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  • Much More Than A Skydive

    Much More Than A Skydive

    While gliding under canopy, the reality of her past life and the beginning of her new life converged; this was the end of an ugly chapter and the beginning of a new future.

    October 27, 2017
  • Skydiving Freefall: What To Expect

    Skydiving Freefall: What To Expect

    There's really no experience closer to flying than freefall! Here's our guide to skydiving freefall and what you can expect when you try skydiving yourself.

    October 23, 2017
  • Confident vs. Cocky in Skydiving

    Confident vs. Cocky in Skydiving

    The most deadly aspect of skydiving isn't swooping, wingsuiting, big ways or collisions or whatever you think it might be. It is lack of patience.

    October 12, 2017
  • Is Skydiving Or Bungee Jumping More Dangerous?

    Is Skydiving Or Bungee Jumping More Dangerous?

    Trying to decide between skydiving or bungee jumping for your next adrenaline rush? Here we look at which is more dangerous, skydiving or bungee jumping.

    October 8, 2017
  • What Is Angle Flying?

    What Is Angle Flying?

    The concept of the parachute was invented long before skydivers were linking up in the sky. The first documented account of jumpers linking was the famous 'baton pass' in 1958. Since then, skydivers have pioneered the progression of the sport into several disciplines including angle flying.

    October 5, 2017
  • Catching Up With DZM, Ryan 'Shaggio' Levesque

    Catching Up With DZM, Ryan 'Shaggio' Levesque

    This month, we catch up with Skydive Carolina's, General Manager, Ryan 'Shaggio' Levesque.... there's so much here you didn't know about from his background, family, and progression in skydiving.

    September 26, 2017
  • The Importance of Taking Calculated Risks

    The Importance of Taking Calculated Risks

    Whether you're a seasoned skydiver or a first timer, skydiving gives you an opportunity to push past your fears and grow into a better version of yourself.

    September 19, 2017
  • Why Currency, Procedure and Repetition Help Build Confidence in Skydiving

    Why Currency, Procedure and Repetition Help Build Confidence in Skydiving

    Skydiving is a sport where having the ability to react quickly in high-stress situations is crucial. Here is why currency, procedure, and repetition are so important.

    September 8, 2017
  • Why People Say Skydiving Is Like A Spiritual Experience

    Why People Say Skydiving Is Like A Spiritual Experience

    Many people, regardless of their beliefs, have described skydiving as a spiritual experience. Here's why we think skydiving is such a sacred, life-changing adventure.

    September 1, 2017
  • 7 Fun Things To Do While Skydiving

    7 Fun Things To Do While Skydiving

    Looking for fun things to do while skydiving? Here Skydive Carolina showcases their top 7 of the crazier hijinks that happen at any given CarolinaFest.

    August 28, 2017
  • Will I Be Freaked Out During the Entire Skydive?

    Will I Be Freaked Out During the Entire Skydive?

    Skydiving is a thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping sport. Trust us, you won't be uncomfortable or freaked out the entire time. It's totally a valid question, though.

    August 22, 2017
  • Are Skydiving Videos Worth The Investment?

    Are Skydiving Videos Worth The Investment?

    First time skydiving? Don't leave without the proof! Videos are easy to post to social media. Trust us, your friends and followers will be green with envy!

    August 8, 2017
  • How to Select a Professional Skydiving Center

    How to Select a Professional Skydiving Center

    When selecting a place to make a tandem skydive, it's important that you choose a professional, well-run skydiving center.

    August 1, 2017
  • So You Want to Be on a Skydiving Team?

    So You Want to Be on a Skydiving Team?

    Is it your dream to be on a championship skydiving team one day? Here are some important things to consider as there's more to it than meets the eye.

    July 27, 2017
  • World-record Skydiver, Melissa Nelson Lowe, Shares Invaluable Tips on Learning to Skydive

    World-record Skydiver, Melissa Nelson Lowe, Shares Invaluable Tips on Learning to Skydive

    Melissa Nelson Lowe has over 11,000 jumps, 18 world records, and has been an AFF Instructor since 1999. Here she shares a few things most people don't think about when they embark on the journey to become a skydiver, that they need to know.

