Skydiving in Ohio
Drop Zone Address:
3430 Old Columbus Rd.
Carroll, Ohio 43112
(For information, the best way to contact is via email):
Tandem Information (Tara):
Business, Marketing & Demonstration (Chris):
Other skydiving facilities cater to those jumpers desiring to continue their training until they can safely skydive without an instructor. We understand that many people do not have the funds available or the time necessary to continue that kind of training. Therefore, we cater primarily to tandem skydiving customers. Other drop zones have multiple activities occurring daily requiring their instructors to divide their time between students. While jumping with Skydive Columbus, you will have a dedicated instructor with you throughout the process. Your overall experience is extremely important to us and we pride ourselves with providing you that experience from the time you arrive, until the time you leave. You are paying a lot of money to experience the thrill of a lifetime and you should expect to get more than the 5 minutes with an instructor before he puts you on an airplane.
Skydive Columbus is a group member of the United States Parachute Organization also known as USPA (www.uspa.org). USPA is a voluntary organization of individual skydivers and various group member “drop zones,” or skydiving centers, where they jump.
The Federal Aviation Administration recognizes USPA’s successful leadership role in the self-regulation of skydiving. The association represents skydivers before government, the public, and the aviation industry.
We typically only run operations during the weekends, however we are usually able to accommodate special requests to jump during the week especially if you have a group of people. The best way to contact us for information is via email. We monitor emails throughout the day and can typically respond to you fairly soon.
However, regardless if you call us or send us an email, we will strive to respond to you the same day. If you don’t have email access or really just want to speak to someone personally, you can leave a message on our voice mail and we will get back to you as soon as possible (typically that evening).
If you call us during the day and get voice-mail, leave a message, we will return your call that day.
*NOTE: If you are calling about purchasing a gift for someone and do not wish us to call you back after a specific time, please state so in your voicemail.
After filling out your paperwork, you will be given personal training that provides you the knowledge and confidence to safely exit the airplane. Shortly after, you will be given your skydiving gear and your harness will be securely fastened to you. Your family and friends are invited to join you while you are being trained and getting prepared to jump. After any last minute questions are answered, you will board the airplane, takeoff, and prepare to experience the thrill you have been waiting for. As the airplane approaches your jump altitude, your instructor will reaffirm your training and ensure that you are prepared for what you are about to experience. It is at that time that you will be firmly attached to your instructor and final equipment safety checks conducted. Your instructor will open the door of the airplane and safely guide you through the exit process and into freefall. We promise that the next few moments will be the most thrilling you have ever experienced! You will freefall at speeds up to 120 mph from approximately 2 miles above the earth’s surface taking you through an indescribable sensation that few people have experienced.
After deploying your parachute, your instructor will allow you to assist in guiding the parachute to the intended landing spot. For the next 5 minutes, you and your instructor will be able to verbally communicate allowing us to tailor the experience to your specific desires. Some people desire a fast, gut-wrenching parachute ride while others are much more content to savor the breathtaking panoramic view as the breeze lightly whips past your face and the parachute slowly drifts you to the ground.
Soon you are preparing to land as you guide the parachute toward the designated landing spot where your friends and family are eagerly awaiting to hear your reaction. As you softly touch down onto the earth in front of your astonished friends, your probably already asking yourself, “Why did I wait so long to try this?” After getting unhooked from your instructor, the realization hits you that you are now part of an elite group of people who can say “I have jumped from a perfectly good airplane, AND LOVED IT!”
There are various “industry standard” training methods in which you can start skydiving. The most common methods are Static line and Accelerated Freefall (AFF). Both of these methods allow you to experience jumping from an airplane without the hassle of having an experienced instructor attached to you. (Believe it or not, some people don’t like this) You can read up on these various methods to start skydive on the USPA website.
We utilize a training method called Tandem Progression which many drop zones in the US have adopted to teach people to start skydiving. This method combines the best of the Tandem jump method with that of the AFF method. This means that you get trained to your highest level of confidence prior to being put in a position in which you can do yourself harm. While learning by this method, you perform your first three skydives as a tandem. On each skydive, your instructor provides you a little bit more information and gives you a little bit more responsibility…instead of just shoving everything onto you at once. Once your tandem jumps are completed, and you and your instructor are confident in your ability to safely land the canopy, you will be transitioned to the AFF style of learning. With this method, you will have your own parachute on, and your instructor will also wear his own parachute. You will exit the airplane with your instructor firmly holding onto you. He will monitor you in freefall, ensure you deploy your parachute, and then will meet you on the ground as you land safely. You will conduct a total of 6 AFF jumps with your instructor to build your confidence and skills. After performing a total of 25 jumps you are then eligible for your A license. YOU’RE NOW A SKYDIVER!!!
Safety is our primary concern at Skydive Columbus. Please understand that no one can ever 100% guarantee you that you will be perfectly safe. If they could, it would take all the fun out of skydiving! Nobody can assure you that any airplane and/or parachute system will never fail. In other words, there is no such thing as a perfect airplane! If there were, airplanes would not have so many redundant backup devices in them.
We have adopted tandem skydiving as our training method of choice because we believe it offers the safest method for anyone to start skydiving or to simply experience skydiving. Industry safety trends support that opinion. Part of the exhilaration is in performing an event that “seems” crazy…while actually enjoying it at the same time. Part of the training you receive, prepares you so that you can safely assume the risk and learn how to manage yourself to achieve your goal. All tandem instructors worldwide are trained to handle emergency procedures. We practice those regularly to maintain our proficiency.
Trust us…our best friends and family skydive with us, so we do everything we can to minimize the risks associated with skydiving. What are those things? Our aircraft is extremely well maintained and we only utilize very experienced FAA rated commercial pilots. Beyond the aircraft, we utilize state of the art equipment that we maintain on a very vigilant maintenance schedule. Our staff also includes one of Ohio’s most experienced tandem instructors still actively performing tandem jumps.
After all the training in the world, nobody anywhere can ever guarantee perfect safety. This is skydiving we are talking about! In skydiving, just like any other type of extreme sport, there are rare moments when even if you do everything right, a person can still be injured or die. When you skydive you learn to manage that risk through proper training, experienced instructors and with the use of good equipment. When we are done jumping for the day, we like to go back home to our families!
All of our Tandem rigs utilize two parachutes, a main and a reserve. All tandem parachutes employ what is referred to as an Automatic Activation Device (AAD) on the reserve parachute. This device will deploy the reserve parachute at a predetermined altitude if it senses that the tandem is still in freefall.
Skydiving with Skydive Columbus in Ohio