Want to experience the thrill of skydiving and not have to worry about safety issues? Then consider tandem jumps at California’s extreme sports centers that offer tandem jumps, accelerated free fall programs and accelerated student programs. Harnessed to a trained and experienced jumpmaster you will experience about 90 seconds of freefall followed by 5-7 minutes of parachute descent. The square parachutes used ensure a smooth ride down and also an easy landing.
Skydive Santa Barbara
Situated at the Lompoc airport at 1801 North H Street, Suite G, Lompac, Skydive Santa Barbara is easily accessible. If you are driving in from Santa Barbara it should take you about 45 minutes to get to this extreme sports center. Move North on 101 and take the Highway 1 Exit after the Gaviota tunnel and head North until you reach the Lompac traffic light. Turn left into Ocean and drive on till H Street and turn right. Move on till you go past the Central Avenue. Now the Lompoc airport will be on your left. Move into the airport from the George Miller Drive and find the Center next to the Airport beacon Tower.
Programs and Prices
The Skydive Santa Barbara offers tandem jumps as well as accelerated free fall programs (AFF). The first tandem jump costs $199 and the second $159. The AFF program costs $149 per level of the 7 level programs until you are ready to jump solo. Reservations need to be made 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule and a $50 deposit needs to be provided per person. Some of the additional facilities available here include oxygen for high skydives!
The Taft Airport is the location of the Skydive Taft, which offers patrons a chance at tandem jumps as well as accelerated free fall programs. It also offers jumpers and their friends a chance to relax in its wonderful patio and barbecue area. Also available is a bunkhouse where you can decide to stay the night and get an early start on the skydiving!
What’s On Offer?
Your first tandem jump will cost $180 and the prices for groups are slightly lower. An AFF program begins at $280 and the price goes down as you complete levels. Skydive Taft offers discounts to students, military personnel, birthday groups, etc. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required per person.
Finding Skydive Taft
From Los Angeles the Skydive Taft is about an hour and 45 minutes away. Take the Interstate 5 North and Exit Highway166 and turn left. After a 23-mile drive till Maricopa move right onto Highway 119/33 by the Shell Station. 8 miles more and you are at Taft. At Kern Street make a right turn and the Skydive Taft is at the first hangar of the airport.
John Ewing is a consultant who writes on many consumer topics like the above article at http://www.skydiving-parachuting-guide.com With tips for first time jumpers and tandem skydiving