    July 20, 2017
  • 5 Reasons You’ll Want to Jump Again

    5 Reasons You’ll Want to Jump Again

    We understand that the thought of jumping out of a plane more than once in your lifetime may sound ludicrous to you right now. But we've seen it time and time again: people land safely on the ground after their very first tandem and ask us immediately whether they can do it again.

    July 12, 2017
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Learning To Skydive

    5 Things You Should Know About Learning To Skydive

    Are you thinking about becoming a licensed skydiver? Before you begin a learn to skydive program, read five pro-tips from the Skydive Carolina team.

    June 26, 2017
  • What Can I Do With Each Skydiving License

    What Can I Do With Each Skydiving License

    There are four skydiving licenses you can work towards as a skydiver: A, B, C and D. Each license brings its own challenges and rewards which we've broken down for you here.

    June 20, 2017
  • Competitive Disciplines In Skydiving

    Competitive Disciplines In Skydiving

    When first time jumpers come to Skydive Carolina to scratch an item off their bucket list, they often have no idea that people pursue skydiving licenses, let alone that skydiving is a competitive sport with multiple disciplines.

    June 15, 2017
  • The Story of Tony & Dee: The Meaningful Childless Life Duo

    The Story of Tony & Dee: The Meaningful Childless Life Duo

    Imagine you're in your mid 20's, single, and you find out that you cannot have children. How would this change your path in life? How would this affect dating? That's precisely what happened to Tony Eddie and Denise Viapiano. Here is their story.

    May 25, 2017
  • Interview With Master Of Manifest: Laura Jane Burgess

    Interview With Master Of Manifest: Laura Jane Burgess

    Read our interview with lady of intrigue and master of manifest, Laura Jane Burgess. LJ shares some of the most rewarding and challenging parts of her job and how she wound up at Skydive Carolina.

    May 23, 2017
  • The Evolution Of Skysurfing

    The Evolution Of Skysurfing

    Skysurfing was invented by two French skydivers in the 1980s. A combination of skydiving and surfing, it is one of the most glamorous skydiving disciplines.

    May 22, 2017
  • CarolinaFest's OG: Simon "Bones" Palacio

    CarolinaFest's OG: Simon "Bones" Palacio

    In his 10th year of load organizing, Simon 'Bones' Palacio has become the original gangster of CarolinaFest LO's. We caught up with the elder statesman and got real about life and skydiving.

    May 21, 2017
  • Reflections from a CarolinaFest LO

    Reflections from a CarolinaFest LO

    Melissa Nelson Lowe shares about her experience as a Load Organizer for CarolinaFest back in 2011 and how Skydive Carolina brought back the magic of skydiving!

    April 19, 2017
  • A Letter To The Community from the Desk of DropZone Owner, Danny Smith

    A Letter To The Community from the Desk of DropZone Owner, Danny Smith

    2017 marks our 31st year of operation serving the Carolinas and you'd think we'd be easing back a little bit. That's certainly not the case! It's a new year and we have new goals that we're trying to achieve as an organization and a community.

    April 5, 2017
  • When Is The Best Time To Skydive?

    When Is The Best Time To Skydive?

    If you're like many of the first time jumpers we've met, your first skydive is a big deal and you'll want to get as much out of your experience as possible. While we're confident that your first jump will be amazing, no matter what, there are pros and cons of skydiving in every season.

    March 29, 2017
  • Why Skydiving is Better Than Sex

    Why Skydiving is Better Than Sex

    We hear this so often, we thought we'd write about it. Is skydiving better than sex? Either every skydiver isn't getting the fulfillment they desire or maybe there's something to this. Perhaps skydiving brings a joy that outperforms even the strongest of libidos!

    February 28, 2017
  • 5 Reasons You Won’t Regret Skydiving

    5 Reasons You Won’t Regret Skydiving

    Thinking about skydiving? We might be a tad biased but we think it's the greatest experience in the world. Read our top 5 reasons why you won't regret it!

    January 18, 2017
  • Skydiving Facts That May Surprise You

    Skydiving Facts That May Surprise You

    Do you believe any of these common skydiving myths? Here, we share some amazing facts about skydiving you may not know.

    December 20, 2016
  • Steve Vaughn's Story: The 7-Day-A-Week Weekend

    Steve Vaughn's Story: The 7-Day-A-Week Weekend

    Not many 15-year-olds' lives change when they're hanging out at the mall--and certainly not for the better. Steve Vaughn, however, is a notable exception to that rule. One day, the young Shelby resident happened across a demo jump at the local mall, and it was destiny from there on out.

