To the uninitiated, the dusty, mountainous expanse just north of the Mexico border might sound like a war-torn battleground—it has borne the boots of soldiers in the US Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. However, the troops simply visited to practice plane evacuations at Skydive San Diego, whose private, skydiving-only airport is buffeted by steady winds and outfitted with state-of-the-art Cessna and DeHavilland jump planes.
Civilians can jump there too, drinking in views of the Pacific before leaping out of an aircraft for solo jumps or tandem dives, in which a USPA-certified instructor is securely attached to the jumper with professional harnesses and a powerful hug. With 8,000 square feet of padded packing area, the full-service facility not only houses an airport but also a deck for barbecuing post-jump feasts.
At GoJump Oceanside, skydivers plummet earthward for 13,000 feet while a full panorama of the ocean stretches to the horizon before them. This scenic view comes courtesy of the outfit's location at Oceanside Municipal Airport, smack-dab between San Diego and Los Angeles and just a mile from the shore. Beginning skydivers will enjoy their freefall with a tandem skydiving instructor, who is not only certified by the United States Parachute Association but likely also has experience that involves jumping in world championships, training with the Navy SEALs, or a past life as a flying squirrel.
That level of professional expertise is only to be expected from a company run by the parachuting power couple of Mike and Peggy Vetter. Brought together by the sport, they have accumulated more than 12,000 jumps between them and also own Berlin's largest skydiving operation.
When you need something to do on your day off, visit Skydive Elsinore in Lake Elsinore and indulge in a day filled with fun and adventure.
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Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: RSVP and text us first.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Happy hours and camping
Recommended Age Group: Adults
It can take a long time to build up the courage to skydive—and then, whoosh, the big moment passes in literal moments. Luckily, Skydive Perris lets you draw the experience out a bit. The company's Sensory Overload package, for instance, allows fledgling jumpers to try two indoor skydiving sessions in a 95-foot tunnel, followed by a very outdoor tandem jump from an airplane that soars to 12,500 feet. The instructor won't pull the cord until 5,000 feet, giving guests an entire minute to experience a free fall.
After alighting, visitors head down to the onsite restaurant, Bombshelter Bar & Grill, to plug-in a USB Flash Drive and watch their flight on a big-screen TV. As their adrenaline cools on the windowsill, they can unwind on the bar's patio or with a dip in the adjacent pool. If guests find themselves dreaming about the high-octane experience, they might consider returning for training in solo free falls or advanced group jumps, which teach participants how to form their bodies into patterns spelling "Look Ma, No Gravity!"
Enjoy the great outdoors without leaving Perris at Jim Wallace Skydiving.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this park.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Jim Wallace Skydiving for easy access to parking lots.
Whether for a run or to walk the dog, Jim Wallace Skydiving is the park to be on any day of the week.