Talk:Skydiving

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Plural[edit]

How about renaming this "Air sports" or "Aerial sports"? Using the singular, "sport", for more than one sport is very weird to Americans. Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:04, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

It's a collective noun here, but pick whatever will best be understood by a multinational readership. Though as it stands, it's just a page about skydiving. Grahamsands (talk) 21:58, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
In that case, should we change the name to "Skydiving"? Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:51, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, and decide where the scraps of other sports should reside, pending their expansion. This particular page will expand by outlining the skydiving disciplines once you're trained, and adding governing body websites at least where posted in English. Grahamsands (talk) 10:48, 18 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Does anyone object to this course of action? If not, we can move the page within 2 days or so. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:43, 19 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
The other air sports are now outlined in the level above. They're just miserable scraps, eg "ballooning" was just a mention of three destinations that always seem to have balloons on their publicity material. If that page is ever developed, I might add some waspish edits to that effect. Grahamsands (talk) 15:05, 22 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Moved, with a redirect kept. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:51, 22 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Touting[edit]

This edit impelled me to skip through the article a little, and it seems full of touting. What are we going to do about that? In other words, what amount of description should remain? I'd suggest linking the article for the town where the skydiving company has its headquarters and not including any URLs here, with only a brief summary of services remaining here.

Your thoughts? Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:06, 24 December 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Same as before. I'm going to move all the listings here. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:10, 13 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Africa[edit]

  • Mozambique has a couple of centres, but the country was badly damaged by the cyclone of 2019 and their current status isn't known.

South Africa[edit]

Parachuting in South Africa is governed by PASA. They list 14 drop zones that train novice skydivers.

Asia[edit]

  • Indonesia: NusaWiru Paracenter is on the south coast of Java, 150 km from Jakarta. But they've halted operations until Sept 2019 as their aircraft is out of action. The skydiving centre on Bali has closed down.
  • Thailand has a centre at Pattaya.( https://www.thaiskyadventures.com )

Central America and Caribbean[edit]

  • Mexico has a centre at Playa del Carmel, near the east coast resort island of Cozumel.

North America[edit]

United States of America[edit]

  • Skydive Hollister, 831-318-1747, www.skydivehollister.com. Book online or call to reserve. Located at 234B Skylane Dr in the Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, CA 95023.
  • Skydive Silicon Valley, +1-800-386-5867. Fun jumps, coaching, tandems, and AFF at the San Martin Airport in San Martin, CA. Video and photography also available. Located at 13030 Murphy Ave, San Martin, CA 95046.
  • West Tennessee Skydiving, 985 Laverne-Davis, Whiteville, TN 38075, +1 901 SKY-DIVE (759-3483). Tandem Skydive, includes all training, equipment, the jump from 14,500' , and an official, signed, Jump Certificate (no hidden charges!)US$225.00 Tandem Skydive Group Rate. At least 5 jumpers, each: US$200.00 Tandem Skydive Group Rate. At least 10 jumpers, each: US$195.00 Digital Video and Digital Still Pictures of your Tandem Skydive. Video is edited to music and placed on a DVD, Still Pictures are on a CD. You will receive your video and pictures about 30 minutes after your jump, you may view them on site! US$100.00 AFF Ground School (Next training step after your Tandem Skydive). Includes your own personal pair of goggles and logbook. US$100.00 AFF Jumps, Levels 1 thru 3 (you must have completed a Tandem Skydive and AFF Ground School) each jump: US$200.00 AFF Jumps, Levels 4 thru 7 ( You must have completed AFF Levels 1 thru 3), each jump: US$175.00 Super King Air Jumps from 14,500' (experienced jumpers with their own gear): US$26.00 Gear rental with AAD (on all student jumps the gear is provided at no additional charge), each jump: US$25.00 Reserve repack: US$75.00 Coach Jumps: A Coach is provided free of charge to all AFF Graduates on each jump until you receive your.
  • Skydive! Santa Barbara, toll-free: +1-888-800-JUMP (5867). The Drop Zone with an Ocean View! Feel the rush of flying through the air at 120 mph. Check out the fantastic ocean view of Point Concepcion. Certificate of Achievement presented on your first jump. They offer 2 ways of completing your first jump, Tandem or Static Line.
  • Freefall Oz Skydiving Center, Shinglehouse, PA, +1 814 697-7218. Experienced jumpers and beginners welcome, video recording available. Certified by the United States Parachute Association.
  • 1 GliderSports Skydiving, 51 SE Hwy W, Clinton, MO, +1 855-435-9669, . sunrise to sunset; by reservation. Located on an exclusive 50-acre facility, this is the largest skydiving center in the region with the newest and fastest aircraft. $189-$299 depending on altitude, $89-179 pictures and video.