    December 6, 2016
  • Top 5 Skydiving Mistakes For First Time Skydivers

    Top 5 Skydiving Mistakes For First Time Skydivers

    When you prepare for your first time skydiving, there are many things to consider. Learn the top 5 mistakes people make when skydiving for the first time. With these tips for first-time skydivers on how to prepare for skydiving, you'll be sure to have the best experience!

    November 30, 2016
  • Faster, Stronger: Skydive Carolina Attains a New Twin Otter

    Faster, Stronger: Skydive Carolina Attains a New Twin Otter

    We're excited (no--thrilled) to announce that Skydive Carolina will be adding a Twin Otter to its fleet. This does mean that the dropzone and our previous jump ship--the beloved Grand Caravan--will be parting ways, but she's going off to new adventures and leaving us in the excellent hands of the world's very best skydiving aircraft.

    November 11, 2016
  • Does Skydiving Discriminate?

    Does Skydiving Discriminate?

    If you're looking to hang out with a crowd that doesn't discriminate, you've found it. Skydivers care about one thing only, and that is jumping.

    October 25, 2016
  • 5 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Heights

    5 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Heights

    Fear of heights: perhaps, if you've broken through the other big fears in your life, it's your final frontier. There are few fears as petrifying, as tenacious...or as common. Few people on the planet live totally acrophobia-free lives, and we're not even sure those guys are lucky! After all, there's far more to this than meets the eye.

    October 24, 2016
  • 30 Years of Skydive Carolina: Danny Smith's Story

    30 Years of Skydive Carolina: Danny Smith's Story

    Danny Smith is a proud member of a rarefied group--he's one of the only people on the planet who has been an active skydiver for half a century. This year, as he celebrates his 50th year in the air, the dropzone he founded--the world-famous Skydive Carolina--celebrates a birthday of its own, with thirty candles in the cake.

    September 22, 2016
  • Albert Mancinelli Jumps For Airborne Veterans--At 94 Years Old

    Albert Mancinelli Jumps For Airborne Veterans--At 94 Years Old

    When we're more than nine decades old, we hope to still call the sky "home." Recently, we had the honor of jumping with an extraordinary military veteran who does just that.

    August 18, 2016
  • The Sky Can Save Veteran Lives

    The Sky Can Save Veteran Lives

    Skydive Carolina is proud to support Jim Osterman in his efforts to improve--and, in some cases, even save--veteran lives. We thank him for his tireless efforts on the behalf of his fellow veterans and look forward to championing him in every way we can.

    July 26, 2016
  • Do You Have What It Takes To Skydive?

    Do You Have What It Takes To Skydive?

    It's not uncommon for first-time tandem skydivers to spend the night before their jump biting their nails. The truth is... almost everyone is scared before they make their first skydive. And it's part of what makes the experience so great!

    July 20, 2016
  • Why Jump?  An Interview with Blake Reid

    Why Jump? An Interview with Blake Reid

    We're always curious about what motivates our guests to make the decision to skydive. This week, we chatted with one of our recent guests to learn why he decided to take the 14,000 foot plunge!

    July 18, 2016
  • Customer Spotlight: David Nance

    Customer Spotlight: David Nance

    Two years shy of his 40th birthday, David Nance decided that at 38, he would finally cross off one of the biggest items on his bucket list: skydiving. As an ultramarathoner, we wanted to learn more about him and his desire to jump with us.

    June 15, 2016
  • Skydiving as Therapy?

    Skydiving as Therapy?

    You won't find this published in many medical journals, but our experience over 30 years has taught us that skydiving can be an amazing form of therapy. We see it all the time and we think there's something to it.

    May 25, 2016
  • AFP Skydiving NC: What Is AFP and Is It For You?

    AFP Skydiving NC: What Is AFP and Is It For You?

    Accelerated freefall progression, or AFP, is a method of learning to skydive. You'll experience solo freefall from jump 1, assisted by two instructors and following a full day of training. Find out more about AFP (also known as AFF) and if it's right for you.

    April 30, 2016
  • Skydiving Charlotte? Buyer Beware

    Skydiving Charlotte? Buyer Beware

    If you're searching for a place to skydive in the Charlotte area and type in the words 'skydiving' and 'Charlotte' into Google, you'll find that Skydive Carolina comes in second in the listings to a website known as skydivingcharlotte.com.

