Skydive Snohomish was amazing. I jumped on Saturday April 18th 2015. The energy of all the team members was high and it made my nerves much calmer. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and always had a smile of their faces. The office and outdoor waiting area felt like a familiar friends house. I especially liked that my cheer squad of a family was able to walk through the office into the observation area to watch me suit up, get into the plane, and skydive back to earth.
Having Jordan as my instructor was awesome. He made me feel comfortable and communicated everything he was doing. He prepared me as we were getting ready to jump and his video tapping skills were on point! His experience and knowledge further made the experience all the more thrilling!
I will definitely jump again!
If more people fully understood the experience that you provide, the skies would be flooded with tandem skydivers. To place yourself in the hands of a stranger who will push you from a plane requires an insane amount of faith or flat-out denial of all the possibilities that you just signed away in a 8 pages of consent forms.
In the end, I needed neither faith or denial to take the plunge and enjoy every thrilling second. Spotty and Kelly had put my friend and I at such ease, we knew that our lives were in the hands of experienced professionals who intuitively knew what we needed for a successful flight. From "DANGER" blasting my brain to laughing all the way down with Spotty, the experience from beginning to end was beyond impressive. I'd do it again without a moments hesitation.
This skydive was my first time ever doing something like this. Aside from that, it was also my birthday. So it was a special day (and special gift from my husband). Our instructor Kelly Craig was so awesome. To be honest, I had some last minute thoughts before the jump, but Kelly really made me feel at ease before, during, and after the jump. I am so thankful for both him and Skydive Snohomish. This is an experience I'll always remember and treasure.
I will definitely be coming back again. I even convinced my husband to jump with me next time too! We're thinking of making our next trip for our anniversary, but honestly, don't know if we can wait till then!
Given the great and positive experience we had. I'm even think now of pursuing my skydiving license.
I owe both Kelly and the crew at Skydive Snohomish my sincerest gratitude for one of (but not LAST!) greatest experiences in my life.
These people are the best! From my first of many calls with Jessica through my jump with Vladimir, this was simply the most amazing experience, start to finish! The entire crew in incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Everyone makes you feel safe and excited at the same time. And what a view! I got to jump with my oldest daughter and 2 dear friends on the experience of a lifetime! I have never felt anything like that roll out the door! I've been wearing a huge grin all day!
My husband gave me the gift of skydiving for my birthday, knowing that this is something I've dreamed of doing since I was very young. I was absolutely giddy with anticipation, which was even captured in full dorkiness on my video when the jump day (3/1/15) actually came. Kelly made sure my husband and I got the most out of our experience. I like how Kelly even pointed out the land features as we flew up. The jump itself definitely took my breath away - in the best sense, as well as a little in the literal sense. It is truly an awesome thrill. I got my taste of fear factor, while feeling confident I was in good hands. I loved the opportunity to steer the chute and feel the different sensations as my stomach did loops. And the landing was surprisingly gentle - playing with my kids gives me harder knocks. I definitely want to come back. And fall from higher up next time!
I had the most amazing dive! I had jumped tandem twice before coming to Skydive Snohomish and I wasn't expecting a different experience. I was wrong.
Skydive Snohomish has their operations together! Everyone was so knowledgeable and nice. They really cared about the experience, not just the service. Vlad made my third tandem jump the best of my skydiving experiences by far! I was thoroughly impressed by the level of attention we received from everyone, from the time of the call to the landing! THANK YOU!
There are no words to describe how amazing the entire experience was! This was my first Skydive, but for sure will not be my last. I wasn't even on the ground before I asked them to take me up again. It was the most incredible thing I have ever experienced! The instructors high energy and fun personalities made it even more enjoyable! Every time I watch the video I get to relive the excitement of the entire experience and the exhilaration of the free fall. Everyone should do it at some point in their lives, but I say sooner rather than later! You won't be disappointed!!!
Kory was my instructor. He was great! He explained everything very well and made sure my very first jump left me wanting to do it again. It was so much fun! Our whole team had an awesome trip and can't wait to come back! Your company has a great safety reputation and a dedicated staff that aren't easy to find. I would recommend you to anyone who wants a fantastic experience - and already have!!
This was an experience of a lifetime! I was really excited to go but also a little scared. My instructor, Kelly, made sure that I was always laughing so I could not overthink it or start to get scared. He was also really good about pointing out all the sights, both in the plane and on the dive. It was beautiful to see everything and be out in the air with it! He made sure that I was always laughing and smiling and doing fun stuff during the free fall so my video would be awesome! I loved every minute of it and can't wait to go again! I have over-watched the video and get excited every time to go again. Everyone was upbeat and friendly at the desk and they felt more like friends than a business.
My experience with Skydive Snohomish for my very first tandem skydive was absolutely incredible. The customer service there is excellent. I was very nervous about my dive but everyone there reassured me and made me feel less panicked. The desk attendants were very friendly and the instructors made the dive such a blast! My instructor, Spotty, was an awesome diving partner. He made me laugh to ease my nerves and took some great pictures during the dive! I will definitely recommend Skydive Snohomish to my friends and family.
My skydive experience was AMAZING! My tandem instructor was super fun and out going and I felt safe jumping out of the plane with him. It was perfect that me and my boyfriend and his whole family all fit into the same plane and we all got to watch each other jump out. I was scared to death when it was my time to jump out but the feeling of the skydiving adventure is indescribable. When the parachute opened it was as if I was flying and as soon as I landed I wanted to go again! I loved how open and outgoing the instructors were and they made me and my boyfriend share an awesome experience of skydiving. We even got to fly our parachutes next to each other! Thank you so much Skydive Snohomish! Can't wait to go again!
Skydive Snohomish exceeded our every expectation! My brother and I treated my dad to skydiving for his 60th birthday and of course, joined him! From the moment we walked in the door everything went so smoothly. The weather was stunning - not a cloud to be seen! We splurged for the extra elevation and longer free fall which was definitely worth it. I wasn't nervous until Kory came over and called my name that it was our turn - then suddenly I could barely form words! We got suited up, took some fun pictures, & headed up. It seems strange looking back to be putting your life in the hands of someone you met just 15 minutes prior, but Kory did a great job of making me feel not only very safe, but EXCITED! There is no way to describe the feeling of flying, but it was AMAZING! Best part though may have been looking at the still shots later - me screaming, Kory looking so calm! Definitely worth the extra cash for those! Can't wait to come back and hopefully jump with Kory again! THANK YOU!!!!
Where to start, the whole experience from the moment I arrived to jumping out of the perfectly good airplane at 13,000ft was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Staff, highly professional, courteous, and friendly from the front desk to the jumpers. Keep up the good work. Thanks again for such an amazing experience.
Unequivocally the most fun I have EVER had in my life was had at Skydive Snohomish on my 43rd birthday. Experiencing 120mph of gravitational pull at 13,000 ft. above ground, is THE place to be! The sheer exhilaration of the dive was enough to make for the best day ever but it was made impossibly better by the entire staff and top notch operation at Skydive Snohomish. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by a helpful and friendly reception staff who explained the day's well-organized ensuing events quickly and efficiently. Bill & Craig, were the best couple of guys we could have ever hoped to be strapped to as we plummeted out of a "perfectly good airplane." With years of experience and 1000's of dives under their belt, they could make anyone feel comfortable while simultaneously making us laugh the whole time! The landing was nothing short of brilliant; when prompted, I put my feet down on the ground and was standing. Incredible. We cant wait to do it again!
My teenagers gave me a Father's day gift this year that at the time I wasn't
sure I really wanted... a tandem skydive! My jump from 13,500 feet was one of the
biggest adrenalin rushes I have ever experienced and almost a week later I am still
walking around with a huge smile on my face.
I was linked up with Spotty (D19410) and he made it a perfect day. His experience
and humor immediately put me at ease and he made it so much fun I look forward to
doing it again someday.
While I said no to the video prior to the jump I consider myself very fortunate
as Spotty video taped the jump anyway and convinced me I should buy it. I have watched
the jump at least 20 times and it is like experiencing it over and over again...
Thank you for an incredible experience and lifelong memory.
Do what Nike says, "Just Do It!".
So glad we FINALLY did it ourselves! Skydiving with Skydive Snohomish was AWESOME
to say the least. From the very start of my several calls and asking my zillion
questions to our Skydive on August 7th, 2011, the staff was FANTASTIC!!! Oh, and
we even got super yummy home-made cookies to start our day off, made by one of the
office gals! I received a gift certificate from my husband for my birthday in March
to finally fulfill a long time dream (since High School),... Skydiving! My two daughters
and one of their boyfriends joined the day to make it even more exciting and memorable.
I had the BEST Skydiving guide EVER! SPOTTY was PHENOMINAL and made the jump super
relaxed, making me feel very safe, and full of Enthusiasm from the very start of
our day. One of the other guides who took my youngest daughter up was Todd, and
she swears "HE" was the BEST! (Spotty can't be beat!, he was Super!!!) I can't remember
the other two guides names but all were absolutely WONDERFUL! We highly recommend
spending the little extra to go up higher for a longer free-fall. Plus, the video
is a MUST!!! It's so fun to share with friends and also a great reminder for the
things I had forgotten... it went by so fast with all the excitement!
Hurry and book your Skydiving memory with SkyDive Snohomish! You are guaranteed
a thrill of a lifetime from a Super Awesome crew of people.
Check out their website at: www.skydivesnohomish.com or call: 360-568-7703 ASAP!!!
"The Flying Monkey's" from Seattle
Hi Guys –
That was an amazing experience. Being attached to an extremely attractive instructor
was just a bonus.
We scheduled our skydive for Sarah’s 25th birthday. What a great way to celebrate
joining the quarter century club. The videos turned out awesome and we played them
that night at Sarah’s birthday party.
It was a breathe taking view of the landscape and cities. This is something that
I would love to again.
If by some chance I do win a free skydive, can I request Luke? :-)
I did my first skydive 4 days ago on August 18 and now every time I hear a small
plane fly over Ballard, it makes me think of skydiving. I'm hooked. Like so many
people, skydiving was something I'd always wanted to do, but just never did it and
thank God that finally changed! From the moment we set out for Harvey Field from
Seattle, I had a big goofy grin on my face from all of my giddiness. The grin briefly
faded while signing all of the waivers, however I was thankful for the reminder-
there was nothing natural about what I was going to do- which is exactly why I was
doing it! And as soon as that sexy jumpsuit and harness were on, I knew a couple
things: a) this was really happening; b) it was too late to go to the bathroom and
c) I just might pee my pants with excitement/fear. As soon as I met my instructor
Luke, he did a FANTASTIC job of entertaining me, thereby distracting me from my
fear AND my need to use the bathroom (and luckily for him, I didn't pee my pants!)
I'd always pictured myself attempting to skydive but getting stuck at the door
because I wouldn't actually go through with it- haha, I didn't have that option.
Between checking out the scenery, to making jokes and faces for the video, next
thing I knew I was sitting in the doorway and then immediately freefalling from
BY FAR ONE OF THE COOLEST FEELINGS IN MY LIFE!
The entire experience was absolutely incredible- from the terrifying freefall
to the scenic views with the parachute to the seamless landing. And I'm well on
my way to wearing out the DVD of the whole thing as I show it to everyone I know.
Luke and Kelly did a great job of keeping my friend Grace and I next to each other
so that we could share the memory together.
Thank you Skydive Snohomish for making it so accessible and fun to do something
so insane! I'm working on getting more people sold on the idea so that I can come
And Luke... you made my experience. Seriously. I was scheduled to jump with Kelly
and I'm sure Kelly's a nice guy, but he read the list wrong and ended up jumping
with my friend and I'm very okay with that. I knew that the instructor would make
sure I was as safe as possible, but I didn't anticipate feeling so safe, while laughing
at some very cheesy lines for the camera. And your love for the sport was infectious,
reminding me as we were falling that this really was crazy fun! When I can come
back, I will be jumping with you. And after watching the video, my friends have
scolded me for not trying to get your number. But seriously, thank you so much for
jumping with me and making me smile at 150 mph.
On July 26th 2009 I went on my first skydive for my 79th birthday. It was the
most exciting thing I had ever done in my life.I have wanted to do this ever since
seeing all those paratroopers jumping out of planes over Europe during WWII in the
movies and finally had the opportunity to do it. My tandem partner was Valdamir
who helped me get into the suit and harness and explained everything two or three
times as to what would be happening from take off to the dive. Everything went exceptionally
well and he kept asking me if I was ok. I was, until later that evening when I felt
weak and lightheaded so I took my blood pressure and it was down quite a bit. I
had been diagnosed with high blood pressure in March 2006 and was put on BP meds.
I monitored my BP on Mon.and Tue and it was still down. I had an appt. with my doctor
the next day on Wed. and told him what happened so he suggested I go off the meds
for two weeks and check in to see him. After seeing him again he advised that I
stay off the meds and keep monitoring for two more months. Long story short I no
longer take the BP meds and it’s been three years. I’ve told this story to the other
doctors I’ve seen over the years and they can’t explain why this happened.When I
told my Chinese acupuncturist she said “of course, space medicine” Seems the Chinese
have been working on something like this for some time.
Since that day in 2009 I have skydived at the end of July in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
It is still a thrill and have requested Vladamir to be my partner each time and
I have to tell you that I believe he is the best you have. Now, I have to ask, is
the BP thing permanent or do I have to keep skydiving every July near my birthday
to keep my BP down?. When I ask my doctor for the required note from him to skydive
I tell him that I need to do it to stay healthy. He gives it to me but thinks I’m
crazy. I have tried to tell my friends and family to try this adventure but none
of them will.They are really missing the thrill of a lifetime. End of story.
Thanks again for being so close to home and for being so safety conscious.
What an amazing adventure from start to finish! I knew right from the beginning
as we were welcomed and greeted by the warm and friendly staff at the front desk
that we had chosen the right place to have our first tandem skydiving experience.
We got to hangout in a fun lounging area while we signed our lives away without
a care in the world. Thank you so very much to my Instructor Jordan for making me
feel completely safe and comfortable throughout the whole skydiving process and
being an excellent scenic tour guide during the plane ride up and again as we were
parachuting back down. He made my experience a lot of fun and truly a day to remember!
I think the only time I really got nervous was when I noticed how cute Jordan is!
Honorable mention and much thanks to Instructor Kelly for being so delightful to
be around with his infectious humor and charm. I must say, all in all, it was really
the people that made the experience memorable for me. I think that says a lot about
Skydive Snohomish! Thanks again and we'll be back soon!
Dear SkyDive Snohomish,
I wanted to send in a little testimonial for the most awesome day of my life.
Two of my girlfriends and I decided it was time to do something big - we all had
different reasons. Mine had been "just because" why wait to do something tomorrow
when you can do it today. What started as a regular Friday, ended as a day I will
never forget. It's the most insane, awesome, and EPIC experience one can have. The
entire staff, starting with all my calls days earlier asking questions and fretting
about the weather, to Josh who harnessed us in, to the video guy behind the glass
that put together a ROCK ON video that we will cherish for the rest of our lives
- needs a big shout out of thanx!!!
I have to give a huge THANK YOU to Kelly, my instructor and Luke & Spotty
for an amazing experience & jump. While they jump everyday, manys times throughout
- they made us feel like it was their first jump and they were having as much fun
as we all were.
Thank you SkyDive Snohomish - It's been about 2 weeks now and I still have perma
grin - and I tell everyone about the experience. We've hosted video parties so everyone
can see our experience, and in fact just today I was in Costco and started a conversation
with an employee who was looking into it and I told them all about you guys - told
him to not go anywhere else but up north your way. From Safety to Customer Service
to Fun - you guys have it all - and I definitely plan on jumping a 2nd time.
Thank you again for an EPIC experience of a lifetime YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!
I just wanted to write and tell everyone at Snohomish Skydive what a FIVE STAR
experience my friends and I had on 08/27/11.
The staff was really friendly and helpful, I loved every minute of it! Even from
signing my life away.
The plane trip up 13,000 feet was such a smooth ride. This made me feel even
more confident for our big dive down. During my 60 seconds of free falling, there
are no words to even describe this AMAZING experience; you just have to do it for
yourself! My Tandem instructor was Todd he made me feel very comfortable and aware
of everything that will happen before, during and after the dive. I'm so glad I
decided to get the video package. I've watched the video many times and shown it
to family and friends. Now they all want to skydive! I can't imagine a better tandem
Thanks Snohomish Skydive! You definitely made this a memorable one for my friends
and I. You ROCK!
Wow! What a fantastic ride! Dad & I had our tandem skydive on the 20th. Dad
just turned 95 in June and it was a FIRST for both of us. I can't tell you how much
Dad & I loved every minute of it! I had expected to be scared but was surprised
how at ease my instructor, Sonya, made it. Dad felt secure with Vladamir and while
we were nervous our fears went away as soon as we left the airplane. It was one
of those moments you will never forget and every time I think about it I get a smile
on my face. We are both looking forward to the 2nd annual jump in 2012! I have already
told all my friends and relatives they HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT!!! Skydive Snohomish
treated us so wonderfully and Elaine Harvey went out of her way to make it possible
for my Dad to achieve his dream and cross off 1 more item from his "bucket" list.
Thank you all.
Well, where to start. I had the most exhilarating experience imaginable on Saturday
afternoon. My SIL, Nephew and I went for our first tandem jump together. I couldn't
have asked for better company to jump with. And this time, the weather cooperated.
Our original jump was scheduled last Oct 2nd. But do to inclement weather, we were
unable to jump.
This has been something I've always wanted to do, and made that dream a reality
on Saturday. Thank you to Todd, for a very memorable experience. I think this one
tops the list of lifetime experiences. We will talk about this one for a lifetime.
And the videos are awesome, and will be a conversation piece for quit some time
to come. Lol
My nephew booked for his girlfriend, her mother and himself for this coming weekend,
before he even left the field at Harvey. My jump is still sinking in, as I'm not
sure I fully realize just what I've done yet. Wow...my fear of heights is lessened,
I could go on and on, but won't. Lol
Once again thank you Skydive Snohomish, and Todd, for your wonderful time. You
are all super people and I will be back.
Growing up in Snohomish, I would frequently see the skydivers coming down and
think that I could never do that! But a few years ago, I started talking to my friends
about wanting to do it and we decided this was the year and it was awesome! I was
scared all the way until the moment we jumped out of the plane and then it was just
indescribable, hands down one of the best things I've done yet. Thank you Snohomish
for the great experience. I think the big smile on my face says it all!
Thank you so much for making our first jump an AMAZING experience. Honestly,
I had never once had any desire to jump out of a plane, but put it on my "30-before-30"
list to try something new and totally outside of my "norm". I LOVED it!!! My friend
and I jumped with Todd and Sonja, and they made us feel comfortable, totally eased
our nerves, and kept us laughing the whole time. It's now 5 days later, and I still
have the same stupid grin on my face that I had when I jumped. We can't wait for
our next jump next month!!!
September 17th was a day that I will always remember. My girlfriend Katie and
I had been talking about going skydiving all summer and after brilliantly deceiving
both of our mothers to jump with us, all we had to do was show up. It was the first
time skydiving for all of us so we had no idea what to expect. Everything at Skydive
Snohomish is absolutely a load of fun, from signing our lives away to jumping out
of the plane. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable and after a couple of
minutes after walking in the door I felt like I was hanging out with old friends.
Katie and I were the first to go up, my tandem partner was Jordan and hers was Jeff.
Jordan was really laid back and his knowledge and calmness made me feel confident
that everything was going to be smooth. A couple of people have asked me what my
first thought was when I jumped out of the plane. Honestly, at first I didn't think
anything, then surprisingly I was really relaxed. I couldn't imagine the freefall
without the extra altitude, it just wouldn't be enough. The extra altitude is a
must. After the parachute deployed gliding down was also a thrill as Jordan expertly
styled several maneuvers and landed very smoothly. I just finished watching the
I HIGHLY recommend everybody to get. I love the music they paired with the footage.
I have been officially hooked on skydiving. Both Katie's family and my family agreed
to make it a family tradition to go skydiving once a year. As for me, I'll be going
a little more often. My next goal is to get my skydiving license.
Thank you all,
My family and the family of Skydive Snohomish helped make my birthday an unforgettable
experience. The anticipation leading up to my special day on February 20 was filled
with excitement, a slightly nervous stomach and lots of weather forecast watching.
The weather was absolutely beautiful and the experience did not disappoint; it was
From the time my family and I arrived at the registration desk to the time we
left, we were treated as rock stars. The atmosphere was very relaxed; more like
a family's rec room and backyard than that of a business enterprise. The kids loved
the foosball & vending machines while my husband appreciated the coffee and
conversations with staff and other patrons. But most important to me was the way
Kelly, my tandem instructor, and other staff took safety seriously while maintaining
their own Rule #1- Have Fun & Smile. Everyone there enjoyed what they did and
it was very obvious.
