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July is slipping by, and there has never been a better time to celebrate summer, color, and each other! The upcoming Colorful Jerseys Boogie is the perfect opportunity to do all three at once. From the 26th to the 29th of July, Colorful Jerseys is hosting a Boogie at Skydance Skydiving in Davis, California.

Why Boogie with Colorful Jerseys?

Unlike many other sports, skydiving requires a lot of people to make the magic happen. The more we share our energy and passion for the sport with each other and others, the better our community becomes. Boogies help reignite our spark for skydiving and inspire us to challenge ourselves more in the sport. Bright colors let us wear our feelings of joy on the outside, and spread the word about our sport.

We come for the rush and thrill of the jumps, but we stay for the community we find in skydiving. We are a family that spans the globe and always looks for ways to help each other out. This event will help support the Colorful Jerseys Foundation (more on that below), with the ultimate goal of building an even better skydiving community.

What to Expect

Well, it’s a boogie, so for starters you can expect to have a lot of fun. When you buy your ticket, you also choose your favorite Colorful Jersey, which you will get on the day of the event. You can expect a lot of jumps, a couple of big ways against a sunset background, and some excellent parties with Djs and live music. You can swap stories with old friends and new buddies around the bonfire. And after the party’s over, included with your registration is entry to the iFly San Francisco Jam on the evening of the 29th.

To check agenda and have more details about the boogie check the event page on facebook.

Load Organizers

A very exciting load organizer is the Father of Freefly himself, Olav Zipster. This is an opportunity to fly with a living legend. Also joining us as load organizers are Luke Echeverria from Skydive Taft and Eric Willett, bringing us angles and energy and all the good times and blue skies we can handle.

Color for a Cause

What began as an explosively colorful way to spread the love and happiness through flamboyant color has grown into something much bigger. Colorful Jerseys Foundation was created to answer a need for genuine sponsorship within the skydiving community. All profits generated by Colorful Jerseys event sales and a percentage of jersey sales profits go directly to the foundation. They are used to help support passionate people become skydivers. When you purchase a Colorful Jersey or attend an event hosted by the brand, you are directly contributing to our community’s growth.


And now, a word of thanks to our fantastic event sponsors…
Velocity Rigs has hooked us up with lots of gifts and vouchers! VSE is giving a lot of gifts and 2 vouchers with a great discount for the people who need a new badass rig!

Blue Skies Magazine We got a lot of good vibes from this crew and a few subscriptions to give during the boogie! Stay tuned! Let’s help them to celebrate their 10th anniversary!

Generosity Mutual – (Lending Company for Skydivers) These guys are sending us some smoke grenades to make the sickest jumps even more badass! Thank you guys!

Rider – Riders aren’t just a flip flop or a slide. They’re an attitude, a reflection of a more laid-back way of life. Rider makes some of the most popular casual sandals available, and millions worldwide adore them.

I can’t think of a better way to close the month of July than a boogie at my home dropzone with a bunch of colorful skydivers. Can’t wait to see you there. Until then, blue skies!

If you have any question, please email me at hello[@]augustobartelle.com or leave a message in the comments.

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How was Your First Skydive?

The most natural skydiving position is belly skydive and because of that, our first jump is in a belly-to-earth position. The skydiving instructor explains what is going to happen during the whole skydive jump and reinforces all positions, exercises and the emergency procedures to the student.

I believe belly skydive was the first position people used to jump from airplanes. It’s curious how long it took to free fly, and other skydiving disciplines become invented. Lots of people stick with Belly till today.

Belly jumps are not only for old folks.

Many new skydivers love belly jumps. The USPA Nationals last year had almost 100 4-Way Belly Teams registered. It was impressive to see how many people compete in 4-Way and 8-Way.

1. Every Skydive ends in Belly to Earth Position!

It doesn’t matter what you planned for your jump. You will end up on your belly before deploying your parachute. The skydiver has to track away, stop, be stable and only then, open his parachute. As we have been discussing–the best and safest way to deploy a parachute is in a belly-to-earth position.

As soon as skydivers understand that belly skydive is the most important position during a free fall, the better. There are many issues that an opening in a position other than belly-to-earth can cause. Imagine all those lines, bag and, canopy opening right between your legs… It’s better to learn how to belly jump!

2. Belly Skydive is the Easiest Position to Learn!

When we start to skydive, we want to jump solo and then we want to jump with a few friends. The best way to do it is in a belly jump. This position is the easiest one to control and manage to get in level and close to other people.

The view that we have of our body and the symmetry we need is easier to understand in a belly skydive. We are in a familiar position. Our head is towards the sky, and we are facing the ground. It is a normal feeling for us. Once you start doing head down position or back flying, you will understand how disoriented a skydiver can feel.

3. Belly Jumps Help to Make Friends!

As I said prior, it is the first thing we learn and it is the easiest way to keep close and in level with other people. That means we can jump with other people and create a real connection, sharing an experience in the sky. People start to get close to each other when jumping together and this is a great reason to keep getting better and better.

Mastering this discipline is very helpful if you want to make more friends. Once you know more than the average skydiver, you can start teaching people. You will make more friends; you learn more by teaching others, and you increase your skill level and the number of people you can safely jump with. Which brings us to our next topic.

4. Big Ways!

Big ways are skydiving formations with 9 or more people. This kind of formation is fun and challenging, and when the group reaches their goal, the celebration is priceless. I have been participating in some big ways, and I can’t recommend them enough.

The most significant formation I’ve been in was a 64 way at Skydive Perris during the P3 Event. This was a great way to get to know more people and challenge me to get better. Besides that, all the people in the sky with you… Oh my Gosh! That is just amazing.

5. Belly Jumps Are Fun!

Even though we know how to belly skydive very well, it’s great to jump with people who are just beginning to skydive. First, they have that feeling of craziness and happiness of when people just start skydiving and also its super fun to put a group of people together to skydive.

