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29
Apr
'16
Desert Campus New Opening Hour Starts May 1
As of May 1, Skydive Dubai Desert Campus will be opening at 6:30am with the first load at 7:00am, Tuesday – Sunday. Weather permitting operations will continue until 4pm. Flight-1 canopy courses will continue until the end of May. The Palm will continue operating Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, weather permitting. Both drop zones are scheduled to close June 1 with operations resuming September 1. The Desert Campus DZ caters to adrenaline junkies who prefer to skydive solo, offering First Jump Courses (FJC) through the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) program for those who wish to begin their skydiving journey. For the initiated there are even more options to advance with a dedicated flight school, which offers formation skydiving, freefly, canopy, and wingsuit coaching at the Desert Campus, as well as free load organising. No booking ahead needed for fun jumping. Please just come with all of your documents. Please bring the following with you when coming to skydive with us at the Desert Campus: • Valid photo id • Valid skydiving license • Reserve data card must be on file prior to manifesting • Highest exit altitude is 12,500 feet We have shared rental rig pricing and other costs for licensed skydivers only here on our website: http://www.skydivedubai.ae/experienced/prices.html Keep up by signing up: Licensed Skydiver Newsletter Dubai Winter Festival Newsletter Join the Conversation: Skydive Dubai Desert Campus on Facebook. Skyhub Dubai on Facebook … It's the perfect destination to begin a journey out of your comfort zone! Soar above it all or put your wits to the test Promotions: Accommodation There is an onsite hotel at the Desert Campus that is close to the main building. Be sure to let them know you are a skydiver visiting the Desert Campus to receive the special rate. Click here to go to their website for more information and to book. Traveling to and from the drop zone Download and use the KOI App to secure a discounted ride to and from the drop zone. Click here to get all the details. #skydivedubai
24
Apr
'16
First Informal Wingsuit Competition is a Big Hit
After an uncharacteristic poor weather month in Dubai, the inaugural (and informal) fun wingsuit competition got underway at the Desert Campus this weekend, three weeks later than scheduled. The competition was a fun-filled event designed to enhance acrobatic wingsuit skills, and they started like they meant to continue, in high-spirits. Organiser and Skydive Dubai wingsuit instructor Darren Burke, along with the cosmopolitan contingent of Amir Al Oraibi, Ibrahim El Tawil, and John Kinsella (from Bahrain, Canada and the US respectively) decided during the briefing that extra points would be awarded if Zeeshan Mirza from Pakistan, could land on his feet on the drop zone! This good-natured tease would continue throughout the day. After exiting the plane, competitors had 5 seconds to orient themselves before the clock began. They were then given 60 seconds working time to complete as many maneuvers as they could within that minute, and were awarded a point for each successful completion of a move. Each competitor accumulated these points as an individual score, which they then took forward to the next round where the teams were repaired, and the process began again. Competitors also received bonus points for a safe pattern and a linked exit. The camera-flyers, Nick McDonald and Steve Shipman, had their own set of rules and were scored accordingly. Points were deducted if competitors fell out of view, or if docks couldn’t be clearly seen, and awarded for in-frame exits of both competitors, creative flying including back-flying and carving, and the steadiness of the camera. The point of the competition itself, according to organizer Darren Burke, was to develop an enhanced control of the wing, which can be difficult since wearing different suits means constant adjustment, and like any discipline, when flying together for the first time it can be difficult to judge speeds and fall rates. “It’s a great learning environment.” Ibrahim El Tawil commented, “We’ve practiced flocking and flying in proximity before, but the added aspect of docking really helps to improve the minute details. You need to fly your entire body to put your hand in that position.” Burke agreed, “The docks have to be precise, reaching down for a grip creates a pocket of air that will separate the two further.” This added element proved difficult at times, as some struggled to complete moves or gain the extra few inches needed to take docks, but as the competition progressed, a marked difference became apparent between the first and subsequent attempts. In fact, everyone was having so much fun and learning so much that a second unanimous decision was made to add two extra rounds! So after six rounds of the planned four-round competition, Zeeshan Mirza (who managed to stand-up his last three landings!) was awarded fourth place. John Kinsella took third. One point ahead, Amir Al Oraibi secured second, while Ibrahim El Tawil, again just one point ahead of Amir, and two ahead of John, took the number one spot in the first informal wingsuit competition to be held at the Desert Campus. Steve and Nick ended the day on a tied-score, but in the spirit of competition there had to be an eventual winner. To decide (and with no Dirhams to hand!) Siri was asked to flip a coin, resulting in a dubious victory for Nick. But they still weren’t ready to call it a day just yet. They zipped up their wingsuits once again and decided to finish the day with a couple of flocking jumps to put some of those newly found skills into practice. Amir even donned a tracking suit for the first time! They already have plans to regroup in the coming weeks to keep the momentum going, and after yesterday’s success, next season is sure to see the event take off as a regular Flight School fixture. Congratulations Guys! Follow Skydive Dubai Desert Campus on Facebook