The jump itself is more difficult to describe but obviously the most exhilarating
part of the day. The weather was absolutely spectacular and I was able to see the
beauty of the Cascades, Puget Sound and everything in between. Still hard for me
to believe I was on an airplane at 13,000 feet strapped to a guy who introduced
himself to me 20 minutes earlier with a casual, "Hi, I'm Kelly and I'll be pushing
you out of a plane today." He didn't lie, we scooted to the edge of the open door
and I think he tricked me a little by telling me to look into the camera. When I
did, he scooted us out into the open air. I remember thinking that I was glad Kelly
was there and hoped he didn't mind my screaming and occasional profane word. We
were definitely falling but it felt more like flying and when the chute opened it
quieted down and it became more of a soaring sensation. I was able to find some
of the other jumpers from the plane and as we got closer to the ground my family
could be seen looking up at me and waving. The landing was spot on. I was glad to
be on the ground but immediately had thoughts about doing it again!
Our final highlight was sitting around the sectional sofa and watching the
of my jump. The entire place (probably 20 people or so) stopped what they were doing
and joined our family. There were high fives, laughter and a final applause from
everyone, including the plane's pilot.
Yes, you are only 40 once and I'm so grateful to Skydive Snohomish for making
it such a memorable day for me and my family! My new line is 'You're only 41 Once'
and I'm hoping to spend it at Harvey Field....I'm hooked!
I went on my first jump on May 17, from 13,500 ft with Kelly and it was the best
thing I have ever done! After reading the waiver I thought I had a made a huge mistake,
as I contemplated my own death, but as soon as Kelly gave our lesson, I felt nothing
but excitement and complete confidence that I would survive the day. I appreciated
him going through all the equipment in detail so that we understood how many precautions
are actually taken to keep everyone alive and safe. All the instructors were amazingly
friendly, experienced and professional. I trusted their skill and knowledge completely
and knew that they wanted to give us the best experience possible. And they did!
It was such a fun atmosphere as we waited for our plane that any nervousness
just seemed to go away. As we took off in the plane and made our way to 13.500 ft,
Kelly pointed out mountains and lakes and joked around the entire time, making me
almost forget I was about to jump out and fall really fast towards the ground. The
actual jump was incredible, a feeling I can't even begin to describe. It was so
exhilarating that I couldn't stop smiling for days. Just as wonderful as falling
at terminal velocity for thousands of feet and soaring around with the parachute
is landing safely on the ground.
I definitely plan to jump again one day and bring friends so that I can share
Thanks Skydive Snohomish!!! You guys are amazing!
This note of appreciation is a bit late, however the incredible tandem skydiving
experience remains very current in our minds and foremost in terms of recent adventures.
About a month ago, I made the call to Skydive Snohomish to inquire about a tandem
jump for my son and I. From that very first conversation to the last, "thanks and
good-bye," it was obvious that Skydive Snohomish is a first rate organization, with
a strong customer orientation and a bent towards safety. Special thanks to the office
staff for getting us through the weather delays and out in the evening because they
knew it would be tough for us to re-schedule. In addition, special thanks and gratitude
out to Todd my tandem "coach" and Kelly, my son's tandem "coach". Their calm and
confident demeanor, years of experience and knowledge, sense of humor and attention
to detail certainly put my mind at ease. Thanks to these guys, fear was not a factor
that afternoon.... fun was! Looking forward to a return trip.
Thank you for making my first skydive an incredible and unforgettable experience!
Aimee told great stories about her life as a Tandem Instructor while your staff
got our group suited up. Her energy and laughter put all of us at ease. I was paired
up to jump with Jordan and I couldn't have been happier. His confidence and professionalism
turned my nerves into excitement as we began our climb in the sky. Before I knew
it, we were ready to jump at 13,000 feet. Jordan repeated the instructions that
I'd learned in orientation and off we went into the sky. The 60 second free fall
was an adrenaline rush like I've never felt before. After Jordan pulled the parachute,
I felt like a bird taking a peaceful tour through the sky. As soon as we touched
the ground, I wished I were floating through the sky again.
I know that my skydive adventure wouldn't have been as enjoyable if it weren't
for Skydive Snohomish. It is clear that your company's passion is giving people
the opportunity to experience the Ultimate Freedom. Thank you for making this a
day I will never forget!
My husband surprised me with skydiving for my 33rd birthday- I could not believe
it! We had talked about it before, but suddenly it was really going to happen- and
two of our brave good friends were going to go too! Weather set us back for a few
weeks which was gut wrenching- but finally the day came and I could not stop smiling!
Kelly was my tandem instructor, my husband was strapped to Vlad, while Sonya and
Todd did a great job with our friends, Sarah and John! We all felt very confident
getting ready even with all the joking and lighthearted play- they know this is
serious and you do too, but the only way to get through your nerves is to crack
you up! They clearly love what they do- their enthusiasm is contagious and suddenly
you are pumped up and freaking out at the same time! I never really questioned my
safety, but after reading the waiver (very first thing) it brings up scenarios in
your mind, that you never even thought of- so feeling confident just before the
jump is a must, when you have signed away your life to these knowledgeable and hilarious
We had such a great time, it can hardly be described! We sprung for the extra
height and video
documentation of the event, both well worth the extra money- especially since we
watch (and laugh & cry at) this
They did a great job with the pre-jump content, to the editing and everything! I
must say that I am automatically in a better mood for the rest of the day after
watching this adventure- I have not stopped smiling yet! Dont turn to Prozac- just
go skydiving with Skydive Snohomish, and get it on DVD! It will seriously change
We will definitely jump again- especially with Skydive Snohomish! Thanks for
the best birthday ever!!
WOW! If any one is hesitant about skydiving, the people at Skydive Snohomish
will be the ones to turn that around! All of the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable
and made me feel so comfortable and excited. From the time I walked in the door
to the time I walked out, it was like hanging out with a bunch of old buddies. The
preparation was thorough and fun and I really felt as though I was ready to jump
out of a plane! Todd, who was my tandem partner, was so much fun and really made
the experience special. I've already recommended Skydive Snohomish to all of my
friends. It was an amazing, liberating experience that I think everyone should partake
in. Thank you so much to all of you who made that day so amazing. I will definitely
I am just emailing to rave about the grand time I had on Saturday at Skydive
Snohomish. I had initially signed up for the static line jump but chickened out
and did the tandem instead. I however went through all the training for the static
line jump. Todd was my (fabulous) instructor. He very thoroughly covered all the
material we needed to know and kept us engaged with his awesome sense of humor.
I did the actual tandem jump with Aimee who was absolutely phenomenal! Her enthusiasm
was truly contagious and we got along like clockwork. I felt very reassured that
I was in safe hands with Aimee, especially given all her years of experience skydiving.
And lest I forget, Colin also did a wonderful job letting us know what to expect
during his 30 min tandem jump prep session - he has such great energy. You have
a truly amazing cadre of individuals who genuinely love what they do and make the
skydiving experience all the more memorable.
Thanks so much for the wild experience!
AMAZING! Absolutely the most incredible experience I could have asked for! I
just jumped for my second time yesterday and had an excellent time AGAIN! Actually,
it was even more fun the second time. I was a lot more relaxed and able to take
in more of the experience. I'm planning to do it again before summer is over...maybe
even get certified.
I chose Skydive Snohomish because after researching all of my options for a skydiving
company in the Puget Sound area, I found that Skydive Snohomish seemed to be the
most professional and put together. I figured, if I was going to jump out of a perfectly
good airplane, I wanted to use the best! It was important to me that I trust the
people I was going to jump with. Skydive Snohomish seemed to fit that role and I
was definitely not disappointed. All the staff was extremely friendly and the pre-jump
class helped put me at ease by showing what to expect before going through with
I highly recommend paying the nominal additional fee for the extra altitude.
The free fall was my favorite part and it's twice as long with the extra altitude.
I also recommend having a
It's an awesome way to show friends and family what you did and a great way to look
back and remember later on.
Special thanks to Vlad and Spotty, my two tandem instructors. Both are very personable
and made for a fun time before, during and after the jump. Also thanks to Tyson
who helped coordinate the scheduling for the two groups.
My friend and I put on our courageous shoes and took a tandem skydive in September
for my 40th birthday .... what a ride!
We were fortunate enough to have fabulous instructors who really knew what they
were doing, calmed our nerves and made the experience even more unforgettable than
it already could be. Kelly and Matan were fantastic, as was the gentleman who gave
us our pre-dive instructions.
Sonya and I were pumped from the get-go by the great attitudes everyone there
at Skydive Snohomish from the folks at check-in to the great
(thanks ever SO much for capturing it so expertly) and the editing of it at the
end. Everyone was in such great moods, helpful, and excited for us.
Since this was my second dive (even though my first was a decade ago), Kelly
suggested something a little different and fun going out of the plane and we did
a sit-dive, which was pretty spectacular, even though my pictures are proof that
I didn't hold my position very well. Oh well, that's what next time is for, right?!
It was awesome!
It made for an EXCEPTIONAL birthday for me - we can't wait to come back again
and are planning it already!
This letter is to compliment and thank all of the staff for both Skydive Snohomish
and Harvey Airfield. They were courteous and friendly throughout the entire time
I spent with them. From the initial phone contact to make the reservation to the
awarding of my certificate after the jump, they always had a smile on their face
and had me smiling as well.
The organization of the entire experience was well done. At no time did I feel
unsure of the staff or see disorganization. Every one performed their task nicely.
I first would like to compliment Michelle for her personable greeting, warm smile
and friendly demeanor when I arrived. Right from the start she made me comfortable
about hurling my body out of a plane at 13,000 feet. Also I would like to thank
her for the conversation while I awaited my flight. Too few organizations fail to
supply the personal touches she provided. She is a true asset to Skydive Snohomish.
The second person I had the pleasure of meeting was Adrian a.k.a Spotty. Spotty
was quite funny and informative at the same time. I felt his pre-flight instruction
was just what I needed as I felt prepared and ready afterward. He was positive and
humorous despite the gravity of the subject. Thank you Spotty for my pre-flight
Maybe two or three minutes after the pre-flight meeting broke, I met up with
Mike my instructor. Mike greeted me with a smile, enthusiasm, and assertive handshake.
He helped me get my jumpsuit, sized me a cap and goggles, and then I was pleasantly
surprised by the fact he hung out with me. We got to know each other a bit, he introduced
me to other jumpers, and answered all of my questions without hesitation or reservation.
I booked this event as a birthday gift for my mother. From what I saw, she too
received great care and received a similar experience. I was also able to meet her
instructor, Shawn, as well. He too greeted her warmly and was attentive.
As I looked around it was a visual concert being played around me. The parachute
packers, instructors, front desk staff, and pilot all were confident and fluid in
action. Even the unicyclist, skateboarder, and miniature bike rider proved to me
everything was going to plan as these diversions displayed a relaxed environment.
At no time did I feel any of the staff were tense due to lack of confidence. Everywhere
I looked smiles and good times were being had by all.
I had, in my mind before arriving, perceived the skydiving experience to be one
of a factory-line format. Get you checked-in, suit you up, get you up, you jump,
then you go home. The actual experience was so much better! It was because of Michelle,
Mike, Spotty, Shawn, and rest of the Skydive Snohomish staff that the experience
was so enjoyable. It is because of the superb customer service they provided, the
way I was treated and my mother was treated, Ill herald the praises of Skydive Snohomish
and the gratifying fun achieved through sky diving with Skydive Snohomish. Thank
you Skydive Snohomish and Harvey Airfield.
Just wanted to let you know how great my experience was today skydiving at your
facility. The lead and tandem instructors made me feel relaxed about my dive. They
treated me as an individual rather than another number in their skydiving statistics.
You have a credible, organized, well-run company - much better than any other facility
that I have dealt with previously. Keep up the fantastic work!
I wanted to quickly write and thank the crew at Skydive Snohomish at Harvey Field
for the wonderful experience for my first time skydiving. The basic instruction
class before the jump helped to put at ease any concerns I had with jumping and
the safety of the equipment. He took the time to explain how the equipment worked
and the fail-safes built into the system.
My instructor, Aimee, was ridiculously awesome! She was great from start to finish
of the jump. My wife, who did not jump but watched from the spectator area, loved
her as well. Aimee's excitement level matched my own excitement for my first jump
and truly made it a memorable experience. Thanks to the experience I had with Aimee
and Skydive Snohomish, I know I will find myself jumping again at Harvey Field!
Thanks once again for a lifetime experience! I have attached a picture from the
Skydiving this past Saturday was simply top notch and felt amazingly safe! I
was introducing my best friend from New Zealand to the incredible feeling that comes
from tandem skydiving. In order to experience that feeling you have to have professionals
that can deliver while keeping safety number 1. I have jumped several times both
here in the US and New Zealand, Vlad and Todd were 2 of the best to be sure.
Vlad, you totally rocked my world on the ground and in flight!! Your personality
completely fits the sport, I will remember you and your skills for a long time to
come. I will be requesting you for every jump I schedule with Skydive Snohomish,
thank you for such a perfect day really!
Todd, my friend Brendan had an amazing time! He now will look to jump again sometime
in the future back home in New Zealand. Thank you for making his first time jump
unforgettable! He has already shared the dvd with family and friends!
To all those involved in making that day so special for my friend and I, thank
you from the bottom of my heart, the memories are priceless! The dvd purchase is
always a must and really reflects the whole experience in all the smiles show throughout
the filming. Here's wishing you all the best and a lifetime of safe experiences
to share with all who come your way!
It sounds clich, but my experience on Saturday was truly life-altering! It awakened
my senses, and made me feel invincible. From the time I walked in the front door,
until the time I pulled away from the air park, I was in a state of exhilaration.
And, I still can't help but grin and giggle every time I think back on the day.
Although the jump itself stole the show, the experience as a whole would have
been significantly less memorable if wasn't for my tandem master, Kelly Craig. What
a stand-up guy: skilled, professional, outgoing, engaging, and most importantly,
he put my worried mind at ease. I had no idea what to expect going into this situation,
and Skydive Snohomish truly delivered! I will no doubt be a returning customer.
So, if you're reading the testimonials to determine should I? Shouldn't I? Go
for it! You won't be disappointed.
Thanks to Skydive Snohomish for making my 33rd birthday the most memorable to
I went on my first skydive today and had a better time than I could possibly
have imagined - easily the coolest thing I have EVER done! There wasn't a cloud
in the sky and the view was outstanding. Aimee was my instructor and she did an
excellent job. She made it so easy to relax and have a good time despite the fact
that I was preparing to hurdle myself out of a plane at 13,000 feet. Truly, she
was awesome. I am so glad I chose Snohomish Skydive for my first jump! And my 2nd.
And my 3rd. And my 4th...
Thanks again! What an amazing experience!
An old joke points out, If at first you dont succeed, Skydiving probably isnt
There is clearly some truth to this. However you don't need to jump out of a
plane, and successfully deploy your parachute, on your first try all by yourself.
You can head to Skydive Snohomish, and partner up with a seasoned pro.
My tandem Skydive at Skydive Snohomish was awesome! The staff was professional,
fun and helped with a world class experience.
Check out my page for complete description of my jump, images and video footage.
This experience was great right from start with the way I was treated the day
I booked the adventure! I then called to confirm reservations the day before the
dive, and had a reassuring and inspiring conversation with Ashley.
Everything was smooth and timely the day of the jump, and Kelly did a phenomenal
job of setting a positive tone in our training session. Then I met I met my best
friend for the day, Vladimir! His energy was outstanding and I felt very good about
having him as my instructor. We had good times from getting suited, to the plane
ride, to the descent, and on through the landing. What was quite extraordinary was
that Vladimir seemed to have as much fun as me! Many shouts of joy during the freefall!
He also did a great job of capturing
that allows me to relive this wonderful experience over and over again!
Also, my compliments to the video editing department. The
great and so is the music! This
already been witnessed by many of my family members and friends, and they are all
finding it to be inspiring. I will absolutely be a voice for Skydive Snohomish,
and will encourage folks to get out and enjoy this magical experience. I thank you
all and I will definitely be back! Who knows, maybe even a solo adventure one day,
but for now I'll stick with my man Vladimir!
Last week I took the static line class and jumped out of an airplane for my first
time. It was AWESOME! I thought the class was a great. It covered everything I needed
to know to make me feel comfortable jumping. I was really impressed with the instructor,
Sonya. She was not only increadibly beautiful and nice, she was a great teacher
- she explained everything clearly, answered all my questions, and had such a calm
composure I wasn't nervous at all (ok maybe a little bit). The jump was great. I
went for the mile-high option - definitely worth it. Between the training and the
guy on the radio I had no problem making a soft landing next to the X. Thanks!
I had so much fun last week, that I had to come back for more. I did 2 tandem
jumps. 1 with Aimee, and 1 with Colin, on Saturday.
Again, the experience was incredible and I am looking forward to getting my A-license.
Outstanding experience from top to bottom. Gorgeous clear day after a foggy morning
that threatened to postpone the jump. Professional yet funny and engaging ground
instruction from Gui. Cool jump suits and leather helmets. Incredible plane ride
to 13,000 feet with views from Mount St. Helens to the Canadian Rockies. Then when
it was time to go, it went really fast. Gui was my Tandem Master (and my new best
friend) and I had total confidence in him - I was excited, not scared to jump out
of that plane. The freefall was exhilarating, with an added bonus. I was the last
out of the plane so could look down and see the other chutes opening. I saw my son,
Jason freefalling and then - bloop - that beautiful red, white and blue chute billowed
up, followed five seconds later by the tug of mine opening. More great sight seeing
as we floated down to a pinpoint landing. This was my Christmas present to my son
and it took me until September to make good on it because I got cold feet for a
bit along the way. Thankfully courage and joie de vivre returned and I am so glad
that we shared that experience together. I have three daughters, so they are next
in line to share a jump with their mom. Thanks for your professional, friendly,
attentive style that made this such a great experience for this 55 year old!
Thank you for the wonderful experience. I did my first ever jump with Mike this
past weekend in the most beautiful weather! Honestly, Mike was the best tandem buddy
ever. He was able to read me and my fears and turn them around to make the experience
thrilling. He was patient, funny, calming, exciting, and WHEN I go again, I want
it to be with him. Seriously, I could not have had this experience without him by
I've always been afraid of heights and never thought in a million years I'd skydive.
But I also like to overcome fears I have, so I chose to skydive. While up in the
air and gripping his hands so tight they turned from pink to white, I asked him
how he rationalized jumping if he, too, had a fear of heights. "It's not about the
height," he said. And he was right. You're so far in the sky, it truly is like looking
in the sky from an airplane window. It's a mind-sport way more than a physical one.
I thought skydiving would be all about the intensity, but there's serenity, too,
which doesn't get talked about nearly enough. Besides the pulse-pounding fear, theres
a calm fulfillment you get like no other experience. Mike made me open my eyes and
look out, and I thank him for that. The free-fall was exhilarating, of course, and
I begrudgingly admit that the extra altitude is worth it!
It's in my system now. I'm craving it. And I will be back for more ...
My first skydive was great. It was clear and sunny morning at Harvey Field. Kelly
was our jump instructor and he gave us 3 rules, the first of which was to have fun.
I forget what the other 2 rules were, but I followed the first one pretty well.
We got into our jump gear and loaded into the airplane. There was no in-flight
movie, but we didn't need one with a beautiful view of the Cascades, Puget Sound,
Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and St. Helens.
When we got to the jump height, Kelly, who was also my tandem instructor, scooted
us to the door. No time to think. Just relax and let gravity do the work. After
60 seconds of 120 mph, face-flapping freefall, the chute deployed and pulled us
into a quiet floating view of the world. Kelly steered the chute around, and I tried
it some too. Before I knew it, we were coming in for a landing on the grass at Harvey
Field and we scooted to a stop. (Oh yeah, pull up your legs for landing. I think
that was one of the other rules.)
Skydiving is as easy as falling off a log. The only difference is that the log
is thousands of feet in the air. Kelly and the other tandem instructors were encouraging,
great guys. In fact, the whole staff was positive and friendly. Thanks for a great
I've talked about jumping for years, knowing that I would never do it because
of my extreme fear of heights. Well, I have some "friends" who for my 60th birthday
in December gave me a gift certificate for a skydive. Oh my gosh...that meant that
I actually had to go through with my dream. I couldn't let my friends down, could
From my first phone call to schedule my day to the day of the jump, I had such
a great experience, you can't imagine. The person I spoke to on the phone, very
nicely explained how I would have a much better experience if I upgraded to the
extra altitude option. So of course I did...why not go for the gold? (Boy am I glad
she suggested the extra altitude!)
The day of the skydive came all too soon. When I scheduled it, the date seemed
a long way out...then suddenly it was here. The day dawned beautiful, blue skies
and few clouds. DRAT. I had planned a party that was to begin after my experience
so we could celebrate the fact that I actually did it. And my party guests all showed
up at Harvey Field to witness.
After signing my life away, I met my tandem partner, Matan. Was he ever amazing.
taped our entire jump. Now that may not sound so difficult, but imagine this...a
terrified 60 year old jumping at 13,000 feet, and he had to control me, the video
camera, the free fall, the parachute and the landing. I can't even take a
At any rate, my jump was one of the best things I ever did. Once out of the plane,
there was nothing to be terrified of. It was just a few minutes of solid pleasure.
