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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, PRECAUTIONS & PROTOCOL
Like many businesses, Skydive Long Island has strategies and procedures we plan to implement as we resume jump operations. Skydive Long Island will strive to follow federal, state, and local guidance on how to conduct our business with respect to limiting the spread of Covid-19. We value the health and safety of every student and team member.
SKYDIVE LONG ISLAND SUPPORTS GAY RIGHTS AND THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
"We hire our staff based on qualifications related to skydiving and hospitality. We do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religious affiliation. Personally, I have family members who are gay and it has always been my position to be supportive of gay rights and the LGBTQ community. We are all the same and we do not tolerate discrimination."
-Owner, Brian Erler
In accordance with Governor Cuomo's executive order, Skydive Long Island is currently closed with plans to resume operations June 24th, 2020. We are currently taking tandem skydiving reservations online for the summer. We will work with our guests to reschedule reservations as needed due to any delay in opening.
When Does Skydiving Season Open?
If you've been cooped up indoors during the coronavirus quarantine, it's likely you've been daydreaming about all the things you'd like to do once the quarantine is over - we're no different! We've built our lives around skydiving and this has been a challenging period for us all. We're ready to get back in the sky! So, what have we been doing in the meantime? Writing about skydiving! We've been using this time to write about everything we know about jumping from airplanes just for you (and ourselves to beat some quarantine boredom). This week, we're talking about skydiving season - when it starts, when it ends and the best time of year to jump.
The Experience of a Lifetime
Perhaps, on this day, it happens as sunlight peeks through the blinds of your bedroom window or the tone of your alarm nudges you awake. Either way, as your eyelids open, though still a little groggy and heavy with sleep, the realization is almost instantaneous-today is the day.
The reservation was made well in advance, but until now, it almost didn't seem real. You are going skydiving.
As you get up and mill about, brewing a cup of coffee and grabbing a light bite to eat before heading out the door, it feels like your morning is most surreal. You know you're here and this is real, but you can't believe the adventure you're about to embark on.
The Difference Between Paragliding and Skydiving
Dangling underneath some carefully sewn together fabric and flying about in the sky is an amazing thing that we get to do. In a relatively short span of years human beings have gone from staring up at birds and wondering by what magic they can do that, to deciphering the science of flight to the point we have portable magical backpacks that allow us to get up there and play along.
Skydiving and BASE Jumping - What’s the Difference?
Without having already learned the differences, it is easy to forgive someone for thinking that jumping out of an aircraft or off the top of a big cliff or tall building is the same thing. It looks the same, right? Put on a backpack containing a parachute, jump, open parachute and then land. While BASE jumping and skydiving are indeed related in certain ways, there are some crucial differences that separate the two to the point where they are defined and considered as different sports.
New Tech Leads to a Better Skydiving Experience
At the end of 2018, the Long Island Skydiving management team got together to review the year with one thought in mind: How do we get better? While 2018 was successful, it wasn't as smooth as we had hoped. There were friction points within the customer experience that was making the operation less efficient and as a result, was making our guests less happy.
Winter Skydiving: Here’s What To Wear
Cold outside? Yeah, we know. If that leads you to the question of whether or not you can you go skydiving in winter, you're definitely one of us! The answer is yes, you can -- you just have to be a little more prepared than you would if you were jumping in the sultry summertime. If you know what to wear to go skydiving in colder conditions, not only can you skydive in winter, you can love wintertime skydiving! As long as the weather conditions are safe, skydiving is an all-season sport.
Skydiving vs. Indoor Skydiving in New York
We'd better start with an admission: The "vs." up there isn't a thing we really feel. In fact, all of us at Skydive Long Island would very happily replace it with an all-caps AND. Skydiving and indoor skydiving are close cousins, sure, but they are very different experiences.
Can You Wear Glasses or Contacts Skydiving? (And Other Important Skydiving Information)
You're going skydiving for the first time! You have questions! Honestly, if you didn't have any skydiving-related questions on the way to stepping into a plane for the first time, we'd be pretty worried about you. After all, a skydiving aircraft isn't something you should walk into (or out of) with your intellectual eyes closed. Right? Great! Let's set 'em up and knock 'em down.
