Blue Skies at 12,500 feet
Skydive Elsinore has the distinction of being the drop zone of my very first jump so I thought it was only fitting that it was also the first DZ to be featured in my hubs. Skydive Elsinore is located in Lake Elsinore, California, which is about ninety minutes southeast of Los Angeles. I can tell you from experience that they have the friendliest staff and the most relaxed environment that you could possibly imagine. First time tandem jumpers should bring a since of humor and the knowledge that they're in the best possible hands and certified jumpers should come ready to experience an amazing DZ and blue skies. Skydive Elsinore's Marketing and Event Director, Melanie Curtis, was kind enough to answer some questions and hopefully inspire some people to take action and try skydiving!
#1. What do you feel is Skydive Elsinores best attribute?
[Melanie Curtis] The vibe! On top of having one of the best safety records in all of skydiving, Skydive Elsinore is known world-wide for being the friendliest drop zone around. We’re a family, and everyone who comes here is invited into that. It’s fun, funny, and full-of great skydives.
#2. When is your busy season and how many guests do you average during that time?
Depends on which side of the house you’re wondering about— we get more tandems in the summer time when it’s warm out, people are in vacation mode, that sort of thing. The winter months attract more experienced skydivers because they come out for entire weekends, and it’s more comfortable when it’s not as hot. Plus, we get big visiting foreign groups who travel from their winter weather to come jump in our southern California sunshine.
#3. What are Skydive Elsinores big annual events?
Our biggest annual event is actually coming up— Skydiving Chicks Rock, September 30th - October 3rd, 2010. Chicks Rock is an event geared toward experienced jumpers, and it draws people from all over the world. 500+ skydivers and friends descend on the DZ for that weekend, and some of the best learning, and most fun is had, not only in the air, but at our infamous costume party too. Check out more about this event and others at www.skydiveelsinore.com.
#4. How would you describe the view to entice potential guests?
The view is absolutely stunning. We take off right over Lake Elsinore, next to the Ortega Mountains... As we climb to altitude, we get a view of the Pacific Ocean, the coastline, and the inland mountain ranges. On clear days, you can see all the way to LA and San Diego. Beautiful. :))
#5. Aside from the jump itself what amenities does Skydive Elsinore offer?
Everything a visiting jumper would need. Food and drinks service, shaded picnic and packing area, giant creeper pad, bunkhouse, renovated bathrooms, pool in the summer, packers for experienced jumpers, team rooms for rent, coaches, instructors, experienced load organizing, ongoing events and FUN!! :))
#6. What wisdom do you impart to those first time skydivers whose nerves are getting the best of them?
Jumping out of an airplane is actually safer than driving your car to the drop zone. And that’s true. We get scared to skydive because it’s all so unfamiliar to us. A little knowledge about our gear, what we’re doing, and how we’re going to do it, is all you need to participate safely in this indescribably amazing and freeing sport. When you land, you feel like you can do ANYTHING. Because you can.
Can’t wait to jump with each and every one of you!!Mel :)