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  • Inspiring Skydiving Quotes and Captions for Skydive OC
    Jun 26

    Inspiring Skydiving Quotes and Captions for Skydive OC

    Skydiving is not just an exhilarating adventure; it's a testament to the human spirit, courage, and the pursuit of freedom. Capturing the essence of this thrilling experience through words -- skydiving quotes and sayings, specifically -- can inspire and engage both skydiving enthusiasts and those who yearn for adventure. You might even inspire a friend to join you on your next jump!

  • Why Group Skydiving In Ocean City is a Must!
    May 31

    Why Group Skydiving In Ocean City is a Must!

    When it comes to embarking on exhilarating adventures, nothing comes close to experiencing the thrill of skydiving than with a group of your closest companions. If you're seeking the perfect destination for group skydiving, look no further than Skydive OC in Ocean City, Maryland! Let's chat about the benefits of group skydiving, pricing information, and why group skydiving in Ocean City is a must.

  • How Weather Can Affect My Skydiving Day
    Apr 30

    How Weather Can Affect My Skydiving Day

    Skydiving is an extreme outdoor sport, which means that skydiving weather has to be pretty optimal across the board for a day to be jump-worthy. When checking for a good skydive weather forecast, we look for five things: temperature, wind characteristics, chance of precipitation, cloud coverage, and humidity. "Can you skydive in the rain?" It's a question we get all the time and we're here to answer it for you. Let's get into it!

  • Skydiving Safety Tips for First Time Jumpers
    Mar 27

    Skydiving Safety Tips for First Time Jumpers

    Skydiving safety. Sound like an oxymoron? Think again! Safety is actually one of the main pillars of skydiving culture. We can't keep doing this thing we love if we aren't careful about it! Decades of research and progress have ushered in the safest era of skydiving yet.

  • Skydiving Facts: What You Don’t Know
    Feb 28

    Skydiving Facts: What You Don’t Know

    Going skydiving for the first time can raise a lot of questions ... what does skydiving feel like? ... is skydiving scary? ... can I go skydiving with a fear of heights? ... does your stomach drop when skydiving? These are all such normal questions to consider that they're addressed in our frequently asked questions page! After all, jumping out of an airplane is like nothing your mind or body has ever experienced before.

  • What is The Type of Person Who Skydives?
    Jan 31

    What is The Type of Person Who Skydives?

    Thrill-seeking, adventurous, daring, and crazy are all stereotypical words used to describe skydivers. Are skydivers really like this? Are we all fearless adrenaline junkies? Nope! We're here to tell you what skydivers are really like, why the sport is so special to us, and why you should most definitely join our sky fam!

  • Can You Pass Out While Skydiving?
    Dec 30

    Can You Pass Out While Skydiving?

    Skydiving is the epitome of extreme sports, so it's totally normal to be a bit weary of all the "unknowns" of your first jump! Let us assure you that passing out, getting sick, or anything else undesirable happening is extremely rare and usually totally preventable. What does skydiving feel like? Does it feel like you'll pass out? Nope! It's difficult to describe the feeling of skydiving to someone who hasn't experienced it - imagine trying to describe what coffee tastes like to someone who has never seen a coffee bean! You truly just have to do it!

  • Are There Age Limits for Skydiving?
    Nov 30

    Are There Age Limits for Skydiving?

    Skydivers are known for advocating for inclusivity, and while it is very true that most people can skydive - not exactly everyone can skydive. While we would love for everyone to experience the dream of human flight, there are some restrictions and requirements set outside of our organization that we simply must follow. Please know that these regulations are for safety reasons only and not based on any prejudices. You might already know about the weight restrictions for skydiving but what about skydiving age requirements?

  • Why Starting Out Tandem Is A Good Idea
    Oct 26

    Why Starting Out Tandem Is A Good Idea

    Let's be real, we've all dreamed of flying through the clouds. Whether you had that dream as a sprout or - with tandem skydiving being totally a real thing - much more recently, you may be considering making that dream a reality. Maybe you've even asked yourself, should I go skydiving? Orrrr maybe you are interested in fully committing and getting your skydiving license right off the bat. Either way - we will always, ALWAYS recommend starting out tandem first!

