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Skydiving: A Community of Misfits or Happy People?

Friday, August 16, 2019

When you cross the threshold of Skydive Orange; it’s a little like you’ve entered a new world. 

We can guarantee, the dropzone is unlike any airport you’ve ever seen. Instead of grumpy shuffling lines of travel weary folks, as you step foot into the hangar, you’ll feel the near audible buzz of excited energy. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see you’ll see animated conversations and smiles. Our uniforms are often funny looking spandex and cordura getups, some loose-fitting jumpsuits with grips, others tight and streamlined. We get it; we look different, but here’s the thing, we’re really not. Here’s what we mean.

Skydiver’s Get a Bad Rap

Honestly, the skydiving community is misunderstood. We’re not crazy folks careening toward our own destruction, bingeing on a diet of adrenaline, dead set on making our mother’s worry. Usually, we’re just like you. 

We’re doctors, lawyers, dentists, teachers, accountants, bank tellers, landscapers, and plumbers. You name the profession, there’s probably a skydiver in their ranks. We have different stories, but we are united by a love of the sky. Sure, we push the envelope, but not as much as you may imagine. Skydiver’s are dedicated to mitigating risk. We take calculated risks and take proactive safety measures. We strive to live our lives to the fullest.

Our sport is full of captivating, vibrant people, and our community shines just as bright. We’re a family, and our community draws us in just as much as our love of parachuting.

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We Call the Drop Zone Home

The dropzone is a place we belong: where we feel comfortable and safe. This is why we spend so much time here. Ask any skydiver, the dropzone is like their weekend getaway. A place to escape the humdrum of the day to day, with people and a past time we love. Many of us bring our campers or pitch a tent to spend the weekend. Some people head out for a night on the town to socialize. We enjoy being here. There’s tons to do. From barbeques, pot lucks, coaching weekends, canopy courses, to themed events. We connect and derive fulfillment from the time spent here with our friends.

Everyone Started with Just One Jump

Before we were skydivers, we were regular people with our eyes turned skyward. Though we spend our time now gallivanting about the clouds at one point we were earthbound like you. We were curious about this world, captivated by its freedom, and usually, a little nervous about the whole skydiving thing.

If you’re interested, nervous, or new, don’t worry! We’ve been there too. We’ll be there to support you and welcome you. Come out and see our dropzone and meet the wonderful people who call this place home. Our door is wide open!

Jack Harding Skydive Orange AFF Student

Jack Harding – Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg, VA

I can't imagine learning how to skydive at any other drop zone.

The largest tandem skydiving center near Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.

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