    March 29, 2016
  • To Our Customers: Why We Discontinued Groupon

    To Our Customers: Why We Discontinued Groupon

    In 2010, the amazing phenomenon of GroupOn made its appearance in e-mail inboxes nationwide changing the way people shopped. It seemed like the ultimate win-win for businesses and consumers alike.

    Six years on, we feel the disadvantages of offering a great deal outweigh the advantages... especially to our customers.

    March 24, 2016
  • 10 Questions with David Fulk

    10 Questions with David Fulk

    Dave Fulk has been an instructor at Skydive Carolina since 2014,but he's hardly new to the sport! Dave LOVES the sport of skydiving and enjoys sharing it with his students. This week, we pose 10 questions to... David Fulk

    March 19, 2016
  • Our Favorite Things To Do in Greenville, SC

    Our Favorite Things To Do in Greenville, SC

    This is the ultimate adventure list for things to do in Greenville, SC! We polled all of our skydivers who live in Greenville and came up with this ultimate adventure list. Looking for something great to do in G-vegas? You'll want to check this list first!

    November 6, 2015
  • Are All Skydiving Centers the Same?

    Are All Skydiving Centers the Same?

    Did you know that not all skydive centers are the same? Though the activity of skydiving is essentially the same, the experience can be vastly different based on several variables.

    October 3, 2015
  • Is Skydiving Safe?

    Is Skydiving Safe?

    One of the most common queries inputted into Google is the question, "Is Skydiving Safe?" As a skydiving center, we think this is an excellent question to ask and we wish to address it head on.

    September 26, 2015
  • Is Skydiving Scary?

    Is Skydiving Scary?

    Before you decide that skydiving isn't for you, we want to answer a very common question... Is skydiving scary? Ready for the truth? The answer is yes and no.

    September 20, 2015
  • Know Your LO: Paul Peeler

    Know Your LO: Paul Peeler

    Paul Peeler is a homegrown, Carolina skydiver, but he has been everywhere and has competed and jumped with the best in the world.

    May 14, 2015
  • Know Your LO: Amy Milhorne

    Know Your LO: Amy Milhorne

    Amy Milhorne has been a staple at Skydive Carolina for years. She is an outstanding skydiver with high skill and a sharp eye for safety. We're proud that she's an LO at CarolinaFest and we know you'll have a great time jumping with her!

    May 14, 2015
  • Know Your LO: Ryan Risberg

    Know Your LO: Ryan Risberg

    Ryan Risberg returns to CarolinaFest for another year and we're thrilled to have him once again. We sent him a few questions asking him a few questions so you can better know your LO!

    May 13, 2015
  • Know Your LO: Laura Wagner

    Know Your LO: Laura Wagner

    She's beautiful, funny and super down to earth. Meet your CarolinaFest LO: Laura Wagner

    May 12, 2015
  • Know Your LO: ArI Perelman

    Know Your LO: ArI Perelman

    We catch up with VFS and FS all-rounder, Ari Perelman as he prepares to arrive as a featured load organizer at CarolinaFest 2015.

    May 6, 2015
  • Jumper Profile: Fred Karr

    Jumper Profile: Fred Karr

    Fred Karr has been a staple at Skydive Carolina for years. He's a friend to all in the community and has seen and done a lot in the sport that has given him much wisdom and insight into training new skydivers. He is Skydive Carolina's AFP lead instructor and we're proud to have him on our team.

    May 3, 2015
  • Know Your LO - Joost Luysterburg

    Know Your LO - Joost Luysterburg

    Joost is from The Netherlands and organizes formation skydiving groups internationally and holds multiple large FS national & world records including the 400-way World Record in Thailand.

    April 23, 2015
  • Know Your LO: Luis Prinetto

    Know Your LO: Luis Prinetto

    Luis Prinetto is one of the best free flyers in the world with an international following. Luis has been a CarolinaFest Load Organizer in 2012, 2013, 2014 and again for 2015. He has participated in numerous big-way world records and has organized at major boogies all over the world.