Skydiving: Best Gift Idea for Thrill Seekers
We're about to blow your flippin' mind. Ready? Here goes: Tandem skydiving isn't just the most inspiring adventure you can have. It's also the most inspiring gift you can give! A tandem skydiving gift certificate is one of the best of all the gift ideas for thrill seekers (and beyond!). Not only is it one of the ultimate among adrenaline junkie gift ideas, it'll make sure cause your lucky recipient thinks of you affectiontely every time they see the big, blue sky. Winner!
Why Skydiving near New York is So Amazing!
When visiting New York City (especially for the first time), there's no shortage of things to do between visiting Central Park, going to Times Square, Broadway and anything and everything you could possibly desire. But what if we told you there's something else to consider... SKYDIVING!
5 Things You Thought You Knew About Skydiving, But Are Wrong
Hollywood is certainly to blame for lots of the myths about skydiving that still make the rounds. (The round parachutes, that is! Ha! Get it? Get it?! Not funny? Okay.) After all, movies still haven't figured out how long freefall takes -- and they get the lingo all wrong (example: we never, ever, ever refer to our "chute") -- and, to add insult to injury, the movies all insist on referring to us, implicitly or explicitly, as "adrenaline junkies." Lawdy.
Top 10 Adventures in Long Island NY
The Long Island Rail Road which began services in the early 1800's began to reshape New York's landscape making island commutes accessible. Today, there are an incredible amount of attractions. However, here we explore the top 10 Adventures in Long Island!
Closest Skydiving to NYC
If you thought that skydiving in New Jersey was your most convenient bet, we have some news: it ain't. We're the closest skydiving dropzone to New York!
What is a Halo Jump?
What is a HALO jump? In short - it is a high altitude skydiving jump, typically used by the military. These days though, civilians can get in on the fun as well. How, you ask? Here's all you need to know.
Skydiving Does Not Discriminate
Looking for a crowd that doesn't discriminate and revels in an atmosphere of pure acceptance? Consider your local dropzone.
What's even cooler than an amazing dog? An amazing skydiving dog! Inspired by a few fun videos we've run across recently, we wanted to share some facts and giggles about four-legged flying.
The Physics of Skydiving
Welcome to our Physics of Skydiving lab! Though you may have snoozed through it in school, we guarantee the physics you'll learn here are not only super fun, but will actually make your first tandem skydive a much more satisfying experience.
Is Skydiving a Sport?
Is skydiving a sport? Simply put, the definition of a sport is a "physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs, often engaged in competitively." But the reason skydiving has such staying power is because it is, definitionally, a sport in every way you can define the word. Learn about the various disciplines that define sport skydiving.
What Is Skydiving?
So - what is skydiving? If you want to vault over into the ranks of the savvy, read on and we'll give you insight into what the differences between skydiving, BASE jumping, hang gliding, para gliding and all the other fun gravity sports are.
Skydiving Birthdays - and Other Events to Celebrate with a Skydive
Some people throw parties. Others kick it up a notch and go the extra mile to mark the special occasion by making it truly memorable - like with a skydiving birthday party. Because nothing clocks in on the "memorable" scale quite like commemorating with a skydive! Here are the top five party times that lend themselves to jumping out of a plane.
Why Do Skydivers Wear Helmets?
Ever wondered why skydivers wear helmets? Or what the different types of helmets are for skydiving? Which one should you chose? Read on and learn all about the wonderful world of skydiving helmets.
Skydiving for Kids
Is skydiving for kids? Maybe skydiving was your first love. But then you had kids, and as they grow older, you start asking yourself: Can I involve them? How? Read our tips for how to have the most family skydiving fun!
Skydiving Exits: Backflips and so much more
This is it. You're doing it. Nothing can stop you now. You're going SKYDIVING. And there's only one thing you want to know: Can I do any fun skydiving exits out of the plane? Maybe a backflip or a spin out the door?
Why Skydiving Is Not a Crazy Thing To Do
When you tell someone you're going off to make a skydive, there's a high probability that they're going to respond by telling you you're crazy. And they are totally and completely wrong.
Best experience gifts for couples
If you're planning an amazing gift for the apple of your eye, may we humbly suggest a skydiving gift certificate? It's the best couples gift you'll ever give for all sorts of reasons. Let us bend your ear to convince you!
