydive California
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How Much Does it Cost to Go Skydiving? Ready to go skydiving for the first time? Awesome! You’re probably wondering how much does skydiving cost. As you might imagine, there are a lot of factors that influence the cost of

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The One Life Changing Experience You Have to Try

February 21, 2019 by Skydive California
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If You Could Do ONE Life Changing Experience, what would it be? We have the Answer! We admit it: We’re a little predictable. Usually, we talk about the logistics. Right? We talk about what to expect on your first tandem

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Skydiving Altitude & Airplanes

March 11, 2019 by Skydive California
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All About Altitude and Airplanes   What’s the factor that counts most in any given skydiving adventure? Altitude, that’s what! And how do you get that altitude? By getting into the right airplane, that’s how! It’s an unignorable fact: Skydiving

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Why You Should Go Skydiving for Your San Francisco Romantic Getaway

March 17, 2019 by Skydive California
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Skydiving for a San Francisco Romantic Getaway   If you’re planning the perfect San Francisco romantic getaway, you should know that one of the most romantic things to do in San Francisco is to hop in one of our shuttle

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How to Prepare for a World Record Skydive?

March 20, 2019 by Skydive California
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Do you want to make history? Of course, you do. And, you’re not alone. Attaining a world record is a dream that motivates skydivers of all ages and backgrounds. In the upcoming years, there will be several world record attempts.

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Base Jumping Vs Skydiving

March 20, 2019 by Skydive California
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BASE Jumping vs. Skydiving, What’s the Difference?   What’s the difference? Functionally, that’s easy: BASE jumpers jump off unmoving objects using a single parachute. Skydivers jump out of a flying aircraft with a parachute and a backup. It’s easy to

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What is a Skydiving Outfit and What is it Used For?

April 5, 2019 by Skydive California
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Let’s Discuss Skydiving Outfits   The Golden State is well known for being fashion-forward; likewise, while it may never end up displayed street side or stocked in a cute boutique, our skydiving outfit has its own purpose and particular charm.

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How Skydiving Can Make You a More Goal Oriented Person

April 18, 2019 by Skydive California
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How to Become a More Goal Oriented Person   We all know at least a goal-oriented person who has it all. Disciplined and driven, these individuals set up goals and subsequently knock them down. It seems like everything this person

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Fun Things to Do in Northern California

April 30, 2019 by Skydive California
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Fun things to do in northern California Planning a trip to Northern California? Lucky you! There are so many things to do in Northern California that you could very easily decide that you need to move here to complete them

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3 Tips on How to Prevent Nausea During & After Skydiving

April 26, 2019 by Skydive California
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Worried you’re going to get a “jiffy tummy” (in British parlance) or experience nausea after skydiving? You’re not alone. Worrying that you’re going to throw up on a skydive is one of the most common concerns we field every day.

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Is Tipping Common in Tandem Skydiving?

April 30, 2019 by Skydive California
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Do You Tip Your Skydiving Instructor? There are precious few social customs in America that rate as more confusing to foreigners than tipping. In the States, gratuities are much, much more normal than they are in other countries, and we

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How Common Are Skydiving Injuries?

May 13, 2019 by Skydive California
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At this point, you probably know just how incredibly rare it is for someone to die as the result of a skydive. (If you don’t, let’s put it this way: it’s way more likely that you’ll die in the car

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Why Everyone Smiles in Free Fall

May 13, 2019 by Skydive California
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There are moments that can change how you view everything. Those moments are the ones that may make you question the decisions you made to bring you to that point. You may question the choices you are making that are

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What Does Skydiving Feel Like?

August 23, 2019 by Skydive California
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When you look at a video of someone making a jump, it might occur to you to wonder: What does skydiving feel like? In the video, the jumper is usually smiling like mad; the wind is whipping by; they’re bathed

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Skydiving Experience Description

May 20, 2019 by Skydive California
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Detailed Skydiving Experience Description (From beginning to End)   Thinking about finally booking that skydive?  Most people have lots of questions about skydiving and what to expect from the experience. What is Tandem Skydiving exactly and what does skydiving feel

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The Best Weather for Skydiving

June 12, 2019 by Skydive California
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Find Out the Best Weather For Skydiving If you ask any experienced skydiver to tell you what the perfect weather for skydiving looks like, she’ll describe for you a perfect summer’s day: bright blue skies, tank-top temperatures and a light

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What is a Hop n’ Pop in Skydiving?