  • After Effects of Skydiving on the Brain
    Sep 25

    After Effects of Skydiving on the Brain

    In 2021, there were an estimated 3.57 million skydives made. Wondering why so many people would willingly leap from an aircraft several thousand feet above the ground?

    For some, it is merely part of the endless expedition to secure that next adrenaline rush. Though, many of these ceaselessly searching individuals find much more than they bargained for. You see, the majority of repeat jumpers return time and time again because they have discovered the after effects of skydiving come with some pretty stellar benefits.

  • What is Night Skydiving?
    Aug 19

    What is Night Skydiving?

    Imagine falling through the sky at 120 mph... now imagine doing it at night!! If you think skydiving sounds exhilarating in the sunshine, then just picture going night skydiving underneath the stars!

  • Can You Skydive Through Clouds?
    Jul 31

    Can You Skydive Through Clouds?

    The desire to touch a cloud probably starts when most of us are young children. Looking up at the sky, clouds just look so fluffy and soft - there is something so enticing about them! Then you grow up and learn that clouds are merely condensed water vapor and you realize the sad truth that being inside a cloud would simply feel like going outside on a foggy day.

  • What to Wear Skydiving in the Summer
    Jun 29

    What to Wear Skydiving in the Summer

    There are so many questions to consider in the days leading up to jumping out of a plane, and one of them is inevitably what to wear skydiving. It might seem like a trivial question when taking into account that there are many important things to think about before jumping out of a plane, but what to wear skydiving can actually affect your experience. What to wear skydiving in summer is very different from what you would wear in winter, so let's get you prepared for your time with us in Ocean City this summer!

  • Skydiving Weight Limit: What You Must Know
    May 25

    Skydiving Weight Limit: What You Must Know

    The skydive weight limit at every dropzone is not solely decided by the parachute center. Like many other rules and regulations of our sport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the skydiving gear manufacturers are the shot callers. This is important, as the last thing we want is for any potential jumper to think we, meaning our industry or our individual skydiving dropzone, are being discriminatory. Weight limits are determined in the name of safety and comfort. Let's take a look into the logistics of skydiving weight limits.

  • What Does Skydiving Feel Like?
    Apr 30

    What Does Skydiving Feel Like?

    One of the questions we frequently get asked is both simple and vague: what does skydiving feel like? You need to experience it yourself, as it's pretty hard to explain, but we will do our best to describe the feeling.

  • Effective Breathing Tips While Skydiving
    Mar 31

    Effective Breathing Tips While Skydiving

    If you're thinking about taking the leap, you probably have a lot of questions. Maybe you've heard about what skydiving is like from experiences your friends and family have had. Most likely they loved it and can't wait to go again (maybe go together?!), or maybe they're in the one-and-done category and are happy they did it. Regardless, they definitely have a lot to say about their jump, perhaps including - "During freefall, I felt like I couldn't breathe!" Well, that would give anyone pause!

  • Skydiving Videos: Are They Worth the Money?
    Feb 28

    Skydiving Videos: Are They Worth the Money?

    The cost of tandem skydiving videos may seem steep, especially after you've already saved up and shelled out to book your skydive, but listen closely - now's not the time to scrimp! As cliche as it sounds, it's worth stating: you only skydive for the first time once. Don't miss the opportunity to catch yourself in the act of accomplishing something extraordinary!

  • Is Skydiving Fun?
    Jan 31

    Is Skydiving Fun?

    Skydiving is a lot of things - an adventure, a challenge, a thrill like no other - but is skydiving fun? You better believe it! Skydiving is tons of fun. All about having fun, in fact! When weighing up the idea of doing a skydive, the freefall part is likely where your mind goes first but there's a lot to be said for flying under a parachute too - and despite the jangling nerves you might have about jumping, as soon as you do it there is only joy. Let's do a play by play -

  • Is Skydiving Worth It?
    Dec 29

    Is Skydiving Worth It?

    If you Googled "skydiving prices" only to suffer from sticker shock and then Google around some more to see how "skydiving near me prices" compare ... you'll see that tandem skydiving prices are in the same ballpark, for the most part. Let's get into what goes into skydiving costs, how to choose the dropzone for you, and why skydiving is worth it.

