Experience the very best view of Chattanooga from 18,000 feet
The best view of Chattanooga is from 18,000 feet.
That’s the catchy tagline for family-owned and operated Chattanooga Skydiving Company. In 1960, Vin Silvia made his first sport parachute jump in Orange, Massachusetts. Since then, the family passion has continued to burn bright for over 50 years. It’s this passion that inspires owner Justin to ensure his clients have a quality skydiving experience, regardless of their skill level.
If you’re an experienced jumper looking for an awesome community, the best aircraft in the southeast, and a gorgeous location, as long as you have a current USPA membership and log book, Chattanooga Skydiving will welcome you with open arms. If you’re looking to learn how to skydive solo, the Tandem Direct Supervision program is for you. And if you’ve never jumped before, there’s no better place to start.
Tandem skydiving—skydiving attached to an instructor with a two-person parachute system—is the safest way to skydive as a beginner, especially since it requires no prior experience or training.
Each tandem skydiving experience begins with half an hour of instruction from Justin, where he explains the skydiving basics and prepares you for the experience of a lifetime. You’ll be introduced to your instructor, who’ll be one of the best in the business with years of experience and a catching enthusiasm for skydiving. As you gear up, Justin assures you, “The best view of Chattanooga is from 18,000 feet.”
The view was enough for instructor Adam Johnson, who’s jumped for four years and at twenty-five locations. “You’ll see Sequatchie valley, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia,” he lists, “the river gorge, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain. The view had me hooked. That and the staff. Everyone here is really cool.”
Laughing, he explains, “I’m not used to answering questions. Usually I’m the one with the camera, asking people stuff.”
“The camera” Adam referred to is the GoPro all the instructors wear. Another service that sets Chattanooga Skydiving apart: instructors will take photos and videos of your tandem skydiving experience. Afterwards, professional videographers will compile and edit the footage into a two-to-three minute, high-quality video. As opposed to others, which can charge up to $100, Chattanooga Skydiving has them beat by providing the service completely free of charge. Every video is posted to their YouTube channel, ready to share on social media. It’s such an essential part of the experience that preparing for the video is incorporated into training for your first jump.
“Hold your head up like this,” Justin says, tilting his head back and his chin up. “Don’t look down like this, with your chin in your chest, because then we’ll only see the top of your head, and it won’t be a good video. And smile. If you smile, we get a better video, and your face won’t flap around.” Adam echoes the sentiment, adding with a grin that “if you don’t smile, your parachute won’t work.”
Other packages for videos and photos are available at unbeatable prices: photos from your jump are $40 instead of the competitive price $69, and the Ultimate Video and Photos package, with photos and video from both the instructor’s perspective and an outside camera flyer and two DVDs of raw footage and still photos, is $125.
After your training, you’ll enjoy a scenic flight to altitude, and then prepare for an experience you’ll never forget: an adrenaline-pumping freefall followed by a parachuted descent overlooking beautiful Sequatchie valley.
“Should I say, like, a quote or something?” Adam asks. It’s up to him. Without hesitation, Adam states, “The best view of Chattanooga is from 18,000 feet.”
Chattanooga Skydiving Company
Tandem skydiving allows you to experience the exhilarating thrill of freefall, safely and securely, no prior experience required!
330 Airport Road, Jasper, TN