Belly jumps are for everyone. Of course, we need to keep levels, and goals conciliate with the skills of the group. However, if we are jumping with people, we love to be around. The fun sure is going to happen.

To conclude, belly jumps are very cool. Belly discipline is indispensable to any skydiver, and I believe that more people should work on it and get coaching to hone this skill being safer, having more friends, have a great experience skydiving.

Find out more about Canopies: How Does a Parachute Works?

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Burning Spring Festival is an annual skydiving event based on Burning Man. What does Burning Man have to do with skydiving? Read on.

What is Burning Man?

Burning Man is an annual event in the United States at Black Rock City, Nevada. Black Rock is built for Burning Man– afterwards everything is gone, and it looks like nothing happened there. Larry Harvey and Jerry James hosted the first Burning Man on San Francisco’s Baker Beach. They named it for the wooden effigy of a man they burned at the end. They could not have imagined what this symbolic event would become.

What began 33 years ago as a small beach festival is now a globally-recognized event focused on art and community experiments. “Burners” have ten primary principals: radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leave no trace.

What is the Burning Spring Festival?

Burning Spring Festival is a skydiving event inspired by Burning Man. Of course, it’s on a much smaller scale, and the number of attendees is lower than at Burning Man. But the Burning Spring Festival is focused on skydivers, who make up the community of burners here.

The event brings radical expression to the skydiving community, in art and skydiving jumps. At the Burning Spring Festival, every skydiver registered can jump with amazing load organizers in all skydiving disciplines; join incredible parties that take place close to the Main Stage, Colorful Jerseys Camp or at the Silence Camp and; and check out new products with the many vendors who set up at the event.

We are Burners - How Burning Spring is changing skydiving events - YouTube

For the art portion of the event, we expect more every year, and there is lots of room for improvement. This year we had the opportunity to feature a sculpture from Red Bull Australia carving their magic work into a huge stone, a big turtle filled with plastic collected from the sea, and the Colorful Jerseys Camp.

Join us: Art Camps

This year, Colorful Jerseys created a camp to introduce their concept to the skydiving community in Europe. I recommend that everyone who has idea for a work of art to create it at the Burning Spring Festival. It’s great to see the way people interact with your art, and you can meet an enormous number of people. Everyone has a story, and it’s very cool to learn about it. The best example this year for me was Olav Zipser, who was located behind the Colorful Jerseys Camp. It was amazing to learn about how he started, his most recent trips, and that we share our home drop zone.

If you decide to come to the event and it’s your first time traveling with skydiving gear, please check how to travel with your skydiving gear and be prepared.

Who is Burning Spring Festival?

There’s a long list of names working behind the scenes to make the Burning Spring Festival run smoothly. The leading team is formed by Babylon Freefly. The Babylon Freefly SL is approaching its 20th anniversary and includes some big names in the sport. How big? Like Stephane Fardel (founder – 18.000+ jumps), Cathy Bouette (14.000+ jumps), Aldo Comas (7000+ jumps), Noë Pottier (1200+ jumps and lots of wind tunnel hours) and Mickael Lamy (+2500 jumps).

The Idealizer

Aldo Comas is the person who brought the Burning Man vibe to Skydive Empuriabrava. He went to two Burning Man Festivals, where he had remarkable experiences. At the first festival he proposed to his wife, Macarena Gómes. Clearly, Burning Man Festival is a special place for them, so they scheduled their honeymoon to include a stop at the event after their wedding the next year.

Aldo’s experience at Burning Man gave him a desire to make the event part of his life. Combining his passion for skydiving and creative ideas for the sport, he set out to organize of the biggest and most incredible skydiving boogies of all time, in Spain. And so, the Burning Spring Festival was born.

“I’m motivated to give a new dimension to skydive boogies. There are too many skill camps based on level and minimal skydiving events based on the people and their creativity.” Aldo Comas

Burning Spring + Colorful Jerseys

The Burning Spring Festival and Colorful Jerseys have a lot in common. First of all, both are very colorful and creative. Like the festival, the Colorful Jerseys focus on the experience– we want people contributing to the skydiving environment by using the power of colors to transmit happiness and good vibes.

The Colorful Jerseys Camp was a mix of exciting branding experience where anyone who came to visit the event could interact with the art created. The feedback about the camp we built at Burning Spring was excellent and the results were too: Colorful Jerseys are now in more than 15 different countries!

We also used the Colorful Jerseys Camp as a platform to share the Colorful Jerseys Foundation project.

Colorful Jerseys Camp at Burning Spring

Colorful Pendulum was the most interactive part of our camp. The Colorful Pendulum was a wood structure created by Mauro Jasmin with 12 plastic bottles all containing the same amount of water. Lines of varying lengths held the bottles to the wood structure, creating a stunning design when visitors moved the bottles around. People could come and play with the pendulum in whichever way they believed was right.

Colorful Frame Wall was the second attraction we prepared for this event. We built a wood wall 3×2.8 meters, and added beautiful and interesting old frames to it. Natalie Bassegio, the creator behind the wall’s art, used colorful neon spray paint to create a very cool design on the surface. This wall was an incredible backdrop for people to stand against and take pictures with their friends.

Tree of Life and Buddha had their time at the Colorful Jerseys Camp as well. Our goal was to combine the Burning Spring action with a space for people to rest and enjoy a relaxed time. We manage to bring a real olive tree to the Colorful Jerseys Camp (the tree wasn’t removed from the ground, don’t worry). By placing a Buddha statue in front of the tree, we created a feeling of peace in that spot.

The Colorful Truck

The Colorful Jerseys Truck was the central part of the camp. It was right in the middle; it was connecting all the attractions. We added some colorful material on the top of the truck, and the rest was all about graffiti art. We used the truck to show the new Colorful Jerseys collection to the Burning Spring visitors.

Also, we had colorful puffs all over the camp. People could get there during any time of the day to sit down and, have a great time. Few people were there chatting and other just chilling. It was a great spot to meet new friends as well.