South America[edit]

Australia and Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • Skydive Cairns, 59 Sheridan Street, Cairns, +7 4031 5466, toll-free: 1800 330 044 (free call in Australia), fax: +7 4031 5505, . Skydive Cairns offers tandem single jumps and AFF courses. One of the most beautiful plane rides up to 13,000 feet overlooking the reef just long enough before you lose your lunch on the way down.

New Zealand[edit]

  • Freefall Skydive, toll-free: 0800 373 335. Located in spectacular Taupo offering jumps above the amazing lake and volcanoes at heights up to 15,000 feet above the ground. From $249.
  • Skydive Auckland, toll-free: 0800 92 15 57. Imagine an insanity inducing freefall of at least 200kmph with breathtaking views of the skies and beaches of Auckland. Our customers are spoilt for choice with skydive heights of 9,000, 13,000 & 16,500ft, the last of which is the highest skydive jump in the North Island, New Zealand. From $295.
  • Skydive New Zealand, toll-free: 0800 751 0080. This is probably the best place in New Zealand to do this activity thanks to its amazing scenery. Between NZ$225 and NZ$500 depending on height and options.
  • Skydive Abel Tasman, toll-free: 0800 422 899. Tandem Skydiving from up to 13,000 feet with the best of NZ's scenery including National Parks, Southern Alps, blue oceans and golden beaches! Famous for top quality freefall photography! From NZ$229.
  • Skydive the Sounds, toll-free: 0800 3732648. High standards of safety, service and superb 360 degrees of scenery. Also the home of the unique "X Flight" (take off from Wellington and skydive into the South Island. Between NZ$245 and NZ$575 depending on height and options.
  • NZONE Skydive, 35 Shotover St, Queenstown & Rotorua Airport, toll-free: 0800 376 796. Experience the thrill of skydiving in New Zealand with a tandem jump or accelerated freefall course above Queenstown or Rotorua. No prior skydive training needed, just a sense of adventure. From NZ$269.
  • Skydive NZ Franz Josef, Fern Grove Souvenirs, Main road, Franz Josef, New Zealand, toll-free: 0800 7510080. Dawn to Dusk. The original glacier skydivers, good vibes since 1997. $295.
  • Skydive Paradise Glenorchy, toll-free: 0800 475 934. Experience the most scenic tandem skydive experience on earth at our skydive dropzone near Queenstown. Breathtaking Lord of the Rings scenery, tandem skydiving from 12,000 ft or 15,000ft, photos & videos available. From NZ$325 12,000 ft.

Europe[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Parachuting in The Netherlands is governed by the KNVvL, division para [1]

Switzerland[edit]

  • Skydive. Take a dive from 4000 meters alone or tandem. Contact Andreas Knabe at the Parachuting School, tel 079 213 71 38, [2].

United Kingdom[edit]

There are 27 parachute centres in the UK, governed by the British Parachute Association.

  • Skydive Langar / British Parachute Schools (email info@skydivelangar.co.uk, phone +44 1949 860878) are at Langar Airfield, Notts NG13 9HY, ten miles south of Newark. They're open daily all year, offering tandem skydives, AFF and static line courses. Their aircraft are a pair of Cessna Grand Caravans, going up to 14,000 feet.
  • Skydive Hibaldstow (email info@skydiving.co.uk, phone +44 1652 648902) are at Hibaldstow Lincs DN20 9NN, twenty miles north of Lincoln. They're open daily Jun-Aug, W-M Mar-May and Sept and F-Sun Oct-Dec. They offer tandem skydives, AFF and static line courses. Their aircraft are a pair of Dorniers and a Finis going up to 15,000 feet.

Middle East[edit]

When winter sets in across Europe, hardcore skydivers head to the United Arab Emirates for sunny days and good flying facilities.

One big centre is Skydive Dubai offering tandem and AFF.

OK, I've taken the drastic step of moving all listings here. Let's decide what will remain before we put anything back. As per my suggestion above, I think we can mention names, with brief descriptions of services only, no URLs for specific companies, and links to the relevant local destination articles. I'd also remove all touty listings completely. Your opinions, folks? Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:17, 13 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I think the limits were misunderstood for this edit. What are your thoughts on listing for West Tennessee Skydiving, just a quick scroll down? Seems excessive. ispeedy (talk)
My thoughts are stated immediately above, and the problem is not with a single listing. To repeat: There should be no specific listings in this global article, in my opinion. Why is that "excessive"? Usual Wikivoyage guidelines are to have full, specific listings in local destination articles only, and avoiding the duplication of listings is a central facet of this site's don't tout policies. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:29, 13 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
We shouldn't have individual listings of skydiving companies here, because the list would either be extremely long or it would cover just a few cities/places of the world properly. If there are some destinations that are particularly famous for skydiving (there has to be some?), let's add a Destinations section, and the individual skydiving businesses would then be listed in the destination articles where they operate. Ypsilon (talk) 19:44, 10 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]