June 14, 2019 by Skydive California
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What Is A “Hop-n-Pop” Skydiving. It’s all about jumping from an airplane and falling through the air, right? Nope! Though freefall is one awesome part of skydiving, it’s not the only part. Believe it or not, the parachute ride can

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Meet The Owner: Aaron Oehrle-Steele

March 2, 2018 by Skydive California
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Skydive California may be the new kid on the block, but really, their recent inception is something that works in their favor and is what sets them apart. The dropzone emerged onto the California skydiving scene a little over three

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When Do Skydivers Pull Their Parachutes

June 27, 2019 by Skydive California
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Parachute Deployment Altitude 101   When Do Skydivers Pull Their Parachutes? When you pull the parachute for your skydive depends–like most things in this life–on who “you” are. That might sound like an unnecessarily philosophical way of answering the question,

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5 Tips from the Pros for Your First Time Skydiving

July 5, 2019 by Skydive California
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First Time Skydiving Tips Wahooo! Welcome to Skydive California! We’re so pumped to have you fly with us for your first time skydiving. There are a number of ways to be prepared for your first jump. We’d argue that the

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Skydiving Risks for Tandem Jumps

July 8, 2019 by Skydive California
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Skydiving Risks Every year, we welcome thousands of first-time skydivers here at Skydive California (in the Bay Area) to make their first jump, usually as a tandem. Tandem skydiving is the most popular way to experience skydiving for the first

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Who to Ask for Skydiving Tips and Advice

July 12, 2019 by Skydive California
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Who To Ask For Skydiving Tips and Advice? If skydiving is new to you, there’s a very good chance you’re looking for skydiving advice. Contrary to popular belief, neither internet videos nor fellow first-timers are a great place to get

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How Many Tandem Jumps Before Solo

July 12, 2019 by Skydive California
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How Many Tandem Jumps Before Solo Skydiving? Becoming a fully-fledged solo skydiver is a great achievement. By completing your skydiver training and gaining your skydiver license, you open up a whole world (quite literally) of opportunities. At Skydive California, we

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Skydiving Bay Area Deals at Skydive California

July 12, 2019 by Skydive California
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Skydive Bay Area Deals: What to Look For Skydiving is one of the greatest things you can do. Nothing can put into words the feeling of flying through the air. Here at Skydive California, we know there are lots of

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Skydiving Instructor Spotlight: Tom Grayson

March 19, 2018 by Skydive California
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Meet California Skydiving Instructor: Tom Grayson Tom Grayson receives accolades from his students as well as other professional skydivers. He’s got an award-winning personality and an ability to establish rapport with students that is hands-down some of the best in

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Sex Vs. Skydiving

August 6, 2019 by Skydive California
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Sex or Skydiving – Which is Better? If you’re shaking your head in confusion right now, you’ve probably never been in a skydiving landing area. If you had, you’d most certainly have heard more than a few freshly-landed tandem skydivers

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Instructor Spotlight: Cristin Brown – AFF Instructor

March 23, 2018 by Skydive California
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AFF Instructor Extraordinaire! Cristin Brown (CB) is a super passionate AFF instructor and camera flyer, and in the ‘real world’ she is a yoga instructor as well! She has been with Skydive California a little over a year and has

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The Top Reasons to Skydive

August 16, 2019 by Skydive California
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Go Skydiving Many people come up with reasons why they shouldn’t skydive, but seldom do you hear the reasons why you should. If Mom or Dad are questioning your sanity, here are some perfectly

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Skydiving Statistics

August 28, 2019 by Skydive California
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Skydiving Statistics Compared to Other Activities Skydiving is getting safer and safer every year in the US. The most recent data from the United States Parachute Association (USPA) shows that the number of fatalities per 1,000 jumps is at its

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What Does a Professional Skydiver Do?

August 28, 2019 by Skydive California
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When you think of a professional skydiver, what comes to mind? Probably, someone with an energy drink logo on their helmet–or the tandem instructor who takes you for your first parachute ride. That’s not all there is, though! Here are

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8 Skydiving Facts That May Surprise You

September 5, 2019 by Skydive California
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You may have thought you knew all the skydiving facts, but may we present to you some info to get your facts straight. 1. The Date The First Skydive Was Ever Made Is Earlier Than You Think. On October 22,

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Fear of Skydiving

September 9, 2019 by Skydive California
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Skydiving It’s Natural to Feel Scared Skydiving is, literally, a big leap to take and it’s natural to feel scared. Here, we’ll explain why you’ll feel that way and how to overcome your fear of skydiving. Before Your Jump There’s

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How Much Does it Cost to Go Skydiving in California?