12
Apr
'16
Skydive Dubai Palm DZ Set to Host 2nd Annual Dubai Fitness Fest
The Dubai Fitness Fest returns at a fresh new venue – Skydive Dubai Palm DZ – on November 4-5 for a weekend full of sporty competitions, healthy fun, and activities. Skydiving operations for licenced jumpers will cease for the duration of the event from October 30 until November 7. Tandem skydiving operations will continue as usual. After last year’s success, Dubai’s most popular Fitness Fest has announced its new venue and dates for 2016 as the second edition moves to Skydive Dubai in Dubai Marina. With fresh headline support from Sun and Sand Sports, the Middle East’s leading sports retailer and the biggest wholesaler, the second edition of Dubai’s fittest event will provide a guaranteed fun-filled weekend promoting an active lifestyle in the Emirates. Taking place from November 4-5, the Sun and Sand Sports Fitness Fest (SSS Fitness Fest) welcomes people of all ages and abilities offering a variety of fun challenges, exciting competitions and demanding tasks. This year’s event will see a new backdrop at Skydive Dubai, the UAE’s premier skydiving location. Close to The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, the new venue is an ideal setting to welcome families and sporting enthusiasts to take part in the full range of healthy fun. Chris Fountain, Managing Director of Turret Media, the event organisers said: “Building on last year’s success, which saw thousands visitors take part in more than 200 activities, our aim is to continue to encourage a healthy attitude for the residents in the UAE. “A key new feature, the Healthy Living Show will house our Healthy Cooking School, where the experts will show you how to prepare quick and easy, healthy dishes. The Healthy Living Show is our one-stop-shop for everything you need to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle alongside increasing your physical activity. “We are excited to bring Sun and Sand Sports on as our Headline Sponsor. As a brand synonymous with sports and sporting culture, their attitude towards positive lifestyle changes and keeping fit are aligned with ours. Together, with the new venue of Skydive Dubai, our exciting growth will showcase even more routes to a healthier lifestyle all in one exciting location.” After the inaugural edition in 2015, HE Saeed Hareb, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council hailed the festival as, “The most important event concerned with health and fitness in Dubai,” aligned with Sheikh Mohammed’s UAE Vision 2021 and the national agenda. The Sun and Sand Sports Fitness Fest will be open to everyone, no matter their age or ability. “Our priority is to ensure there really will be something on offer for everyone,” added Fountain. “Whether you are looking to compete in running, strength and endurance challenges, or if you are aiming to get on track creating positive lifestyle habits and learn about healthy eating, our various activities and stands will deliver a weekend packed with fun.” Sun and Sand Sports has a long history in providing sporting products throughout the GCC region, and distributes some of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Kettler, Nordictrack, Ziva, The North Face, Columbia and Vans. From opening its first store in Al Ghurair in 1979 to launching its new website and improved online store in 2016, Sun and Sand Sports has always strived to provide the very best products to sporting enthusiasts. Its past and most recent developments have helped solidify its position as the leading sports retailer in the Middle East. Miquel Pancorbo, President of Sports Division, GMG, the holding company of Sun and Sand Sports, said: “Creating a culture of sports and promoting healthier lifestyles among people in the UAE are the core values that drive our sports business, and in line with these objectives, we are proud to sponsor the second annual Dubai Fitness Fest. “The phenomenal reception the event received last year highlights the growing focus on fitness and wellbeing across the country, which is being driven by the government’s inspirational vision in this area. “As the biggest sports retailer in the country, we want to contribute to the ongoing development of this health-conscious culture and strongly believe that events like the Sun Sand Sports Fitness Fest are the best ways to engage the public and encourage them to make a positive change in their lives.” Other sports partners for the event include: Good Health Nutrition, Lee Hurfords Boxing Academy, KCAL and the Middle East Natural Bodybuilding Championships. More information can be found at: http://fitfest.ae/
27
Mar
'16
Cornelia Mihai claims victory at the Dubai International Swoop League
The Dubai International Swoop League wrapped up its season with an exciting finale at the Desert Campus over the weekend. All three categories were fiercely contested as each new round added a twist to the tale and a new contender to the mix. The conditions made it difficult. As the mist gave way to blue skies over the desert, the winds picked up over the pond. A predominant headwind stifled the pro and advanced competitors at times, and made beginner approaches problematic. (more…)
24
Mar
'16
It’s time to swoop for the DISL podium this Saturday!
