GoSkydive sign new multi-year agreement to continue commercial operations from Old Sarum Airfield

GoSkydive has announced today that it will continue operations from Old Sarum Airfield throughout 2020 and beyond. The UK’s only tandem skydiving specialist has reached a multi-year agreement with the airfield owners at Old Sarum and will be welcoming their customers to the area for years to come.

GoSkydive jump almost 10,000 first time skydivers per annum at Old Sarum and have historically welcomed 60,000 plus visitors each year to the Salisbury area. Paul Shipway, General Manager of GoSkydive said “Today is a hugely important day for GoSkydive as we can now plan for our future at Old Sarum. Securing our agreement means we will be able to continue to employ almost 70 people at Old Sarum and of course bring visitors to the local area. Our new agreement removes the aircraft related operational constraints that had been imposed by the owners, allowing us much greater flexibility to grow as a business and provide additional opportunities for our customers to develop in the sport, including freefall skydive training and Sports Skydiving at the site. It is certainly a very exciting time for us as a business as we plan for our first operational day 1st February 2020.

Gordon Blamire, Founder of GoSkydive said “We have been in discussions with the owners of Old Sarum Airfield for some time and following their decision to change the mode of operation to dedicate the airfield to unlimited flying by commercial organisations, we are pleased we can now concentrate fully on additional growth opportunities and improving our skydiving packages even further.”

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Skydive – check, birthday celebration – check and marriage proposal – check…. all in one day at GoSkydive

Jamie Snape of Frome, Somerset, had a birthday to remember at GoSkydive Old Sarum. Having jumped from 15,000ft as part of his tandem skydive, Jamie had a final surprise for his girlfriend Tanya South when she landed just after him.

Jamie jumped in tandem with Instructor Gary Chapman and freefall camera flyer Jordan Price capturing the footage.

At 5,000ft under the parachute, Jamie said “hell yeah, absolutely epic, best birthday!”. Tandem Instructor Gary Chapman performed some high speed turns over Salisbury then they landed safely at Old Sarum Airfield.

Jamie then waited for his girlfriend Tanya who jumped in tandem with George Clack. Jamie walked over and popped the question “I’ve got one more surprise” got down on one knee and said “will you marry me?”. She said “yes!” Congratulations to Jamie and Tanya. When asked if they had any messages for family and friends, Jamie said “Do it, get married and jump”.

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GoSkydive celebrates 50,000 tandem skydives

Saturday 7 September 2019 GoSkydive, Old Sarum Airfield celebrated reaching 50,000 tandem skydives. The celebration was marked with cakes, balloons and the 50,000th tandem skydiver, Michael Hall, received a golden ticket to jump for free. GoSkydive also donated £1000 worth of vouchers to charity partners.

Gordon Blamire founded GoSkydive in 2008, with the vision to make tandem skydiving more accessible to everyone and provide true life-changing experiences to customers. GoSkydive, regulated by the British Parachute Association, has lead the way through safety innovations and does more tandem skydives than any other UK dropzone. As a tandem-only dropzone, GoSkydive specialises with first time jumpers and offers full pre-jump training, from videos and induction talks through to the worlds only hanging harness simulation training. GoSkydive also has the worlds first skydiving instructor apprenticeship programme that takes people from not having jumped before, to fully qualified camera flyers and tandem masters. The next Instructor Apprenticeship open day is 14 October 2019.

The oldest jumper for GoSkydive was 100 year old Sydney Crossland.

GoSkydive jumps from the highest UK altitude, 15,000ft, which gives 60 seconds of freefall at around 120 mph and has the UK’s heaviest tandem customer limit which is up to 18 stone.

GoSkydive works with over 300 charity partners and helps raise over £1m a year through tandem skydiving.

Michael Hall, who jumped tandem from 15,000ft, with instructor Edd King had Adam Harrison plus Andy Inman as freefall camera flyers. Michael said the jump was all the more special as it was his 40th birthday next week.

Carl Griffiths, Marketing Manager – GoSkydive:
“Reaching 50,000 jumps is a huge milestone for us. Tandem skydiving is an amazing experience and I’d like to thank our customers who have made this possible and endorsing GoSkydive with their online reviews.”

Paul Shipway, General Manager – GoSkydive:
“We would like to thank each and every one of our 50,000 intrepid customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone and all the team at GoSkydive for making our customers’ experience such a memorable one.”

Emily Wise, Charity Account Manager – GoSkydive:
“Skydiving for charity is a great way to conquer your fears and do something incredible. Not everyone can run a marathon but tandem skydiving for charity is perfect to tick something off your bucket list and raise money at the same time.”

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