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Are you crazy? That’s a question many people get asked when looking for a place to skydive. Fortunately for the fearless, there is an abundance of choices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With great views and great instructors, there are options no matter what your skill level, and even for those who really aren’t too keen on the idea of jumping out of an airplane. We take a look at some of the best in the Bay going to the East Bay, North Bay, and even near UC Davis.
6901 Armstrong Road
Byron, CA 94514
With over 20 years in the business, Bay Area Skydiving is one of the premier skydiving experiences in Northern California. Located in the East Bay, there are several experiences available with tandem skydiving for beginners to bulk-jump packages of 25 or 50 jumps for the more experienced, and even team free flying as well. The knowledgable and helpful staff always provide a safe and fun environment, are willing to answer any question and calm the nervous first-time jumpers.
iFly SF Bay
31310 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587
A fear of heights and a fear of flying pretty much go hand-in-hand, but the thought of weightless fall still interests you? iFly SF Bay appeals is a perfect fit, with an indoor skydiving experience. This is also a great option for the young and fearless, where most skydiving is only available to 18-year-olds and up. The realistic experience is fun for all ages, regardless of your experience level. iFly also offer their facility for corporate and team building events.
24390 Aviation Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Located in Davis by the UC, Skydance Skydiving has a unique offering for the more experienced skydiver. While offering tandem and even AFF, or accelerated free fall, for those looking for a solo adventure the first time out, Skydance is the only facility in the area that offers HALO technique jumps (high altitude jump, free falling and opening the parachute at a low altitude) from 30,000 feet. Although more training and schooling is involved, the HALO experience is one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
220-A Airport Road
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Fifty miles north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County, NorCal Skydiving is an obvious choice. With skydiving or parachuting for beginners available, NorCal also offers a student program to obtain a license to jump solo. For the more experienced skydivers there is a high altitude jump at 15,000 feet available, enabling a much longer free fall and higher octane experience.
18896 Grange Road
Middletown, CA 95461
If you are looking for fantastic view of the wine country, Skydive Napa Valley is a great choice. Offering two thrilling jumps, there are tandem jumps from 10,000 feet and 14,000 feet, with your heart and body racing at an incredible 120 miles per hour. With free falls of 20 seconds and a full minute, respectively, Skydive Napa Valley offers excitement for the adrenaline junkie. As with many others, video and photos are available for your birds-eye view of the Napa Valley.
Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.