Click to view slideshow. My Experience

Burning Spring Festival is a great place to get to know people and jump with the most incredible load organizers. This year, I had the chance to jump with the father of freefly Olav Zipser, Will Penny, Oscar Asfura, Sergey Ffracoon, Max Haim, Filippo Fabbi, Dani Roman and most of the Babylon Freely team.

Let’s be honest; I never imagined a day when I could be part of jumps with such great and famous skydivers, I feel honored to have few pictures I took shared by them on their social media.

The parties and the art are also something unique and super connected with the community and culture that Burning Man brings to life each year in Black Rock City. The people at Burning Spring Festival can have fun and express themselves without judgment, and this is what brings to life the fantastic feeling that we all belong to the community.

The end

The end of the event is similar to the end of Burning Man. The last Saturday of Burning Spring, we jump all day long, and the party starts after dinner. The skydivers and other visitors from the city begin to get together around the “Man” at 10:30 pm. The show this year started at 11 pm with fireworks and a few artists from Cirque du Soleil. At 11:55 pm, everyone goes to the premises where the man will be burned. At midnight the fire starts with silence followed by applause. An incredible feeling of “we did a great job” came to my heart. Finally the last and biggest party begins, and on the next day everyone rests.

I hope to see you here next year. Let’s burn!

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Tandem skydiving experience

A Tandem Skydive experience is unreal. I’ve seen many people at a skydiving center doing a tandem jump for their first time skydiving. Almost 100% of the people I’ve seen tandem jump would love to skydive again because skydiving activates your brain receptors, releasing lots of endorphins, filling you with pleasure and euphoria and it is fu**ing cool. On top of all this, it brings you into the present moment, shutting up your mind, what is the most important thing for me.

Just keep in mind that you must find a good tandem skydiving center because we want to have fun and be safe.

Photo: Augusto Bartelle

There is an article I wrote about first-time tandem skydiving experiences where you can learn more about tandem skydiving.

I talk a lot about skydiving, as you can imagine. People just need to give me a small opportunity, and I’ll be talking for hours (lol). I don’t mind answering questions or helping when I know the subject.

Since I started my Instagram account, I came across many people’s questions about tandem skydiving. People have lots of doubts about how the parachute works, what is true or false and so on. However, the question I get the most is, “Where should I go to do tandem skydiving or to do a skydiving course?”

Today, I’m going to explain how a regular person can find a good skydiving center (drop zone) to go skydiving for the first time. This post can help if you are looking for a place to do a Tandem Skydive or if you are looking for a skydiving school with an AFF course to learn how to skydive solo.

There are a few steps that I’d recommend you follow if you are looking for a good place to jump out of an airplane.

Why should I skydive?

It is important to understand why do you want to skydive. People skydive for many different reasons. The list is loooong, and we can name many examples such as adrenaline, overcoming fear, trying something new, celebrating special dates, company activities, and some people were just in a bar drinking with friends, and they decided to go skydiving for fun – Check the Will Smith Skydiving video in Dubai to understand.

I also wrote an article about the “Extreme Athletes Motivations” that might interest you.

Photo: Augusto Bartelle

As you can see, the reasons are diverse, and there is only one thing to keep in mind:

“A tandem skydive is the most common and safest method to experience freefall or to take the first step towards a skydiving license.”

Skydance Skydiving Website

What is a good tandem skydiving center?

Every month I have lots of people asking me the same question: – Where should I go skydiving for the first time? My answer is always the same: – Where do you live? — No matter where I am, I look up the skydiving near me to get a feel for my options. The best alternative, when I don’t know an area, is to check the skydiving website DropZone.com.

Little Story:

When I moved to California, I didn’t know any skydiving center in the USA, or in NorCal. I was living in Europe for the past 3 years, and I had completed around 60 jumps (no experience at all) at the time. I found out about the website DropZone.com, and it helped me to see the options I had and chose my home drop zone.

How the dropzone.com can help me?

First of all, go to the dropzone.Com website. To find a drop zone near you, you should click on the menu tab labeled “Drop Zones”. There you will see the Drop Zone’s Database with all the skydiving centers indexed to the website.


Scrolling down, you will find the option to select your continent, country and, state. Once you are done selecting your information, a list of the drop zones from that area will appear and you can find the closest skydiving schools in the area you live.

Another good way to find a skydiving center close to you is using the search box. In the top right part of the website, you can see a search box. There you can select “Drop Zones” in the drop-down menu (where is saying Forums) and search for the name of your city.

To illustrate this method, I chose San Francisco as my city, and I ran a search. The results are all skydiving centers close to San Francisco, CA.

DropZone.com Why should I research?

Research is one of the most important factors when you are looking for a skydiving center because you want to find a safe place to skydive. To understand what makes a good skydive drop zone,  we need to know a little bit more about the sport, skydiving drop zones, and understand why some drop zones are more reliable than others.

Let’s have a real talk for a second: We are going to jump from a perfect airplane. We are around 13.000 feet above the ground. There is a person attached to us. We don’t know this person. This person is going to save our life with only a backpack attached to them.

Please, don’t get me wrong – skydiving is a safe sport. We have USPA regulations, FAA is around us, the skydiving community is always trying to make things safer, and every year we have new gear and equipments that improve on old technology.

However, there are always a couple of places that don’t follow the rules and put people in danger, jeopardizing all the sport community.

Then, what do I do?

First things first, there is an average rating for all the skydiving centers. It’s easy to understand: More Stars = More Happy People.

Photo: Josh Kesler

Let’s check some suggestions I give to people when looking for a skydiving center to jump at:

  1. Find a place that is associated with USPA – United States Parachute Association – if is not in the website, call and ask them.
  2. Read the reviews on the website to learn more about the place where you are going to jump.
  3. Look for a friend who is a skydiver or has done a tandem jump. Ask for information, tips, suggestions. Information never hurts.
  4. Visit the webpage of the Skydiving Center you are interested in to check the skydiving facilities, pictures and airplanes. Find a place you feel comfortable with.
  5. Search on google about the drop zone. Sometimes you can find crazy things on google. Google It!
  6. When you are jumping out of an airplane, price is the last thing you think about. Don’t be cheap, be safe!