April 15, 2018 by Skydive California
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California Skydiving Cost Traversing the internet to discover the cost of a skydive, you will inevitably find a price spread nearly as diverse as the California landscape. What accounts for the differences? For that matter, what are the differences? Well,

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5 Tips to to Have the Best Skydiving Experience

September 9, 2019 by Skydive California
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Want to Have the Best Skydiving Experience? You’ve come to the right place to learn the top tips to have the best skydiving experience. Find out  1. Get flexy This is complicated stuff, aviation! Since we’re talking about airplanes, you

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Beyond Tandem Jumping: Skydiving as a Sport

September 13, 2019 by Skydive California
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Tandem Jumping (Skydiving) is Only the Beginning   What is skydiving? Funny question, we know — but if you’re tempted to answer “something you do once in your life and then leave it in the glorious past,” you’d be wrong.

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Booking a Skydive

April 17, 2018 by Skydive California
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What to Know Before Booking a Skydive There are several reasons to begin looking into tandem skydiving. Maybe you realized a tandem skydive would make the perfect gift; or perhaps, you have felt a lingering twinge of longing since you

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Terminal Velocity in Skydiving

October 5, 2019 by Skydive California
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Terminal Velocity of a Skydiver Ah, science! You probably learned about this stuff in high school, but you never learned it like this. Remember ‘terminal velocity‘ from physics? Your high-school self might have dropped a ball bearing into oil, taken

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How Long Do You Freefall When Skydiving?

October 13, 2019 by Skydive California
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How long is Freefall in Skydiving? Freefall is, for most people, the best part of any skydive. The rush of the wind in your hair, the thrill of seeing the sights from up high, the incredible rush of knowing you’re

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Do Skydivers Have a Backup (Reserve) Parachute?

May 14, 2018 by Skydive California
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Do skydivers have a backup parachute? We get this question all the time, ‘do skydivers have a backup parachute’, and the answer is—yes!  Skydivers—tandems included—jump with two parachutes, a main and a backup parachute, which in the industry, we call

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What is a Parachute Landing Fall (PLF)?

November 8, 2019 by Skydive California
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What is a Parachute Landing Fall (PLF) & When Do You Need To Use It? A parachute landing fall (PLF) is an important skill to have as a skydiver. Landing even today’s modern and highly controllable parachutes still has small

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The Science Behind Parachutes

November 8, 2019 by Skydive California
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How do Parachutes Work? The parachute: a primary skydiving staple. Ever wonder about the science behind parachutes, or about how parachutes work? Well, parachutes have a more prominent place in human history than many would think. Long before we took

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Why I Can’t Skydive With My GoPro

May 22, 2018 by Skydive California
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Why I Can’t Jump My GoPro Welcome to the digital age, where we are uniquely able to capture nearly every experience, no matter how extreme, in a variety of forms.  The favored configuration of the ability to relive an experience

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Best Places to Skydive in the US

May 29, 2018 by Skydive California

We Tell All on the 7 Best Places to Skydive in the US Skydiving centers (aka dropzones) are peppered across our country and are as diverse as the topography and terrain of each state. Whether you are on the coast

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Do You Have to Be Physically Fit to Skydive?

June 1, 2018 by Skydive California
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What are the Top Physical Skydiving Requirements? By now, we’re pretty sure you know that skydiving is a real-live sport. Being that it’s a real-live sport, you may wonder how much physical fitness is required to skydive. We’re here to

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What are the Benefits of Skydiving?

June 7, 2018 by Skydive California
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Skydiving Benefits? We hear it a lot, folks. That question is pretty specific — and we understand why. Indeed, the benefits of skydiving and the benefits of participating in any challenging physical activity are very related. Since skydiving is a

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First Time Skydiving

June 7, 2018 by Skydive California
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Top 10 Tips for Preparing for Your First Time Skydiving You’ve booked your first skydive, which means the countdown is on. Here are some pro first time skydiving tips to help you get ready for your skydiving experience: Have Your

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What to Expect When You Go Tandem Skydiving

June 26, 2018 by Skydive California
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BUY THE TICKET, PREPARE TO TAKE THE RIDE: WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TANDEM SKYDIVE Regardless of whether tandem skydiving in California has long been on your bucket list or you’ve suddenly developed the itch for adventure, your first jump

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How do Skydivers Know When to Open the Parachute?