Skydiving Facts That May Surprise You
We love a good surprise. Don't you? If you're just as fond of a toe-curling "aha" moment, we have just the stuff you'll love: fun skydiving facts that will dazzle your friends at dinner parties. Without further ado, let's (sky) dive right in!
Why Can't I Jump My GoPro?
In order to get the glorious footage of your tandem jump, you're going to have to leave the cinematography in the capable hands of one of our professional aerial videographers. Before you start stamping your feet, lean in and listen to why.
Five Questions Every First Time Jumper Should Be Asking
Your first jump is so exciting. But before we get down to it (get 'down', get it?), here are five questions every first-time jumper should ask.
Do People Pass Out, Pee Their Pants, Scream or Puke Skydiving?
You should totally have the full information about what you're getting into, from the standpoint of dignity as well as safety! Since we get these questions more often than you'd think, we've decided to break it all down for you here.
Tandem Skydiving: How to Mentally & Physically Prepare for Your First Jump
When you understand that a tandem skydive is an opportunity to put your best foot forward in a totally unfamiliar situation, it can be seen as a chance to get better at life in general.
The 3 Phases of Skydiving: Freefall, Parachute Opening & Landing
When you sign up to jump with us at Skydive Long Island, you'll be taken for quite a ride. Every skydive has three distinct phases: freefall, parachute opening and landing.
5 Reasons Why You Should Jump Out of Perfectly Good Airplanes
If we had a nickle for every time someone asked, "why would you jump from a perfectly good airplane," we'd own at least 50 Gatsby-sized mansions on Long Island.
Parachuting vs. Skydiving: What's the Difference?
Parachuting? Skydiving? They're nearly interchangeable terms. However, there are subtle definitional differences. Find out more.
Understanding the Skydive Refund Policy
Will I get a refund if the weather is bad? We get this question all the time. Get the answer here!
Couples Skydiving: Gifts, Proposals & Weddings
We think that shared sky is the glue that binds the strongest relationships on the planet, and we couldn't be more delighted by the time we spend in the sky with our loved ones. Today, we're going to celebrate love and freefall by answering your most breathless questions about couples skydiving. After all: All you need is love! (And a plane, and parachutes .)
What’s the Skydiving Age Limit
Across the world there are a variety of age restrictions for skydiving, but for Skydive Long Island and the rest of the U.S., the minimum age to skydive is 18.
Skydiving Goggles: What You Should Know
Skydiving goggles are an important part of your skydiving kit. Find out all you need to know, here.
Why Skydiving is Addicting
Skydiving can be totally addictive! Jumping out of an airplane is unlike anything you've done before. Find out more.
Can You Skydive Pregnant?
The simple answer is this: Yes, you can skydive pregnant if you are a licensed jumper and you choose to take the risks. No, you cannot skydive pregnant if you are a first time jumper, because of the considerable liabilities. Read on to learn more!
Tandem Skydiving? What To Expect
It's time to take the leap; it's time for your first skydive! But what can you expect as a tandem skydiver Here, we'll explain what you can expect when tandem skydiving with us.?
What You Don’t Know About Your Skydiving Instructor
When you meet your skydiving tandem instructor for the first time, chances are good that you've never met a professional skydiver before. Since you're going to be spending the next half hour under the close, direct oversight of this new best friend, you'd probably like to have some idea of the person you're shaking hands with.
How to Get Over a Fear of Skydiving
Do you have a fear of skydiving? It's not uncommon; in fact, most people who jump experience some form of fear. Learn how to overcome it here.
Skydiving: What You Don’t Expect
Have you ever thought of trying skydiving for yourself? It's an incredible experience unlike any other... learn more about what you don't expect here.
Skydiving Safety Facts | How to Stay Safe When Skydiving
Anyone taking part in skydiving knows there are associated risks - as there are with any sport. Find out how to stay safe when skydiving here.
How Fast Do You Fall When Skydiving Tandem?
We want to help you understand what's really going on with the speed during a tandem skydive. Mind you: it's probably not as you imagine. It's better.