Here is an example of a great, helpful review:

Remember to do your own research. You’re the person jumping from the airplane. You are responsible for picking the best drop zone possible to do your first tandem jump or skydiving course.

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I’ve seen people blindly trust friends. What we have to understand is that sometimes people don’t know any better and they give you bad advice due to lack of information. Please check websites for more information. One place is never enough, explore your options, have fun, and be safe!

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When I was just starting to skydive, I used to jump every weekend at the same drop zone. I already knew all the skydivers, how they jump, and I was very comfortable with the landing area, rental gear, instructors, manifest, and so on. Eventually, I decided that would be cool to skydive in different places – and that’s when lots of questions came up about how to travel with my skydiving gear.

“Skydiving rigs with and without Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) are permitted as a carry-on or as checked luggage. It’s advised to add at least 45 minutes to the airline’s recommended arrival window when traveling with their parachute. Pack the rig separately without any other items in the bag”. Cypress

A significant thing to think about before going to a new skydiving center is to reinforce your knowledge about the sport. There is an excellent article about skydiving frequency vs. fear that can help you to understand how important it is to jump frequently for safety reasons. Remember that we can be comfortable skydiving at one drop zone, but that can change when we arrive at a new place, with a distinct landing pattern, and with different people.

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Airplane trip

The first time I decided to travel with skydiving gear on an airplane, I was quite nervous because of the security. I didn’t have as much information and experience as I do today. So, I’m going to lay it out for you so that you have an easier time when you start to travel with gear.


Besides the airline ticket, ID, passport and so on, skydivers must have the following documents to have a smooth trip with their equipment:

This is a card for Airport Security that shows the X-ray of the unit and informs them that these are allowed as carry on items. Available from respective manufacturers.

Checking the parachute as luggage

I usually put my rig in my luggage without anything else. Sometimes I put my helmet and jumpsuit with it. Remember that anything that looks suspicious will increase the likelihood of having your luggage opened and inspected by a TSA officer.

The AAD card is always with my rig. On it, there is a very clear explanation of what is inside of the rig and how it works. I always leave my AAD card on top of my rig. If they decide to open my bag, the AAD card is the first thing they will see.

In the USA and Europe, airline staff is more accustomed to people traveling with skydiving gear. However, in a few other countries, I wouldn’t recommend checking your skydiving gear in as luggage.

Remember: security will not open your parachute without you present. They will call you to provide assistance. If they check your luggage and decide they need to open your parachute, it will usually happen within 45 minutes (depending on the size of the airport). Pay attention to the airport announcements and be close to the check-in counter during this period, just in case.

If they don’t find you to assist unpacking and repacking the parachute, they will not transport the parachute on the flight. If you find yourself in this position, the airline will probably allow you to gate-check the parachute– another excellent reason to have a rig bag.

I’ve personally never had any issue with my parachute. Lucky or not, the reality is that it can happen, so be aware of your obligations and give them the required attention.

Carrying the parachute on the airplane

When I carry my gear with me, I put it straight on my back. A few friends use a skydive gear backpack to protect the rig. It doesn’t matter to security which you use. However, when going through the security inspection point, leave your gear separated from everything else. No matter what, as the USPA recommends, don’t make any comments you think are funny or clever about your rig, and use the chest strap or pull-up cord to tie the reserve handle to the main lift web. Using zip ties is not recommended because of the risk that you might forget they are on there and discover during a jump that you are unable to pull the handle.

If further inspection is necessary, the officer will ask who is the owner of the equipment and will ask you for assistance. Please remember to ask them not to touch the emergency handles.

In the USA or Europe, security is aware of skydiving gear. However, if there is any problem during the inspection, ask for their supervisor to come to inspect the equipment. They have more extensive training and have learned about skydiving gear, so the chance they will let you go is higher.

If the gear needs to be unpacked, you will be able to assist. Please ask for space where you can open it and repack afterward.

How to avoid rig swabs scanning dirty (for explosives)

I read in another skydiving blog that the best way to keep your rig clean is avoiding:

  • Washing your hands and touching your rig before the security inspection point.
  • Using hand sanitizer and touching your rig before the security inspection point.

Soap and sanitizer both contain glycerin and can corrupt the results. If that happens, keep calm and ask the TSA officer for them to redo the test. According to USPA,  anyone who has recently walked a golf course shot off fireworks or firearms, or applied hand lotion before packing their rig may trigger a trace detection machine. Consider all of these things before packing your rig.

If the agent keeps finding the same results, your gear (main and reserve canopies) will need to be opened, which will be a considerable inconvenience.

In the very unlikely event that you have a problem with a TSA screener, you should request a supervisor. You can calmly require that the supervisor review “The Parachute Screening section of the Screening Checkpoint Standard Operating Procedure.” This should clear up any issues you may be having.

Road trip

When I stopped renting gear at my skydiving center and bought my own equipment, I started traveling with my skydiving gear to my home drop zone every weekend. Before I got a locker there, I used to take everything with me, and if you don’t want to drive back home or buy something you already have, it’s handy to make a checklist.

Even though road trips are easier than getting on an airplane, we need to make sure we have everything we need, we need to make sure our AAD is turned off and that our gear is safe and will not move around during our commute to the skydiving center. I usually put all my gear in the trunk, including my parachute.

Skydiving travel tips
  • Don’t leave your skydiving gear in the sun
  • Don’t leave any equipment or personal items behind
  • Carry Insurance
  • Don’t get mad at the TSA Agent
  • Keep calm and be informative
  • Don’t make any unnecessary comments or jokes about gear
I got to my destination

Just because you arrived at your destination, that doesn’t mean you can just turn on your AAD and jump. Remember, people you don’t know might have handled your skydiving gear and equipment. You will need to recheck to see if recheck to see if everything is ok and 100% ready to go. If you need help or have any doubt about it, ask for an experienced skydiver to help you out.

