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It is important to do your research, this is not only for your safety but also for your confidence. There is lots of information online. A great internet source is Skydive Archive, Web site: In addition to online information, talk to others that have jumped, ask for referrals from your local skydiving schools, and go check out the schools.

Once you've done your research, you need to decide which type of first jump you'll do, static line, tandem, or accelerated free fall. Tandem jumps require the least amount of training and are for the first-time jumpers only. If you want to pursue skydiving after your tandem jump, you'll need to take a First Jump Course (FJC) which is either the static line jump or the accelerated free fall. If you're very nervous about your first jump, tandem jumps can be a great introduction.

Skydiving schools don't offer all types of jumps. Once you've decided on the type of first jump, you'll need to find a reputable school that offers it. One of the best resources for finding a school and drop zone is the United States Parachute Association You can also look in your local phone book or call your local airport. It's also a great idea to sign up with a few friends. You'll be surprised how many are interested in trying skydiving. The only things left are to set a date and jump.


11746 E. Easton Road
Rittman, Ohio 44270 USA
Tel. 1-800-726-DIVE
Web site:

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Archway Skydiving Centre
City Airport
RR #3 Box 602
Vandalia, Illinois 62471
Tel. 1-800-283-JUMP or1-618-283-4978
Web site:

Arizona Aero-Sport
1928 West Lark Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85248 USA
Tel. 1-480-855-6555
Web site:

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Carolina Sky Sports
Louisburg, North Carolina, USA
Tel. 1-919-496-2224
Web site:

Pepperell Skydiving Center
P.O.Box 279
Pepperell, MA 01463 USA
Tel. 1-800-SKY-JUMP, 1-978-433-9222
Web site:

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Skydive Oregon
12150 S. Highway 211
Molalla, OR 97038 USA
Tel. 1-503-829-3483
Web site:

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SkyDance Skydiving
Davis, CA
Web site:

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Skydive Space Center
476 N. Williams Ave.
Titusville, FL 32796 USA
Tel. 1-800-823-0016
or 1-407-267-0016
Web site:

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Skydive University
400 W. Airport Drive
Sebastian, Florida 32958 USA
Tel. 1-800-891-JUMP or 1-561-581-0100
Web site:

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Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
Web site:

Landings Aviation information
11746 E. Easton Road
Rittman, Ohio 44270 USA
Tel. 1-800-726-DIVE
Web site:

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Skydive Archive
Web site:

Skydiving Magazine
1725 N. Lexington Ave.
DeLand, Florida 32724 UDS
Tel. 1-904-736-4793
Web site:

The Parachute Industry Association
1315 Cheyenne Drive
Richardson, TX 75080-3706, USA
Tel. 1-972-231-4127
Web site:

United States Parachuting Association
1440 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA
Tel. 1-703-836-3495
Web site:


International Organizations

Australian Parachute Federation
PO Box 144
Curtin 2605
Australian Capital Territory
Phone: +61 6 281 6830, Email:
Web site:

Federation Francaise de Parachutisme
35 rue St-Georges
75009 Paris, France
Phone: +33

Comotorstr. 5
66802 Ueberherrn, Germany
Phone: +49/6836-6382 or Email:

Great Britain
British Parachute Association
Wharf Way, Glen Parva
Leicester , LE2 9TF, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1162 785271

Associazione Nazionale Paracadutisti d'Italia
via Sforza 5
00184, Rome
Phone: ++39-6-4815720

The Irish Parachute Club
Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly
Phone: 1-850-260-600, Email:
Web site:

NAK - Norsk Aero Klubb - Parachute Section
PO BOX 3869, Ulleval Hageby
N - 0805 Oslo
Phone: (+47) 2293 0333/33

Aeroclub der Schweiz
Lidostr. 5
6006 Luzern, Switzerland
Phone: +41-41-312121 or Email:

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