Bucket List Skydiving Top 5
There are five kinds of jumps that are pretty much universally hailed as the best skydives you can do. Whether you're a brand-new jumper or a seasoned pro, you've gotta collect 'em all!
5 Cool Pieces of Skydiving Gear You Didn’t Know About
Skydiving has evolved a lot over the years. Today, we have loads of cool gear which help to keep us safer and to achieve more in our jumps. Here, we look at 5 cool pieces of skydiving gear you didn't know about...
Skydiving Deals - Why You Shouldn’t Just Book the Cheapest
At Skydive Long Island, many of our tandem skydiving customers find us via searches such as 'skydiving NYC or 'skydiving near me'. But once you start browsing, another search may appeal - 'skydiving best price'. This is an easy trap to fall into.
The Best Experience Gifts In NYC
Holiday shopping is filled with angst when trying to purchase that 'perfect gift.' The truth is we all have lots of stuff; what we really want are experiences!
What Skydiving Feels Like
Everything you think you know about what skydiving feels like is probably wrong. Skydiving Does Not Feel like a Roller Coaster. At All. Ever.?
When Will a Skydive Be Canceled?
It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the sky than in the sky wishing you were on the ground. In our books, there is no bigger bummer than the cancellation of a skydive when the weather conditions for skydiving aren't agreeable
3 Reasons Skydiving Will Change Your Life
Once you've jumped out the door of a plane, you'll never be the same person again. Here's our top 3 reasons why skydiving is a life-changing experience.
How Do Skydiving Parachutes Work?
Get the inside scoop on tandem skydiving safety and learn how parachutes work to deliver the safest, most-fun skydiving experience you can have.
Are Skydiving Videos Worth The Money?
You wouldn't get married without a photographer. So why skydive without a video package? Find out more here.
Skydiving Near Me
There are some tricksters out there that make a ton of money from the fact that non-skydivers have a hard time differentiating between real dropzones and price-hiked fakers. Here's how they do it, and how to protect yourself.
Skydive South Shore Becomes Skydive Long Island
Skydive South Shore will be changing our name to Skydive Long Island starting in the 2017 season. We recognize that Skydive Long Island has been the premier skydiving location for Long Island jumpers since 1986. The name of Skydive Long Island will continue to be protected and treated with pride and we'll offer the same high-quality service we always have.
Why Skydiving Is Awesome
Here's why you might love your first-time skydiving experience so much you'll literally drop everything else and run off to join our circus. Seriously.
Does Skydiving Feel Like a Roller Coaster?
We often get asked, 'does your stomach drop when you skydive'? Here we discuss what skydiving feels like and how it differs from riding a roller coaster.
Skydiving: It’s Natural To Feel Scared
If you're not feeling a little scared before you jump out of a high-flying plane, something is very wrong. It's natural to be a little--even a lot--freaked-out!
Why Does Skydiving Cost So Much?
There's no two ways about it... skydiving is expensive. We know you'll walk away saying it was worth it, but let's answer the ultimate question... "Why does skydiving cost so much?" The answer may leave you hesitating to open a skydiving center anytime soon!
Why is There a Weight Limit in Tandem Skydiving?
Weight limits in skydiving?! C'mon now. Isn't this all about freedom and flying through the air with the greatest of ease? Check out these three must-knows, and you'll understand why that is.
How Dangerous is Tandem Skydiving?
Anticipating your upcoming tandem skydive? It's natural to wonder about the potential risks involved. While we recognize that skydiving isn't a perfectly safe sport, we think you'll be encouraged to learn why skydiving is the safest it's ever been.
Is Skydiving Worth It?
Although skydiving is statistically safer than driving a car, we all understand that there are potential risks involved. Here we deal with the question ... is skydiving worth it?
Is Skydiving a Responsible Thing For Me To Do?
If you've been invited to join a friend to make a tandem skydive, there's a good chance you may pause and wonder if this is a responsible thing for you to do.
Skydiving Long Island: Why Choose Us!
Skydiving Long Island is a great idea - Skydive Long Island is the BEST IDEA!
Tips To Improve Your Skydiving Experience
Thinking of making a skydive? We offer some valuable tips to help our guests get the most enjoyment from their skydiving experience!
