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Drop Zones: Best Destinations For Skydivers Near Dallas/Fort Worth

October 11, 2010 1:20 PM

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What to Know

Make sure the company you’re dealing with is indeed a skydiving company. There are many businesses advertising themselves as skydiving firms, but really they are essentially resellers earning commissions for directing customers to specific partners outside the city. You should deal directly with places that are group members of the United States Parachute Association (USPA), the governing agency for skydivers.

Starting from 10,000 feet up at about 120 miles per hour, you’ll have less than a minute before landing. It’s going to go by quick, and you’ll want to relive it again and again later. Find out how much it costs to video your fall and in what format you’ll get the media for later duplication or sharing with friends via the Internet.

You must be 18 years old or older to skydive, no exceptions. Parental or guardian permission won’t release any liabilities regarding recreational sports, and hold harmless waivers are required by all skydivers. Bring your photo ID.

For tandem jumps, find out the company’s weight limit. Typically clocking in on the scale at 200 to 240 pounds or more will disqualify you for a tandem jump. Also call ahead to discuss any medical conditions that might put your risk factors too high.

Aim to schedule your jump as early in the day as possible in case there are weather issues or other delays. After training, orientation and paperwork, expect get airborne at least an hour after getting started.

With many reservations during the summer months, you may find yourself stuck with either an early slot (around 7 a.m.) or near dusk (around 7 p.m.), with weekdays more open than weekends. Call ahead for availability and keep tabs on that day’s weather forecast.

Skydive 35

100 FM 2959 at Hillsboro Municipal Airport
Hillsboro, TX 76645
(65 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(817) 874-7591
www.skydive35.com

Skydive Dallas

1039 PR 438 at Tri-County Aerodrome
Whitewright, TX 75491
(60 miles northeast of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(903) 364-5103
www.skydivedallas.com

Skydive Temple

15771 South I-35 at Salado Airport
Salado, TX 76571
(150 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(877) EXIT-282 or (254) 947-3483
www.skydivetemple.com

Skydive Aggieland, Inc.

6104 SH 21 E at Coulter Field Airport
Bryan, TX 77808
(180 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(979) 778-JUMP or (866) SWOOP-IN (weekday)
www.skydiveaggieland.com

The Skydive Experience

Airport Rd. at Vivian Municipal Airport
Vivian, LA 71082
(190 miles east of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(318) 393-7241
www.theskydiveexperience.com

Pegasus Skydiving

Redhills Airport
Chickasha, OK 73018
(200 miles northwest of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(405) 222-1445
www.pegasusairsports.com

Skydive Louisiana

Airport Rd. Hangar 1 at Gilliam Airport
Gilliam, LA 71029
(215 miles east of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(318) 464-5867
www.skydivelouisiana.net

Skydive Houston

15355 Penick Rd. at Skydive Houston Airport
Waller, TX 77484
(220 miles southeast of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(800) JUMP-OUT or (936) 931-1600
www.skydivehouston.com

Skydive San Marcos

Hwy. 80 at Fentress Air Park
South Fentress, TX 78622
(240 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth)
(512) 488-2214
www.skydivesanmarcos.com

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