Base Jump Instruction
Learn to jump with a wing suit on a skydive. Washington DC Wingsuit Skydiving instruction at skydive Orange, Virginia for MD, DC, & NOVA skydivers.
to learn how to jump with a wingsuit-
200 skydives within the last 18 months, or 500 total skydives. If you never made a skydive before, then your wingsuit training starts here. If you skydive but aren't already a licensed skydiver, then your Skydiving Wingsuit training starts here because you need to get your skydiving license before you even think about learning to fly a wingsuit! After you've got your A license and made at least 200 freefall skydives, then we'll arrange wingsuit school for you.
you have at least 200 skydives within the last 18 months, or 500 total skydives
and are ready to ready to jump wearing a skydiving wingsuit, then email
me and I'll arrange wingsuit instruction for you. If you haven't already
made the required skydives, then you need to make them before wing suit school.
Check our Events Calendar page for the next scheduled wingsuit event.
Wingsuits can DOUBLE your freefall time! (or for you crazy freeflyers, maybe even triple your freefall time)
Skydive Washington DC Skydiving wingsuit training is arranged at Skydive Orange not far from our Capitol City Skydiving place in Orange, VA.
Tandem Skydiving Prices
A tandem skydive is the most popular way to try skydiving for the first time. Thousands of capitol residents make their first skydives every year at Skydive Orange, and many of them come back to do it again! All of our tandem instructors are USPA certified. We use the most current state of the art tandem equipment, hire the best tandem instructors and videographers, and have the best aircraft and facilities in the capitol area. So...why not join us for the capitol experience of a lifetime? (Prices found here.)
stands for Accelerated FreeFall, and it is the best way to
become a licensed skydiver.
Open year 'round!
Skydive Orange, Inc. is a club-operated drop zone that is run by and for its members. We provide load organizing every weekend, and our Twin Otter is the fastest 21-jumper plane in the region. Come visit Skydive Orange and experience all we have to offer!
Residents of the US Capitol City Skydiving Tandem at Skydive Orange Tandem -video by Lambert - Chad Layman
Come out and make your first jump with us with a tandem skydive! Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC professionals flock to Skydive Orange for its 22-jumper airplane, and once they make their first tandem skydive there, these DC skydiving first-time skydivers fall in love with Skydive Orange and keep coming back for more. Many then pursue advanced instruction to earn their license in skydiving. Along with many other people from hundreds of miles around, NOVA skydiving enthusiasts make Skydive Orange their home drop zone for plenty of great reasons. Still not convinced? Why not check Washington DC skydiving's premiere drop zone's website and see for yourself?
Skydive Orange is the largest, closest skydiving certification center to NOVA/Washington, D.C., with the largest jump plane you'll consistently find at any drop zone in the state. This one-day first-tandem skydiving and advanced skydiving instruction center serves Washington DC and Northern Virginia, as well as the rest of Virginia and all of Maryland. Skydiving gift certificates are available, which make the perfect gift for any occasion. We jump from 13,500 feet, weather permitting, which provides a lot longer freefall than many other Virginia skydiving operations that only jump from lower altitudes.
Our skydiving professionals train our students using only state-of-the-art skydiving equipment. Our incredibly comfortable Super Twin Otter provides a quick ride to altitude and an amazing safety record. It's no wonder why 18,000 to 20,000 skydives are made each year by students and experienced skydivers, and also no surprise why Skydive Orange is consistently chosen by many as their school and home drop zone of choice. So check out Washington DC skydiving's premiere drop zone's website and see for yourself? And buy a tandem skydiving gift certificate for that adventurous person in your life!
Wing suit history-
Early Skydiving Wing suits were first used in the 1930s as an attempt to
increase horizontal movement. These early wingsuits were made of materials such
as canvas, wood, silk, steel, and even whale bone. They were not very reliable.
According to wingsuit lore, between 1930 and 1961, 72 of the 75 original birdmen
died testing their wingsuits. Some of these so-called "birdmen," most
notably Clem Sohn and Leo Valentin, claimed to have glided for miles and
inspired dozens of imitators.
In the mid-1990s, French skydiver Patrick de Gayardon developed a wingsuit that had unparalleled safety and performance. Unfortunately, de Gayardon died on April 13, 1998 while testing a new modification to his parachute container in Hawaii; his death is attributed to a rigging error which was part of the new modification rather than a flaw in the suit's design. Despite his tragic end, de Gayardon planted the seeds for a new generation of birdmen.
In 1998, Jari Kuosma of Finland and Robert Pecnik of Croatia teamed up to create a wingsuit that was safe and accessible for all skydivers when they established BirdMan, Inc. BirdMan's Classic, designed by Robert Pecnik, was the first wingsuit offered to the general public. BirdMan was also the first manufacturer to advocate the safe use of wingsuits by creating an Instructor program. Created by Jari Kuosma, the instructor program's aim was to remove the stigma that wingsuits were dangerous and to provide wingsuit beginners (Generally, skydivers with a minimum of 200 logged jumps) with a way to safely enjoy what was once considered the most dangerous feat in the skydiving world. With the help of Birdman Chief Instructors Scott Campos, Chuck Blue and Kim Griffin, a standardized program of instruction was developed that prepared instructors. Phoenix-Fly, Fly Your Body, and Nitro Rigging have also instituted an instructor training program.
So now Maryland Wingsuit Skydiving wingsuiters can learn how to start wingsuit skydiving after AFF certification in orange Virginia.