I have my tandem partner to thank for making it such a success. SO THANK YOU!!!!
Then along with the great jump, Matan had to edit the
video . He
spent extra time editing it so that I would have it to show my party guests. It
is a fantastic
will always cherish the time I spent at Harvey Field, and I will always have the
enjoy. I want to thank all involved and especially my tandem partner, Matan, for
a WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!!!!
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.
Just wanted to say thanks for an awesome and breathtaking experience. Special
thanks to Vladimir for my training. He made it as easy as possible, in my opinion.
You guys have such a relaxed yet professional setting to train, and every member
of the staff was so helpful. Like I told Vald as he made a perfect landing back
at the drop zone, "You just made a student!"
I look forward to my next jump and continuing with my progessive training. Thanks
again Skydive Snohomish! What a memory.
I had a great time! The entire staff was friendly and helpful and did their best
to make sure that our entire group really enjoyed the experience. Luke was the greatest!
He took the time to make sure I was relaxed and having fun from when we first loaded
the airplane to touch down and getting out of the equipment. I'm already looking
forward to my next opportunity to jump again.
Hey! I just wanted to email you to tell you that my skydive was the most thrilling
experience of my life! This wasn't the first time for me, but compared to my experience
in New Zealand, I was very impressed at how nice and fun the Skydive Snohomish's
staff was! Vlad even let me pull my own rip cord and allowed me to steer the parachute!
I am very excited for my next skydive with you guys and am looking forward to earning
my license with you too!! Thanks again for an incredible experience! What a stress
reliever for a long work week!
I cannot even begin to tell you what a wonderful experience we had on Saturday!
Now, almost 72 hours later, we are STILL recalling what we agree was the thrill
of a lifetime.
Our most sincere thank you to our instructors Kelly, Vladimir, and especially
Gui for making us feel perfectly comfortable about our first-ever jump. Gui's guidance
the week before made us feel encouraged about making the jump and confident about
the equipment. A full week later we were more energized, enthusiastic and excited
about the trip than we were the Saturday before.
From my very first interaction with Helen over the phone, to my voice mail exchange
with Tyson, to my phone call to reschedule with C.J., everyone we met was professional,
friendly and took the time to explain the process in a patient and thoughtful manner.
For my part, I found Vladimir's expertise calming and his sense of humor entertaining.
We bragged about our weekend to our co-workers all Monday long and took time on
Monday to watch Colin's, Paula's, and my video Monday night. We spent three hours
watching, rewinding, discussing and re-watching each
music was wonderful and the editing terrific your efforts to capture the moment
were completely appreciated!
Thank you once again for taking the time and effort to make our big day a life-changing
I just wanted to let you guys know how much fun my husband and I had on his dive
Joe had instructor Matan, who was one of the funniest people we have met. He
was very laid back, which took the stress away and made us all enjoy the experience.
I would like to encourage all who dive to get the
is a great reminder of all the people we met and of the wonderful experience we
Thanks for all you did and do.
Thank you so much for such an amazing skydiving experience! On September 4th,
my friend and I took our first (but certainly not last) tandem jumps, with the help
of the wonderful Jeff and Vlad! They were so helpful and encouraging, while maintaining
a calmness that only helped to ensure our confidence in our decision to skydive.
Vlad and Jeff made us laugh, which helped to ease our nervousness, providing a relaxed
environment for us to experience what proved to be, one of the best in our lives
I paid for the extra altitude (totally worth it), and I loved every second of
my freefall! It goes by so quickly, and I only wish we could go higher to have more
"air time." Vlad let me steer the parachute, which was exhilarating! The minute
we hit the ground, I wanted to jump back in the plane and go up again! I truly felt
on top of the world and that I could conquer anything! Even now, over a week later,
whenever I think about jumping out of the plane and the air hitting my face, I get
the biggest smile, inside and out. It is like a very exciting secret, and I hope
my memories of my first jump never fade! I cannot wait to go again, and while it
may prove to be an expensive hobby, it is certainly worth it!
I will see you again soon!
Thank you so much!
I had a blast skydiving at Harvey field. Instructor Matan made my jump great.
As soon as he brought the camera out, the film was rolling, and we had a blast.
Truly a memorable experience! I recommend the
any first time jumpers. I've watched it over and over with my friends and family,
and laugh every time at the spectacle we made of each other. Thanks, Skydive Snohomish.
Last Saturday was one of the most memorable events of my life. My cousin and
I decided to try tandem skydiving. If any one moment could define what I want to
feel like for the rest of my life, that would be it. It was unreal!! Man, when that
door opened, I felt as though my heart was going to leap out of my chest. And when
I got to step out on the step, I looked down at the world below and knew right then
this would change my life. During my freefall, I pondered how long it would take
to hit the earth if my chute didn't open. Then I wondered how I would feel knowing
I was going to die. As I took in the beauty before my eyes, I knew that if it came
to that, I'd die happy. Then the parachute opened. Of course, my first reaction
was to want to go back to the plane and do it again.
My entire experience was an ineffable splendor. There are no words to describe
such separation from the world. It was pure bliss. It wouldn't have happened without
Todd, who was my dive partner. He was hilarious and really made the experience unforgettable.
He didn't do much to calm my nerves but that made it all the more intense. And he
shoots a killer
editing made it though. It brought my Mom and Granny to tears. Personally, I laugh
every time I watch it.
I am completely addicted to skydiving and look forward to my next dive. I have
already recommended Skydive Snohomish to all of my friends. I even told my dentist!
Thank you for the most exhilarating experience I could have asked for. It exceeded
every expectation I had and then some.
I want to thank you guys for the most riveting experience of my life! July 13th
marks the date of my first jump but it surely wont be my last! Taking that first
step out of the plane is hands down the craziest, most electrifying moment that
really made me feel alive. However there is one problem, as soon as I hit the ground
I wanted to go right back up and do it again and again and again! It's addictive!
I loved every moment of the experience. From being able to call your office and
always having all my questions answered by nice, educated people, to the day of
the jump having the joy of meeting the Skydive Snohomish employees who have the
uncanny ability to make jumping out of a plane seem as if it's a natural occurrence!
To having Jeff, who's ravishingly handsome, as my instructor and tandem partner
to help calm my nerves. You guys are hilarious, warming, inviting and professional.
Thank you all for that! It was an amazing experience that I got to share with my
brother and you guys made it so easy and fun!
My experience was awesome...every second. The staff was so enthusiastic and encouraging.
Kelly was my instructor and I can't say enough positive about him. He made me feel
that we were there to have the experience of a lifetime and that he was making sure
it went off well. My feet no more than hit the ground and I was ready to go do it
again. I love my
am so glad I spent the extra money to get it. I'm telling everybody Snohomish is
the place to go! Thanks again for an amazing experience!
I had the privilege of doing a tandem skydive on May 24th at Harvey Field with
Skydive Snohomish. My instructor, Kelly, was experienced, confident and made it
fun. The entire company made this first time jumper feel extremely comfortable knowing
that I was jumping with a first class organization. Everything was smooth and it
was evident that this is a very well run company. I would recommend Skydive Snohomish
to anybody that is at all interested or intrigued by skydiving.
Last Sunday was one of the most memorable days of my life my first skydive. I
honestly did not know what to expect; but everyone at Skydive Snohomish made the
experience very memorable. The staff was informative, friendly, and most importantly
reassuring of my desire to skydive. I felt at complete ease during the whole process.
After my first jump, I could think of nothing else than, When can I do this again?!
More specifically, I really appreciated two staff members: Vladimir and Kelly.
Vladimir introduced us to the process, and was certain to inject his passion and
sense of humor into his speech. Kelly was my dive partner. He asked me how I wanted
my first jump to be; and let me have as much or as little control as I wanted. He
was also conscientious of my own energy level, and made me all the more excited!
Everyone was knowledgeable, witty, and easy to talk to.
Consequently, Ive drank the Kool-Aid when it comes to Skydiving. I know that
when Im ready to go again, Ill think of no other place than Skydive Snohomish. Thanks,
I am not a super emotional and wordy person, but that experience was awesome!
The whole thing, from when my friend Jen called to invite me with an infectious
excitement, to walking in and having the very helpful front desk walk us through
our beginning steps of signing up and signing our lives away. They were all very
upbeat and positive. Next was Spotty, who was our teacher, he expertly dealt with
our questions and many outbursts (some from excitement and some worry). I was paired
up with Gui; who earlier had been helping my Boyfriend out by answering questions
and pointing him to the right places to stand and take pictures to answering questions
about him skydiving one day (he seemed to talk a person with a major fear of heights
and a need to be very safe into this) .
Once paired up each of our personal tandem instructors seemed very suited for
each of us. I appreciated Gui's attention to detail, attention to me, eye contact,
and positive as well as funny demeanor. He was great from suiting me up, boarding
the plane, sitting and teaching in the plane, and then the jump. He made it feel
seamless, like a long fluid movement. Seamless even with a first time jumper who
was not exactly graceful, but very appreciative that it did not seem to make a difference.
He made up for what I lacked and together it was a great time, I will certainly
do it again. Hopefully soon. Thanks to all the Staff, all were wonderful that day!
My wife (Deb) and I just wanted to express how fabulous our first jump was. Deb
has wanted to do this for many years and finally talked me into it. She has always
dreamed about jumping from a perfectly good working airplane and I have always questioned
why. I guess as you get older things like this don't seem as thrilling, and one
always questions getting hurt, insanity, mid-life crisis and who will take care
of the kids if anything happens?
Several months ago at our kids annual school auction Deb asked if she could bid
on a tandem skydive for two and I agreed. And guess whatwe were the highest bidder.
After several attempts to schedule our jump we were denied by the wondering Pacific
Northwest weather. Two weeks ago we came in to start the process by filling out
all the paperwork. I have to admit, by far that is the hardest part of the whole
process. I especially enjoyed reading the part about "you may die". That was reassuring.
Although that did not stop us from rescheduling the jump for this past Saturday.
Which happens to be two days before my birthday and a little less than a month before
Deb's birthday. So this turned out to be a great birthday adventure for the both
of us. Deb was partnered with tandem instructor Kelly and I was with Bryan. Both
of them were just fabulous and made the entire experience fun. However, I do have
to admit the level of anxiety I was feeling hanging outside the plane door was at
an all time high regardless of the calming sense I got from both Bryan and Kelly.
My initially reaction was "are you kidding me?" But that didn't stop Bryan from
nudging me out on the ledge, and I was first up. And then it was time to jump out!
And about all I can say is WOW!! I have to admit this feeling of freefalling
and then gliding was better than I had ever imaged it to be. The weather was perfect
with little cloud cover and it was so serene and the view was magnificent! Deb was
not far behind us with Kelly, and I could hear her screaming with excitement. I
knew she was having a great time.
We are so glad to have chosen to jump here in Snohomish where the landscape was
absolutely astonishing. We could see all the mountains clearly and the horizon was
just amazing. In many ways we were both just totally amazed at how peaceful our
jump was. And landing was as gentle as a feather. Our children watched the
just thought we were so cool. And we don't hear that much about us being "cool"
anymore from them.
Both Deb and I can't wait to do it again, and there is a good chance we can do
it with our kids. In closing I just want to say Skydive Snohomish, Kelly and Bryan
made our experience one that we will remember for a very long time. We thank them
and I know we will see you again!
Skydiving with Skydive Snohomish is an experience I highly recommend to anyone
and everyone! I just went for my first tandem skydive this past weekend, and it
was beautiful! I went with 5 coworkers and all of us had plenty of stories to tell
at work on Monday.
I had heard stories about skydiving from friends and coworkers before I went,
but nothing could have prepared me what was in store. I was extremely nervousand
that is putting it mildlybut I didn't feel scared at all because the staff at Skydive
Snohomish was so positive and supportive. The class we took at the beginning was
brief but informative and even a little fun. Vladimir was our instructor for the
class and his #1 rule was to smile and have fun. So as long as you follow that rule,
you can't go wrong!
Our group of 6 was split up into two smaller groups and each group of three went
up with a few experienced divers. My tandem instructor was ToddHeaven sent! He could
probably tell that I was nervous and accordingly repeated the process of jumping.and
fallinga number of times while we were in the plane which was very reassuring. He
and couple of the other instructors were making jokes and kept us all chatting until
we reached 13,000 ft. so they never gave us a chance to freak out.
The wild free fall was followed by a roller coaster parachute ride and finally
a serene float down to the green fields of the airport. Well, it's really indescribable.
You will just have to go experience it all for yourself. It was a blast! Thank you
so much Todd, Vladimir, and everyone else at Skydive Snohomish. I will be back!
I want to start by saying thank you to the entire staff. You made my entire experience
enjoyable. I also would like to send a special thank you to Kelly. He really made
me feel at ease. He was my instructor. He understood that it was my first time to
ever jump, but more importantly it was my first time ever on a plane. He made it
fun and exciting. I really fed into his energy. My husband bought this adventure
for me, and I wasn't sure at first that I wanted to do it but me being the adventurist
type I decided to just go with it. I jumped on September 10. The weather was great.
We saw Seattle, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier. Kelly was great and he pointed out all
the interesting sites. I have inserted pictures to show the wonderful time that
I am looking forward to the next time I am able to jump. It was so much fun I
really enjoyed myself.
Thank you so much!
I think the grin is finally wearing off my face. Sunday was close to the most
fun I have ever had, and I have had a fulfilling life to date, at age 33! I wanted
to skydive before I turned 30 but, became pregnant. Trip postponed. On Sunday, I
was finally able to fulfill a dream I have had forever, "flying". Vladimir made
my experience the best. He is so encouraging and put up with my crazy comments and
entirely too much screaming. At one point, he was trying to show me where my home
was located and I asked him if he was done, he said, "Yes." I then asked if I could
start screaming again and he said, "Go ahead," so I did. What a guy. I just loved
This was what I sent to everyone I know, the evening after my dive:
"Today was an amazing day. I had a blast. We went to Skydive Snohomish where
we took a plane up to 14,000 feet. The scenery was beautiful. After leaving the
plane, we had a little over 60 seconds of free fall at 120 mph. I think actually
leaving the plane was the most intimidating, but even that was fun. It was the biggest
rush EVER! We then had an 8 minute canopy ride to the ground where, yes, I landed
on my feet. I saw Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Bellevue,
etc. I also saw our old home on Flowing Lake and our current home on 9th Street.
It was so amazing. I'm definitely going again, I just have to figure out when."
Thanks for this awesome experience. Even my two kids and husband enjoyed watching
me. I WILL be back, I promise!
What an exhilarating life experience! Even though I've had several friends tell
me about their skydiving experiences, I never thought I would ever skydive. It was
never even on my list of life experiences I wanted to have.
What changed my mind?
Soon, I'll be moving to live and work in Tokyo, Japan for several years. I feel
with this move I'm already making a leap, facing fears and unknowns, trusting the
universe and hoping for a wonderful experience, as I try to land on my feet. Linny,
whom I work with, has encouraged me on several occasions to try skydiving. With
this Japan move, it occurred to me perhaps the time is right. Now, I can make an
"actual" leap and face all the same elements. And, that I did!
While I was quite nervous at first, Matt, my tandem partner, was perfect in everything
he did. From the time we first met, his sense of humor put me at ease. His instructions
were straightforward and reassuring. As we flew up, he kept checking to see how
I was doing and again made sure I understood my instructions, while double checking
the equipment. When it was time to make the leap and in my momentary lapse of what
I was to do, Matt gently reminded me. And, then, we were off!
As we were falling/floating, I knew Matt was right there with me, checking in
on how I was doing and feeling. And, again, he explained what was going to happen
next. For a first time jump, I couldn't have asked for a smoother jump or a better
partner. Matt so made my experience a truly wonderful one. Thank you so much, Matt!
Since doing this jump, I've been asked "would I do it again?" My answer, "Absolutely!"
For someone who's not a thrill seeker and never thought in a million years of doing
a skydive, I would highly encourage anyone to try this activity. It's not just about
jumping out of a perfectly good plane. It's about feeling alive and facing one's
fears head on.
Now, as I go off to Japan, no matter what awaits me, I know I'll be perfectly
fine. Thank you for such an amazing experience, which I will always remember wherever
I happen to be in the world!!
Wow what an amazing experience at Skydive Snohomish. Let me tell you what a great
time I had last week. This was my first skydive ever and I was a little nervous.
I was greeted very nicely and helped by "Jillian" at the front desk who answered
all my questions and concerns in a very professional and charming way. I started
to feel more relaxed from there.
We had a full class that day and I was scheduled on the 6th flight up which was
the last of the day. I got to see everyone go up a LITTLE scared and come down with
a HUGE SMILE. When it was my turn to go up I met my instructor "Kelly." He was a
great guy with lots of enthusiasm and high energy which I love being around. The
most nervous I was the whole time was climbing to altitude in the plane. Every 2
or 3 minutes I kept looking out the plane window and thinking...wow were getting
up there. Kelly kept me entertained and pumped up for the 13,000ft jump we were
getting close to doing. After they opened the door and the wind hit my face...I
knew it was time. Kelly and I were the last out of the plane so I got to see how
everyone left the aircraft. Sitting on the edge of the aircraft looking down at
13k...made me really ready to do it. From there it was the most exciting 60 seconds
of my life...WHAT A VIEW! After the canopy was open Kelly let me steer our way back
down to Harvey Airfield.
Afterward I told Kelly I would return again and again and would definitely recommend
them to all I know. "Sonya" took care of me from there and edited the optional
video I got
with some great music. The
a must in my opinion. I've watched it about 50 times and still get excited to see
My first skydive at Skydive Snohomish was the scariest thing I have ever done...but
I did it with a HUGE SMILE from beginning to end and will definitely be back for
more. Thanks everyone for the great time!
I recently had my first skydive in August. I have to say that it was one of the
best times I have ever had. My instructor was Gui, and he really did a great job
letting me know everything about what was going on and what to do. In addition,
he was the one who shot my
turned out great! All the different things he did and had me do in the
it so that I relive the great experience each time I watch it. Everyone who has
watched it had great things to say about the whole
posting it to my website and showing it off, I think I have a few more converts.
Thanks again to your staff for making this a very memorable experience. Because
of that, I have already scheduled another group of 10 to jump in September. I know
that the entire group will have just as good of an experience.
Cheers and happy divin! See you again in September.
Thank you so much for the amazing experience on Saturday. I never dreamed I would
ever be able to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Almost everyone in my family
is afraid of heights so naturally I grew up with a slight fear of heights also.
I wanted to skydive as a final test to see if I had gotten over my fear of heights.
I'm done living in fear. I feel that skydiving also symbolizes the fact that I'm
finally free. This is the final send off to my old life. I know can do anything
now. It was really an amazing experience and totally life changing.
The staff was what really made the experience so wonderful, especially Todd and
Bill. Their enthusiasm and excitement that they put into my jump gave me the euphoric
feeling that this was the first time they had shared their passion of skydiving
with someone else. I have re-played this whole experience over and over in my mind
and now know that when I put my mind to something, I can accomplish it and come
out a more evolved self.
Thank you again for this wonderful memory.
Skydiving foremost was the most phenomenal, invigorating, breathtaking moment
of my life. The best part of the experience was fulfilling my husband's desire to
After not seeing each other for 8 months I wanted to plan the best two week vacation
for him before he had to return to Iraq to complete is 18 month duty of serving
our country. So I surprised him with a skydive for our 1st wedding anniversary gift.
The day started by telling him a lie that we were taking a trip to the Snohomish
farmers market, when in fact I had planned a trip for the two of us to skydive.
He had no clue that I had even planned it!! But the moment I turned into the airfield
he turned to me and said, "Honey I think you made a wrong turn.this doesn't look
like the farmers market?!?" I turned to him and said we're not going to the farmers
market we are going skydiving! He was so overly excited to go! His face lit up and
he was so eager to make the jump!! The moment I parked the car, our heart rates
skyrocketed! I think that they even went higher when we were signing the consent
form! After the training course and suiting up, the fun began and there was no turning
As we boarded the plane and proceeded to take off there was nothing but the biggest
grin on his face, it was truly priceless to see! I have never seen him so ecstatic.
We loved the scenic view from the plane and we both knew that the view would be
even more incredible when we took the jump! As we scooted toward the door my nerves
were trembling and before you knew it you were falling so fast! The view of the
water and never-ending country land was astonishing. Once the parachute opened the
spins and easy gliding were enough to make anyone feel untouchable. Once we landed
our thoughts were "LET'S DO IT AGAIN!!!!" It was truly the most amazing thing we
had ever done in our lives, and the best part was being able to share the excitement
together! We plan on making a trip every year to the airfield for our wedding anniversary!