  • Skydiving Positions and the Arch: What To Know
    Nov 30

    Skydiving Positions and the Arch: What To Know

    Have you ever wondered why skydivers seem to be so stable and relaxed in free fall? Falling with stability doesn't happen by chance; it occurs because of a foundational body position known as "the arch." Learning to arch is Freefall 101 when learning to skydive. Individuals who are unable to perform this key body position will be advised not to pursue skydiving as it's fundamental for your safety and the safety of others.

  • Does Skydiving Hurt?
    Oct 21

    Does Skydiving Hurt?

    Generally, skydiving is a pain-free experience, but it's not without moments of discomfort caused by multiple factors which include an individual's fitness and flexibility as well as variables like harness fit and weather conditions.

    It should go without saying that an individual can be seriously injured or even killed when making a skydive (our company attorney wanted us to add that bit in), but barring anything serious we'll cover a routine skydive and the areas where a level of discomfort may be experienced.

  • What are the Differences Between a Tandem and Solo Skydive?
    Sep 27

    What are the Differences Between a Tandem and Solo Skydive?

    By far the most common way people experience skydiving for the first time is via a tandem jump, but what are the differences between tandem skydiving and jumping solo? Also, how do you go from one to the other? Skydiving alone and independently is a great goal to have, because everyone should know what it feels like to jump from an airplane - but at the start you need to learn what to do. This can happen in a few different ways...

  • Health and Exercise Benefits of a Skydive
    Aug 11

    Health and Exercise Benefits of a Skydive

    The different ways that you can engage with skydiving - a lifestyle, a hobby, an obsession, a serious competitive sport - grow from the simple fact that even a single jump contains a lot of health benefits you can use.

  • What to know about Skydive OC's planes before jumping from them
    Jun 23

    What to know about Skydive OC's planes before jumping from them

    The Cessna is Skyive OC's beloved tandem skydiving plane because of its strong engine for a smaller plane, its predictability and its speed in the air

  • 5 Questions Every New Skydiver Should Ask
    May 12

    5 Questions Every New Skydiver Should Ask

    Before you make your tandem skydive booking, it is important to ask a few questions to ensure you have the best experience possible.

  • All About the Skydiving License
    Apr 21

    All About the Skydiving License

    The traditional first step to becoming a skydiver is a tandem jump, where you're paired with an experienced instructor, and then various levels of skydiving licenses can be achieved after that.

  • How To Become A Professional Skydiver, Or Close To It
    Apr 12

    How To Become A Professional Skydiver, Or Close To It

    Since people realized that you could jump out of airplanes for fun, skydiving has grown into a leisure activity, hobby and even a competitive sport. It's something that appears on many bucket lists, but you can turn a one-time experience into a professional career.

  • Is Skydiving Bad For Your Back?
    Feb 9

    Is Skydiving Bad For Your Back?

    Skydiving is perhaps the original extreme sport, and it is entirely reasonable to wonder if it might be hard on your body. Without having ever jumped out of an airplane before, you could easily imagine that deploying a parachute at 120 miles per hour would put a lot of strain on your back - or any part of your body.

  • Why A Fear Of Heights Shouldn't Stop You From Skydiving
    Jan 12

    Why A Fear Of Heights Shouldn't Stop You From Skydiving

    Lots of things we fear have very sensible roots, and being scared of heights is completely natural because falling off something is bad for you. But however sensible it feels to be anxious about skydiving, technology, technique, process and security should allow you to overcome that fear.

  • Skydiving Safety — How Safe Is Skydiving
    Dec 11

    Skydiving Safety — How Safe Is Skydiving

    Let's get it all out in the air - skydiving IS a dangerous sport, no bones about it. There are absolutely no guarantees, and there is a release of liability waiver you'll need to complete before you embark on this adventure. However, we'll let the statistics, technology, and our efforts tell more of the story on the dangers of skydiving.

  • How to have the ultimate skydiving experience
    Nov 23

    How to have the ultimate skydiving experience

    Attitude, altitude, culture, views and video all add up to create the perfect skydiving experience, which Skydive OC offers to both first-time and returning skydivers.