    April 15, 2015
  • 7 Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Booking a Tandem Skydive

    7 Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Booking a Tandem Skydive

    Are you ready to take the leap, but not sure how to compare the services offered by the different skydiving centers in your area? Relax, we've got you covered! Here are the questions everyone should ask before booking their first tandem skydive.

    March 13, 2015
  • Know Your LO - Simon Palacio

    Know Your LO - Simon Palacio

    Planning on attending CarolinaFest 2016? If so, learn who you'll be jumping with in our Know Your LO series. Meet Simon Palacio.

    March 1, 2015
  • Know Your LO - Lawrence de Laubadere

    Know Your LO - Lawrence de Laubadere

    Before you arrive at CarolinaFest, get to know some of the LO's you'll be jumping with! Meet, Laurence de Laubadere.

    March 1, 2015
  • Catching Up with Sandy Radsek

    Catching Up with Sandy Radsek

    Sandy Radsek is Skydive Carolina's newest team member and comes to us from Eloy, Arizona. Originally, from Wisconsin, Sandy has worked for several years at Skydive Arizona as an instructor and a member of the 4-Way VFS Team, Arizona Drive...

    September 30, 2014
  • The Best Videos of 2014

    The Best Videos of 2014

    There are some VERY creative people in the skydiving world! We've viewed HUNDREDS of skydiving videos and have made a list of our top 10. Some of these you've never heard of... but they're really good!

    September 8, 2014
  • The World's Best Skydiving Destinations

    The World's Best Skydiving Destinations

    This week we ask the question: if you could skydive anywhere in the world, where would it be? With opportunities to make a jump in just about every corner of the globe, the options are overwhelming. However, there are a few places whose beauty is best appreciated from 13,000 feet. Check out our list of The World's Best Skydiving Destinations.

    September 3, 2014
  • 10 Questions With Jurga Berry

    10 Questions With Jurga Berry

    Jurga Berry is a dynamic member of the Skydive Carolina community. Originally from Lithuania, Jurga began her skydiving career under round parachutes and has progressed to become a gold medalist at the US Nationals in 8-Way formation skydiving and is an outstanding AFF instructor. Skydive Carolina is fortunate to have Jurga as a member of our community. Read about her in this week's 10 Questions With... Jurga Berry

    August 25, 2014
  • How to Choose the Right DropZone

    How to Choose the Right DropZone

    The Top 5 Things to Look for When Selecting a DZ!

    There are lots of drop zones in the United States who offer skydiving, but no two drop zones are the same! There isn't a manual out there telling you what to look for.... so we're here to share some insider knowledge

    August 5, 2014
  • 10 Questions with Doug Barron

    10 Questions with Doug Barron

    Doug Barron was Skydive Carolina's 2013 Skydiver of the Year - an award given to a jumper who has achieved greatly and given back to the sport. As an instructor, 4-way competitor, and organizer, Doug is a top notch, hilarious individual who adds much to the community of Skydive Carolina. Check out Doug's 10 question responses...

    August 3, 2014
  • The Top 6 Adventures in Charlotte

    The Top 6 Adventures in Charlotte

    Aside from skydiving, we consider ourselves to be experts on all things related to SPEED and ADVENTURE! We've done all there is to do in this city and we have created 'THE CHARLOTTE ADVENTURE LIST.' If you're visiting Charlotte or are a resident of Charlotte, we recommend these awesome activities in our area.

    July 31, 2014
  • Does Your Stomach Drop When You Skydive?

    Does Your Stomach Drop When You Skydive?

    Did You Know: Your Stomach Doesn't Drop on a Skydive

    If you've ever been on a roller coaster, you're familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of your stomach 'dropping' and ascending into your throat as you speed down the first hill. Fortunately, this is not a feeling experienced when making a skydive.

    July 21, 2014
  • 10 Questions with Peanutt Paige

    10 Questions with Peanutt Paige

    Peanutt Paige is a gentle giant who loves giving his students the time of their lives! He's been a staple at Skydive Carolina for many years and has become a favorite instructor for many returning students. Learn all about Peanutt in this week's 10 Questions With...

    July 10, 2014
  • 10 Questions with Andrew Happick

    10 Questions with Andrew Happick

    How familiar are you with Skydive Carolina instructors and team members? Learn a little more about Skydive Carolina Tandem Instructor, AFP Instructor, and Carolina Turbo XP team member Andrew Happick by reading his responses to the questions below!

    April 28, 2014

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