Thank you so much Kelly and Shawn for letting Kyle and I experience this incredible
Last Sunday was my 18th birthday! Of course, turning 18 opens up a whole new
world of adventures one can do, including skydiving, which I happen to be lucky
enough to experience. I remember coming to Harvey Airfield as a kid with my dad
and watching the skydivers glide down to the landing zone, then turning to my dad
and begging him to let me go. Well, I'm glad I waiting because otherwise I doubt
I would have had such a blast with the Skydive Snohomish Team! You walk in the door
and it automatically feels like home. Everyone is smiling and talking to one another,
and I was greeted immediately by a nice young woman who took me to a seating area.
I read the papers, signed them and then my instructor, Gui, showed up and told us
everything we needed to know. He was very clear and specific with his instructions,
yet he also cracked hilarious jokes to lighten the mood, since it was obvious that
some of us were nervous. Not me of course. We got a tour of the plane we were soon
to be jumping out of, got to talk to some of the other experienced jumpers, and
also got to relate to the other newcomers in our group because it was all of our
first times. My first expectations for the class was that it was going to be long
and boring, but I was completely wrong. They made it quick and easy to understand.
I was soon introduced to the man I was jumping with, Kelly. Next thing I knew, I
was putting on that sexy blue jumpsuit over my clothes, Kelly was strapping me into
a harness and we were walking out to the plane! I cannot thank Kelly enough for
making my skydive
and one of a kind. He included a little interview of my dad and I before we got
in the plane, and also video taped my friends and family who came to watch and support
me. He got shots of us walking to the plane, getting in and even the take-off. He
included all the information I wanted, without me having to say anything. It included,
how high we were jumping from, how I was feeling at the moment, and he also added
some great and absolutely hilarious commentary himself, which made the
much better. Kelly made my experience so wonderful that WHEN, not if, I go back
again to go on a tandem skydive, I am requesting to jump with him again. As we reached
8,000 feet, I felt myself being scooted closer and closer to the edge as I watched
the others jump out. It was my turn, and as I felt my butt leave the plane, the
most thrilling and exhilerating feeling came over me. The freefall was an ultimate
rush, and then once the 'chute was pulled, the world became quiet and peaceful.
Kelly gave me such a feeling of comfort, and excitement so the only thing I was
thinking of on my way down was "wow, that plane needs to land so I can get back
in and jump again!" I could see all the mountains around me, and cars and houses
below me, it was an amazing sight. After that, Kelly told me to lift my feet and
we landed like it was no big deal. Soon after that my dad landed also and we started
walking back to the skydive hut. We got undressed, our
ready in a matter of 15 minutes and I was free to leave and brag to all my friends
and family about how I was a skydiver, thanks to the people at Skydive Snohomish.
It has been one day, and I have already recommended tons of people and am planning
my next trip up to Harvey Airfield!
Thank you Skydive Snohomish!
I experienced my first ever tandem skydiving jump on Sunday. From the moment
I walked in to the moment my legs touched the ground, my experience at Skydive Snohomish
was very memorable. It was so fun, I'm anxious to do it again real soon! I want
to thank Gui for making my experience so easy and I never once hesitated about jumping
with him. I trusted him that I would come out of this alive! My
out great and I have watched it several times already! Thanks again for such a great
I WENT SKYDIVING! (It's still hard to believe we did it!)
We went last Sunday and I'm still high from the experience when I tell everyone!
My son wanted to celebrate his girlfriend's birthday with skydiving and although
I'd always wanted to float down with a parachute, the idea of having to jump out
of a "perfectly good plane" always prevented me from taking that next step.
Jumping from the plane was easy with the tandem partner, the free fall was exhilarating,
the parachute opening was very gentle and the landing was soft. It was fun spinning
and trying my hand at steering. Words just can't express the view and total experience.
I want all my friends to try this now.
Four moms and their kids took that leap of faith and we all had the greatest
experience. We're already talking about the next jump! Kelly was my tandem partner
and he was awesome and made it so much fun. Bill did a great job on the
pictures. I wanted to always remember the experience because I thought it would
only happen once. Next time will be even better!
Thank you Skydive Snohomish!
Just wanted to thank you all for a fantastic first dive experience. My
friends loved the
took during the dive- it was very professionally edited. Special thanks to Jordan
for making it such a fun and stress free experience. Looking forward to diving with
you folks again.
I jumped yesterday with Sonya and had an amazing experience! All of the staff
members and instructors made me feel so comfortable and safe. Everyone was extremely
professional and friendly. I would 100% recommend Skydive Snohomish to anyone considering
skydiving! Thank you so much for an amazing experience.
Kudos to Skydive Snohomish and especially Kelly Craig for an incredible experience
during my first skydive! To celebrate the big five-oh I decided to throw myself
out of a perfectly good airplane...Kelly was my tandem instructor and I'm very impressed
by his energy and passion and good nature! He made a great experience even better.
We were the last ones out at 13000ft and I have to admit I felt a bit uneasy as
we dangled our feet out the door and then flung ourselves into space! FREEFALL!
What a RUSH! I was overwhelmed until Kelly got my attention and pointed out the
plane, which we just exited, diving earthward and then he steered us with my arms.
Then the chute opened and talk about serenity! Just writing about it makes me want
to schedule my next skydive...Thanks everyone! I'll be back!
Fun, fun, fun! I'd like to thank you for a wonderful experience. Being the first
time for me, I didn't know what to expect. A little fearful going in, your staff
helped so much in coaching and calming the anxiety I felt. I especially want to
thank Kelly and Vladimir for helping calm my fears and become relaxed so that I
could enjoy the experience. Your staff is very professional and courteous and I
would recomend anyone considering jumping to go with you. Going from someone who
thought "Why leave a perfectly good airplane?" to someone who can't wait for the
next jump, is something few people who know me would have guessed. I am now trying
to talk my brothers into going with me so that they too can experience the incredable
excitement of freefall. Kelly was an excellent coach and instructor. He communicated
with me the entire way, during the plane ride and the jump to help me fully experience
the moment. Thanks again man! Can't wait to go again. See you soon I hope.
December 5th was just above freezing and stunningly clear. Finally, it was the
hole in the weather for which wed been waiting several weeks. However, as we descended
into the valley, we descended into fog and thought we may have lost what could have
been our last chance to skydive. My best friend, Jeff and I have been brothers since
we met 35 years ago. Jeff has ALS which is also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease. A
year ago he was walking; now he gets around in a wheelchair. Jeff was concerned
that if we delayed the jump any longer he may never be able to do it.
Nevertheless, this story has a gloriously happy ending. By 1:00 the fog burned
off and we were on our way. Jeff was going to jump with Vladimir; I was going to
jump with Aimee. Kelly was Jeffs personal videographer/photographer. Through it
all, Skydive Snohomish was fantastic. Four of your staff lifted Jeff into the plane,
Vladimir treated Jeff like family (the good kind), and Kelly went way out of his
way to give Jeff a full record of his adventure (including free falling backward
to capture Jeffs face from below). Jeff had a wonderful time. Hes going to be talking
about it for a long time to come. You guys know the details and the rush so Im not
going to recount that. Instead, Im writing this to give you a giant THANK YOU for
the way you welcomed Jeff, for figuring out a way to make it happen, and for treating
him like a close friend. The jump was the icing on an adventure hell never forget.
On January 10th, I had been visiting a very close friend of mine and we felt
like doing something extraordinary. My friend Nathan got the brilliant idea to skydive.
Skydive Snohomish was an amazing place. Even just seeing the outside with all the
planes and people parachuting overhead gave me a rush of adrenalin. Our tandem instructors
were very helpful and fun. Aimee was my instructor. She explained everything thoroughly
and cracked tons of jokes at my friend's instructor, Kelly (It happened to be Kelly's
birthday that day, and we were all happy to be a part of it for him). Taking off
was exhilarating!! I just LOVE lift off and it made everything so real. Once we
reached the drop point my entire body was tingling with excitement. I looked out
the door at 8000 feet and was completely awe stricken. We jumped. Did a barrel roll.
Arched and leveled out. Words cannot even begin to describe this ultimate feeling
of freedom. Nothing was around us. Just air and only a parachute to prevent a terrible
To think, that not long ago people were never able to do this and I was part
of a very small population throughout the entire world to even do something so daring..
Aimee pulled the parachute and we jolted and slowly floated down. I could see everything!
Mount Rainier was in a breathtaking clear view. The scenery was gorgeous with mountains,
fields, and forests. At touchdown, though I could not see myself, I knew I had a
huge smile plastered across my face. When I met back up with my friend we were both
ecstatic and couldn't get over the feat we had just performed. It's truly something
neither of us will ever forget. I would be thrilled beyond belief if in the near
future when I go to visit Nathan again, we could go skydiving again, because I know
from experience that once you've gone you've got to go again!!! Thank you Aimee
and Kelly for a great time!! I look forward to doing it again. Thank you for your
This was my first time skydiving ever, and the experience was the one of the
most memorable up to this point in my life. The staff was awesome and extremely
professional. As soon as I came up to the front desk, I had complete confidence
in this establishment.
We were suited up by Vladamir, who also acted as our professional photographer
for the day. My tandem partner was Todd, who was the best partner money can buy.
At no point after meeting him, to peering out the door of the plane did I have any
hesitation. He was a fantastic guide and a wealth of knowledge about the sport.
I will most definitely skydive again with this company. The staff is incredible
and the experience amazing.
As a mother of four and grandmother of one...I have to say this TOPS any of my
personal experiences, with exception of an obvious few!
I have wanted to skydive since I was quite young and finally, with a little encouragement
from a friend (and a picture of him soaring through the sky), I signed up. From
the minute I signed up, everyone at Skydive Snohomish was a great help, one regret
is that I do not know all your names, as a "Thank You" goes out to all - from the
front desk to the back office putting together videos and pix on disc (who was wonderful
Kelly was my instructor and I could not have asked for a better first skydiving
experience...he was great and saw to it that I had the experience I was looking
for! I was confident, comfortable and in EXTREME AWE from the moment I arrived at
the drop zone to the moment of our absolutely perfect landing (as seen, of course,
through the eyes of a novice)!
Bill was the videographer and too added to the PURE JOY and enthusiasm of the
experience. I purchased the
cannot imagine not having it to share and enjoy.
It has changed my perspective a bit and definitely is NOT a ONCE IN A LIFETIME
event! As you can see from the attached picture, I was having the time of my life...
that silly grin did not leave my face until sometime on Tuesday!
Thank you, Kelly and Bill and everyone at Skydive Snohomish! I LOVED IT and I
STRONGLY suspect I will be back for MORE!
Well, what can I say? My first skydive ever at Skydive Snohomish was NUTS!!!
It truly was the most scary and exhilarating experience that I have ever had! I
have been telling everyone I know about my experience and I can't stop talking about
it. I would like to mention that you guys did a fantastic job of making me and my
friends feel at home. Every individual that I spoke with was so kind, friendly,
and easy to talk to. All my questions were answered and it seemed like everyone
working there really enjoyed their job. Jordan was my instructor and he did an excellent
job of making me feel safe and comfortable. Considering the fact that we jumped
out at 13,000 ft, and when the door opened I pretty much almost crapped my pants,
he still made me feel safe.
Anyway, I just want you guys to know that if I could give you a grade, it would
easily be an A+!! I don't know how my experience could have been any better and
this is a memory that my friends and I will remember for the rest of our lives.
Thank you for making my first skydive such an amazing and unforgettable experience.
I had been planning the trip for about six months, and was quite worried about how
the Birthday Boy would like his gift. The staff at Skydive Snohomish made me feel
extremely comfortable from the time I walked into the office, from the time I walked
out with my skydive certificate. Without the great staff working for Skydive Snohomish,
each of our experiences would not have been nearly as fantastic as they were.
The girls at the front desk were extremely personable and knowledgeable. They
quickly started us out with our paperwork and helped us understand the process we
would be going though. Zack had a great amount of enthusiasm and kindness, which
helped me to feel comforted as I was getting geared up and ready to jump out of
the plane. My instructor Kelly was one of the most amazing people I have ever met!
He had a perfect balance of good humor while being comforting as well.
Due to the wonderful staff, I felt ready and comfortable about the thought of
jumping out of the plane. I have never felt something so natural and amazing as
I did when freefalling. After my day at Skydive Snohomish I am definitely planning
on coming back and visiting again.
I do however have one suggestion. I believe there needs to be an area in the
paperwork that you initial which explains how addictive skydiving is, and once you
begin you may not be able to stop. It does not matter the will power you think you
may haveit does not apply to skydiving.
Do This! I was so lucky to have Jordon as my instructor. His enthusiasm was contagious
and transformed any trepidation I may have had into eager excitement. Everyone at
Skydive Snohomish (pilots, instructors, desk staff, video production specialists)
are professionals. This allows complete confidence in their operation. When I got
home, I immediately scheduled another jump. Again, I would like to thank Jordon
for his help and guidance in this life-changing experience. See you all at Skydive
My fear wasn't of dying (I can honestly say that I trusted Bryan the second I
met him) and I was excited about falling, I think it's just the unexpected that
kept me on edge.
I wasn't scared until Bryan told me to hang my legs out of the plane, as we were
13,000 feet in the air. It's like I was sitting on the edge of a swimming pool (as
a lifeguard and swimming instructor I've done that a zillion times) only this pool
was REALLY, REALLY deep! Bryan was in my right ear, as he rocked us back and forth,
"HERE WE GO!" I DID NOT, I repeat DID NOT look down. I was looking straight at the
horizon and actually heard a voice in my head say, "I will never do this again."
(Before we got on the plane my boyfriend was talking about "the next time we jump.")
That was in the first 0.4 seconds of the jump. By 0.6 seconds I was looking down
and yelling with uncontrollable excitement! What an incredible sensation! I wasn't
scared at all; somehow, all of the sudden I was the smallest thing in the world
(I forgot for a few seconds that Bryan was even there) and I felt completely safe.
I was surprised by how much time I had to just look around and take everything in.
Once the parachute was pulled, Bryan was quick to make sure I was feeling okay
and everything was where it should be. All I felt was pure awe and amazement. Everyone
should see the world from here. It's beautiful, clean and perfect. It warms your
heart and makes you feel alive. Under parachute it was quiet enough to have things
and areas pointed out to me. I was allowed to "take the reigns" and steer the parachute
a little bit. It was really fun to have that control for a minute.
Our landing was surprisingly smooth. All I wanted to do was get unattached, jump
up and down and hug Bryan! That was awesome!
There were two extremes of fun in my jump: the excitement of the free fall and
the calm beauty of falling with the parachute open. I wouldn't trade this experience
for anything. It's been all I can talk about since the jump. My boyfriend (who jumped
out of the same plane) and I decided we would jump every year around that same time.
The most amazing experience! And I really want to thank your staff. Mostly I'd like
to thank Bryan for the great experience. I've said it several times, but that feeling
of safety when you are doing something so extreme makes the difference. I appreciate
you very much.
I have spoken with a lot of people who have said that they don't like planes
and they are afraid of heightswell, me too! I've told them, as far as the jump:
you're just going to have to do it. No question. As far as the falling feeling goes:
you don't feel like you're falling, there's nothing for you to fall past so it's
more of a floating (with a lot of air) sensation. It's something you may never get
to do again. This life is short and unexpected. Do something that makes you feel
alive. The most incredible thing I may ever do.
Incredible, awe-struck, flabbergasted, breath-taking, just plain cool! There
are not enough adjectives to explain the experience I had yesterday afternoon with
I enjoy taking some fun risks and have dealt with different companies for different
activities. I hadn't had any skydiving experience before yesterday so I was a little
nervous about what to expect, but in other ventures had been disappointed by the
companies that I had to deal with.
Skydive Snohomish and their entire staff repeatedly exceeded my expectations!
Starting with the staff at the counter checking my wife and I in. They were prompt,
courteous, and very friendly. Spotty gave us the pre-jump instructions, and was
eager to answer any questions and his enthusiasm for skydiving made my wife and
I feel very relaxed and anxious to board the plane.
By the time it was our turn to harness up, I was getting the adrenaline flowing
and was introduced to the person I would be jumping tandem with. It was Todd. Todd
was extremely personable and his description of what it would be like from once
we got on the plane until we landed was spot-on! His clear instructions and demeanor
made for a perfect skydive! His 12 years of skydiving and his personality kept me
very at ease and wanting to jump again! My wife's instructor was Bryan and she was
also impressed by his knowledge and expertise that provided her with a memorable
I think the main word that comes to mind as I reflect back on yesterday is professionalism.
Skydive Snohomish, in my mind, takes great pride in providing awesome customer service
and really wants to get people interested in doing something not just once, but
to continue to pursue skydiving with the same passion as the people that work there.
I will definitely be coming back, hopefully to go after my certification and get
to be one of the people that rode up with us and get to skydive solo!
Thanks again for letting us spend a few hours with you! I can't think of a better
place to enjoy the company of great people and get to do something that very few
ever experience! My wife and I are grateful!
I'd just like to take this opportunity to tell everyone at Skydive Snohomish
what an awesome time we had tandem skydiving. My name is J. Boice and I work at
KVOS TV 12 in Bellingham. I've been a cameraman and editor there for the last 18
years and I've shot a lot of wild things, from ballooning over Ferndale, to river
rafting down the Skagit, to paragliding off of Grouse mountain.
All of these experiences pale when compared to my experience skydiving with you!
Every time I watch the fantastic
Bill Kelly and Kelly Craig shot, I can still feel that rush at the moment we fell
out of the plane and were hurtling towards the earth at 130 mph while watching the
plane we just left nose diving away to pick up more thrill seekers.
I'm 53 years old and have always wanted to do this at some point in my life,
so when Kim Russell who works with me at KVOS said she'd done a lot of research
and found a place with great qualifications and reviews, I was excited to see how
her jump went.
After watching her
was convinced it would be a fun experience and judging by the smile on her face,
not that scary. I immediately booked a flight for myself and two more as birthday
presents for my daughter and son-in-law. When the day came, your staff did everything
to make us comfortable from the preflight class to letting me dub the footage to
my camera so I could edit a piece for our morning "Newsview" show.
I couldn't say enough good things about my tandem instructor Vladimir Ursachii.
His calming nature made me feel at ease and really helped with my first-dive nerves.
He always told me when everything that was going to happen, including the nap he
was going to take on the flight up. I'll never forget his "Rule #1-Have FUN!"
I would especially like to thank Bill Kelly. He is such a professional who has
a real gift for composing shots (video &
still) and his relaxed way of interviewing my family and I, was not only humorous
but really told the story in an entertaining way. He seemed to be enjoying it as
much as me!
Also I appreciate the speed at which your editor, Sonya, put your version of
together. By the time we downed a burger and a couple beers, she was handing it
to us. Now that's service!
Once again, thanks for the life-changing thrill!
Skydive Snohomish you guys are AWESOME!! I jumped in June with Brian, and went
screaming the entire way out of the plane. My 2nd jump was much better (July), I
jumped with Vlad. My 3rd tandem was in August, again with Vlad. All three of my
jumps were INCREDIBLE!! And I can't wait to jump more!!
My 3rd jump I rounded up a group of 9 of my friends. For Chris and I it was both
our third tandem. For the other 8 it was their first time. No sooner had they landed
but they were asking when they could all jump again!! The staff at Skydive Snohomish
is always friendly and helpful, making sure that every last one of my friends had
a safe but thrilling experience that they will NEVER FORGET!
Also, Bill the photos and
INCREDIBLE! Thanks! I've only watched it about 25 times in the past 24 hours! They
capture a memory of a wonderful day I never want to forget.
Thank you again Skydive Snohomish. I look forward to many more jumps and bringing
many more friends to enjoy this crazy awesome experience!
I cannot believe the rush I got from jumping out of a plane at 13k feet! It was
the CRAZIEST FUN I've ever had!
At the same time I never felt I was in any real danger because of the great staff
especially Bryan who was my tandem partner. I'll be back!
Thank you for the best time of my life! And to Bill who will always help me remember
it. I'm so glad I paid a little extra for the
help me relive it until I can make it back.
As someone who loves to try new things, this was one of the most if not THE most
amazing experiences I have ever had. Though incredibly nervous, the staff made my
jump concern free. I felt safe and knew the dive would go well because of my instructor
Spotty. The whole experience was a huge rush and I will definitely be jumping again.
Wow! What an experience we had for our 5 year wedding anniversary!! After revealing
the surprise I set up for my hubby, the palms became sweaty and our cardio perfusion
rate doubled. Nothing can truly describe the feeling dropping out of a plane at
13,500 feet above the earth and flying down at 130mph, exposing yourself to the
elements and trusting your jump buddy. Adrian and Bryan were awesome, even when
Adrian had troubles undoing our seat belt before we tossed ourselves into the wind.
I think we were able to gain a bit more altitude when we circled around trying to
free ourselves! The whole experience was insanely awesome. Definitely the craziest
thing I have experienced over alpine climbing, back country skiing and riding my
motorcycle at 120mph! I would love to do it again!
Thanks again for a memorable 5 yr wedding anniversary. One we will never forget!!
To Vladimir, Kelly, and Shawn,
I wanted to thank all of you for making our first skydive such a success. My
brother and sister and I had been wanting to jump for months, but all our anticipation
didn't even come close to the reality. All of you went a long way to making everything
I especially want to thank Vlad, for not being too serious, and for keeping me
from panicking. I was terrified in the plane and during the jump, but, thanks to
your humor and your professionalism, I was never *worried*. Thank you again!