The mud is already making its imprint on the packing mat, while wet shoes and canopies are hung up to dry. The action has begun over the pond at Skydive Dubai Desert Campus, as preparations get underway for Saturday’s Dubai International Swoop League (DISL) competition. (more…)
12
Mar
'16
Skydive Dubai Closed Summer 2016 – Reopening Sept 1
The Skydive Dubai operations team has announced that both the Desert Campus Drop Zone (DZ) and the Palm DZ will be closed for three months starting on June 1, due to extreme summer temperatures. Regular operations will resume on September 1. Scheduled activities at both locations will proceed until the closure comes into effect. Licenced Skydiver Update for the Palm DZ Tentative reopening for fun jumpers will be March 18. New fun jumpers can find the Palm DZ briefing here. Licenced Skydiver Update for the Desert Campus Flight-1 courses will continue to run at the Desert Campus until the end of May, while the First Jump Course (FJC) will run every Friday as usual until May 6. Recurrency information will be released closer to the reopening time, so make sure to stay up to date via our licenced skydiver newsletter here. Opt in to have licenced skydiver updates delivered to your inbox by subscribing here: http://eepurl.com/bAiGAn. Updated March 15, 2016 #SkydiveDubai
11
Mar
'16
Night jump set for March 23
Skydive Dubai will be running night jumps on March 23 at our Desert campus. Fun jumpers will be exiting from the Otter. Details: Priority manifesting for those trying to get their D license. Those jumping for their D license will need to complete at minimum two jumps. Cost: 250 AED per jump Start time: 6PM Drop Zone: Desert Campus Booking will be in person at the Desert Campus manifest only. Please have your license details, number of jumps and date of last jump handy when creating your booking at Manifest. Remember to use the hastag #skydivedubai #sdlife when posting photos and videos to Instagram. About Skydive Dubai Desert Campus The Desert Campus is located just before exit 47 to Margham on the E66; which is also called locally the Dubai – Al Ain Rd. The drop zone is located approx. 35 minutes from DXB Airport and 40 minutes from the DWC Airport. Download and use the KOI App to book a ride to and from the drop zone and receive 20% off. KOI App discount details on our Contact Us page. Our facilities include two air-conditioned buildings with large cushioned packing areas. While beautiful desert dunes surround the drop zone, our landing area is covered with grass. Our facilities also include: gear and wingsuit rental, rigging loft, packers, merchandise store, and cafeteria (local currency only). The Desert Campus is part of a fun filled complex that includes an onsite hotel, Inflight Dubai and Skyhub Dubai. Get Social With Skydive Dubai Receive email updates directly from our operations team: http://eepurl.com/bAiGAn Skydive Dubai Desert Campus on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SkydiveDubaiDesertCampus/ Subscribe to our skydiving videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/skydivedubaivideo Skydive Dubai on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/skydivedubai Skydive Dubai on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/skydivedubai Skydive Dubai on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/skydive-dubai Add Skydive Dubai on Snapchat: skydivedubai
07
Mar
'16
Skydive Dubai set to host Inaugural World Drone Prix
Skydive Dubai will host the inaugural World Drone Prix on March 11 and 12 at the Palm Drop Zone (DZ), where teams will compete for a total of $1 million dollars in prize money. Palm DZ tandem skydiving operations will continue and customers who have bookings should still come to the drop zone. However, the timings have been adjusted to accommodate the competition. The Palm remains a tandem only operation with the hours from March 9 – 12 being 9am to 4pm. Due to construction on the landing area licensed skydivers are still currently unable to jump. The confirmation date for the opening of the drop zone for fun jumping will be sent out first from our licensed skydivers email newsletter. Drone racing has become popular in recent years due to its fast-paced and challenging nature. The World Drone Prix, through the use of a visor system for drone pilots and a physical track with a pit stop, closes the gap between the physical and the virtual making it a cross between a video game and Formula 1. Four pilots will fly drones around a specially designed three-dimensional aerial track, known as the ‘Rollercoaster’, the first and only track of its kind. They must stay within its 5-metre diameter, straying no more than 5 metres vertically from the track itself. An advanced deferential GPS tracking system will ensure that the drones are flown within the track