Skydiving Weight Requirements

We love skydiving, and we love sharing it with everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone can participate in this amazing sport. For safety reasons, the tandem skydiving weight limit here at Skydive Taft is 240 lbs. We know, this sucks! But here’s why this limitation exists. Parachute systems have a maximum designed weight limit. On a tandem […]

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How to Pack a Parachute

Packing a parachute is easy, read on for everything you need to know! …. NO, no no no. That’s not how this works. DO NOT, attempt to pack your own parachute solely off instructions you find on the internet. Bad idea. This post is in no way intended to replace a full packing class, like […]

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Skydiving Terminal Velocity

When we step out of the airplane and into the wide-open skies, our skydiving freefall speed is one factor of the thrill we experience. Gravity is pulling us towards the Earth’s surface at an acceleration of 9.8 m/s2 (32.2 ft/s2). Is this ringing any high school physics bells yet? Well, at a certain point during […]

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Skydiving For the First Time

You’ve finally decided to take the dive! And it’s probably exciting and scary all at the same time. Whether you’ve been dreaming of this day all your life, or your still a little apprehensive at the idea, here are some tips to help you adequately prepare for the big day. Most people start with a […]

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Skydiving Formations

You’re in for an amazing experience any way you skydive. But as with any sport, you can really take it to the next level with enough practice. While it’s fun to see all the tricks and stunts out there, the real focus is on formations in the skydiving community. Formation skydiving involves multiple divers arranging […]

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Solo Skydiving Requirements

We get asked all the time about the solo skydiving requirements. Specifically, how many jumps you need to skydive solo. The answer to that question has multiple layers. In order to skydive solo, you’ll need to complete an approved training program. At Skydive Taft, we utilize the Accelerated Freefall (AFF) course. While it’s not the […]

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The Difference Between Indoor & Outdoor Skydiving

Everyone who’s anyone has heard about skydiving. Whether strapped to an instructor or flying solo, you jump from an airplane several thousand feet above the ground and freefall towards earth. At some point in this freefall, either your or the tandem instructor will deploy the parachute and you will float gently back to the ground. […]

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All About Stratosphere Jumps

The first skydive was executed by André-Jacques Garnerin, the guy who invented the parachute, on October 22, 1797. Since then, parachuting has evolved in technique and equipment to the thrilling sport it is today. But while skydiving has become a safe and well-regulated activity, there are still those always looking to push the boundaries of […]

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Skydiving Locations Near Los Angeles

Southern California is renowned for nearly year-round skydiving weather and breathtaking skydiving locations. Whether you’re in the area for work or pleasure, there’s plenty of opportunities for a thrilling tandem or solo excursion. California is blessed with breathtaking physical features at every turn. From the Pacific Ocean to mountains, lakes, and valleys, there’s no shortage […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Skydiving Gear Safety

When you first start skydiving, you will most likely rent your gear. And you will probably continue to rent gear for the next few jumps. Some recommend that beginners continue to rent their skydiving gear until after they’ve completed the accelerated freefall certification and for a few dozen jumps afterward. But if skydiving becomes a […]

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