Life is full of surprises, and I have always encouraged the thrill in life. When
my friend told me about skydiving, I looked it up online and decided it would be
the perfect 3 month anniversary present for my friend and I. I've always wanted
to feel free. Thanks to Kelly, Shawn, and Spotty, my friend and I got to experience
life in a whole new atmosphere. Beyond height and the butterflies in your stomach
before a roller coaster ride, skydiving gives the word "thrill" a whole new meaning.
I've always wanted to know what it was like to be Superman. They say that man can't
fly...I can tell you that is a lie. It was exhilarating. Welcome to a whole new
Awesome! I told all my friends and family that skydiving was something I just
wanted to try once, but from the moment my feet touched the grass I knew I would
have to do it again. My tandem leap from 13,000 feet was hands down one of the best
experiences of my life! Nothing compares to the surreal feeling of surrendering
yourself to the sky and soaring through the air completely free. Considering I have
a small fear of heights, I couldn't believe how at peace I felt the whole time,
enjoying the fantastic views of Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands. A big thanks
to Bryan (my tandem instructor) for so patiently explaining every step to me so
that I could relax and enjoy the whole experience and to Skydive Snohomish for keeping
things very professional, but fun. After the jump, I was on such a high I couldn't
Today I took the trip of a lifetime at age 53, and I have included a picture
attached to prove it. My three children purchased the trip for me for Mother's Day.
Wow, what a gift, the best gift I may ever receive, next to the birth of my children
and grandchild. My daughter and I arrived at Skydive Snohomish at 2:30pm and were
received by two delightful women at the front desk who explained the paperwork (not
bad at all), answered many questions, and prepared us for our training by Vladimir!
Vlad was relaxed, confident, and fun. He immediately put all at ease as he explained
what to expect and reminded us many times that he would take great care of us. Even
moments before jumping out of the airplane Vlad reminded me about what to expect
and what to do. The plane ride was fun and full of laughter with Vlad as my tandem
partner, Shawn as my daughter's partner. Rachel was well cared for by Sean and given
a great jump. I had purchased a
with Tom, my daughter also purchased a
with Kelly. Tom and Kelly entertained and interviewed us before, during, and after
the jump. They helped keep us loose and relaxed. THEN THE MOVE TO THE DOOR!
Vladimir and I slid to the door, he was talking me through everything so I had
no time at all to be nervous. With a wave to my daughter Rachel, a smile to the
camera, we went out the door. From the second we left the plane I couldn't wipe
the smile from my face. I was laughing in delight. The freefall was exhilarating...no
need for aerobic workout my heart was pumping and I felt alive. I gave a few loud
whoops, and laughed all the way down. I couldn't feel Vladimir during the freefall
but knew he was there guiding me. Tom, the camera man, was right there shooting
still shots of our jump and it was fun hamming it up for the camera. Vlad gave me
the thumbs up and pulled the cord. Immediately it became quiet, peaceful, I watched
Tom fall away from us, and Vlad gave me a short course on steering. I was able to
go left, right, and slow way down practicing for the landing. The view was completely
amazing. I could see Seattle, mountains all around, local lakes, Puget Sound and
MY DAUGHTER, all were beautiful! We were able to steer close enough that Rachel
was able to take my picture mid air. About that time our camera men rushed ahead
to take our pictures when we landed. After a slow descent I got into landing position
with Vlad encouraging me. I was a bit concerned about how tough the landing would
be and I didn't need to be concerned; it was as soft as slowly sitting on my bed!
Hours later all I could think about was going back up! I told everyone I saw...I
don't think I will wait for another "GIFT" jump, I will have to go on my own. I
will watch my
video in years to come and be reminded of MY TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
Thank you all, especially Vladimir and Shawn that brought my daughter and I great
joy and fun.
In August I went skydiving for the first time in my life with my best friend
Patrick, and thanks to you guys, we even lived to talk about it. We were both absolutely
terrified to begin with, and then we had to sign the "if you die, it's not our fault"
contract, talking about how if our instructor forgets to, oh let's say, strap on
a parachute, it's not their fault. I really want to thank Vlad though, he really
helped to put us at ease about the whole thing with his almost carefree attitude
during our training course - that really helped. So Patrick and I were the first
to go up, and the higher we got, the more nervous we both got. I told Shawn, who
was my tandem partner, that if I cried, I was really sorry. I had to jump first,
and I thought we'd sit in the door of the plane for a second, look at the scenery,
and then jump, but Shawn wasted no time at all and we were out of that door so fast,
I just about peed myself. And we started out upside down, which I wasn't expecting
at all - I just about died. I'm sending pictures along with this, and my face is
completely ridiculous in that one. The weird part of the whole experience was that
once I was in the air, I felt completely safe - all the worries I had were gone,
and I just got to enjoy the entire ride down.
Shawn really helped to make my experience great because he was doing little tricks
with the parachute after it had opened, and he even helped me bring my camera, and
I got some incredible shots. It was absolutely the best experience I've ever had,
and I just really wanted to thank you all. After college - once I'm done being dirt
poor - I'm going to try to get licensed, because this is a sport I would love to
be a part of. Shawn and Vlad - who was Patrick's tandem partner - really helped
to make this an incredible experience, and I wanted to let you know that I'll be
back there to jump again as soon as I can! You guys are great!
I went skydiving in July with my friends. None of us had ever been, so we were
all very, very nervous.
Surprisingly, I found myself being less and less nervous throughout, thanks to
your super friendly staff! The plane ride was very smooth, and we started jumping
off of the plane so I didn't have time to get too nervous again! My tandem instructor
was Shawn and he was really good at pointing the gorgeous views during the fall.
I didn't expect that to happen since he has so many customers a day. I really appreciated
that from him.
So, thank you for the lovely, amazing experience! I'm glad I bought the
my fall. It's hilarious! I really liked the choice of music on the DVD too. Good
job, Shaun! I will definitely be back.
In July I jumped out of an airplane! Most people who know me would never believe
My instructor was Gui. He was great! I wasn't nervous or scared. In fact, we
got up to the 13,000 feet and I couldn't stop laughing. I was excited and didn't
know what to expect really. So he asked me if I wanted to do back flips - after
a pause, I answered Sure - so out we went, head first doing back flips. This was
the best part about the experience. I can't even put it into words how exhilarating
it was! After the back flips I decided to breathe! Then we free fell for what felt
like an hour, only it was about a minute! When the parachute opened I screamed -
mostly because of excitement - I still wasn't scared or worried. I felt at total
loss for words.
This experience has really changed my life. I feel like I have a stronger spiritual
faith now. I turned my life completely over to a higher power when we were falling!
It felt great! I feel happier now, and like the little things don't get to me as
much. Life is meant to be lived and it's not doing me good to get so stressed out!
So I want to thank you for the wonderful experience. I feel very fortunate to have
had this great gift of falling out of the sky.
Wow! What a rush! A skydive is something I have wanted to do for a long time
but wasn't sure I could because I have a fear of heights. It is interesting what
your friends can talk you into. My friend, Ken, and I jumped on Saturday, in honor
of his 50th birthday.
Shawn made the experience something I will never forget and he was very conscientious.
I would do it again in a heartbeat. Next time is going to be more of a WILD ride.
Thanks for making my day!!
THANKS for making my 50th birthday one that I'll never forget!!! I had a blast
jumping with Vladimir and can't wait to it again. You guys run a "class act" and
deserve a lot of credit for helping to make Snohomish the wonderful little town
that it is. Thanks again!
I just want to say that I had an amazing experience and I would do it again in
a heart beat. I did the tandem skydive with Tommy in July and he was a great instructor.
I was nervous at the beginning knowing that pretty soon I would be jumping out of
a plane 13,000 feet up in the sky but he made me feel more comfortable and he reassured
me that it's not that bad. After the dive I was ready to go do it again. The adrenaline
rush is so breath taking that words cant even describe the feeling! I for sure will
come back and hopefully I can request to skydive with Tommy again.
I wanted to write a quick note to let you know my recent skydive in July with
Vlad was amazing. I chose to have a film done and it was so worth it. Kelly (videographer)
works well with the tandem instructors. I always thought in-air interaction was
for the pros but Kelly and Vlad are so good at what they do that Kelly was able
to come in close for some great pictures. I would describe it as a tea party going
a 120mph. It was also my birthday and Vlad was nice to slow the parachute part down
and sing Happy Birthday. Overall I had an amazing time and want to thank those guys.
Last Saturday my husband and I returned to Skydive Snohomish for our second tandem
jumps from 13,000ft. Our first time was incredible, and this time was even better!
I was paired with Gui for my most recent jump, and had a great time. When he heard
that it was my second jump, he immediately suggested some variations on my first
I was totally thrilled to get to exit the plane backwards! What a rush to see
the sky, and the ground flying past over and over. Then when we stopped spinning,
Gui let me steer us a little. It was amazing to see how much a little twist of the
wrist could change things. I even pulled the rip cord!
It was an awesome experience to really get to be involved with the whole process.
I'm happy to say I'm officially hooked on skydiving and will definitely be back.
Now I've just got to figure out how I'm going to pay for my certification training.
A big thank you to everyone at Skydive Snohomish for providing me with an outstanding
experience and the best weekend stories in the office! Keep up the good work and
we'll see you soon!
Just wanted to express how fabulous my first jump was. I have worked as a flight
attendant for the last 14 years and had always dreamed about jumping from cloud
to cloud. I had been overwhelmed by fear though on the actuality of doing it until
my husband decided it would be a great birthday present for me and a group of friends.
We decided on doing a tandem jump which would relieve us of all the responsibility.
While we were at it, we decided to go for the longer freefall since it was only
an additional $25.
I was partnered up with tandem instructor Tom Phillips who was fabulous. I must
admit the level of anxiety was climbing as the plane was approaching altitude, but
Tom made me feel comfortable. And then it was time to jump out.
And wow!! It was better then I had ever imaged it to be. It was so peaceful and
the view was magnificent! I am so glad to have chosen to jump up here in Snohomish
where the landscape was absolutely astonishing. I was amazed at how peaceful our
jump was. My daughter, who was also jumping, was about 20 feet from me and we were
able to carry on a conversation in low voices because it was so incredibly quiet
and serene. And landing was as gentle as a feather.
I can't wait to do it again with the rest of my family and friends. My husband
who was too horrified to jump so he just watched, is now willing to try next time
because all 9 of us that jumped just raved about the experience and all want to
do it again. See you again!!!
Big thanks to Shawn and the rest of the crew for making my long awaited adventure
all I thought it would be. Last Saturday will be one of the best days I have ever
Feeling a little anxious at first it soon disappeared with the humor of Vladimir
and my jump partner Shawn. They made me feel safe, secure and relaxed so I could
enjoy the excitement of my jump. What a rush! Then the calm and the quiet of just
floating and seeing the scenery.
It's not how I thought it would be. Anyone who has thought about doing this,
get out there now and enjoy! Don't wait years like I did. It may become too late
and you will regret not having the experience.
Thanks again to the crew hope to see you again.
So I was one of those people that never in a million years thought I would ever
jump out of a plane on purpose. I am afraid of heights and even thinking about skydiving
made my hands sweat. When my girlfriend said she wanted to go for her birthday I
about fell over. She had already gone skydiving once before and loved it. I jokingly
told her that I would go sometime if she wanted to go again... I never thought she
actually would want to do it again! So, she says she wants to go and went as far
as putting down a deposit to hold our spots for our jump. I was nervous for the
rest of the week leading up to the day of our jump. It was all I could think about...
and every time I did think about it I got nervous. I decided that the best way to
ease my mind was by watching her skydiving
her first jump. The night before our jump I popped her
and watched in amazement (and a little bit of horror) as she and her instructor
leaped from the plane and plummeted at terminal velocity towards the earth. On the
looked like she was having a great time but I wasn't so sure that I was going be
able to enjoy skydiving as much as she did. So, honestly, the
really help ease my mind, rather it got me more excited and more scared about actually
jumping out of a plane. I dreamt of skydiving in my sleep that night.
So the morning of our jump came and we drove to Harvey Field. We signed the waiver
and sat down waiting for our class to start. Believe it or not, the class actually
helped calm me down. Our instructor, Shaun, did a great job of telling us what to
expect and also helping me relax at the same time. He told us that if we can just
relax and enjoy the jump that we would love it and want to do it again. After the
class my girlfriend and I waited for our turn to jump.... then it came. Vladimir
fitted me with a harness and joked around with me to ease my nerves before we headed
for the plane. Once we were in the plane I knew there was no turning back, so I
tried to enjoy the beautiful sites of the seemingly all to short lift to altitude.
Vladimir did a great job of talking me through the process of the entire jump on
the way up and this helped me relax a bit... I was still a little nervous though.
Before I knew it we were at altitude and moving towards the door of the plane. This
was the scariest part of the entire process for me, sitting on the ledge of a plane,
looking at the ground 12,000 feet below my feet, ready to jump and experience the
time of my life. Vladimir told me it was time to go and with a gentle push we were
out of the plane and free falling toward the earth! It was the most amazing sensation
I have ever felt in my life... it doesn't feel like you are falling, rather it feels
like you are floating. You are so high up that you can't tell that you are moving
in relation to the horizon, it seems as though you are floating 10,000 feet above
the eart. Vladimir spun us around in circles to show me all of the sites one last
time and then he pulled the cord and opened our chute. Not long after our chute
was open he asked if I wanted to steer the parachute. This was a great ride... it
was like being on a rollercoaster for five minutes. We had an amazing view from
up there and I didn't want the ride to end. Before I knew it we were touching down
and I was running over to give my girlfriend the biggest hug ever and tell her that
I wanted to go right back up and do it again. So all in all I'm so glad that my
girlfriend dragged me to Skydive Snohomish... it was the most exciting thing I have
Oh, and for those of you who are thinking about doing it for the first time...
DO IT! And pay for the extra altitude, it is a small cost for extending the free
fall which is by far the best part of the jump!
Hope this helps you decide whether or not you would like to experience the ultimate
freedom at Skydive Snohomish.
I experienced the tandem skydive in July. This was my first jump and the best
experience of my life. I've wanted to do this for the past 2 years and finally now
was the time to go for it. I was surprised to find out that my instructor was Vladimir,
so that was very exciting because we could speak in Russian and he had a better
understanding why this was such a big deal to me since I didn't tell my parents.
He had a similar situation when he first jumped, so it was nice to connect with
someone. I loved the freedom you feel during freefall and everything just seemed
in slow motion. I couldn't believe why I didn't do this earlier and now I'm in love
with it. I would definitely want to jump again and gain more experience until I
could one day jump by myself. That's my new goal now. This was a wonderful experience
that allowed me to feel the freedom I thought I never could.
Thanks Skydive Snohomish! For my girlfriends birthday I had us go skydiving.
Both of us loved it. Skydiving is truly an amazing feeling. I would recommend it
to everyone. Skydive Snohomish instructors like Todd did an excellent job of making
new skydivers feel very secure and safe. We cannot wait to go again. And yes, jumping
out of an airplane was the best time we've had with our pants on.
Absolutely took my breath away, no really - it's difficult to breathe when you
are free falling to the earth at 120 to 160 miles towards the earth. Sign me up!
When can I go again? The professionalism mixed with humor by Spotty, Mike (the pilot),
Elena, and the cool red-haired gal at the desk, Jillian, made me want to spend all
my weekends at Harvey Field. Thank you, I'll be back soon!
I FLEW, I FLEW, I FLEW!!! At the age of almost 59 I finally stopped putting
off the one thing I have wanted to do all my life. I grew up in Snohomish watching
skydivers from our kitchen window and wanted to be one of them. Life took me far
from that goal and from Snohomish for many years but I never stopped wondering how
it might feel to fly. Now I know.
I had worried that I might be worried and afraid all that day and regret having
made the appointment, but was surprised to find myself remarkably calm and even
excited - even throughout the entire sign-up and quick lesson process. My jump master,
Tom, was the epitome of professionalism. His first question of me was Why did you
decide to do this today? to which I answered that I had lost my husband to cancer
not so long ago and wanted to feel alive again. His response was Youve come to the
right place! And he was so, so right!
I watched Tom closely, checking for any signs of depression or a death wish,
since after all, the plan was for us to jump out of an airplane strapped together.
It became obvious that not only was he happily married with children, but that part
of what keeps him happy was jumping out of airplanes every chance he gets. That
was reassuring. Tom helped me with my jump suit and harness I still wasnt afraid!
Then we walked with about three other tandem jumper pairs and four solo jumpers
to the airplane and now I was getting just a little apprehensive but was still amazed
that I also was excited. It felt surreal.
As the plane climbed to almost 14,000 feet (which I whole-heartedly recommend
if youre gonna go, go BIG) the mood in the airplane was lighthearted and even a
little Zen very calm. When we reached altitude and the plane leveled out and slowed,
one of the solo jumpers (all of whom obviously knew what they were doing) lifted
the Plexiglas door and I was both thrilled and horrified to see him roll out! And
then another, and another, and another all into absolute thin air. It was INSANE!
And more insane was the realization that Tom and I were scooting toward the door
on our butts because we would be the first of the tandem jumpers to go. It felt
like a dream and I was something beyond terrified by then, but thats the point.
Jumping out of an airplane is a really, truly, absolutely crazy thing to do! And
the scary, uh oh part only lasts a handful of seconds and that just adds to the
Tom had told me that when you first leave the plane it takes some people up to
about 15 seconds for their head to catch up with whats happening. One moment we
were at the edge- and then we werent! For only a few seconds my primitive brain
screamed Accident! Rewind! Do-over! Lets talk about this! and I had to remind myself
to breath. Then I became totally calm, went into the belly-first dive position they
taught me and tried to absorb every nanno-second of the most incredibly beautiful,
liberating and even spiritual moments of my entire life. Tom took my hands and showed
me how to turn one way and then another by turning them. I saw the Hood Canal Bridge
and Mt. Baker covered with snow and my old high school and the Snohomish River and
even the bright orange pumpkins in the fields. We were falling at 120 miles an hour
and our free-fall lasted about one full minute. I had anticipated an out-of-body
experience but it was the opposite. It was three or four minutes of intense, fully
alive, mind-body experience. We floated - WE FLEW!!
As promised, Tom patted my arm at about 5,000 feet to let me know that he was
going to open our parachute. The chute slows you down quickly and allows a long,
peaceful, calm drift over the beautiful valley. Tom let me fly the chute as well
and showed me how to turn. (Your jump master will make your jump as calm or rowdy
as you wish.) Our landing was more gentle than some mornings getting out of bed.
The moment we touched down I started thinking about when I might do this again.
Im hooked. This is addictive. Its better than therapy or any drug out there. I still
find myself smiling when I re-live my drop and I anticipate I wont be able to wipe
off this silly grin until my next jump, which will be soon. I'm taking lessons and
will be one of the solo jumpers!
My advice is: JUST DO IT! Dont wait around for someone to do it with you and
dont put it off for work or anything else. Life is too short to have never jumped
out of an airplane!
I bought my mother a tandem jump for her birthday a couple of years back and
SHE LOVED IT!!! In fact, she loved it so much that she returned the favor in the
form of a Skydive Snohomish gift certificate as my college graduation present! We've
always been roller coaster and drop-ride enthusiasts and I knew skydiving would
top anything I'd experienced before. I was ecstatic! So, on Sunday we drove all
the way from South Seattle to Harvey Field in Snohomish so I could finally experience
what my mother was still talking about at get-togethers 2 years later.
The staff was super professional, friendly and would have completely put me at
ease had I been nervous. There was a short training session beforehand, showing
everyone the different positions their bodies should be in at certain points during
the jump and explaining how everything would go down. Then we geared up, met our
tandem guides, and hopped into the plane. The plane ride up is beautiful, and just
long enough to enjoy some scenery and landmarks that the instructor pointed out
on the way up. I took the evening class, so the sun was not quite going down, and
the lighting was unforgettable.
The initial jump was fabulous, and totally indescribable...it's a truly amazing
feeling to be falling like that with no hindrances. Then the chute pops, and it
gets so quiet it's unbelievable. My instructor taught me how to steer and gave me
the reins, and the rest is just very calm, relaxing gliding down to the target where
you land quite softly (the instructor lands with his/her feet and you just follow....very
This was a fantastic experience! I had a great time, thanks guys!
Here are my thoughts on my tandem jump at Snohomish. Keep in mind this is my
first skydive experience ever.
The scariest part is actually reading and signing the waiver. That thing is crazy.
Other than that, the experience was great and felt very safe.
Todd was knowledgeable and well spoken. He taught our group a lot about the equipment,
failure rates, and failsafe mechanisms.
I tandemed with Spotty. The actual plane ride up and jump were amazing. I liked
everything about it: the moment when you're looking out the plane door, when you
initially fall out of the plane, when the chute is pulled and you are doing spins,
and the landing was cool too. What a rush. It is very surreal, and definitely a
nice break from the desk job.