What To Look For When Selecting a DZ
There are lots of drop zones in the United States who offer skydiving, but no two drop zones are the same! There isn't a manual out there telling you what to look for.... so we're here to share some insider knowledge!
The Top 10 Skydiving World Records
Setting a skydiving world record always brings a major challenge. We list the top 10 World Record Skydives in the history of the sport.
Is Skydiving Risky?
Why would anyone want to jump from a perfectly good airplane? If a skydiver was given a dollar for every time they heard that... they'd be rich. It's hard for people to get their heads around this concept. Most skydivers find it difficult to explain the 'why' for this so called madness, but here's the answer... FREEDOM.
The Rewards of Skydiving
Life is full of risk. Is skydiving a necessary risk? It depends who you ask, but millions of people around the world will tell you it is.
Top 10 Reasons To Skydive
Why would you skydive out of a perfectly good plane? Good question! To answer this age old question... we provide you with the top ten reasons....
The World's Most Beautiful Skydiving Destinations
This week we ask the question: if you could skydive anywhere in the world, where would it be? With opportunities to make a jump in just about every corner of the globe, the options are overwhelming. However, there are a few places whose beauty is best appreciated from 13,000 feet. Check out our list of The World's Most Beautiful Skydiving Destinations.
Top 5 Things To Do on Long Island
Looking for some awesome things to do on Long Island? Here's a short list of adventure things to do as judged by our staff!
The Best Skydiving Videos of 2014
We've scoured the interwebs (it was raining on Saturday) and watched countless skydiving videos from all over the world! We've created our list of the best skydiving videos of 2014.... enjoy!
Understanding Skydiving Terms
There are a lot of terms in the skydiving lexicon that are used so frequently that we often forget that those on the outside of the sport don't know what they mean. We clear up any potential confusion:
Instructor Profile: Erika Dufort
If you've jumped at Skydive Long Island in the last couple of years, there's a good chance that you've either chatted with or jumped with Erika Dufort. Erika is the woman who makes everything possible and runs the show at Skydive Long Island. As a tandem skydiving instructor and the person who handles the day to day operations, Erika is the glue that holds the place together.
Tips for Skydiving in Cold Weather
Skydivers love to jump, but preparing to jump during the winter months is much different than jumping during the summer months. Some tips to help you jump safely in cold weather.
Falling vs Flying
Once you've earned your A-license the skydiving world is your oyster! Prepare to start learning tons, no matter what discipline you enter! Here we discuss your first major step of upping your skill to go from falling to FLYING !
Let's Talk About Tracking
Tracking away from a formation is a valuable and necessary skill to keep both yourself and those you're jumping with, safe. Learn the intricacies of tracking!
Arrive Alive - 10 Tips To Keep You Alive
There is so much to learn in this amazing sport of ours! Even if you have 5,000 or 10,000 jumps, there's always something new. We chatted with several highly experienced jumpers and asked them to share some of their wisdom.... the points in this article are invaluable!
Balancing Skydiving and Life
How do you balance your passion and everyday life? When you get hooked to something as amazing as skydiving, it can be all encompassing.
Let’s Talk about Patterns
Flying a correct landing pattern is necessary to ensure you and those around you are safe! Some tips and thoughts about flying a good landing pattern!
Having Fun as a Couple: Skydiving Together
Looking to get more out of your two-way skydives? We offer some tips and drills to help you go beyond the typical zoo dive!
Skydiving with an Action Camera
If skydiving, you'll want to capture every angle of your skydive... and you should. Some insider thoughts about jumping with an action cam and the dangers it can pose.
What is Jump Run?
Thoughts on jump run, exit order and staying safe! Some jump run fundamentals every skydivers should know!
Buying Your First Rig: What To Know
You've just finished your AFF course and see the cost of renting a rig requires another hit to the credit card. Should you buy new gear? Not just yet.
Learning To FreeFly
Think you're ready for free flying? Here are a few things to think about before going all out!
Skydiving Fun Facts
Skydiving isn't in the world's spotlight as much as other extreme sports, but the records are mind-blowing. Click to learn more about the amazing facts about skydiving!
The History of Skydiving
Though the sport of skydiving is young, the history of how it began goes as far back as 1100!
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