Traveling with skydiving gear can be intimidating at first, but don’t let it stop you from taking your rig to incredible places. I hope this information helps you travel with skydiving gear because it is worth the trouble.

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Augusto bartelle by Augusto Bartelle - 1M ago

The average skydiving cost ranges from $175 for tandem jumps to upwards of $2500 to become a certified jumper with an A License. This is great news because I know you’re excited to get yourself off the ground and into the air. Now you know that the cost to skydive varies, and you can start saving!

“You can’t get this type of adventure anywhere else. Skydiving is unique!” –Augusto Bartelle

I understand your desire, your passion for the thrill. No adventure quite compares to the adrenaline rush of jumping out of an airplane and freefalling towards the ground at +120mph.

Why should I go skydiving?

Skydiving is a fast sport–from the time you step on the plane, legs shaking in anticipation, to the time you find those shaky legs touching the ground, your whole experience will seem like a dream. You will quickly realize that your skydiving experience was well worth the price and that you might want to jump again.

If you are an adrenaline seeker, skydiving is one of those sports you will quickly become addicted to. Even if you’ve just always wanted to fly or are a fan of some spectacular views, you should try skydiving. When you do, you’ll promptly conquer your fears and be able to experience a part of nature most people never will.

On the other hand, for those who are afraid or who think this is an extreme experience and would like to try something else first, there is another excellent option. The wind tunnel or indoor skydiving is a perfect way to start to fly, and because of its safety regulations, people from age 3 to 103 can try. To further understand what this is, read my article about the reasons you should try indoor skydiving to help make your decision.

What to expect

With Skydiving Perris, Dubai or, Hawaii, it’s likely that the skydiving cost is at the forefront of your mind, but what you really want to know is what to expect when you sign up for skydiving.

There are two different paths to take here, a tandem skydive jump or the AFF Skydiving Course for solo skydiving.

With tandem skydiving, you will get to the drop zone in the time you scheduled for, you will sign all the terms, agreements, contracts. Then, you will weigh yourself and watch a video. After that, all the processes will be explained by a tandem instructor or by someone highly experienced. This person will teach you the basics about skydiving, will tell you about Myths in Skydiving, security procedures and anything that you should know about the experience. If you have any questions, this is a great opportunity to ask them.

Time to go skydiving

When the instructor calls your name, you will put on Drop Zone clothes (if you wish), and the tandem student equipment. At this point, the tandem instructor who will jump with you will talk to you and help make you feel comfortable. If you have any other questions, that is a good time to ask.

An exceptionally good drop zone will make you feel safe and comfortable, compared to a regular drop zone where you watch a quick video, put on the gear, and head out.

Photo: Skydive Mag

For those who want a more involved experience, in the skydiving AFF course, the student starts on the ground, where an AFF instructor teaches you everything you need to know to have a safe, fun and successful first skydiving jump.

What that means is that your certified instructors will explain the whole process to you from start to finish, and you’ll watch a few worthwhile videos along the way.  after that, a good drop zone will make sure you are thoroughly prepared for your jump, and the skydiving center will provide some excellent equipment and clothes for your jump.

How much does tandem skydiving cost?

So, when you first asked me how much does skydiving cost, you were probably wondering about the price of a tandem jump. While most tandem jumps run between $175 to $299, for a few extra dollars, you can add a video to your package, which I recommend all first-time skydivers purchase. The price is going to be fairly standard whether you’re looking at the price to skydive in Utah or the skydive NYC price.

Aside from the price of a tandem skydive, the location you will jump in is a critical decision. I suggest you find a USPA Drop Zone in the USA and if you are somewhere else, try to post on Facebook and ask your friends or look on Instagram for a skydiver who can help you out with finding the right place. If you want a head-start, there is also an article I wrote some time ago, giving tips on how to find a good Drop Zone near you.

What’s included in a tandem jump?

You can find the right package for what you are looking for. Typically, a tandem jump package provides everything that you would need. The instructor wears the parachute, and the company will provide you with a jumpsuit, goggles, altimeter and the necessary instruction. All you have to do is show up, sign the papers and pay.

Photo: Skydive Byron Bay, Australia

Do you want video and/or photos to remember your jump? You should consider it, even though it will probably cost you extra since you are only paying for the jump. However, most jump schools have packages that will include video and pictures. Well worth the price.

Skydiving requirements

Most of the USA skydiving centers are affiliated with the United States Parachute Association (USPA). The basic requirement for those drop zones is that the skydiver has at least 18 years old on the day of the jump. There is no upper age limit if the skydiver is healthy.

A tandem skydive jump will not require much of you. However, some drop zones suggest that the skydiver should weigh less than 230lbs. There are skydiving centers that take heavier people in tandem for an extra price.

Photo: Kurt Issel

Both students and certified skydivers are required to wear heavy gear. They should also have good body shape to support and opening shakes or shocks. Last, but not least, they should have full movement of arms to control the parachute from opening to landing.

Skydiving safety

Skydiving is actually relatively safe, all things considered. Your instructor has gone through some difficult requirements to become certified, so listen to what they have to say. In a tandem jump, it’s in both of your best interests to have a safe and fun jump.

A tandem jump instructor takes care of equipment safety checks, guides the freefall, and steers the parachute for a safe ride and landing. All in all, skydiving is much safer than driving, a risk most people take day-in and day-out.

Photo: Skydive City

If you’re wondering what Tandem Instructor requirements are, it ultimately takes time and many jumps. Here are the basic requirements:

  • 500 Jumps
  • At least 3 years in the sport
  • D level certification (the highest) from the US Parachute Association
  • FAA class 3 medical certificate
Best places to skydive

There are many amazing spots to skydive in the world. I’ll be honest, I just picked these because they are famous somehow. I also added the price, so you can see how much can be the difference from one place to another. Please check the links and different packages to know more about these skydiving centers.

Skydive Dubai Price: Between $550 to $600 depending on the currency.

