When is the best season to make a skydive?
Wanting to make a Tandem Skydive in Virginia? We skydive at No Limits Skydiving all year, in all 4 seasons. Yes..we even jump during the winter. We shut down in the month of Jan so we can get all ready for the next year, but we open back up in Feb. I get asked all the time what is the best time of year to make my first Tandem Skydive. If you ask 4 skydivers you will probably get 4 different answers. Let me go over a few highlights of making your jump in each season.
The winter is our slowest time of year but it does offer a different view of earth that can be quite amazing. I have even skydived when there is snow on the ground. Everyone wants to know about the cold but we always dress for the jump. So of course we put extra clothes including gloves so your skydive is comfortable. It is an interesting perspective to see earth during the winter time from above.
Spring Time is a time of earth waking up and shaking off winter. Seeing patches of green dot the landscape once again makes Spring Time a favorite of many people. Those days in the spring when you can just wear a T-shirt under your jumpsuit makes everyone smile. Everyone is heading back outdoors, so its alot of people choice to make their skydive.
Summer Time is our busiest time of the year. In our West Point location we skydive right beside the Yorktown River. You can also see the Chesapeake Bay during freefall. I love watching all the boats on the river. They will line up right off shore to watch us skydive since we are so close to the river. I always wonder what the people on the boats are thinking about the people under parachutes.
The Fall Time is MY favorite time. Our Victoria location has such amazing views when the leaves change colors. Many of our students will ask to open the parachute higher so they have more time to see the sights. I love this time of year. The air is a little crisp and you can see all the way to the horizon. The leaves are every color and when the sun hits them at the right angle the whole ground seems to light up.
Come join No Limits Skydiving no matter the time of year you choose, and have the adventure of a lifetime!
What is Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Skydiving?
The Accelerated Freefall, or AFF training method was designed to quickly teach people to become skydivers and canopy pilots. Some people choose to make an AFF jump as their first jump rather than a tandem. The thrill of jumping from a plane and flying your own parachute can’t be matched. For the first AFF jump, two USPA instructors hold onto the student until they deploy their parachute. Each subsequent jump builds on the previous jumps and teaches additional skills. Each student can progress at their own pace, although the USPA requires one jump per 30 days to stay current. If a student starts the AFF program, there is not a required number of jumps.
Demonstration Skydiving at Sporting & Celebratory Events
Demonstration skydiving, or “demos” for short, is where a highly skilled sky diving team performs a sky diving show for an audience.
Sporting events such as NASCAR, MLB, and College Football, use skydivers to bring in the American Flag to start the event. There are military demo teams and a few civilian teams that perform for sporting events around the country. The Golden Knights are a very well known military team that performs at many events around the country to help with recruiting efforts for the United States Army. One of the better know civilian demonstration skydiving teams is Aerial Adventures Inc. They perform at many NASCAR Races including the race at Richmond International Speedway.
The members of demo teams are very highly qualified skydivers; the best of the best. They will fly in a large American flags, game balls, and smoke as they land on a designated spot at a certain time. Landing in a stadium during the National Anthem is made more difficult due to the smaller landing area that most regular skydivers are used to. Most demo teams will jump from an altitude of around 5,000 feet. This enables the audience to see them as they leave the aircraft. Any altitude higher would make it difficult for people to see them in free fall. They will then open their parachute at an altitude of 3,000 feet, which is high enough to allow time for the American flag and smoke to be safely deployed. By the time they land at a certain time during the National Anthem, the audience is filled with excitement and pride. Seeing a demonstration skydive is definitely one to experience.