Find the drop zone closest to you in USPA's Drop Zone Locator!
Many regions are served by more than one skydiving center and a prospective student should shop around. Ask questions (personal observation is even better) about the types of training offered, the type of equipment used, staff qualifications, etc. to find the DZ best suited for you.
No organization rates the relative safety of skydiving schools, but USPA Group Member skydiving centers have pledged to follow USPA Basic Safety Requirements, including providing USPA-developed first-jump courses, using current USPA-rated instructors and providing USPA-required skydiving equipment.
Safety is something that concerns every skydiver and is one of the most important topics in our community. Don't leave your questions unanswered. View our FAQs, talk to the drop zone where you're considering making your first jump, and understand more about skydiving safety.
To learn more details about safety in skydiving, visit our Risk Overview.
Much like cars, everyone believes that their home DZ is best! In reality, there is no rating system for drop zones, and "best" is subjective. Every drop zone has its own characteristics, and what fits you may not fit your best friend and vice versa.
Shop around! Call the drop zone you're interested in, stop by and watch how things operate. Ask questions.
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