  • How to Prepare for Your (First) Tandem Skydive
    Oct 30

    How to Prepare for Your (First) Tandem Skydive

    There are many things to consider when you're looking to make your first skydiving jump. We hope to answer some of those questions for you here.

  • Tandem Skydiving Landings - What to Know
    Oct 7

    Tandem Skydiving Landings - What to Know

    If you've landed on this page, it's likely you're giving tandem skydiving some serious consideration and now you're doing your research about tandem skydive landings and the physical requirements needed. If that describes you, you're in the right place as we're going to share everything you need to know about how to land while skydiving.

  • Why a media package is the perfect skydiving addition
    Aug 28

    Why a media package is the perfect skydiving addition

    Is a skydiving video worth it? You bet your bottom dollar it is. Here's why a media package is the perfect skydiving addition.

  • Skydiving Slang — The Language of Skydiving
    Jul 31

    Skydiving Slang — The Language of Skydiving

    The vocabulary of skydiving is very nuanced and goes far beyond the word "parachute." If you're interested in skydiving, prepare for a crash course in skydiving terms you've never heard about! Consider this your unofficial dictionary for skydiving terms.

  • What Does Terminal Velocity Mean In Skydiving?
    Jun 22

    What Does Terminal Velocity Mean In Skydiving?

    Terminal velocity means the top speed an object can achieve when it falls through the air, and skydivers can manipulate their body position to travel at the same speed.

  • How a parachute works and the design behind it
    May 29

    How a parachute works and the design behind it

    Parachute equipment is a rapidly developing field, one in which improvements are still consistently made today. The parachutes are made from a lightweight nylon material that has been chemically treated to be less porous, which allows less air to pass through the fabric and further increases the air resistance it creates.

  • Tandem Skydiving: Everything You Need To Know!
    Apr 27

    Tandem Skydiving: Everything You Need To Know!

    Everything you need to know about tandem skydiving.

    Adventurists: get ready for one of the greatest adventures on planet earth!

    Fearful moms: take a deep breath, this isn't as irresponsible as it may seem

  • Why Are You Doing This?
    Jul 17

    Why Are You Doing This?

    April Arnold shares her experience as a first time tandem skydiver. She took the skies to Ocean City, Maryland and describes to her followers in her most recent blog post the why, what and how of why she chose to jump out of a perfectly good airplane on a beautiful July morning at the beach!

  • Make it Count Monday: Stop and Smell the Roses
    Oct 30

    Make it Count Monday: Stop and Smell the Roses

    For this last Make It Count, hear Amy Ebling talk about the importance of making each minute count by slowing down and noticing more. Being present in each moment. Stopping to smell the roses, even (or the Pumpkin Spice, this time of year I guess)!

  • Make it Count Monday: Setting Goals That Scare You
    Oct 23

    Make it Count Monday: Setting Goals That Scare You

    Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a frightening experience. This week's Make it Count Monday talks about goal setting; specifically goals that excite you. Read how to turn your bucket list into a to-do list!

  • Make it Count Monday: How to make the most of your time when you have none
    Oct 16

    Make it Count Monday: How to make the most of your time when you have none

    Blogger, Skydiver and Fitness Guru Amy Ebling shares her thoughts on making time to stay fit and eat healthy. From quick workouts to easy meal prep ideas, Amy shares her secrets with us.

  • How Old is Too Old to Skydive?
    Oct 8

    How Old is Too Old to Skydive?

    Whether you are are "training for life" or just giving your vehicle the tune ups it needs, Amy Ebling reminds us why taking care of our bodies is so important. Make it count today and be fit enough to skydive for years and years to come!

  • Make it Count Monday: Why Skydiving is Good for Your Health!
    Oct 2

    Make it Count Monday: Why Skydiving is Good for Your Health!

    Read why the decision to jump out of an airplane was one of Amy Ebling's healthiest things this fitness fanatic and guru has ever done.

  • Meet Amy
    Sep 28

    Meet Amy

    Skydive OC welcomes to the team blogger Amy Ebling. Amy will host a series in October every Monday called Make It Count Monday.

  • How High Do Skydiving Planes Go?
    Sep 25

    How High Do Skydiving Planes Go?