Skydance Skydiving Price: $199

Skydive NYC Price: $229

Skydive Perris Price: $149 (starting price)

Skydive Hawaii Price: $175-$250 – Make sure to reserve on the internet because it becomes cheaper.

Skydive Utah Price: $219

Skydiving Empuriabrava Price: Between $300 and $685

Now you know just how much skydiving costs, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and jump! Wait, all those drop zones are far from you? Don’t worry, you can get advice on finding the best skydiving center. Check out the best place nearby and go get some fun!

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We support skydiving

Ever since I started skydiving, I’ve had in my mind that we need more people skydiving. Before the Colorful Jerseys Foundation idea, I was working very hard on my Instagram to increase visibility in our skydiving community, mixing up my photos with other skydivers’ photos. The result was great, I spread the sport to people that had never thought about it before or had forgotten the idea of skydiving. I helped put some people in the sky, and I receive tons of feedback each month about how my profile inspired people’s first steps into skydiving by making a tandem jump or the accelerated free fall (AFF) skydiving course. However, my dream is getting bigger.

Nowadays I want more than that. I don’t just want to inform people about skydiving; I want to give back to the skydiving community and find other people to do the same. My idea is that if we can give something priceless to someone (the ability to become a skydiver), this person will always remember how he/she got there. They will return the favor to other skydivers, and the community will become much stronger. I know this is a big dream, but if we all do our part, this dream can quickly become a reality.

Our mission

“The importance of giving to others can’t be understated, and that’s because the secret to living is giving. If you really think about it, what is life all about? Creating meaning. How do you create meaning in your life? It’s not about what you do for yourself: It’s about how you’re able to better the lives of the people around you – your loved ones, the people in your community, or the lives of people somewhere else in the world”. Tony Robins

Our mission is to spread the skydiving love around to more people. Giving support to people who dream of becoming a skydiver has the power to show them how amazing the skydiving community is–transforming that person an advocate for the sport and community for life.

Our goal is to fill these spots with motivated people who are serious about this dream, already have a connection with the skydiving community, but are not yet skydivers themselves. This opportunity is open to anyone who believes that they can make a difference in the skydiving community, especially for skydivers newer than them. The desire to give back, the dream to become a skydiver and what have you done so for to get there are the key factors in our decision.

Explaining what you’re doing to become a skydiver and why you want it so badly is a great way to start the application questionnaire.

How does it work?

The Colorful Jerseys Foundation staff will select a maximum of five people (2019) to support in their quest to become a skydiver (AFF Course).

To be selected, the applicant needs to fill out a questionnaire about themselves.

  • The application deadline is June 30th, 2019.
  • Selection deadline is July 31st, 2019.
  • The people selected must finish their AFF courses between August to December 2019.
  • The maximum amount donated by The Colorful Foundation is US$ 850.

The questionnaire is a guide that is here to help you create your application letter. There is no need to answer all the questions or follow its order. What we expect is a story that we can understand and a real introduction to you.

  1. Full name.
  2. Age.
  3. Where do you live?
  4. What do you do (job)?
  5. When was your first experience of skydiving?
  6. When was your first contact with a drop zone? Why did you get there?
  7. How far from a drop zone are you? (miles or km) Do you have any issues getting there?
  8. In your words, why do you deserve support to become a skydiver?
  9. Briefly explain what skydiving means to you and why the opportunity to become a skydiver is important in your life.
  10. How do you plan to help the skydiving community grow stronger in the future?
  11. List two or more skydivers who can give you good recommendations.
Send the application

It’s easy to get in touch with me. I have Instagram (@augustobartelle) and Facebook. Please send me a message if you have any questions about the Colorful Jerseys Foundation and the application process.

When you have no more questions about the application, create your text and send an e-mail with the application to: hello@augustobartelle.com

All the application letters must be in English to be considered. Even though the Colorful Jerseys Foundation aims to help people from any part of the world, we set English as the official communication language.

* The Colorful Jerseys Foundation has a connection to the Colorful Jerseys clothing brand, but it is not directly dependent upon the company. We also want to thank our sponsors for helping my dreams become reality.

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It’s hard to explain why an extreme sport such as skydiving is so good. It is an individual perception that can differ from each extreme athlete.

Skydiving is my passion, it creates a mix of feelings, sensations and thoughts. When I’m getting ready to skydive until I land my parachute safe and sound on the ground I can feel all that. Besides that, I’ve learned so much as human being with those crazy folks who jump out of perfect airplanes. I can’t even say how much I’m thankful to the skydiving community.

When I arrived at SkyDance SkyDiving, the people made me feel super welcome. Even though I didn’t know anyone and could barely communicate, they always gave me a big hug and a smile. To be honest, we just had one thing in common, the desire to skydive every day, improve the way we fly and the need of adrenaline. Well, I can tell by personal experience, that it is enough for our community.

Why do I skydive?

I thought very long about why I skydive and why I still want to skydive everyday. I believe it’s because of the freedom I feel during the free fall and the peace of mind it gives me during the entire experience. When I’m at the door and the green light is on and I jump off the airplane, my mind change. I get into a state of mind that nothing is important besides that moment – the present. To be 100% in the present is priceless. The fear, my own life questions, the anxiety of a project and anything else that can disturb my mind is gone.

I don’t remember one time I landed my parachute and I wasn’t smiling. I’m always stoked after a jump. It’s a very personal feeling, you need to try to understand. However, I’ve heard many forms to describe the skydiving experience and some of the best ones were:

“Oh my God, better than this only when I gave birth of my son.” -Andrea Bartelle

“I did it bro, I did it! It’s my birthday and I did it. I’ll never forget this day!” -Eduardo Ormeno

“Now I know why you will never stop skydiving”. -Tania Sonaglio (my mom)

I wrote an article about my friends first skydive experience. If you want to understand better what this experience is about and how people feel when they skydive for the first time. It’s a great way to visualize what I’m talking about.

