Saturday, May 28, 2011

Michigan Wingsuit Formation Record

Wingsuiters converged on Skydive Allegan to attempt a new, USPA recognized, state wingsuit record!

The record was set on 22MAY11 on the third attempt and consisted of seven flyers forming a tight diamond formation pattern!

At larger dropzones, a seven way wingsuit formation may not be very newsworthy; if you have seven wingsuiters, a large turbine airplane and plenty of altitude, this formation can be relatively easy... but, if you try to do it from two small Cessna aircraft (with several people who had never exited a Cessna before) flying in formation from only 10,000', achieving a successful outcome becomes much more challenging.

They did it though, and on only the third attempt! Nice job everybody!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Before your first Skydive.

I am sure you want to make the most of your first skydiving experience. If so, here are some suggestions for you in order to get the most out of your first jump experience!

  1. Avoid excessive drinking the night before you jump! This will only dehydrate your body and the last you want is to feel all hung over when falling through the air at 120mph!
  2. Get a good night's sleep. Being well rested will help you to be sharp and ready to go. A good night sleep never hurt anyone.
  3. Eat a good meal. You don't need to starve yourself before your jump, but at the same time, don't stuff yourself full just before your jump. This will keep your body's energy levels up.
  4. Drink plenty of water! If you're jump is scheduled on a hot day, be sure to bring a bottle of water with you. You may spend more time in the sun than you are used to. The extra water will help to keep you hydrated.
  5. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes, what ever is appropriate for the weather is fine. In the summer, shorts and t-shirt work well. In the colder months, longs sleeves/sweatshirts and pants. Your shoes should be tight. Sandals and flip-flops will not stay on your feet! Avoid shoes with tie-hooks and large clunky boots. Good tennis shoes are the best footwear for skydiving. It's best to leave jewelry and expensive items at home or locked in your car. Remember, the temperature will drop about 30+ degrees at jump altitude!
  6. Bring your camera. There'll be plenty of things for you and your family and friends to take pictures of!

While following each of these things aren't required, they will help to enhance your skydiving experience.

See you at the airport!

Monday, July 12, 2010

You can overcome anything!

Skydive Allegan had the All American Role Models put together a group and come out to jump with us! We did a total of 16 Tandem Skydives with them!

Here's some of the coverage, video, and pictures:

All American Roll Models

Friday, May 7, 2010

Questions Answered

We get a ton of questions about all aspects of skydiving in Michigan; here are some of the more frequent ones and some answers!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I schedule a jump?
You should call (269) 998-7747 to schedule a date and time for your jump and our staff will set up an appointment for you or your group.
What are the requirements for a Tandem Training Jump?
You must be in good physical condition with no medical issues and at least 18 years of age on or before your jump.
What is the weight limit for doing a Tandem Training Jump?
You must be height/weight proportionate and weigh less than 250 Lbs.
What should I wear for my jump?
You should dress appropriately for the weather in loose comfortable clothes. You should wear comfortable lace up shoes; no heels or slip on shoes.
How does the weather affect my jump?
Skydiving is very weather dependant and the first thing you learn is NOT to believe the weather forecast if it is more than a day in advance. We wait until the day of your jump to make a weather call. If you are worried about the weather, give us a call a few hours before you drive out. Weather can vary greatly within a distance of 30 miles, so although it may be bad weather where you are, we may have perfect weather. If you call we can update you on the current weather conditions and if necessary reschedule your jump for a different date. If we have to reschedule, you will not lose any deposit you have put down, it will be transferred to the next available date of your choice.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes! We offer discounts for groups of 5 or more. Groups of 5-9 can save each person $15 and groups of 10+ can save each person $25! A 50% deposit must be made at time of booking to recieve discount pricing.
How far in advance do I need to schedule?
That all depends on how full our schedule is, if we don't have a full schedule you can call in the morning and jump in the afternoon but if our schedule is full then you may have to make your appointment several weeks in advance. It is a good idea to lock in a date that's best for you as early as you can.
Should I eat or drink before my jump?
You should eat a regular light meal before your jump and make sure to stay hydrated. You should not however consume any drugs or alcohol prior to your jump. If we feel you are impaired by any alcohol or drugs you will not be allowed to jump!
Can my mom take pictures of me?
Absolutely! We encourage you to bring others with you to share your experience and they are more than welcome to take pictures and video you while you are on the ground. Pictures and video of you in the plane and in freefall are also available if you opt to get one of our video packages to capture the excitement of your jump.
How many of us can go up in the plane at the same time?
The jump plane is a Cessna 182 specially configured for skydiving and can hold a pilot and four jumpers. We can take up to two Tandem jumpers at a time.
How can I pay for my jump?
We accept cash and Visa/Mastercard/Discover/American Express for payments. We will accept personal checks but only on a case-by-case basis so call first.
I want to surprise someone with a Tandem Training Jump; do you have gift certificates available?
Of course we do. We have gift certificates for all our services and packages and for any amount. Call us and we will arrange a gift certificate for you!
Can I make a Tandem Training Jump during the week?
If for some reason you can not make it out on a weekend we do have the possibility to schedule your jump during the week. This is subject to Pilot and Instructor availability and requires a deposit and at least two jumpers.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2010 Skydive Season

Skydive Allegan is up and running for the 2010 skydiving season!

While the Michigan weather is hit or miss for skydiving; we've been watching the skies and jumping whenever possible.

You can keep track of us and our jump operations status in any of several ways:

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When you are ready to jump, just give us a call at: (269) 998-7747 and we will add you to our skydive schedule!