    No, Really, how high do skydiving planes go and why is there a limit to exit altitudes?

  • How to Mentally & Physically Prepare For Your First Parachute Jump
    Sep 8

    How to Mentally & Physically Prepare For Your First Parachute Jump

    Learn top tips for preparing for your first parachute jump and skydiving experience!

  • Why Do Skydivers Wear Helmets?
    Aug 24

    Why Do Skydivers Wear Helmets?

    No really... why do skydivers wear helmets?

  • Our Skydiving Safety Record
    Aug 5

    Our Skydiving Safety Record

    Learn about Skydive OC's skydiving safety record compared to the national average.

  • What is Skydiving Versus Parachuting?
    Jul 15

    What is Skydiving Versus Parachuting?

    What is the difference between skydiving and parachuting?

  • Is it Really All About the Skydiving View?
    Jul 6

    Is it Really All About the Skydiving View?

    What is skydiving all about? Is is really all about the skydiving view? Find out here...

  • Top 13 Skydiving Bucket List Ideas
    Jun 26

    Top 13 Skydiving Bucket List Ideas

    Learn all about the top bucket list skydives for new and long time skydivers.

  • Should I go Skydiving? 5 Tips to Conquer Your Fear
    Jun 15

    Should I go Skydiving? 5 Tips to Conquer Your Fear

    You may be asking yourself the question, 'should I go skydiving?'. Learn from these 5 tips on how you can muster up the courage to go.

  • Is Skydiving an Extreme Sport?
    May 15

    Is Skydiving an Extreme Sport?

    What is an extreme sport and is skydiving considered extreme skydiving?

  • All About Parachute Steering
    May 8

    All About Parachute Steering

    Your Guide (and history lesson) about parachute steering!

  • Skydive OC Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary
    May 4

    Skydive OC Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

    It's our birthday month and we are celebrating with an anniversary special. Jump in May for a promotional rate of $174 plus a $30 Photo Credit! [$194 on Saturdays. See Terms and Conditions.] Click Here to Book Now!

  • All About Skydiving and The Elements of a Great Skydive
    Apr 20

    All About Skydiving and The Elements of a Great Skydive

    Want to know all about skydiving? Understand what elements are needed to have a great skydive and to make the most of your skydive at Maryland's Skydive OC!

  • Can You Breathe While Skydiving and Other Skydiving Myths
    Apr 7

    Can You Breathe While Skydiving and Other Skydiving Myths

    Many new skydivers ask the question, can you breathe while skydiving, & this article dives into the skydiving breathing myth & answers other common skydiving myths.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Your First Time Skydiving
    Mar 27

    Everything You Need to Know About Your First Time Skydiving

    Learn what you need to know for your first time skydiving and how to make your first tandem skydive your best yet! Understand what to expect for your first tandem.

  • How to Guarantee the Best Skydiving Experience
    Mar 15

    How to Guarantee the Best Skydiving Experience

    Understand what it takes to have the best skydiving experience and what needs to be invested to make the best skydiving experience become a reality.

  • Interview with Skydive OC Owner, Jeanice Dolan
    Feb 28

    Interview with Skydive OC Owner, Jeanice Dolan

    Learn about the Skydive OC owner, Jeanice Dolan and experience her story to how she got into skydiving and how Skydive Ocean City in Maryland came to be!

  • Skydive OC attends PIA Symposium in the name of safety
    Feb 22

    Skydive OC attends PIA Symposium in the name of safety

    Drop zone operators, skydiving manufacturers and skydivers all over the world attended PIA Symposium on February 13 - 17, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

  • Skydive OC Launches New Company Website
    Oct 12

    Skydive OC Launches New Company Website

    We're very excited about our new website developed by DropZone Marketing!

  • The Meaning of Safety in Skydiving
    Jul 27

    The Meaning of Safety in Skydiving

    Ever wonder what leads someone to becoming a professional skydiving instructor? Check out this NPR interview with our Chief Instructor.

  • Don't Be Scammed by Third Party Booking Sites
    May 14

    Don't Be Scammed by Third Party Booking Sites

    Don't be scammed! Many booking agencies are posing as real skydiving centers throughout the Maryland and Washington DC area.

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