The skydiving community

Behind the scenes of a marvelous skydiving photo or an extreme skydiving video, we have an amazing extreme sport community. I call them #SkyFam (Skydive Family). There are people from all backgrounds, from all countries and from all cultures. Everyone has a different way to see life, everyone speaks a different language and many of us have a different religion. The connection is the love for skydiving and it move all barriers. Most of us learned how to respect other people differences and appreciate their principals and qualities.

The skydiving community has an incredible value for me and for sure is, side-by-side, the biggest reason why I don’t think about stop jumping. In reality, I go to the drop zone even when I’m not jumping just to see what is going on and get some warm hugs from my skyfam. I met so many great people skydiving and I’m grateful to be able to call them friends. In short, it’s great to have people all over the world ready to welcome you and enjoy some time together with no preconception of who you are, where you come from and in what you believe.

Extreme sports

Extreme sport is an activity that make the athlete or participant to unusual physical and mental challenges. Skydiving, scuba diving with sharks or iron man are great example of sports that create those challenges for humans. In my case, I jump from perfect airplanes and I also compete on speed skydiving. By reaching extreme speeds (+460 km/h), that no one can reach without a mechanical force, I consider myself an extreme sport athlete. Also, what help to define a sport as extreme it is the number of uncontrollable variables such as weather, terrain, wind, snow, water and mountains. These natural phenomenon affect how the athletes will perform during the activity, event or competition.

The truth

Extreme athletes are seen as young individuals with no fear, that take high risks, are adrenaline junkies, impulsive and do not plan the future. People also think they have no clue what they are doing or why they are doing it. However, a study made by Professor Eric Brymer from Australia, has suggested that many extreme athletes are the opposite of impulsive; not only are they careful and thoughtful planners, but they actually avoid thrill-seekers.

Professor Brymer also says that Extreme Athletes’ motivation is more than just an adrenaline rush. He states: “The activity itself enables experiences that are beyond every day”. He continues: “People talk about their senses being alive, about being able to see things much more clearly. It gives them a glimpse of what it means to be human as in the capacities they have that we don’t tap into in everyday life.”

The research “Risk taking in Extreme Sports: A phenomenological perspective” is an amazing start point if you want to understand extreme athletes motivations, behaviors and habits.

You also can learn more about extreme sport athletes with Amy Chmelecki, she is the first Red Bull Female Skydiver sponsored by the brand and she gave us a great interview about her career and motivations.

What kept me alive

Since my first day skydiving, there is one thing I heard over and over again and again from many different people: “Fear! Fear is important!“. Fear should not stop you of doing the things you believe or love. However, the day you have no fear, you have lost the respect for that extreme sport. Using fear to learn about our limits and mixing it up with patience to understand what we need to improve before going for the next step, is the secret for a long life in the extreme sports scene. If we learn how to use our fear to grow, we will be able to control our feelings better. All this will help us to achieve our goals faster and safer.

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A parachute, or canopy, is a device used to slow down an object that is falling towards the ground. Two forces are acting on this falling object: gravity and air resistance. Without an open parachute, gravity is stronger than air resistance. However, once the canopy has been opened, the air resistance increases, slowing down the object that is falling and helping it to land safely on the ground.

There is a sensation that I want you to try. It’s very hard to explain how people feel during a skydive but I promise you, it will be unforgettable.

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The parachutes of the past were round and very difficult to control. Nowadays, we have modern square parachutes made of semi-rigid material with low or zero-porosity.

In the front of the canopy are 7 or 9 open windows, called cells. These cells allow air to enter into the parachute and become a “wing” that the skydiver can fly. The conditions inside of the canopy help to shape the parachute and also increase the drag, creating more resistance and further reducing the speed of the descent.

Under Canopy

There are two options to try skydiving. First and most common, tandem jump. Second, Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course to become a licensed jumper.

When I was deciding which one to pick a long time ago, I was researching all over the internet for videos and photos, myths about skydiving and also safety. What I found out was that doesn’t matter if I’m doing a tandem skydive or the AFF course, I want to know how that thing (parachute) that will save my life works and period. Lucky you, I learned and now I’ll tell you a little bit about it.

Canopy Check

We had fun during the free fall time and now we are ready to open our parachute. We did a great job with altitude awareness, body position and our parachute is getting out smoothly from our container. Now, that we have a canopy over our head, we need to proceed to the canopy check. I follow these steps:

  • Rectangular
  • No rips or tears
  • All cells inflated
  • No broken lines
  • The slider is down
  • No twisted lines
  • The parachute is steerable
  • Parachute is flying straight

Image: Skydive Seven

Flying a canopy

When our parachute is fully opened and issues free, we need to look around. A very important thing to remember when moving a parachute towards the landing area is to pay attention to other canopies, try your best to follow the right pattern, and be aware of the weather. Wind speed and direction changes all the time. There are differences in air pressure created by hot or cold days. We need to be responsible and be aware of all of these factors before jumping from an airplane.

How Can I Turn a Parachute?

There are lines running through the canopy that are connected to the container (backpack). The steering lines are connected to the back of the canopy and when we pull them the parachute changes in shape. This is the way we exercise control over our parachutes. To turn to the right we pull down the right toggle and the parachute starts turning towards the right. If we pull the left toggle, the parachute starts turning to the left. It’s critical to make gentle turns until we are more comfortable with our wing.

How Do I Land a Canopy?

In theory, lading a parachute is very simple. Once you are close to the ground (between 2 and 3 feet) you pull both toggles in an harmonic and symmetric movement and the canopy will flare, which reduces its forward speed, allowing the canopy pilot to reach the ground and walk back to the hangar.

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When we start a new sport, we usually don’t know very much about it. Skydiving is not different. When I started skydiving, I couldn’t understand most of the things people were trying to teach me. I had to ask and ask and ask the same stuff many times. Thank God, skydivers love to explain what they know and talk about skydiving.

