Whether you're here to make a single jump for adventure,
or want to learn to skydive for a lifetime of fun, we have a program that will suit you. Most people start out
with a tandem jump and if they choose to continue, they transition to static line or AFF training.
The tandem is the easiest and fastest way to experience your first freefall.
After less than an hour of instruction, we will fit you with a harness that attaches to your
jumpmaster's harness. You will have a 20 minute flight during which you can view the beautiful
Willamette Valley and review your training. When you near the exit altitude, your jumpmaster will
firmly attach the two of you together. At exit altitude your jumpmaster will guide you both
out of the airplane. The two of you will fly together for approximately 40 seconds, reaching speeds
of 120 miles per hour. At 5000 feet (approximately one mile up) you will have the opportunity to
pull the ripcord that opens the parachute. Your jumpmaster will be right there to help if needed.
After the parachute opens you will have the opportunity to assist in the flight through the sky
for another 5 minutes during which time you and your jumpmaster will fly precisely back to the
For those who want more responsibility and exposure to the freedom of jumping on their own, we
also offer two kinds of skydive training: static line and accelerated freefall (AFF).
STATIC LINE JUMPS
During the 4 hours or so of instruction you will be taught everything you need to know to perform a
safe skydive. After having completed the training to both your instructor's satisfaction as well as
your own, you will gear up, load up, and fly to the altitude of 3,500 feet. At that height you will
climb out and push off from the airplane at the instructor's command and assume the body position
you rehearsed in training. The parachute will be extracted automatically by the static line and you
will then fly the parachute with guidance from the ground during your descent to a safe landing.
If you choose to continue with your training, you'll make several more jumps until you've
demonstrated your ability to safely activate your own parachute. Your jumps will be from higher and
higher altitudes and longer and longer delays until you've completed the requirements to be a solo
The most advanced and ambitious training is Accelerated Freefall (AFF). During a 5 hour class you'll
learn everything included in the static line course plus how to control yourself in freefall
and activate your own parachute. AFF is authorized by the United States Parachute Association
(USPA) and is recognized around the world as the elite
method of instruction for student skydives.
In fact, George Bush senior, President of the United States from 1988 to 1992, recently fulfilled
a World War II promise to himself to skydive for fun. He was trained by the AFF method and made two
skydives at age 73 and 75.
After a brief climb to altitude your USPA-certified instructors will have a firm harness hold on
you and will control the climbout, exit, and freefall from 12,000 feet. You will fly through the air
receiving instructions from your instructors with hand signals. Only after you activate your
parachute, with assistance if needed, will you be released from the grip of your jumpmasters. You
will enjoy a 6 minute canopy flight while your jumpmasters guide you from the ground to a safe
During future jumps you'll learn more and more skills and eventually be accompanied by only one
instructor. After a minimum of 7 jumps you'll be ready to skydive on your own!