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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Terminology 101: The Jump

Now that you know what to call everyone on the DZ and you understand the basics of the gear. Now it’s time to dig into what you really care about—the jump! AFF or Accelerated Freefall – The training program that gets you from 0 to jumping on your own! Think of AFF as skydiver training […]

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Skydiving Terminology 101: The Gear

Skydiving gear can seem like a confusing magical backpack of joy and wonder, that, if you breathe on it in the wrong way, could kill you. Fortunately, the gear is far more robust and reliable than that. Take a few minutes to see this skydiving equipment list and learn about the system that will take […]

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Skydiving Terminology 101: The People

By: By Mara Schmid   If you’re new to skydiving, you might feel overwhelmed at all the skydiving terminology being thrown around! Freeflying? Which part is free?! Exit? Where?! Whuffo? What?!   First, a little secret: skydivers luuuuuuuuurrrrve to talk about skydiving. It’s, like, totally their favorite thing. So never feel like you can’t ask a question! […]

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7 Steps To A Good Skydiving Video

Sometimes I like to play “bad skydiving video BINGO” in my head when browsing videos on Facebook or Youtube. Forty seconds of unnecessary canopy flight that for some reason didn’t get edited out? More slo-mo than a Michael Bay movie? Using “Free Falling” for the soundtrack? Can we enforce beer fines for bad videos yet? […]

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