18 Mar Skydiving & the Coronavirus
Recently, many businesses – both voluntarily and mandated – have temporarily put their operations on hold to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). And like these businesses (and many of you) have been doing throughout the past few days and weeks, we also have been closely monitoring this viral outbreak.
As skydiving is a sport that is inherently dangerous, safety is our top priority – in every situation, no matter the circumstance — with all of our gear, training and alike. That said, the safety and health of our customers is at the forefront of everything we do and every decision we make.
For all jumpers, staff, family, friends and the community, we do not want to foster an environment for this to potentially spread to you or anyone you might come in contact with.
Separately, tandem skydiving is by nature a close contact sport. Aside from checking in, signing your waiver, and the paperwork stuff, there’s the following:
- Dropzone staff has to harness you for your jump
- During the flight to altitude, you will be within inches of many people in the plane – sometimes up to 16 other people
- During your tandem skydive, you will be harnessed directly to your Tandem Instructor for the duration of the skydive
Due to all of these reasons and more, we’ve made the decision to suspend our operations through April 3rd to protect the health and safety of our customers, coworkers, and the community.
Tips to stay safe during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak
We want you to stay healthy and safe. Also, knowledge is power, as they say. So, educate yourself — know how it spreads, and do what you can to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Here are some of the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself:
- Clean your hands often and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with both 1) anyone who is sick and 2) others in your community. This will help avoid spreading the sickness throughout your community.
- Stay home if you’re sick unless you need medical care.
- Cover any coughs and sneezes (and use a tissue or the inside of your elbow).
- If you’re sick, wear a face mask.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces – daily.
Have questions or want to know more? You can find more detailed information on the CDC website here.
Self-quarantine AND get your skydiving fix
Although obviously nothing can replace actually jumping out of a plane, you can still incorporate skydiving into your life while staying safe throughout this difficult time. Here are 5 skydiving movies to get some skydiving in your life during your self-quarantine – not to mention they can help pass the time if you’re going a bit stir-crazy! Note there are plenty of skydiving movies out there, but here are a random 5:
Movie #2: Point Break (remake)
Featuring: Edgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone
Synopsis: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.
Movie #3: Drop Zone
Featuring: Wesley Snipes, Gary Busey, Yancy Butler
Synopsis: A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law.
Movie #4: Terminal Velocity
Featuring: Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini
Synopsis: A maverick skydiver and a former KGB agent team up to stop the Russian mafia from stealing gold.
Movie #5: Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Featuring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Please stay safe, healthy and happy. To reschedule your jump or if you have any questions, feel free to call us at 805-740-0000 or email us at [email protected]. Additionally, if you’d like to plan a future skydive, we’re currently offering 13,000 ft. tandem skydive gift certificates for $149.
Should anything change, we’ll keep you updated. We look forward to seeing you in the sky soon.
-The Skydive Santa Barbara team