Overall, skydiving is a great experience and I believe these guys know what their
doing. What more do you need to know?
This was my second skydive and it was every bit as exciting as the first. The
first time, Tom was my tandem instructor and this time Shawn was my instructor.
They are both well qualified and very knowledgeable. In fact, I have met much of
the staff there at Skydive Snohomish, and I feel comfortable with all the instructors.
They are fun, but they are also professionals. They will joke and laugh with you
to help ease your anxieties, but they when it comes to your safety, they don't play
So far, I've done two higher altitude drops and both have been on amazingly clear
days. The view has been breathtaking. In one direction you see Mt. Rainier, then
you turn and there's the Sound and the Seattle skyline, turn a bit more and you
have the San Juan islands in front of you, continue to turn and Mt. Baker presents
itself to you. You have so much fun taking everything in during that 60 second freefall
that it seems to be over in less than 20 seconds. Then the parachute opens and depending
on your taste, you gently glide down or you go for a rollercoaster ride. I've done
a little of both and each has its own reward. The landings are soft and once you
touch down, you just want to go back up into the sky and do it all over again.
Thank you to all the staff there at Skydive Snohomish. You've turned me into
a skydiver. See you again in August!
In July, I finally did my first ever tandem skydive from 13,000 feet!
I have been friends with Casey and Kelly since I was in elementary school. When
Dennis (Casey and Kelly's dad) first jumped out of a plane for his 50th birthday,
a day or so later both Casey & Kelly went on their first jump. They both became
licensed skydivers and Kelly now works at Skydive Snohomish. For six years they
both have been trying to get me to jump out of plane. I came up with excuse after
excuse, even though I wanted to. Finally on last Sunday I got the nerves up to challenge
my fears and jump out of a perfectly good airplane!
The crew at Skydive Snohomish was wonderful! I have nothing but praise to say
to each and every one of you. Jillian and the other girls at the front desk were
extremely professional every step of the way. They had everything in line and their
great attitude did nothing but get me even more excited for the jump. The class
instructor was fun and exciting, reminding us constantly to above all have fun and
enjoy the experience of life time.
Todd my instructor was beyond great! He told me exactly what was going to happen,
what I should do and when. Todd made it seem so easy to place my life in his hands.
I trusted Todd with everything! The pilots did a perfect take off and the scenery
from the plane trip on a sunny day was wonderful, a pleasant bonus that I really
wasn't expecting! The entire trip up 13,000 feet Todd and Kelly were telling me
what was going on and letting me know how high we were.
Then the door opened... my nerves shot off like bottle rockets! I'm really gonna
do this! Two solo jumpers exited the plane! Oh my word! They just jumped... I'm
gonna jump! We moved to the door... Kelly was standing outside filming me... Ready...
Unbelievable is all I have to say! Why have I been waiting for so long to do
this? It was exciting, nervous, fun, adrenaline filled all at the same time. Unlike
anything I have ever experienced in my life. The rushing air past me in freefall
made me feel like I was flying. Weightless in the air and for that QUICK 60 seconds
every hair on my body was standing up and my mind filled a mixture of feelings that
just can't be explained! Then the chute pulled, and I was gliding in the air, just
like a bird, no noisy jet engines, just the slight breeze of the air flowing by.
I was doing turns and spirals and I even got to control the canopy by pulling on
the handles myself. Then to top off the whole experience, a landing that was soft
as a feather!
All my family and friends were there! I couldn't ask for a better day! I still
can't stop smiling and can't wait to get back up there and yet again to... "Jump
out of a perfectly good airplane"... hey there is no such thing as a perfectly good
Thank you Skydive Snohomish! I couldn't think of a better place to experience
the thrill of a lifetime! I won't recommend anything else but Skydive Snohomish
for their first jump to friends and family!
Also I can't stop watching the
Kelly filmed! It was done very professionally and looks wonderful. I'm afraid I'm
gonna burn a hole through it from watching it so much!
Thank you Todd, Thank you Kelly, Thank you Casey, Thank you Everyone!
To achieve the impossible dream, skydive!
Thank you for a really memorable experience that my friend, Tracy and I will
never forget. How does one describe the intricate horrors and emotions that you
go through in a short period of time? We were scared and excited all at the same
time! What a life moving experience!! I feel that if I can do this, I can do anything!
We want to especially thank Spotty (aka: Adrian, the instructor) who jumped with
Tracy. He must have known by taking one look at my friend and knew just what to
say and do to keep her from running right back up to the plane. Shawn, my life line,
who was most capable of putting me on film and making a memory that was worth every
cent. And Kelly, for being in the right place at the right time; without you, our
team would have been incomplete.
Thank you, gentlemen, for knowing how to show a couple of ladies a real good
I had such an amazing weekend thanks
to Skydive Snohomish! I can't get over the fact that I actually jumped off a plane
13000 ft in the air--because of this, I have earned bragging rights with my friends
forever! A shout-out goes to Kelly my amazing instructor; everything about the jump
with him, from his upbeat personality and sense of humor to the confident way he
handled the dive, made the whole experience so much more exciting yet relaxing at
the same time! Gui and Vlad, our other instructors, were spectacular as well! I
will be sure to tell anyone and everyone about my exhilarating experience with the
awesome crew at Skydive Snohomish and let them know you are truly the best!
I am writing to tell you about my first sky dive that took place on Saturday.
It was the most amazing experience, so much so, that I cant wait to jump again.
My family and co-worker, Hank were in attendance, and Hank actually jumped right
after I did, making it that much more special. My family was really impressed with
everyone that worked at Skydive Snohomish and they felt very comfortable while waiting
for me to get back to earth.
I have to give a special thanks to Vladimir as I could not have asked for a better
instructor to go tandem diving with. Being that it was my first time, I was understandably
nervous. However, Vladimir answered all my questions and talked me through step
by step what was going to happen and when. On top of that, he was just an absolute
joy to be around.
I would also thank the two ladies behind the front counter. They were very friendly,
both on the phone and in-person.
Thank you for the wonderful experience. I will definitely recommend your outfit
to my friends and family as well as cherish the DVD that was made of my very first
(but not last) jump.
Sunday morning started out just like any other weekend morning for my girlfriend
and I on her birthday. We made scrambalicious eggs and pancakes and then waited
in line for 3 and 1/2 freakin hours to catch a ferry across the Sound. Up until
the ferry ride it was just like any other morning, because I hadn't told her yet
that she was about to jump/be pushed out of an airplane soaring at 10,000 ft in
the air. After that her worrysome nature was calmed by the staff at Skydive Snohomish.
Their Crest-white smiles and off the wall jokes helped her forget all her worries.
Our tandem instructors were professional and made the amazing experience the perfect
birthday present for my girlfriend. My instructor's name was Jordan and I can't
remember my girlfriend's instructor's name, but he was bald and had a funny name
that matched his personality (that's a compliment).
We appreciate the great experience, thank you Skydive Snohomish!
A quick comment on my jump yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.
I found everyone I had contact with to be helpful, reassuring and professional.
I especially want to thank Vladimer for the jump itself. He was friendly and professional;
he let me help "guide" the 'chute as we came down, and he got us both down safely!
I would recommend him, and your jump center, to anyone. It was a 65th birthday I
will enjoy reliving for a long time! Vlad suggested we get together again on my
70th - maybe!
I didn't have a chance to thank the pilot, so please pass this on to him for
I want to thank you all for the most EXCELLENT first-time dives my son Joseph
and I experienced Wednesday! Joe went up with Vladimir and I had Todd as my instructor.
Each gave us explicit instruction during the entire process with a great sense of
humor! We had Joes dive filmed and I am SO glad we did!! The dive was awesome and
neither Joe nor I ever felt anything but extreme confidence that we were having
the dive of our lives! Todd even landed us on our feet after a jump from 13,000
ft! You cannot believe what an incredible rush this entire experience was for my
son and me! I cant wait to do this again! Joes brother Peter comes back from deployment
in Novemberwell likely wait until another perfect July daybut we will definitely
bring Pete to Skydive Snohomish next summer!
Thank you all for an unforgettable experience! Special thanks to Tiffany, for
being so sweet and so knowledgeable, the ground crew for making sure our gear was
ready and SAFE,and a special thanks to Todd and Vladimir for their skydiving expertise
and fabulous people skills, to keep us at ease to enjoy this experience to the fullest
Heres to the next jump! Be safe and be well!
Want to thank you for the experience of a lifetime. I have always wanted to go
Sky Diving and thanks to my daughter who had done it once before and arranging for
my 60th birthday present, I go to go and have a wonderful time.
Want to thank Aimee for the fun experience and joy of jumping with her, even
though I made her nervous, because I wasnt nervous. I just said I am having the
time of my life.
The staff was all very cordial and friendly and professional.
Thank you for making the dive yesterday so amazing! I felt calm and relaxed the
entire way due to the friendliness and professionalism of everyone involved at the
Skydive. All the instructions were clear and consistent down to all the small details,
so it was the easiest thing to focus on the Fun!
had all the right shots and angles. I didn't realise at the time I was going to
be part of such a smartly-done movie short! (Flying down at 180 mph, and the guy
above is thinking about the right camera angles!) A great
show-off to people about the most amazing time ever! Thank you Todd!
You made it an unforgettable birthday!
Amazing. So amazing. Really good customer service, atmosphere, and all around
vibe as I signed my life away to jump out of an airplane. Kelly did a great job
with our initial instruction, and my tandem diver Gwi helped me through the nervous
flight up and we had a great landing. I'm definitely going to do it again.
Just earlier this exact day I did my first skydive at Harvey Field! I just want
to let you guys know that I had the best experience ever, you guys made everyone
there feel safe to be able to jump out of a plane for kicks. I wanna thank my Tandem
Instructor, Todd for taking me up there and making a life changing experience with
me, thanks man, and I hope we can go again sometime 'cause I'll definitely be coming
I went skydiving for the first time ever in August, and it was by far the most
incredible thing I have ever done! My dad is a skydiver and for three years I watched
him jump with jealously. But now that I am finally 18, I was able to experience
what he so loves for the first time. However, no movies, no photos, and no words
could EVER have prepared me for what I was about to experience!
I was jumping with my mom in celebration of both our birthdays. When we first
walked into the building I was extremely nervous, but was immediately reassured
that it was good to be nervous and that if I wasn't, that would be concerning! All
of the staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was filled with excitement! I
met Bill, who would be videotaping my mom's jump, and he was very friendly and the
conversation relaxed my nerves, some.
I want to especially thank my tandem instructor Jordan. It was reassuring having
someone so calm and sure of himself, that I didn't even think about the things like:
were we attached, or was the harness secure, or what if the parachute doesn't open...
I only worried about whether or not I would be able to jump out of a plane that
was 13,500ft in the air! But once I did, it was comforting to hear Jordan's whoops
for joy as I screamed my brains out! It was nice to know that I wasn't the only
one out there.
Skydiving helped me to face my fears and just let go! It was incredible and surreal,
and as soon as I got over the fact that I just jumped out of an airplane, I wanted
to do it again! I hope to become a skydiver like my dad, and I appreciate everyone's
support for my first skydive! With hopefully many more to come!
Thanks Skydive Snohomish!
Best thing I have ever done! I'm an extreme sports kind of lady, but skydiving
trumps all my other activities. Even if you're not overly adventurous I think everyone
should try this at least once. My mother celebrated her divorce with skydiving and
I recently had a life changing experience that resulted in my doing all those things
I meant to try. Thus far leaping out of a perfectly fine aircraft has been the most
exhilarating and rewarding. Spotty is correct when he says that the one thing you
will definitely remember is after you jump looking up and seeing the plane as you
fall away from it. I've lived in the greater Seattle area for fourteen years and
you will never experience the area in the same way anywhere else. All the things
you encounter everyday, like the Cascades, cannot be seen in the same manner as
when you're flying through the air. Jordan is the best tour guide in the sky. Had
I not been 100% pumped about this adventure he would have also put me at ease. He
is a convivial individual that just made my jump all the more fun. Your staff was
amazingly fun and friendly. They were also highly entertaining while we were waiting
for our jump. Very awesome group of people.
I'm in love! I'm sure this will become an addiction very shortly. My roommate
that came with me and are already getting into classes at home. There aren't enough
words to describe the amazing time I had, one just has to experience it.
I just wanted to say that I had the best time ever. My family and I have watched
about 20 times and we laugh harder each time. But I wanted to share this picture
that my sister took after the dive. Vladimir was great! Thank you, Thank you!
That was one of the most amazing things I've ever done and I can't wait to go
again! I went in June, and after watching their training video a felt a lot more
at ease about taking the jump since all of their staff had been so well trained
and qualified. My instructor, Aimee, made the experience awesome. She was so enthusiastic
about skydiving that you could tell she loved this job.
Once we got into the plane and we climbed to 13,000 feet, I felt a little nervous.
When the door opened I just pushed on forward and we moved over to the edge and
jumped. You could see for so far and spinning around was amazing. Once the chute
was opened and we started floating back down we did some fun circles until finally
I would recommend skydiving to everyone because its such an experience and I
cant wait to go again!
Skydiving at Harvey Field was the best experience of my life. Words cannot describe
the feeling of skydiving, so no training could prepare me for what was to come.
Even though I wasn't really scared, there wasn't much time to be, I couldn't stop
smiling from ear to ear. My tandem instructor, Vladimir, was the best instructor
I could have asked for! He talked me through everything and made me laugh. He tried
to make it as natural as skydiving could be. I got the
Valdimir made sure to make it the best
Falling was great! It didn't even feel like we were falling as fast as we were and
the parachute ride down was astonishing. Valdimir let me help steer the parachute,
turning and falling as fast or slow as I was comfortable with. They really made
sure this was the best experience of our lives. I am so doing it again!
I would like to take a moment to say WOW, what a fantastic experience and a memory
that will last a life time. I have always wanted to skydive but was a little skeptical
about trying it. Your team made it so easy and comfortable to show up and just jump
out of perfectly good airplane with the utmost confidence. Ill definitely share
this experience with my friends, and Im looking forward to my next jump. Special
thanks to Vladimir. You Rock. Ill be back!
Thank you, Skydive Snohomish for the adventure of my life! I jumped on July 5th
with the master jumper Matan on a tandem skydive from 13,500 ft. He was incredible,
and made my first experience an unforgettable one. I would do it all over again
in a heart beat. Please enjoy the photo that I sent. I'm still pinching myself,
I can't believe that I actually did it! You were all fantastic.
I recently did a tandem jump at Skydive Snohomish with my pops, Rocky. We had
been discussing doing this together for years and with your help that dream came
true. It was an experience that I will never forget. I jumped with Todd and my father
jumped with Jordan. Their smiles and enthusiasm made the whole experience comfortable
and easy going. After pulling our 'chute Todd told me, "Welcome to my office." That
comment sent my head spinning and after some time to think about it, with my feet
on the ground, I fully plan on making many more jumps and working my way up to a
solo jump. I have almost worn out my DVD of the experience, showing my friends and
have also started planning another jump with as many as eight of my good frineds.
We will definitely be jumping at Skydive Snohomish. Doing this with my pops is what
made it one of the most memorable events in my life. Thank you so much. You will
see me, and hopefully my pops again very soon.
Months ago, my cousin decided she wanted to "jump" into her "30's" by jumping
from a perfectly good plane and skydive! As crazy as it sounded, we agreed thinking
she would back out, but as the day approached we put our deposit down instead. The
countdown had begun and this began a reality of doing one of the items on my "bucket
list" that I never had enough gumption in my self to do alone. At the one-week to
go mark, my Dad went to the VA hospital... my life was changing and I had no control.
Instead of backing out, I continued out to the field knowing that just the day before,
my Dad had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a complication from Agent
Orange. As I walked towards the building, I decided that this was one of those moments
that will define life as I know it. Am I living my life to the fullest or am I just
dealing with the stress and merely existing?
Obeying rule #1- Have fun!
We were suited and loaded on the plane, Matan my instructor, and the entire crew
made me feal very safe. They were so calm, reassuring and supportive. All of my
stress started to crack, I was obeying rule #1
Then Matan and I left the plane!! What a rush as we flew through the wind I left
the stress in the sky, the world was off of my shoulders, and I was free! I am glad
I got the video
so I can relive, and remember to keep that special sparkle in my eye and enjoy everything
life has to offer.
Dropping out of the plane at 13,000 ft, it changed my perspective. Perspective
to see how big the world is, and how little my problems are. Perspective to change
the negative in my life to a positive, that life is already too short - so obey
rule #1 and HAVE FUN!
Thanks again to everybody at Snohomish Skydive! Everyone from Janelle helping
us secure our reservations and
and the expert crew of dive instructors that eased our fears, to Leslie with the
super cool video.
You all do an amazing job and pull off an orchestrated ballet with perfection and
The entire birthday party had a amazing and jaw-dropping time!
I was laying in my yard here in Snohomish on May 21st when I saw flying high
above a small airplane. About 60 seconds later I see parachutes open and the skydivers
slowly float behind the trees and out of my sight. I had always wanted to skydive,
and had spoke of it for the past 2 years, but either never got around to it, was
too busy, or my friends who wanted to go with couldn't go. It was at this moment
when I decided to call Skydive Snohomish.
At first, I was just calling to inquire about the prices and how scheduling worked.
The guy who answered the phone (who's name I did not catch) was so friendly and
I was shocked at how low the prices were. I thought it would be much more expensive
then $225. The gentleman who I spoke to, asked me if I wanted to set up an appointment,
and he said I could jump as soon as tomorrow if I pleased. So I did it. I signed
up, without hesitation.
I was so excited I called everyone to see if anyone wanted to go with me, but
of course everyone was too busy to make it, let alone on that short of notice, but
I didn't care. I showed up at Harvey field around 11:30am for my 12 o'clock appointment
and was greeted as soon as I walked in by 2 very helpful girls. (I also didn't catch
either of their names.) One had me fill out all the scary paperwork and then I stepped
outside to wait with such anticipation.
Twelve O'clock rolls around and we all get summoned inside to meet the instructors
and to find out who we are going to be jumping with. This is when I met Jordan.
We went outside so he could teach us the only 3 rules of Tandem skydiving. He was
great because it hadn't have even been 2 minutes before he had us all laughing and
smiling. After the instructions of what we were going to do, and a little practice
of arching on the ground, we went back inside where I found out that I was the 1st
jumper, and that Jordan would be my partner.
I was excited, but not at all nervous. We got geared up with the spiffy colored
jump suits and super comfortable harness... and headed outside. We squeezed ourselves
in the little Cessna 185 and closed the door. I remember Jordan telling me this
was the scariest part (which was a lie, but for him it was). Take off. The whole
ride up I don't really remember except laughing at all the silly faces that Jordan
makes and laughing at Vic (who happened to be jumping that day alone). At this point
we are about 10,000 feet, and I am still not nervous at all. Jordan straps us together
and tells me what is going to happen when we open the door.
So the door opens and out goes the 1st jumper. It happened so fast my brain didn't
register where he had went. Then Vic crawls forward and gives me a high five and
then jumps. Then its our turn, we crawl up to the door, and Jordan taps my foot
to put it on the step, and so I do. He has to remind me to cross my arms and lean
forward, so I do... and that's when it hit me. All the nervousness that I was lacking
all day hit me like a ton of bricks. I was starring strait down 12,000 feet. Before
I could even say anything (which I couldn't say anything by this point anyways)
I can not even explain how it felt to fly. My stomach was in my chest, I was
so scared that I couldn't even scream, I couldn't do anything except laugh. The
rush was better then anything I had ever felt. By the time Jordan pulled the chute
I was laughing so hard. I couldn't believe the view, the feeling, everything about
it. In less then 2 minutes of my life, I have had more fun then I had ever had.
We drifted down and landed almost perfectly on the grass and I couldn't believe
I had done it. I was running on pure adrenaline. I thought the feeling would soon
go away, but I had an adrenaline rush for about 4 hours, and was high on life all
Jordan was amazing, and I will be hoping to see him again soon.
My experience all around was out of this world. I have found a new passion, and
you will defiantly be seeing me again soon!!!
Thank you for everything, to all the staff at Skydive Snohomish.
Skydiving for the fist time last Sunday was the most exciting experience I have
ever had. Thank you "Spotty" for the time of my life, and a big thank you to everyone
for taking such good care of Tom Smith for his 70th birthday. I will be back.
Did my first jump Sunday night. It was more fun than I had imagined. We weren't
able to go on Saturday due to clouds, and the anticipation just rose and rose until
we went on Sunday. My tandem guy was Shawn and he was awesome. Thanks so much for
the experience of a lifetime. I hope to go again soon.
I would like to THANK YOU, Skydive Snohomish, for such a fantastic time. I was
pretty scared to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and at the same time wanting
to Tandem jump for a long time.
The ladies behind the counter were so nice and patient with me on Saturday when
I couldn't make my mind up about upgrading to the 13,000 feet jump (My Christmas
present-certificate, 8-10,000 feet) I am so glad they helped me decide to do it.
