Skydiving is an unforgettable experience. For some it is a bucket list item they’ve built up to, and for others it’s just another Tuesday. Whether you’re a first-time or veteran skydiver, safety is a top priority when it comes to this extreme sport. When you begin your journey into the world of skydiving, there are a lot of decisions to make. Some of those may be a matter of preference such as where to conduct your maiden jump, but others aren’t as easy of a call.
When it comes to looking for the right skydiving company, what exactly should you be looking for? What factors can make or break the skydiving experience for you?
Is the Company Safe?
There isn’t a way to get around it: jumping out of a plane is kind of a big deal. You want to ensure everyone on your flight is not only a pleasant person to experience skydiving with, but that your chosen team is also well-trained. The best way to ensure you are going to get the safest experience with your thrills is to check that your skydiving center is recognized by the United States Parachute Association (USPA). The USPA is a non-profit organization of skydiving enthusiasts and officials. All skydiving instructors are required to be certified by the USPA.
Their website, USPA.org, is a helpful tool for researching skydiving centers around the world. Not only can you search for a center with keywords, you can also verify your instructors’ credentials! That is why we offer transparency with our staff. You can get to know a little about us through our team page. Our instructors are knowledgeable and more than happy to answer your questions.
What Altitude Do They Jump At?
Industry standards are between 10,000ft and 13,000ft. When you are looking to book with a skydiving company, you may see some advertising heights over 14,000ft! What a thrill, right? While this can be a thrill for experienced skydivers, you must have special equipment at these heights and should not be appealing to first-timers.
Our tandem flights happen at a thrilling 12,000ft. At this height, you are high enough above the earth to pass through the clouds while you enjoy nearly a full minute of freefall. It’s the perfect height to jumpstart that love of the skies without being too intimidating for new jumpers.
Do They Offer Any Discounts?
Price is always going to factor into your decision. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for in any industry, and skydiving is not an exception to that rule by any stretch of the imagination. While searching for the perfect skydiving center, it’s easy to get lost in all the information you can find. Add in the headaches that can come along trying to research discounts.
Groupon and other discounts are helpful for experienced jumpers. They know their preferred centers to work with, know that those centers meet all government regulations as well as meeting their individual standards for their jump. As a newbie, if you can score a deal with your chosen skydiving center, great! But do not let the promise of a sweet deal rope you into accepting less than stellar service.
Can Your Group Stay Together?
One good way to save a little is to book your jump with a group of friends and family. The size of your group will factor into your decision when choosing a skydiving company. You and your entire group will go through the education together and learn the ins and outs of skydiving.
When it comes to crunch time, though, you are in for a more intimate experience. Our aircrafts are designed to fly 2 tandem teams at a time. These teams consist of 1 instructor and 1 student. We feel this method makes our services great for everyone and we recommend grabbing your favorite person to share a cabin and make memories with.
No matter if you’re working on your bucket list by flying solo or you’re looking to add extra spice to your honeymoon, you are not going to want to forget this experience. Most skydiving companies offer some way to preserve the memory of your dive. Some choose to go with an outside videographer, taking up space within the cab that could be reserved for you and your partner. While an outside videographer can capture the landscape, their footage can fail to capture the true emotion of the moment.
We offer HD ‘handcam’ footage. With the use of a handcam, your instructor is able to capture your actual reactions in real time! When you look back on the footage and see the joy on your face, you’ll be taken back … right back to the feeling of the wind in your hair and the earth waiting for you below. This angle allows your loved ones to experience the jump with you as well, and watching your cheeks fill up as you grin from ear to ear or your hair blowing about is guaranteed to get a little chuckle at the next barbecue.
There are so many factors when it comes to ensuring your first jump is a memorable one. From the rules and regulations of safety to pricing, it can be confusing. While we hope that you see the expertise we can offer you, we also hope our guide has made the search a little easier. Remember, always keep your best interest your top priority in life, especially when it comes to finding the right skydiving center for you. You don’t want to end up stranded in the skies being pushed into the unknown. You want a well-established and caring guide for this journey. A skydiving center that will take care of you in hopes that your eyes will open to the magical world of skydiving because of them.
If you’re ready to take the leap with us or you still have some questions, drop us a line at 520-840-9095 or email us at PhoenixSkydiveCenter@gmail.com.