What to Know
Make sure the company you’re dealing with is indeed a skydiving company. There are many businesses advertising themselves as skydiving firms, but really they are essentially resellers earning commissions for directing customers to specific partners outside the city. You should deal directly with places that are group members of the United States Parachute Association (USPA), the governing agency for skydivers.
Starting from 10,000 feet up at about 120 miles per hour, you’ll have less than a minute before landing. It’s going to go by quick, and you’ll want to relive it again and again later. Find out how much it costs to video your fall and in what format you’ll get the media for later duplication or sharing with friends via the Internet.
You must be 18 years old or older to skydive, no exceptions. Parental or guardian permission won’t release any liabilities regarding recreational sports, and hold harmless waivers are required by all skydivers. Bring your photo ID.
For tandem jumps, find out the company’s weight limit. Typically clocking in on the scale at 200 to 240 pounds or more will disqualify you for a tandem jump. Also call ahead to discuss any medical conditions that might put your risk factors too high.
Aim to schedule your jump as early in the day as possible in case there are weather issues or other delays. After training, orientation and paperwork, expect get airborne at least an hour after getting started.
With many reservations during the summer months, you may find yourself stuck with either an early slot (around 7 a.m.) or near dusk (around 7 p.m.), with weekdays more open than weekends. Call ahead for availability and keep tabs on that day’s weather forecast.
Where To Go
The “Find A Dropzone” list on the USPA website — http://www.uspa.org — offers complete listings, descriptions of aircraft and details about on-site services from its various group members. Here’s a quick list of what’s nearby.
535 Towler St. / Monroe-Walton County Airport
Monroe, GA 30655
(45 miles east of Atlanta)
Skydive The Farm
1195 Grady Rd. / Private Grass Strip
Rockmart, GA 30153
(45 miles northwest of Atlanta)
Atlanta Skydiving Center
493 Airport Rd. / Cornelius Moore Airport
Cedartown, GA 30125
(60 miles west of Atlanta)
2333 Delray Rd. / Thomaston/Upson County Airport
Thomaston, GA 30286
(65 miles south of Atlanta)
Flying Tigers SPC
365 Airport Rd. / Oconee County Regional Airport
Seneca, SC 29678
(120 miles northeast of Atlanta)
(864) 324-1872 or (864) 246-1651
Opelika Skydiving Association
1727 Chief Anderson St. / Moton Field
Tuskegee, AL 36083
(130 miles southwest of Atlanta)
(334) 728-8364 or (334) 745-5529
231 County Rd. 1360 / Folsom Field
Vinemont, AL 35179
(165 miles west of Atlanta)
(256) 736-5553 or (866) 345-5867
Skydive Walterboro, Inc.
627 Aviation Way / Lowcountry Regional Airport
Walterboro, SC 29488
(250 miles east of Atlanta)
School of Human Flight
1310 Airport Dr. / Quincy-Gadsden County Airport
Quincy, FL 32353
(260 miles south of Atlanta)
5138 County Highway 0605 / Skydive Live Airport
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
(260 miles southwest of Atlanta)