Comrades and Canopies Make Possible for Veterans to Skydive

By Zachary Reese What an amazing day! Comrades and Canopies put 9 Honor Flight Kern County Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam up in a perfectly good airplane and the tremendous staff at Skydive Taft threw them out of it, AND THEY LOVED IT! The smiles, the stories, the camaraderie is what it’s all about. I know Chad Garcia and I are extremely honored […]

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How To Be a Good Load Organizer

By Mara Schmid   Load organizing—also known as herding licensed skydivers as they attempt to do cool jumps—is awesome and rewarding. But it’s also a lot of work. It’s not just a free day of jumping. Your job is to help keep the DZ a fun and safe place, and to get other people to […]

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12 Ways Skydiving Is Like Sex

By Mara Schmid This Valentine’s Day, celebrate ♥️love♥️ with the gift of the sky! (After all, freefall has notorious aphrodisiac qualities. Or is it just the adrenaline? )   Unconvinced? We’ve compiled a handy list of 12 ways skydiving is like sex!   1. Some people do it recreationally, others get into it as a […]

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I love the smell of the sky – By Matt Miller

I love the smell of the sky. When the airplane door opens at 13,000 feet a crisp, clean, pleasant aroma fills my nostrils. This scent will forever be ingrained in my mind, because I associate it with the thing that brings me so much joy: skydiving. Whenever I catch a whiff of the sky a […]

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20 Minute Call – by Matt Cerda

  20 minutes. You can do a lot with 20 minutes. Cook, clean, run, call a friend, watch a commercial free television show. Or you can consider manifesting for the next load. No matter where you call “home”, Skydive Deland, Chicagoland Skydiving Center, The Ranch, Spaceland, Skydive Taft, the 20 minute call is universally understood […]

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WWII veteran skydives to honor brother

By Alex Batres The non-profit organization Comrades and Canopies hosted honor flight veterans at Skydive Taft for a first of its kind jump. “Veterans have a bond that is very unique and being able to get these guys out there and jumping out of a plane is special to us”, said Chad Garcia, co-founder Comrades […]

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Why is there a weight limit for skydiving?

If you go skydiving, you’ll weighed and/or asked what your weight is. While this might seem bizarre, there’s a really good safety reason behind it! All skydiving harness-and-container systems and all skydiving reserve canopies have to be certified by the Federal Aviation Authority before they can be sold and put into use. This is done […]

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I want to BASE jump!

Throwing yourself out of planes isn’t exciting enough anymore, and you want to learn to BASE jump? Cool. First things first. Yes, you can take the easy way: find a friend dumb enough to loan you a BASE rig, and just go jump off something tall. After all, how hard can it be?! Well, let’s […]

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