I had reserved my place for 9:00am Saturday and the clouds didn't lift in time,
so I rescheduled for 12:00pm Sunday. On Saturday Bill was going to be the video
guy and Vladimir was to be my best friend. Bill and Vladimir on Saturday were both
very nice, outgoing, and really made my experience waiting around fun, which helped
me relax. They made me feel very comfortable in my decision to Tandem jump.
On Sunday, when I arrived, I sat thru the class a second time and Vladimir gave
the class. He was an excellent speaker for the class, much more detail. Kelly came
up to me a little later and let me know that in the 3rd group he would be my video
guy. Another excellent choice. He did a great job with the video.
Shawn was my best friend on Sunday. He seemed a little reserved but he, too,
did a great job for the jump. I'll be surprised if he can still hear. My woo's and
woohoo's were loud and a lot.
I was scared to jump but after you get out of the plane and are turned to watch
the plane go by, this is where all the fun starts. I have always enjoyed the view
from an airplane looking at the ground and this didn't seem to be very different.
Having the wind in your face is so nice. It's like the older days when you could
still ride in the back of a pick-up truck with the wind in your face. I actually
didn't have a care in the world, all I had to do was look around & have fun.
it was a little shocking when the cord pulled, being somewhat unprepared for
it, but even that fun. you realize what is happening quickly and laugh at yourself
more than anything "huh?" feeling. after chute pulled open shawn showed me controls,
right left, so much i have always loved rides this best. twirled around way then
My family was on the ground waiting for me to land and my friend Sue looked up
as I was coming down and said "that's Pam, right there, oh yea that's her". This
is before she could even hear me yelling my woohoo's. She knew, she said, I was
the only one really doing circles.
It was a great landing, even though I couldn't seem to be able to stand up at
the very last moment. It was a fun experience.
After picking up the
eating, I got home and watched the
what an awesome editing job done! The "Hotel California" song is perfect for me.
My friends & family know that I love that song.
What an awesome experience and I would love to do it again.
Keep up the great adventure! The sky's the limit.
Kelly and Shawn made an unbelievable dream come true in July. Flying up to 13,000
feet in the sky was something that I never imagined would be so abnormal and exciting!
As we got to the designated height for the skydive I began to get extremely nervous.
Kelly and Shawn helped me towards the edge of the door and said " We're going to
go on the count of 3, look at the camera! 1...2...3!" I almost puked! I didn't know
how to handle the extreme feeling of falling at first but I got used to it quickly
as Kelly grabbed my hand and swung me around! I will never forget the day I went
skydiving and I hope that I get the chance to do it again very soon! I've watched
of it probably 30 times since I did the jump and truly can't wait to do it again.
I thank you for the experience and hope to see you all soon!
I hate to be cheesy but it was by far the most AMAZING and coolest thing I have
yet to do. This was a present from my sister because I just graduated high school.
Best present ever! I was supposed to go with one of my best friends but he's a chicken
and wimped out the day before! Since I already had the deposit down on 2 spots I
needed to find a replacement ASAP. I was asking all around but never thought to
ask my boyfriend because I for some reason thought he was scared of that kind of
stuff. I was talking to him about my predicament and he told me he'd love to go.
So we ended up going and I'm SOOO glad I got to share that experience with him (especially
since he is now my fianc!). The dive was incredible period, but our instructors
made the experience so much better. Mine was Vlad, he was awesome. Overall this
experience was one of the best I've had in my life (so far) and I got to find out
how cool my fianc really is! Thanks for this opportunity and we will DEFINETLY be
returning. Hopefully shortly....
Christmas Eve, 8pm Santa Claus arrives with 2, 8.5 x 11 manila envelopes one
for my wife and one for me. Wondering what surprise might be inside, we opened the
envelopes and found the surprise! Two skydiving certificates for a tandem jump from
Harvey Field in Snohomish, Washington. We were speechless needless to say. Finally
when we could talk we asked Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with a little elf (our son,
daughter in-law and granddaughter), WWWWWHHHHHHAAAATTTTTTTTT? The response was that
it was getting harder to find something that would be different and since we had
done almost everything already, this was something that was on a very short list
of things they thought we should do.
The next 7 months passed with thoughts of can we really do this? However, how
could we not because if we didn't we would never live it down. In reading the instructions
we found out that because of our age we would need to get an OK from our family
doctors. I guess that if you are as old as us, they figure you would have better
sense than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Alas, my doctor signed the
OK quickly. I wondered about the lack of hesitation on his part as he once was a
student of mine, and I am not sure that he got the grade he might have thought that
he deserved. Step one completed.
Saturday we arrived at the airport to sign up for the jump. We scheduled the
class for the next Saturday at 3 pm with the jump to follow the training.
Saturday arrives with not a cloud in the sky. The jump is obviously on. Butterflies
for breakfast, followed by mowing the lawn. Some people might choose a last meal
of lobster and steak, but I thought mowing the lawn would be better and besides
my stomach was already full of butterflies.
2:30 pm we arrive at Harvey Field for our training class. Rule 1; Smile Rule
2; Relax and have fun; Rule 3: Don't worry, your instructor will take care of everything
(I make a special note to remind him several times not to forget to open the chute
and make double sure he and I are indeed harnessed together.) My instructor's name
is Kelly and he insures me everything will be fine.
While waiting for the plane we are video taped by Bill who will be recording
my jump from start to finish. When he asks us about how we decided to jump I point
out that it was our son Eric's idea of a Christmas gift. Early inheritance also
was brought up but alas it was too late to do anything about it as the plane was
awaiting us and we were all suited up. After climbing for 20 minutes, we reached
our jump altitude of 13,400 feet. This is of course a little higher than the standard
jump but again our son thought free falling a few extra feet was necessary. When
it came time to jump, or better put, fall face first out the plane the instructor
and I scooted up to the open doorway with my feet hanging over the edge of the plane.
13,400 feet is a very long ways up in the air! Too late to do anything about it
because the next thing I knew I was flying like a bird with by body arched, head
tilted back, and arms stretched out like wings. What a rush! Bill, who was taking
the video came over to us and took my hand. I thought about asking him for some
Grey Pooh Pon (excuse the spelling) but I was a little speechless at the time. The
view was superb with words lacking for the actual sights that were before us.
Eventually the freefall was over and the chute opened with a sudden change in
speed. Kelly said that we had been traveling at a speed of around 150 mph and when
the chute opened we slowed down to a speed of around 5 mph in a time of less than
5 seconds. Now that is deceleration! The final couple of minutes were quiet and
peaceful with the landing right on target and as easy as getting out of bed. Friends
and family met us with cheers and the question of when we were going to go again.
The response was, there are many things left for us to do, and if time permits we
indeed might get around to doing it again. It is an adventure that everyone should
try if for no other reason just to be able to say, "I did it". A fellow traveler
once told us "that there are many ways to lead a life". Being adventuresome obviously
is a first step in finding these many ways. Living to dive verses living to die
can add a dimension to your life that you will never forget.
There is no other feeling that is close to jumping out of an airplane and free
falling for a minute. I had to get used to the breathing, but other than that it
was a BLAST! After the chute opened it was such a soothing and calm feeling of just
floating down with the scenery and the sun setting. Sometime soon I'm bringing a
group of friends with me so they can live the experience of a life time. The staff
member Shawn was rad and he was up there to make sure I had fun and enjoy the ride.
Also his video
I went on a dive with Shawn to 13,000 feet. It was great. Both my niece and I
had a fabulous time!! She dove with Vlad, the DVD's they created were great!! Thanks
for making it a wonderful day for the both of us...I would be interested in a static
line dive at some point. Thanks!
My dad and I jumped for our first time in July in celebration of our birthdays.
Skydiving was something I had always wanted to try, my dad too, and this year I
was finally old enough. What better way to celebrate turning 18? My dad said that
he had been talking about jumping for years but couldn't get anyone to go with him.
He was excited when he realized my enthusiasm for it, so we decided to make a day
out of it. We even brought along my litter sister as our professional photographer.
When we got there I was surprised by how relaxed the room was. The nervousness I
developed on the car ride there had disappeared. We were early for our jump and
lucky enough to be the only ones there since it was a weekday. Because of our excellent
timing we got to spend extra time with our instructors, Shawn and Vladimir. They
were both incredibly amusing. Telling my friends about our instructors was a great
story itself. It was awesome to have just the four of us and our pilot in the plane.
Our favorite part was, by far, the first few seconds of our jump. Shawn wasn't kidding
when he said that it feels like a roller coaster.
I'm glad I have a strong stomach. I don't think my dad or I stopped smiling for
hours. After all, that is the most important rule, right? We are already talking
about doing it again.
(To Bill, a videographer)
A giant thank you for coming on the skydive on Friday. I was so excited for my
first dive and I didn't even know photos and a
be an option. So, that was just a surprise bonus for me.
The photo CD and
came today. They are just fabulous and I am so thankful for your time. I also appreciate
your skill. There was so much going on during the jump that I did not even know
that you were on the outside of the plane taking our pictures until I saw the
Both the CD and DVD are filled with great images. In fact, there were a couple
of scenes on the DVD that I did not remember happening at all! I think I was so
very excited that I could not take it all in. You captured our day and now I even
have photos to share with my siblings. Thank you for including us all.
You keep thanking me for taking you on my jump. I just laugh because I keep trying
to thank you for your time. My sister was the one who really wanted everything captured
on film, but now I am glad she was so persistent.
I just wanted to say "thanks" for the ultimate experience!! That was INCREDIBLE!!
I am already planning a return trip with a few of my friends (including Chris) later
this summer!! Thanks again. It was awesome!!
Thank you for your expertise in capturing our "Most Excellent Adventure". We've
viewed it several times and when that door opens and the camera pans down, my hands
still get clammy and my heart palpitates! We will remember and "feel" that experience
for quite some time thanks to you. You are fabulous!
Vladimir (tandem instructor),
Thank you for instilling so much confidence in me that I was able to participate
in an unforgettable bonding experience with my son on his special day. Sure I was
terrified and whining on the way down and I may never do that again, but thanks
to you I am grateful and do not regret taking the dive!
It had always been a lifelong dream to go skydiving, then out of the blue, two
weeks ago a friend mentions she and one of the girls she is working with are going
skydiving to celebrate her birthday. I immediately asked, "Can I come?" and they
said yes, the more the merrier. Well the way I look at it, I turned 30 years old
in December and for me this has been a year long celebration, including trips to
Mexico, Europe and all four corners of the United States. So when it was mentioned
that I could go sky diving I was like, "Hell yes".
My experience on the jump was spiritual. My tandem partner was Gui, and I told
him I had no reservations about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, I was
actually looking forward to it :). When the time came I got to jump second. My friend
who was my connection to this random day jumped before me and I got to watch her
fall from the plane...the only thing I thought was, "Come on, let's hurry up and
follow!" As soon as I stepped out of the plane, I immediately focused on the horizon,
the colors were amazing, the jagged mountains had me prepared to go snowboarding.
There was no fear, a little turn to the right, then to the left, and now it was
my turn. It was a full 360 degree clockwise and then countdown 1, 2, 3 the rip cord
was pulled.....too soon I thought. I want more freefall!! Now I want to go back.
My tandem dive with Vlad was a truly amazing experience. I jumped the day of
my 50th birthday, and I never felt so alive after completing the jump. As I drove
home that day, I kept marveling at how beautiful a day it was and how wonderful
life was. All of the people at Skydive Snohomish were terrific, Vlad even sang "happy
birthday" to me on our descent to earth. Kelly did a great job with the
shown it to people at work and several have expressed interest in jumping. Thanks
to all for making it such a special day.
I came out there last weekend on the most gorgeous day and had my first tandem
jump with Luke. It was pretty much the coolest thing that I have ever experienced.
The first few seconds were very disorienting but once we got right it was amazing.
From the moment the door flew open I was yelling in excitement. Luke and I did a
ton of quick spirals and then he let me fly the chute to the ground. I am dying
to go again and hope to one day get licensed so I can go when and where I want.
Thanks for the amazing opportunity. And tell the front desk girl Emily thanks for
being awesome and funny.
There were 4 of us arriving for the final part of our fundraising for the Sparrow
Clubs. This was my 3rd. jump Diane was going to have number 6, Josh and Kim were
looking at number 1. Our old enemy fog was present, like last year. We shall overcome.
Yahoo! I get to be in the first load. Different Plane, no somersaults, freestyle,
OK lets go!! MARVELOUS, OUTSTANDING. Shake hands with Kelly in freefall, new tricks,
beautiful. It ends all too quickly. I can hardly wait for next year.
Thanks for one of the best experiences of my life!
Everyone at Skydive Snohomish made my first jump a memory that I'll never forget.
Vladimir kept the mood relaxed yet professional, so I was able to sit back and relax
and just thoroughly enjoy the entire day, knowing that I was in good hands.
Everyone I know has enjoyed Kelly's handiwork with the video camera. Great shots,
good tunes and a lasting memory. My kids love to watch their Dad on TV. You made
me a star. Thanks again, and I know I'll see you again.
WOO-HOO!!! What an incredible experience! Freefall was not what I expected. I've
always had dreams of falling, but in those dreams, the feeling of acceleration was
intense. That was not the case in the real thing, though. Skydiving feels like flying,
not at all like plummeting to one's death as many believe. It was truly magnificent;
Lyn and I have been on a real high since last Friday.
I've been trying to promote Skydive Snohomish to everyone I can, telling them
that if for no other reason, they should try skydiving just because we live in a
time in history when we can. One hundred years ago no one was jumping into the sky
at 12,000 ft, and who knows about a hundred years from now?
I'd like to thank the Luke, Vlad, and Kelly for making the jump so much fun,
along with the rest of the staff at Skydive Snohomish. Luke was very relaxed while
I spun the parachute like a crazy person, which was nice, as spinning was the second
best thrill for me, next to the freefall (of course).
Thanks again for the amazing thrill- Lyn and I are trying to come up with some
creative financial schemes to support our new addiction to skydiving, so hopefully
you'll see us again soon.
My name is B. Smith and I had the breath-taking honor to do a tandem jump in
September. I could conjure up all sorts of elaborate imagery to accompany my description
of the actual event but I have basically fallen under the assumption that words
can't describe what actually pulsed through my veins and raced through my mind as
I fell helplessly back to the earth I've meandered through all this time. Heavy,
Went for my THIRD dive yesterday in the bright blue sky!! Level 2 tandem with
Mr. Vlad and actually had to think this time instead of twirling and flipping and
somersaulting without a care! It was a total BLAST starting to learn how to control
the velocity, direction and speed of the free fall and the parachute! Vlad is awesome
as usual with excellent instruction and very calming manner (and of course his regular
Thank you again for an awesome jump - look forward to number four and certification!!
YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
I made my decision to take a skydive with Snohomish as soon as I booked my vacation
to WA. I am from Devon, England, and had always wanted to experience a sky dive
but was holding out until I found a really scenic location where I knew I would
appreciate it that little bit more. I don't think I could have found a better place
to jump in this regard; there is something special about Snohomish.
After completing the necessary paperwork upon arrival, I was invited to take
an upgrade on my tandem dive to jump from a higher altitude. This is definitely
worth it! In my opinion the freefall is the best part, and this upgrade ensures
that you maximize this element to the full. I remember asking someone who had skydived
before back in the UK what it was like jumping out of a plane... they said; "it
is actually quite surprising... you almost feel as though you are floating around
and not plummeting." Well let me tell you this... they are wrong! I felt I was heading
south pretty quick, no, very quick (how does approx 120mph sound?!)
The pre-dive briefing was quick (approx 30 mins) but clear and efficient. There
are only three rules to the tandem skydive at Snohomish, which you will learn very
quickly. The flight up there was pretty cool too. I remember thinking, we must be
getting out soon, but the plane kept climbing. I would say first timers would either
be extremely nervous or extremely excited. I am happy to say I was definitely of
the latter, but that is, until one of the instructors slides open the plane door
at 10,000 feet (why would they do that??!!) The wind howls by, although it is still
surprisingly calm within the plane. The first jumpers go and disappear so quick
you don't even get to hear them scream. I am last out and Kelly tells me to move
towards the door and hang my feet out the edge! I do so and look at the ground beneath
me, everything is miniscule as you can imagine. The instructor's count to "three"
seems to take ages, and then before you know it, you are skydiving! I remember Kelly
pointing out to the plane banking away for it's decent as it shot down past us.
The feeling is incredible. I have experienced many extreme sports in my lifetime,
but nothing beats the adrenaline of a sky dive.
After approximately 45 seconds of freefall the parachute was deployed and everything
changed. The noise of the wind stops, you change to a sitting upright position with
your feet dangling, and you can open your mouth without the result of your cheeks
inflating with the intake of air!
The landing was perfect and apparently I could not stop smiling!
Naturally I would highly recommend to anyone who has not experienced skydiving
before to go ahead and book it today, and do it at Snohomish. If I were resident
near Snohomish I would definitely be booking myself up for some further lessons.
As it happens, it is more expensive to skydive in the UK so I'm going to have to
wait a bit.
I did my first jump ever with Skydive Snohomish in September. I had always wanted
to try skydiving, and finally decided that there was no reason not to go now! I
did a search on the internet and was fortunate enough to find Skydive Snohomish
right away. I immediately started calling friends, and got a group together.
When we got there, it was overcast and we weren't sure if we were going to be
able to jump. When the cloud cover burned off a few hours later, and we got to go,
it was the most incredible experience of my life! I couldn't believe I was doing
it even as I did it. There's absolutely no experience that can even come close!
As I was falling, I had to keep on reminding myself that I was actually in the air
and actually falling from 13,000 feet!
All the staff down there were really nice and helped us feel really safe. They
also made sure we had a lot of fun! As we landed, I knew I wanted to come back and
can't wait to do it again! Skydive Snohomish and all the people down there are awesome
and the whole experience was just great!
Getting older..............or better? A skydiving testimonial.
The following are some of the things that have made my 65 years rich, full and
with few regrets. I try to seek things which are fun to do -- and do them! I try
to stay curious -- try anything once. I smile a lot and laugh often making others
laugh with me. I try to stay enthusiastic, you only live once. I easily believe
in the impossible....'cause you never know! I don't dwell on what awful things might
happen. Instead I focus on the incredible things God has just around the corner.
So there I was at the Skydive Snohomish door Saturday morning at 8:15 am awaiting
a new adventure! Paperwork taken care of, off I went to a totally thorough Static
Line training session with CJ.
I felt a bit out of place with the young folks in my class but with our common
purpose a sense of camaraderie quickly developed. My class members and all of the
staff at Skydive Snohomish wanted me to succeed, be safe and enjoy my first jump.
The on-ground landing training was a strain on me but I was expected to do everything
that everyone else did, building my confidence.
In the plane with the wonderful pilot Jennifer and instructor Todd I was worried
that the strong wind was more than the strength in my arms. With patience, encouragement
and a second try out I went! It was an awesome trip down knowing that I was doing
something many folks would not even try. Skydiving is something I had always wanted
to try and Skydive Snohomish had everything and everyone in place to make my jump
Listening to the words of field instruction in the radio when he said "Jumper
No. 2" I thought THAT'S ME!!! I did it! My landing was more like a splat than the
smooth roll that CJ had us practice but I will do it perfect NEXT time.
I want to thank you all for making a 65 year old lady VERY, VERY happy. I will
relive the experience until my next jump.
What an awesome way to spend a morning. My tandem instructor Vladimir was fantastic
and funny too and made sure that fun was the order of the day. I will most certainly
be back for more jumps. My sincere thanks to everyone. All the people at Skydive
Snohomish were just fun to be around.
I had my first skydiving experience on Thursday. It was everything I had expected
it to be and so much more. The plane ride itself was awesome, and once we had actually
stepped out of the plane, there was no reason for me to be nervous! I just enjoyed
the ride - the sensation of not falling, but more like floating and the view were
the highlights of the jump. Also the "roller coaster" like motion of the parachute
was exhilarating. I am so glad to have had that once in a lifetime experience, and
if I won the free jump, I would love to have it be a twice in a lifetime! Thank
you all so much for the opportunity.
This was my first time to go skydiving, and it was one of the best moments in
my life. My friend and I had been talking about it for years and one day we finally
got up the courage to go. Both of us arrived at Skydive Snohomish on the day of
our jump without any previous skydiving knowledge. The staff, through their friendliness
and professionalism, made us feel right at home. The training was brief but thorough,
and we got into the plane knowing exactly what was going to happen. Thanks to the
staff's knowledge and experience, I felt nothing but pure adrenaline when I jumped
out of the plane! My first thought when I landed was "When can I go again?" Thanks
for everything guys!
To the Skydive Snohomish Management, I would like to express my appreciation
for the wonderful skydiving experience on Saturday. I would like to specifically
point out that my instructor, Kelly, made my first jump 1000% better than I anticipated!
Enthusiasm and a positive attitude are hard things to find these days, and Kelly
should be commended for having both. From a consumer standpoint, he's an asset to
your company. The Skydive Snohomish staff as a whole were very friendly and made
for a great jump. I felt as comfortable as one could jumping out of a perfectly
good airplane. :)
Thank you! We'll be back for more!!!