Skydivers with lots of years of experience are the best teachers. Sometimes they are not very didactic, but they love the sport and love to share their knowledge. If you need to pick a mentor, look for a skydiver that had been in the sport for a long time.

Once I got my A license, I still didn’t have much experience and I was trying to jump as much as possible and have as much fun as I could during a jump. However, time went by, and I learned a few things from the old timers.

On the ground

We all are at the drop zone, our gear is checked, AAD is on, and we have our goggles, helmet, altimeter and, jumpsuit with us. To learn more about the gear you need to check before skydiving read “The Importance of a Skydiving Gear Check“. Once you have done your gear checks and everything looks good is when the fun starts.


The first thing to do, after checking your gear, is to decide what we want to do and how many people will be in the jump. Once that is done, we start to invite people to skydive with us. Everyone we invite to join must know what our plan is, so they can decide if their skills are enough for that skydive and also give suggestion to the person who is planning the jump, if they need to change anything to avoid any issues during free fall.


When we have the whole group together, we will go through the jump again, and dirt dive it, showing exactly how everyone will behave during the skydive, from exit to break off. Everything should be planned at this stage. It’s important to make the same movements we will do in the sky on the ground.

Tip: Keep the skydiving group tight on the ground or at the sky the athletes will have to deal with a much bigger separation between skydivers.

Mock it up

Time to go to the mock-up, where we can find a similar spot to where we will be on during the exit. Then we will organize the exit order and position of all the skydivers who are part of the jump. It’s important to repeat this a few times so everyone is fast, ready and with no doubts.

At this time, we all go over the jump once again. Depending on the level of the skydivers, we need to do the break-off more than once and also its a good time to plan the canopy pattern each one will do based on weather conditions and drop zone rules. Always remember that we need to land safely to skydive again. So, think about the jump from the beginning to the end (end means: gear on the ground to get repacked).

Going to the airplane

Everyone is ready to go? No! We still have more stuff to think about. First and most important, Gear! Always check your equipment before you put it on. Once you have it on, you can ask someone for a gear check, or you can do it by yourself. Always check the chest strap (thousand times and again).

In the air

The plane takes off, and we are climbing up. Once in the plane make sure to protect your gear and recheck it before exit (as many times as necessery). When I’m around 7.000 feet, I do think about all the jump in my head and imagine every single movement I need to make, from the exit to the landing. It helps me to refresh the plan and remember details that I might had forgotten under pressure and with a high amount of adrenaline on my body. One jump cost about 25$, and we don’t want to waste money because we didn’t recheck your skydiving plan one more time before exit.

At around 12k feet, I have all my gear ready. I look around to check other people’s gear if I can see them and I stop for a second and deep breathe and smile. That relaxes my body and mind. After that, I check my chest strap one more time, handles and I practice the emergency procedures few more time.

Skydiving time

The pilot turns on the light, the door is open, the spot is right. Greenlight, we are good to go.

The truth is that if I go through all these steps, my group and I are ready to go and have the most fun skydiving ever. Fly the best you can, remember the safety stuff you learned from your instructors and other skydivers. Don’t be too aggressive, we need to be safe to keep jumping. It is not cool to get hurt or risk hurting someone else.

A good friend of mine always told me that is better to take a little longer to get into the formation than go low or mess up the group. It takes much longer to fix mistakes and we, clearly, don’t have all the time of the world.

Break off time. Do not stay longer! There is no need to stay in the jump after break-off time and believe me, people do it. Remember to follow the plan, if you think it is not right, do not participate in that jump. The plan is there so we can do what we said we would do! If we need to modify something, talk with people after the jump but if everyone decide to do something different there is no plan anymore.

Tip: An excellent way to increase your skydiving skill level is to jump more, jump with a coach, and do some tunnel time. I wrote an article about “Indoor Skydiving” that is pretty cool and informative. Check it out!

Canopy and landing

About 8% of skydiving accidents are under canopy collisions, and 25% of all skydiving accidents happen during landing. Adding up these numbers you can see that 1/3 of all accidents in the sport are under canopy.

Be safe up there and fly a standard and predictable pattern. Move your legs to show you see other skydivers and play with your canopy to increase your skills. Always plan a spot to land and try to land as close as possible to improve your accuracy.

If you want to learn a little bit more about how your parachute works you can find some extra information about this topic on the link above.

On the ground again

First things first. After you land your parachute safely, be sure to not be in the way of another skydiver. Be sport friendly and let’s help each other. Always look around.

Now we can get our stuff together, and during that time, we should check if everyone landed safely. Someone might land out or going to (keep an eye on the sky and on the ground). Someone might need assistance, and our job is to be there for skydiving community.

The jump only ends when you get back to the packing area, and your gear is on the ground ready to be packed again.

An excellent example of an error was when I forgot to uncollapse my slider and put it back on its standard position when I was packing. You can find an article, and the video with my hard opening on my article One Mistake is Enough. I’m fortunate to have had no injuries.

The way we think we fly is not how it looks like on video. When someone records us flying the truth show up. We must learn from all jumps we do. Check videos and listen to other skydivers that can give you proper feedback. It’s the best way to improve.

Do not forget to celebrate with your group the jump. Any skydiving is amazing if everyone is walking back to the hangar. Enjoy this time to be stoke and talk about the jump.

Ask questions; we are a skydiving family and we help each other.

Final thoughts

Skydiving is a dangerous sport. It’s super fun but still an extreme sport. That is why we keep coming back. Also, we have many things to do in the sport. We can go to world records such as Amy Chmelecki, or we can travel around to other drop zones.

However, we need to pay attention to complacency. It is wrong to think we know everything because we have done it many times. It’s wrong to think we will never make this or that mistake. It’s wrong to think that I’ll never forget my chest strap open.

This is a piece of advice from Dan BC, Skydive Perris DZO and manager and co-founder of Arizona Airspeed. Dan BC is one of the skydivers I most respect, and he told me that. Now I’m passing this forward to you.

I just want to say: – Let’s be careful, we deserve to have only good times.

Have a good skydive and blue skies!

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