July 3, 2018 by Skydive California

Skydiving—it’s a real rush! Picture it: the clouds are zipping by as jumpers descend down the background of a bright blue sky, the wind rushing up against them as they fall. Some of them coming down in groups, students with

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Chances of Dying Skydiving

July 9, 2018 by Skydive California

You may be wondering about the chances of dying skydiving. Ew. Morbid, huh? Sure, skydiving carries a risk of death. Absolutely! However: While that risk exists, it needs to be taken in context. Let’s sit a spell and contrast it

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You’ve Made Your First Tandem Skydive, Now What’s Next?

July 16, 2018 by Skydive California
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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” -Eleanor Roosevelt You made your first tandem skydive. You were adrenaline filled and flying—completely

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What Every College Student Needs to Know About Tandem Skydiving

July 30, 2018 by Skydive California
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Pop quiz: Tandem Skydiving is: A. Scary B. Transformative C. Repeatable D. The most efficient way to expand your worldview, break free of old patterns, tone up your risk assessment muscles and make lifelong friends E. All of the above

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Solo Skydiving Requirements

August 8, 2018 by Skydive California
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What Do You Need to Do to Skydive By Yourself? When it comes to skydiving, you could say that flying solo is quite the achievement. That being said, you may wonder what are solo skydiving requirements? What makes skydiving solo

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The Competitive Types of Skydiving Disciplines

August 29, 2018 by Skydive California
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKYDIVING FOR SKYDIVING COMPETITIONS There are several amazing ways you can engage on a competitive level with one of the most awe-inspiring sports in existence! Tens of thousands of people sign up for a tandem skydive every

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Skydiving Near the Bay Area – What To Know

September 6, 2018 by Skydive California
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Skydiving Near the Bay Area & San Francisco – What To Know Each year millions of tourists fly into San Francisco International Airport keen to discover the lure of the Bay Area with famous attractions like the iconic Golden Gate

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Skydive California: The Heart of College Skydiving

September 6, 2018 by Skydive California
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By enrolling and attending college, you made a statement: you were intent on reaching new heights. Well, we know up until now you’ve probably been keeping your sights directed more on a computer screen, the back of your eyelids as

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5 Things You Won’t Expect About Your Skydive

September 17, 2018 by Skydive California

5 Things You Won’t Expect About Your Skydive at Skydive California Before anybody goes on their first skydive at Skydive California, most people wonder “what will a skydive even be like?” We know that you’ll find skydiving to be something

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Top Fun Skydiving Information & Facts

September 24, 2018 by Skydive California
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Top 5 Fun Skydiving Information & Facts We’re nerds over here. Okay: We’re nerds that jump out of airplanes for fun. But we’re still nerds! And that means that we love to flex our bulging knowledge muscles for passersby. So:

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Is Skydiving Worth the Risk?

October 1, 2018 by Skydive California
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Is Skydiving Really Worth The Risk? Skydiving isn’t without risk. You could be injured skydiving. You can even be killed skydiving. Yikes! Is skydiving worth the risk you’re taking? You can probably guess that our answer is going to be

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How to Get Into Wingsuit Flying

October 1, 2018 by Skydive California
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How to Get Into Wingsuit Flying Ah, the wingsuit! When people think of skydiving, many automatically think about wingsuit flying. These contraptions work using principles similar to the ones that keep every other flying machine in the air, from fighter

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4 Tips to Overcome Skydiving Anxiety

October 9, 2018 by Skydive California
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Do you have skydiving anxiety? Cool. That means you have a brain and a pulse, and a brain and a pulse are prerequisites for enjoying a skydive. We’re off to a great start. Of course, managing that skydiving anxiety is

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Skydiving Near San Francisco Just Got Easier!

October 5, 2018 by Skydive California

Skydiving Near San Francisco Just Got Easier! It’s a new and exciting day for Skydive California! We’re excited to announce the opening of our reservations office in the world famous, Fisherman’s Wharf! Now, scheduling a skydive and getting transportation to

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Skydive Cal Partners with Mission Volant!

October 10, 2018 by Skydive California

Skydive California is honored and proud to partner with Mission Volant for a great cause! On Saturday, November 10th we will be offering tandem skydives to raise money for combat wounded veterans and to help prevent veteran suicide. Event Details

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Skydiving Door Fear

October 16, 2018 by Skydive California
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Managing Door Fear in Skydiving There’s this moment: the red-light illuminates, the door is opened, the green light glows, and it’s time to go. The second that door slides up is also the moment your heart catches in your throat.