limits, and time penalties will be added for any indiscretions. Lights on the ‘Rollercoaster’ will track the drones in first and last place, ensuring the spectator is always aware of pole position, while a real-time visor system is used so the pilots can navigate through an on-board camera attached to the drone. Each team will consist of a pilot, navigator, pit-stop personnel and a technician. The race will total 12 laps, slightly more than the drones’ battery-life, so every pilot will have to make a Formula-1 style pit-stop to ‘refuel’ at least once. There are also prescribed manoeuvres such as taking the red line, a more difficult but shorter alternative route from one point of the main track to another, which also must be completed at least once during the race. 32 teams will begin the competition on March 11, with 16 securing a place for the following day. The field will be whittled down to 8 teams for the semi-finals and then 4 for the World Drone Prix’s grand final, with the winning team taking home an impressive $250,000 dollars. A concurrent freestyle competition will also award a top prize of $50,000 dollars. Speaking at Skydive Dubai’s Palm DZ during the World Air Games in December to Time Out Dubai, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi announced that the occasion will be the “biggest race of its kind”, and that they are “pushing the boundary of drone technology until it becomes the reality of transport in the future”. For ticketing and more information visit http://www.worlddroneprix.com/ A live feed for the main event will be available from http //www.worlddroneprix.live #WDP16 on social media. For first time visitors, the Palm DZ is located between Dubai Marina and JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence). The entrance is from Al Sufouh road, before the turn for Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort And Spa. The DZ is also well signposted around the Dubai Marina area. Click here for the location map. For every tandem booking made at Skydive Dubai, receive 20% off on a ride to and from the Palm DZ when using the KOI Ride APP. Click here for more details about this. Get Social With Skydive Dubai Subscribe to our exclusive licensed skydiver newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bAiGAn Skydive Dubai on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkydiveDubai/ Subscribe to our skydiving videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/skydivedubaivideo Skydive Dubai on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/skydivedubai Skydive Dubai on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/skydivedubai Skydive Dubai on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/skydive-dubai Add Skydive Dubai on Snapchat: skydivedubai #ItAllStartsHere #SkydiveDubai
01
Mar
'16
Wingsuit Acrobatic Competition
UPDATE: due to being winded out on April 1 & 2 the fun competition has been shifted to April 23. (more…)
24
Feb
'16
March 12 is Safety Day at Skydive Dubai Desert Campus
March is safety month around the skydiving world, and as other drop zones reopen after the cold winter months, we can count ourselves lucky here in the UAE as we can continue to jump to our heart’s content in moderate temperatures. This however doesn’t mean that our skills and awareness don’t get a little rusty from time to time, and what better way to ensure we can continue to play in the skies than to remind ourselves of some of the most important safety aspects of skydiving? Skydive Dubai’s Safety Day will take place on March 12 at Skydive Dubai Desert Campus, and is open to skydivers of all experience levels. What is ‘Safety Day’? Inspired by an idea by Patti Chernis, Safety Day became an annual calendar fixture in 1997. As a result, a worldwide forum for skydivers was established where everyone could be brought up to date on new developments, and take the time to review important information and procedures, especially since many DZ’s have long lay-off periods over winter. Why do we need it? If you’ve hung around a drop zone long enough you’ve invariably heard others talk-the-talk, give advice, and voice questionable opinions. You’ve probably also seen a few near-misses, or were totally confused as others over-reacted to seemingly minor incidents. Opinion is subjective, and as in all walks of life, aero-sports included and parachuting especially, people view these incidents and situations through a personal prism. A deficit in skill level, experience, or knowledge is often unwittingly overcompensated in terms of individual confidence, which can have detrimental effects. We sometimes forget that we are all students of varying degrees, and that the student’s mind-set, and not the instructor, is the most important aspect in any learning environment. We have to be willing to listen, and more