I cannot begin to thank you all enough for making my introduction to skydiving
so exhilarating and memorable. The family at Skydive Snohomish is wonderful! I thought
I was going to have a difficult time trusting a complete stranger with my life,
but all involved in my experience made me feel very safe and welcome. The camaraderie
among your staff and love for the sport is so evident.
Our entire group had an amazing time. We were able to get the extra altitude
and jumped from nearly 14,000 feet! It was the most fulfilling, indescribable experience!
I've had a smile on my face ever since, and I can't tell you how many times I've
watched my video!
I am personally grateful to Kelly and Bill for making my first jump so memorable,
notice I say first jump, as I'll definitely be back! I hope to continue the experience
with one of the transfer packages!
Again: Kelly, Bill, Vlad, Smiley, Elaine, THANK YOU!!
WHAT A BLAST!!! Just got back from my first skydive at Skydive Snohomish, Harvey
Field! It was AWESOME!! There is no way to describe the rush you get from leaping
(okay, being pushed nicely) out of a plane up 12,000 feet in the air! We did 3 flips
and ended up in our arch position for at least a long minute before the chute was
pulled! It was so loud and then completely silent when we were floating with the
chute opened. If you are considering jumping there is just no way not to have it
videoed! It's the coolest thing to watch the whole experience again (although I've
noticed a glazed over look after the 9th or 10th viewing from my friends...)! They
did enjoy the fact that I looked like a wide mouth bass for the majority of my free
The folks at Skydive Snohomish are the best (Vlad and Tyson have the best smiles!!)
- kind and very thorough - they take away any fears you may have and make the experience
a total blast! Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience and something I
will never forget!! I can't wait to jump again and bring friends!!!! THANK YOU THANK
YOU THANK YOU!!
First of all let me say this was like nothing I have ever done before in my entire
life!! It was more exhilarating than I ever imagined.
When I found out the clouds were clearing and we were for sure jumping I began
to get a little nervous, even though I told my wife and kids that I wasn't. I mean
seriously, hurling yourself out of a plane with a little piece of cloth strapped
to your back, that's just crazy. As we made our ascent into the blue skies and fluffy
clouds, my nerves really began to kick in. Finally we reached our altitude and it
was time to go! As I leaned out the doorway with my partner strapped to me I remember
thinking, "holy ____ that is a long way down," but before I could finish my thought
we were falling at a rapid pace. Once I settled into the freefall it was incredible!
We yelled back and forth with shouts of joy and then we "rock and rolled" as he
called it. We made some slow spins so I could take in the breathtaking view of the
water and the surrounding countryside. Well at least I think that's what took my
breath away, it could also have been the 120+ mph speeds that we were reaching!
Once the chute opened, thankfully, it was like a different experience, very peaceful
and quiet. Again to take in the views was incredible, even the one when I looked
at my shoes and it was only about 5,000 feet to the ground!! My guide showed me
how to do some spins and maneuver the parachute and just how much control you actually
have in the air. And then it was my turn. He gave me the reins and I got to fly
us around a little. It was great. As we finally made our approach for the landing
I could clearly see the smiles on my family's faces and I am sure they could see
mine. We made an awesome landing and the ride was over but the memory will live
forever. I cannot wait to do this again.
Thank you for the experience of a lifetime,
Thank you Skydive Snohomish for the MOST exhilarating moments in my life to date!
I'm sure I represent the more nervous among your many guests. Everyone there on
Sunday - all the instructors, videographers and staff couldn't have been nicer and
more caring! All of us in customer service fields can learn a lesson from your organization.
My very special thanks to Vlad and Bill for a memory I will never forget.
Just wanted to tell you what an amazing experience we had at your place!!! I
had promised my niece, Rebekah, a skydive for her 25th birthday. She scheduled it
for August --had the most wonderful time, is still on a high and wants to go again!!
Everyone we encountered at Harvey Field was wonderful. Vladimir was her tandem diver
and we really enjoyed him. He is obviously very experienced and gave her a great
deal of confidence. Bill did her
does an amazing job. I am afraid it may wear out from being watched so much! It
is something she will always treasure.
Thank you to everyone for this memorable experience!! We look forward to future
Skydive Snohomish staff,
I'm contacting you to thank you for an excellent experience. I completed my first
tandem jump in August, and I have nothing but good things to say about your facilities
and staff. Although I have not visited another drop zone for comparison, I felt
that the staff was well qualified and professional. It's been exactly a month since
I jumped, and I can't wait until I have the time to do it again. Hopefully it will
be sooner than later. I can't remember all the names of those who assisted me along
the way, but the staff was great. I rarely forget a face, so I'll be sure to reintroduce
myself the next time I see everyone. My instructor (Vlad) was great, and I'll ask
for him again next time.
To your credit, long before scheduling my initial jump, I researched multiple
dropzones and discovered dozens of positive customer reviews regarding Skydive Snohomish.
With regard to quality and integrity, I read nothing but positive things.
My name is T. Wilson and I am 18 years old. I did a tandem skydive from 13,000ft
in August. I had a great time. I was not worried at all because the instructors
assured me it was safe. The view from the plane is amazing. You can see everything.
This is something that I have wanted to do for about a month and I am glad I did
it before I left for college. I told my friends how much fun it was and now they
want to try it. I only know one person who has been skydiving besides me and that
is my mom. I want to share this experience with my friends so next summer I have
decided to come back but some of my friends are going to do it also. The second
I jumped out of the plane I had a huge rush of energy. We did three flips before
our freefall. It was a feeling that I have never experienced before. I didn't feel
like I was falling. Then when the chute opened it got really quiet and I was able
to enjoy the beautiful view. It seemed to me that day that everyone who jumped had
a very good time and had a smile on their face. I can't wait until next summer.
I came to Harvey Field for my first skydiving jump expecting a, ummmh, spiritual
experience, actually. It's a good thing I was, because if I wasn't, I may have been
terrified! The most impressive part of the dive was watching the descent of my son
Caleb, who was also there for a first jump.
I exited the plane before Caleb. My Tandem Instructor, Rob, opened the parachute
early, as I had requested, so I could enjoy a great view and a long, gentle ride
down. Soon after the parachute opened, I heard Rob say, "There goes your son, straight
ahead of us". I looked up and saw what appeared to be a spinning meteor plummeting
before me! My eyes trailed its path downward until it was little more than a speck
Finally, the speck blossomed into a distant parachute, and it wasn't until then
I that I could look away. It was incredibly surreal, listening to Rob reassure me,
predicting the shrinkage of Caleb's form to near pinpoint size, followed by the
flowering of the parachute. I imagined it to be the closest thing to a "guardian
angel" type experience, like in the movies, where something horrific has happened
and you are dead because of it, but there at your side is an angel who is explaining
it all and walking you through it. I never felt the least bit of fear, even regarding
the fate of my son, because of my mindset and Rob's reassuring words.
After a glorious view, a slow descent, and a soft landing, I joined my son and
the rest of our party, and basked in the exhilaration, and spirituality, of it all.
My first skydive, ever was quite an experience; something I always wanted to
do and nothing that can be easily described. I now know why people would choose
to jump out of an airplane on a regular basis. The exhilarated rush I got as the
door of the plane was opened at 13,500 feet was nothing compared to what I felt
like when I was hanging out of the door, Rob yelling in my ear, "Ready! Set!" whatever
else he said in the second before we jumped was lost in the excitement, and then
we were plummeting towards the earth, the cool air buffeting my face, making even
the act of breathing a challenge.
The freefall went by quick, and I'm very glad that I decided to go up to extra
altitude or else it would have gone too fast and I wouldn't have had any time to
enjoy it. The ground rushed up quickly, and I began to wonder how low we were going
to get before the parachute opened. Then I was jerked upward it a sudden and unexpected
motion, causing me an instant of fear. The fear was quickly replaced by awe as we
floated downward, Rob pointing out landmarks and allowing me to steer for awhile.
I can't say enough about how exciting and inspiring it was to skydive, and I look
forward to doing it again and again. The staff at Skydive Snohomish was extremely
friendly and knowledgeable, and I never doubted their ability for a second. The
camaraderie between the instructors as we were going up in the plane was a soothing
balm to the nervousness and anticipation. I encourage everyone I know that had even
a slight interest in skydiving to do it, and tell them that Skydive Snohomish is
a great place to start.
Thank you very much for a great and completely unforgettable experience.
I have been skydiving twice, once in June and again in August. The first time
I went up, I was with Kelly and we could only go up 8200 ft because it was cloudy.
That was a rush but it was nothing compared to the second time. I again went up
with Kelly but this time we went up to 13,500 ft! It was fantastic. I could see
the sun reflecting of the skyscrapers in Seattle! It was quite a rush. The feeling
of falling and the wind blowing is like no other experience. It was definitely worth
going up the extra altitude. I hope to come back soon before the weather gets bad.
It is impossible to express in words what a fabulous time we had skydiving with
you at Harvey Field. Initially my husband and I were interested in sending our daughter's
long-time boyfriend skydiving as a gift. (We aren't trying to get rid of him, we
really do like him.) Everyone got so excited that we decided to jump together as
The professionalism and hospitality of your staff was evident from my initial
call to gather information until being escorting back to the hangar after the jump.
The staff members were relaxed, enjoyable and obviously serious about our safety.
They sincerely cared that we had a good time and made the most of our experience.
The people that came to watch us jump felt that the staff helped them understand
and appreciate what was happening.
This was truly the experience of a lifetime that everyone should try at least
once. Paying for the extra free fall was especially rewarding since it gave me (as
a nervous first-timer) the chance to really gain my composure and enjoy the feeling.
that we purchased is a priceless keepsake as our daughter and her boyfriend were
engaged just as they landed and it made it on the
are so glad that we chose your company and your people to be part of this amazing
I've always enjoyed wind in my hair and sticking my arm out of an open car window
to touch the air that I couldn't see. When I was little I used to wait for the days
when the wind would howl so I could grab a blanket (a.k.a. "cape") and my little
brother and I would "fly" around the yard. On Friday, my mother Annette, her friend
Nora, Nora's daughter Talia and I flew for the first time, and I don't mean the
It started when Annette and Nora announced they were going to skydive during
summer vacation to their coworkers at the teachers' lunch table. They knew they
couldn't return back to school without actually living up to what I'm thinking was
a "mid-life crisis" decision. :) Then remembering to be thrifty-the two realized
there was a group discount...this is where Talia and I got roped into it.
The scariest part about skydiving? Signing those papers... WOW. It's in plain
English, and all I remember about it is that phrase stating that you're jumping
with human made planes, parachutes, human instructors, etc. and HUMANS ARE NOT PERFECT.
Thanks for that guys, as if I wasn't nervous enough. Oh yeah and something in there
about "EXPERIMENTAL" being in capital bold faced letters, more than once I think,
What I really did like best was the whole atmosphere of the place. Your staff
obviously loves the enjoyment that you bring to everyone, and loves being there.
IT SHOWS. Our instructors Luke and Vladimir were awesome, they really enjoy what
they're doing, including preparing you for the jump by having you lay in the grass
perfecting your Superman-like diving arch. After the second "Arch...and rest!" from
Luke I felt like saying "Yes drill Sergeant!" Hey, no one told us we'd have to exercise...Just
kidding Luke :)
The actual jump in all honesty cannot be summed up into words. I know I was left
speechless. I would never claim that there isn't a serious adrenaline rush, but
looking back I'd say it's more of a thrill. To have the feeling of flight, to feel
the air in your hands, to hear the wind and nothing else is so surreal and inexplicable
that I dare any first time jumper to really capture the most pure sensation of freedom
that there is into words.
The best I can offer is that in the 3 hour drive home back to Yakima, WA stuck
in quitting time Seattle gridlock, we were the only women grinning ear to ear, totally
relaxed laughing about the whole day. And I sat in the backseat dreaming of next
year-when I will fly again. Next time I'm not settling for 10,000 feet, I'm going
higher baby!! :)
To our incredible instructors Luke and Vladimir who made our first jump such
a great experience, our videographer Todd who did above and beyond what we expected,
the pilot and the rest of the staff...THANK YOU.
We jumped Friday afternoon with our daughters and I wanted to thank you for an
incredible experience. Vladimir and Luke, your professionalism, relaxed manner and
good humor were especially appreciated as I was very nervous about jumping. Special
thanks to Todd, great
did a terrific job. We've gotten a lot of enjoyment showing the
friends and family. As terrified as I was, I don't regret one second of it. I'm
already considering jumping again. Thanks for the memory.
I thought scuba diving was the best thing I'd ever experienced. Now, skydiving
is the best!! In fact, I plan on doing it some more!!
Vladimir and Luke did a wonderful job of keeping us calm and helping us feel
comfortable about the whole experience. We all appreciated their "at-ease" composure.
We left there very "pumped" and drove all the way back to Yakima, Washington
with grins on our faces and an occasional giggle.
Again - thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! An experience I will never forget!
- WOW - AWESOME!
What a wonderful experience and a great birthday gift. (Lets see how he can top
this one). The day started out with great weather and a great group of people.
My instructor Kelly gets big kudos for his great smile and making me feel comfortable
and safe throughout the whole experience. Thus making it a positive experience.
Also to Scott for his part in videotaping. I can hardly wait to view it. (I'm
told it's in the mail).
I was thinking this might be a once in a life time thrill but with it being so
much fun and I'm still smiling, I just might have to rethink this. Thanks again
to all for everything, making this such a fun, memorable day.
I had an incredible time skydiving with you guys. CJ was a great instructor who
was helpful in making me not so nervous. She would explain what was going to happen
and why and then tell me as she was checking all the equipment then again after
she had finished checking all the hookups. It made me feel better to know as she
was checking everything out. It was such an exhilarating experience. I had a blast
and I plan on skydiving again.
Hello everyone at Skydive Snohomish,
I want you all to know my first sky dive was a life changing experience. I was
blinded in a shooting accident back in 1990. I had some people wonder if I were
crazy for wanting to sky dive and I had others who wish they could do a jump. I
remember talking to the girls in the office at Skydive Snohomish, I asked them if
it was ok for someone who was blind to skydive. They spent some time looking it
up in their book of regulations and could find nothing about blindness. So, their
next step was to ask their world renowned sky diver Vlad if he could think of any
reason why a blind person could not sky dive. When I heard back that he saw nothing
wrong with a blind jumper I was thrilled to say the least.
As the day of the jump got nearer and nearer I was really looking forward to
my jump. When the day finally got here, I was glad to see that the weather was going
to cooperate. This meant my friend Scott and I would be able to add extra height
to our jump. After getting all the paper work out of the way, I heard I was going
to be jumping with Vlad. They told me he has over 14,000 jumps and has done some
world record jumps as well. Wow! I knew right then my life was going to be forever
All the staff made me feel really good about jumping. I never had any doubts
that sky diving was not safe. I could tell I was flying with a real first class
outfit! I was taught how to do the most important thing in sky diving, this is called
Now the moment of truth had arrived, I was going up in a plane almost two and
a half miles up in the air and jump out. Vlad asked me if I had any thing I wanted
to do in my jump. I told him I wanted to do some back flips out of the plain if
we could. I was pleasantly surprised to hear I think we could do this no problem.
Again, Wow! I am going to go two and a half miles up and jump out of a plane, ran
through my mind.
Now we are up in the plane and getting close to the ten thousand foot level.
I hear someone start singing happy birthday to a young lady who was 80 and about
to jump. We all joined in and wished her a happy birthday and a happy dive!
Well three more jumpers and it would be my turn. I was feeling my blood starting
to pump faster and faster the closer we got to my jump. We are now up to 13,000
feet I heard Vlad say in my ear. It was now my turn to jump. I was ready to jump
into what is the black abyss for me, but strangely enough I was feeling at peace.
We slid to the door of the plane a few seconds later the weight of the world
was gone. We were now doing one flip, two flips, three flips, and an arch half way
through the fourth. Just like planned we flattened out and went straight for the
ground at over 130 miles per hour. The next forty seconds were over with before
I knew it and we pulled the chute. Our descent was now slowed by over 100 miles
per hour. I think my brain was still going faster though. I really enjoyed the flips
and the free fall, but I really gained a great appreciation for what kind of control
a person has with a parachute as well.
Back on the ground after a nice soft landing, it struck me that I just jumped
out of a plane and lived to tell about it! The whole experience was an awesome one
to say the least.
I know in my heart I will skydive again. I also know I will encourage any one
blind or not to jump. Everyone who has seen my
my jump has said it looked as if I had been jumping out of planes for a long time.
I give the credit to the man who has been jumping out of planes for a long time
named Vlad. He is the brave one to have been the first to jump with a blind guy
at Skydive Snohomish.
We all had such a great time last Friday! Thank you for making the entire experience
one that will last for a lifetime. I can not tell you how many times I have played
the entire day over and over again in my head (especially when I was trying to sleep...that
didn't work too well!). There is still a HUGE part of me that can not believe I
did that. I have watched the
and over...and had many good laughs at how funny I look!
Most importantly, I am so happy that you all were happy with the promotional
exposure you received by partnering with 710 KIRO for Dori's Summer Adventure Series
So many people have watched the
have said maybe that they would do that someday. So, you never, know....we could
be back. And you can count on Kati and I being there when Tony jumps!
A big thank you to Tyson, Vlad, Gui (I love that guy!), Kelly, Mike and the whole
gang. I can't thank you enough for a fun, and safe, experience of a life-time.
Just wanted to say "thanks" to all the professionals at S.S.
My son, Greg, and his girlfriend, Jenny, had the best possible time. You run
a class outfit. Say a special thanks to Gui, Kelly, Vlad, and Bill (I think it was
"Bill" who videotaped Greg).
We'll be telling a lot of our friends about your outfit. You guys are awesome!
Wow!!! That was just incredible!
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I want to thank you all for making my birthday a lot of fun and such a wonderful
experience. Skydiving was the most fun I have ever had in my life! I look forward
to my next jump, until then I watch my
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I made my first jump Saturday morning and I have to say it was, without a doubt
the funnest thing I have ever done. Everybody there at the center was helpful and
very friendly, it really put me at ease. It was not scary one bit, it was all excitement.
Thank you Helen, Charlie, Vlad, Kelly and Bill.
Hope to see you all again real soon.
Thanks for everything. You guys were awesome. What a great job you do up there.
Congrats to you all for running a great company. The rest of the weekend was terrific.
Everything went well and Lora was just thrilled.
Hopefully we will get a chance to see you guys again somehow.
Just wanted to drop a line and say "thanks for the most amazing thrill of
my life!" I jumped with Vlad on Saturday, and I now know. There is no way to
adequately describe the experience. I just know. Vlad was a true pro. He made me
feel safe, and insured that I had a great time.
As I can afford it, I will be back!
I did a Tandem Jump this last Saturday and just had a blast! It was one of the
best experiences I had and I don't know if I'll ever be able to top it!
My Bestfriend and I jumped with CJ & Vladimir and they were awesome folks
to jump with. I don't think the jump would have been as good if they were not "the
angels on our backs".
Helen & Elaine in the office provided excellent customer service and we couldn't
have been more pleased.
Scott video taped my jump and did an awesome job. There was not one point where
didn't have the action properly centered.
Just wanted to let you (all) know that we had such a BLAST on Wednesday!!! It
was truly AWESOME and like nothing else. You were all great!! I was so afraid that
Jeri was going to "freak out" on me, but she is already looking forward to the next
jump (41st birthday??? -- uh, I mean 29).
Anyhow, thanks so much and we can barely wait to "dive" with you again!
I wanted to let you all know how much my family and I enjoyed the experience.
The training was just the right amount so as not to be overwhelming. The jumps for
everyone were incredible, thanks to a safe and well run operation. We were only
sorry that we didn't get to jump with CJ, tell her thanks for us.
Thank you for the awesome experience! You all were so helpful, upbeat and accomodating.
I've been giving out the dive bucks cards. Tony and I told our Kiwanis group
today and found some more interest- we are running out of cards - do you limit the
number you give out, or would you want to send us a few more? I'm very happy to
do more promoting.
Thank you again.
Throughout today I spoke to everyone who jumped last Friday, and everyone had
a great time, and some are even ready to go again (as I promised them they would),
anyhow just wanted to say thanks for having the group have a great day!
We went skydiving on Sunday and I had such a wonderful experience that I just
had to email. That was the most fantastic experience of my life! I could not have
a better time. Not only because of the skydiving, but, because the people there
are WONDERFUL. Vladimir is the most amazing person. Because of your attention to
detail and the types of people you have working there, I felt completely comfortable
and safe every single second. Vladimir did his best to not only make sure that I
was safe but that I was having fun too. And, it's not just me. You guys are like
that with every single person that comes through there. I've seen it. I cannot thank
you enough. I have, and will continue, to tell everyone I know about you and encourage
everyone to go skydiving.
I'll be back. You can bet on it.
I would like to thank everybody at skydive Snohomish. for everything I had the
best time of my life today and I owe it all to you guys there.
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!