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5 Interesting Parachute Facts & Types of Parachutes

October 26, 2018 by Skydive California
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Parachutes There’s more to a skydive than the freefall—a lesser discussed section is what happens after your 60-second descent at 120 mph. We’re talking parachute time. Our fabric friends don’t get enough love, and

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Jumping Out of an Airplane Feeling

November 8, 2018 by Skydive California
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What It Really Feels Like To Jump From a Plane Here’s the straight dope: Jumping out of an airplane feels really, really, really good. That’s why jumping off a plane ranks number-one on the world’s buckets lists, dear reader, and

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Skydiving Positions 101

November 8, 2018 by Skydive California
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A Beginner’s Guide to Skydiving Positions If you’ve been watching skydiving videos on the internet for a while, you may be super-intrigued by the large range of skydiving techniques those videos demonstrate — first and foremost, the plethora of skydiving

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Who We Are

November 12, 2018 by Skydive California
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Who We Are at Skydive California Skydiving dropzones have a lot in common. Right? Everybody has a plane, some parachutes, and some people. It might be easy to make the mistake of thinking that — well — all dropzones are

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Can You Breathe While Skydiving?

November 26, 2018 by Skydive California
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Skydiving and Breathing at the Same Time, Can you do it? Golly — you’d better breathe while you’re skydiving! After about a minute of freefall and between five and seven minutes flying a parachute, holding your breath would start to

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Is Skydiving Safe?

December 6, 2018 by Skydive California
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IS SKYDIVING SAFE AND HOW DANGEROUS IS SKYDIVING? People who excitedly share their plan to skydive with others tend to be met with one of two responses: 1) Awesome! I’ve always wanted to do that!! or 2) Are you crazy?

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Skydive California featured in the Super Bowl!

February 8, 2017 by Skydive California

We are so proud to have been featured in one of the top commercials during Super Bowl LI. Thanks to SoFi for having such a great team, you guys were a blast to jump with! #SkydiveCA #SuperBowlLI

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What are Drogues in Skydiving?

December 9, 2018 by Skydive California
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What are Drogues in Skydiving? Especially if you’re a fan of cool engineering feats, you may have seen drogues used in several capacities — sea anchors on boats, safety systems on fighter planes, space shuttle landings, drag racing. These fabric

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Freeflying over Northern California

January 29, 2017 by Skydive California
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Super Serious VFS and friends tearing up these gorgeous skies! Epic weekend in progress.#skydiveca #freefly #bluesky4dayz  

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How to Earn Your Skydiving License

December 18, 2018 by Skydive California

4 Steps To Earn Your Skydiving License Let’s break this down! To earn a skydiving license, you’ll need to complete four steps: doing a “taster” tandem, completing your AFF course, performing some solo jumps and making a personal commitment to

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5 Awesome Experience Gifts in California

December 21, 2018 by Skydive California
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5 AWESOME EXPERIENCE GIFTS IN CALIFORNIA TICK, TOCK! The countdown to Christmas is on. Like, T minus (insert panic-infused number) of days on … The post office has no chance of making this deadline, and even the speedy delivery guys

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Gorgeous Views and Blue Skies

January 26, 2017 by Skydive California
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The sun is out and the views are spectacular, so come join us for some amazing skydives this week! #letsjump #skydive    

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Most Memorable Valentines Gift: Skydiving!

January 15, 2019 by Skydive California
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What’s the most memorable Valentine’s gift you can give the apple of your eye? Look no further, dear reader, ‘cause you’ve found it! Science has spoken, and experience gifts beat “stuff” gifts flat-out for memorableness (and, therefore, awesomeness)–and there’s no

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How Much Experience to Skydiving Instructors Have?

January 22, 2019 by Skydive California
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How much experience do skydiving instructors have? Well, to even apply to take a tandem skydiving instructor course, potential instructors have to be card-carrying adults, with at least 500 parachute jumps, who have spent no less than three years in

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What Is The Scariest Part of Skydiving?

January 6, 2019 by Skydive California
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It seems safe to say most people enjoy a little bit of a thrill. After all, the routine of the day to day tends to be a little…dare we say it…blasé. In order to shake off the dust of that

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Skydiving in Winter in California

January 22, 2019 by Skydive California
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Ahhh winter: a time of being bundled up like a mummy, eyes peeking from a parka, freezing toes tingling, and an even colder nose running. Or is it? For many out there, this is a pretty fair description. Fair, that

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Outdoor Skydiving vs Indoor Skydiving

February 15, 2019 by Skydive California
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Indoor skydiving, outdoor skydiving, what’s the difference? Skydiving is skydiving right? To help explain why it’s not, let’s have ourselves a little philosophical art lesson. It all starts with a fellow named Rene Magritte. Magritte is a Belgian Surrealist well

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