Calling All Skydivers,
We are thrilled you are considering jumping here at Skydive Allegan. We each make critical choices over the course of a lifetime and once you’ve made the decision to jump from a plane, your choice of drop zones becomes one of them. As someone new to the sport, or an experienced skydiver new to the area, the careful choice of where to jump should be based on a set of factors. As an experienced skydiver, instructor and owner of Skydive Allegan I am proud to say we have built our drop zone on the foundations of safety, experience, professionalism and inclusiveness.
Safety should be the primary consideration in choosing a drop zone, not the cheapest deal available. We truly believe you, “get what you pay for.” Providing the safest, most memorable experience for our customers includes extensive pilot training, instructor currency and licensing as well as meticulous aircraft and skydive equipment maintenance. We take pride in our clarity, transparency and the meticulousness of our staff which all equate to a safe, incredible experience.
Staff experience speaks volumes. Padgham Field has been our home for over ten years and we are proud to be part of the Allegan community. Our staff members, pilots and instructors are carefully chosen for their experience and love of the sport of skydiving. We are active participants in USPA Safety Day, conduct standardized tandem instructor refresher courses and are under the watchful eye of a USPA Safety and Training Advisor. Our parachute packers are supervised by FAA Senior Riggers after undergoing extensive one-on-one training. Skydive Allegan is a USPA Group Member. The United States Parachute Association governs our sport, ensuring member drop zones are held to high safety and training standards.
Professionalism and Organization are important factors when choosing a place to jump. We take great pride in maintaining an organized and meticulous hangar even when we have a plethora of gear, skydivers and families enjoying our sport. We truly believe that how we conduct ourselves and care for our space is a reflection of our adherence to training, safety and equipment maintenance.
Inclusiveness and the ‘vibe’ at a drop zone will make your skydive experience life changing. At Skydive Allegan you will see wingsuit jumpers, experienced skydivers building formations in freefall, canopy formation jumps and high-performance canopy landings. We have a robust student program with one-on-one coaching, teaching solo students to jump on their own. We are home to the Western Michigan University Skydive Broncos Collegiate skydiving team and employ newly commercial rated pilots from the Western Michigan University Aviation Academy. While at the drop zone you may see Bounce (our three-foot-tall teddy bear) make a skydive. We maintain a camp ground with bunk house on 15 wooded acres directly adjacent to the DZ. We periodically cook breakfast, lunch or dinner on our large flat top griddle or charcoal grill. Our experienced jumpers are happy to share experiences and the energy they exude from their passion for the sport is infectious.
Here at Skydive Allegan, we constantly strive to offer you the best skydiving experience possible at a well established, professional, organized, well maintained and insanely fun drop zone. We encourage you to visit us and see why all of these things, working together, make such a big difference.
Dennis Bennett, DZO Skydive Allegan