Why you should Skydive with us-
We know that choosing a
drop zone is an important decision. Here are just a few key reasons
why you should come to Skydive Orange for your first skydive.
We are really Skydiving center- been
here since the early 1970's!
- We always put safety first while still keeping it
- We use Vector Sigma tandem rigs; the best in the
industry. They are updated regularly and maintained by local FAA
- And of course we are a USPA
member drop zone and as such follow USPAís safety recommendations
and training standards.
Actual skydiving centers like ours have to compete
with an incredible proliferation of "Nationwide Skydiving Network"
scams with flashy Christmas gift websites selling gift
certificates. Once they have your money, their only criteria for
where to send you is whichever of their "vendors",
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for the cheapest price. As of 2012, they have started making up odd
names for themselves that are parts of complete words, so you can never
look up their company reviews. Almost all of these are run by the folks
who started the incredibly corrupt "Skyride"
network. Don't fall for those skydiving
gift certificate scams!
Brick and Mortar-
built ourselves this brand new hangar
exclusively for skydiving
Dedicated, Experienced Personnel
- We have a staff of experienced tandem instructors
who have been at Skydive Orange for many years and continue to stay
current with todayís training methods. We have very little
staff turnover as they want to stay and continue our tradition of
teaching and learning. Check out our staff!
Our 22-jumper Aircraft
- We have a full time pilot and airplane and as
long as weather permits, we fly up to 13,500 feet (2-1/2 miles!) above
ground level so you get the maximum amount of freefall time. Compare
this to other drop zones that fly Cessna aircraft which achieve less
than 11,000 feet of altitude.
- With our bigger plane, we can often accommodate
small groups flying on the same load together. This way you can share
the experience and perhaps watch your friends jump out of the plane
High-Quality Video and Pictures
- To digitally record your skydiving memories, a
talented videographer using high-quality equipment (not just a wrist
mounted camera) will separately fly in front of you during your exit
from the plane and throughout freefall. The resulting video and/or
photos capture your experience from a perspective that makes it great
to share with your friends and family.
Scenic Countryside View
- In addition to having a great skydiving
experience over beautiful countryside, there is more to do in the area
from hiking in the nearby Shenandoah, to touring local wineries, or
exploring Civil War battlefields, and even visiting James Madisonís
home, Montpelier, located just outside the city of Orange.
Advanced Skydiving Coaching, Wingsuit Flying, NOVA/DC Skydiving
Competitions, Relative Work, Get Rated to Teach Skydiving...
Skydive Orange hosts cutting-edge advanced freefall and canopy flying
coaching, competitions, and ratings certification courses for various
skydiving disciplines and instructional ratings- coach ratings courses,
AFF... See the Skydiving events remaining this year and check
out our Washington DC skydiving events archive, which, I assure you, are
all much more impressive than their little black-and-white descriptions
could hope to convey.
If all you've browsed so far is our basic first jump information, in order
to see what Skydive Orange is really all about you need to consider the
many diverse aspects of skydiving our club members excel in; as a new
skydiver just learning the basics, you can benefit from this incredible
pool of Washington DC skydiving knowledge.
Whether you are first time tandem student from Northern Virginia looking
to mark skydiving off your bucket list, or a serious AFF skydiving
certification student working to get your skydiving license certification,
it should matter to you that your skydiving coaches and AFF skydiving
instructors need only ask the fellow sitting next to them on our
22-jumper plane on the ride to 13,500' to draw from the amazing pool
of Washington DC skydiving instructional talent found only at Skydive
Orange. This is why first time Northern Virginia Skydiving students and
first time Washington DC Tandem Skydiving jumps are the best as skydive
You only make your first jump once, and it should be an experience you'll
always look back on fondly, even after you've done hundreds or thousands
more jumps, so do it right the first time at Skydive Orange Inc.
The best introduction to skydiving is tandem
because it is like learning to fly with an instructor every step of
the way. Your jump can either be a joy ride with your instructor
taking care of almost everything, or if you like we can make it more
of a learning jump, teaching you to watch your altimeter, pull the
handle just behind your right hip at 5,500', and flying the parachute
with your instructor. Hundreds of Northern, VA residents have made
their first skydive at Orange with out USPA rated tandem instructors,
using our state-of-the-art parachute systems. We pride ourselves on
the caliber of tandem instructors and videographers who will be
jumping with you from the best jump plane at the best skydiving
facilities near Northern, VA.
Repeat jumps can be in the Accelerated Freefall
(AFF) training program, which can lead to getting your "A"
license. Completing the 25-jump
AFF training program certifies you as having the basic
certification that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to
jump unsupervised. Then you can keep jumping and adding skydiving
skills till you are qualified to learn wingsuit jumps, base jumps,
tracking, enter the various forms of competition- our skydiving
professionals can mentor you on your way whatever your skydiving
Licensed skydivers need only bring their logbooks
and USPA licenses to sign in and hop on a plane, ride to 13,500'
and do almost whatever they like once out the door! We plan to jump
year round Saturdays and Sundays, most Federal Holidays, and usually
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Mid April through November. Weekday
jumps are usually $5 cheaper for licensed skydivers.
Skydive Orange- taking folks from Sterling skydiving for the
first time at this location for over 33 years! In fact, during this time
thousands of people from Sterling skydived with us for their first tandem
Sterling, Virginia is in Loudoun County, Virginia. The population as of the 2010 Census was 27,822. It is located northwest of Herndon, east of Ashburn, and west of Great Falls, and includes part of Dulles International Airport and the former AOL corporate headquarters. Sterling is also home to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office (serving the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area), as well as the Sterling Field Support Center, the National Weather Service test, research, and evaluation center for weather instruments.