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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Sunday 23rd June, a special day for these two skydivers!

Matt Kemp-Smith of Lancing, West Sussex, had to keep his cool on a very hot day at GoSkydive.

Having jumped from 15,000ft as part of his tandem skydive, Matt had a final surprise for his girlfriend Rebecca Burgess when she landed just after him.

Moments before under the parachute, Matt said his freefall experience was “unreal”. Matt then took controls of the parachute for a few minutes under the guidance of Tandem Instructor Chris Griffin before they landed.

Matt then waited for girlfriend Rebecca. He walked over and popped the question “I’ve got a question to ask you, will you marry me”. She said “yes!” Congratulations to Matt and Rebecca.

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Skydivers jump with GoSkydive to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings

6th June 2019 skydivers jumped with GoSkydive based on Old Sarum Airfield. GoSkydive partnered with Alabare, Nationwide and The Chapel Night Club Salisbury to get as many people to jump over 2 jump days, 75 years on from when 23,000 paratroopers landed in Normandy, giving the jump extra significance.

The commemorative skydive through Alabare, homes for veterans aims to raise vital funds and awareness, providing supported accommodation to British Armed Forces Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. No Veteran should be forced to sleep on the streets. Alabare provide dedicated support to Veterans across the South of England and Wales – specifically; Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset as well as North and South Wales. On any given night Alabare Homes for Veterans are able to keep over 129 Veterans off the streets.

Paul Shipway, General Manager – GoSkydive:

We are very proud to welcome back for a second time Alabare, the charity that supports homeless veterans, this time being particularly significant as it commemorates 75 years on from the D-Day paratroopers Normandy landings.

Emily Wise, Charity Account Manager – GoSkydive:

It was great to have an incredible group of skydivers here raising money for Alabare. The funds go towards homeless veterans which was very fitting. It is important we remember the sacrifice made 75 years ago.

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When is the best time of the year to go skydiving

It is generally assumed that the best time of the year to jump is the warmest, i.e. Summer time. In actual truth all seasons of the year are great times to skydive, and this is why:

Our skydive season this year started off with an unforgettable February. The air was so crisp and the visibility so clear that it was possible to easily see Wales and the South Coast: the landscape from above looked like a magical winter wonderland postcard. Yes, it was cold on the ground, and yes, it was colder up there, but when your adrenaline kicks in and your brain is in sensory overload, you really don’t feel the cold as much as you think! The opening of the season also tends to be a quieter period for our operations, making for shorter waits… provided that the weather plays game of course!

winter skydive

Between March and May the spring season brings about the first green landscapes and flower blossoms. The air is still crisp, and this makes for miles and miles of clear visibility. April and May are especially picturesque, as the bright patchworks of “Fields of Gold” rapeseed flowers – Sting’s inspiration behind his famous song – spread for miles across Salisbury Plain, Old Sarum and the stunningly beautiful Woodford Valley. Here you’ll be able to spot the song writer’s country residence, The Lake House, and estate.

time of year to skydive

The summer season between June and September brings about warmer temperatures and a feeling of holidays. Bear in mind that whilst this may sound appealing, when wearing your jumpsuits this can become uncomfortable for some, especially if there are longer waiting times, due to weekdays and especially weekend operations days becoming busier.

October and November always tend to be great months to skydive if you’re a fan of the views: the autumn colour range of yellows, oranges and red can truly be appreciated whist floating at thousands of feet mid-air at (photo). With shorter operations day at this time of the year, you can also be sure that your wait times won’t be so long… again, weather permitting!

best time to skydive

Between December and January our skydive operations close for the winter season, but our offices are always open with our Customer Service team always at hand to answer any questions and offer you any advice you may need prior to making your booking.

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