importantly admit to ourselves that we don’t know everything in order to open ourselves to new information and advance as skydivers. Okay, so where do I go for advice or information? To progress and gain knowledge amidst vast amounts of information and conflicting opinions we need two things - The right information from the right people. The right information correlates skill level and experience. Just as advice for a skydiver learning to swoop could potentially be costly for (an especially inquisitive) beginner, so too could advice given by an expert who misunderstands the needs of the person to whom he or she is speaking. Remember that teacher who obviously knew everything there was to know about the subject, but left you even more confused after speaking than you were before? They were ignoring the most important aspect of giving advice – the recipient. “An experienced instructor is by far the best placed person to identify a skydiver’s needs and to give appropriate advice for that skill level.” The right people are those who are not only experts in a particular field or discipline, but who are also accustomed to dealing with people of varied skillsets and personalities as an authority on their subject. In short, a good instructor. An experienced instructor is by far the best placed person to identify a skydiver’s needs and to give appropriate advice for that skill level. While complex issues need to be simplified for some, others like to understand the physics or technical details in a given situation. This is where the instructor’s experience as an authority on the subject is truly valuable, as they can explain the same information and help us navigate to the same end-goal in a fashion most suited to our individual styles. “The student’s mind-set, and not the instructor, is the most important aspect in any learning environment.” Safety days around the world are designed to correlate these two ideas by presenting good information through experts in each discipline. It’s not just beginners that can benefit from Safety Day seminars, the onus is on all of us to help minimize chance and eliminate guesswork in the sky. Okay I’m in. What Can I expect to find at Skydive Dubai Safety Day? Skydive Dubai will hold their annual Safety Day on Saturday, March 12 at the Desert Campus. Seminars begin at 3pm, so you can still jump all morning and take a bean-bag in the afternoon. “This year’s event will offer participants the chance to win a 10-Jump package!” 3pm - Juan Mayer, who has been shooting everything from boogies and big-ways to world records and commercials for over 15 years, will be speaking on the topic of aerial photography, focusing on video safety and demonstrating the best ways to set up your video helmet. Whether you’re mounting a GoPro or a pro set-up of your own, this one is a must attend for anyone who jumps with a lens. 4pm - Skydive Dubai Flight-1 instructor Pablo Hernandez will present a workshop on ‘Canopy Collisions - Avoidance and Survival’, one of the leading causes of serious injury in our sport. 5pm - Dean Ricci, with 6,000 hours as an airline transport pilot, 5,000 of which have been spent ferrying skydivers to altitude, will present a pilot’s point of view and speak about the often overlooked aspects of aircraft emergencies, exit and separation, and in-flight procedures when something does go wrong. 6pm - Skydive Dubai freefly instructor Jim Harris will share his expertise in free fall and freefly safety dealing with everything from exit to break-off. 7pm – If you’re a wingsuit pro, or you’re tempted to zip-up those wings in the near future, check out Skydive Dubai wingsuit instructor Darren Burke’s workshop on wingsuit safety, an especially valuable workshop considering the first Wingsuit Acrobatics competition will be held at the Desert Campus on April 1. (You can register for that competition now by emailing Darren Burke at wingsuit@skydivedubai.ae). Sounds Great! What’s the Kicker? If that’s not enticing enough, this year’s event will offer participants the chance to win a 10-Jump package! By attending a seminar each participant will be given a raffle ticket, so the more seminars you attend the better chance you have of being drawn at the end of the day, giving the lucky winner a chance to put all that new information into action. Safely, of course. Come along on March 12 to remove the rust from your routine and learn from the masters, so we can all continue to play in the big blue skies safely. Note: While all are welcome to attend the safety day seminars, only licensed skydivers may participate in the raffle. About Skydive Dubai Desert Campus The Desert Campus is located just before exit 47 to Margham on the E66; which is also called locally the Dubai – Al Ain Rd. The drop zone is located approx. 35 minutes from DXB Airport and 40 minutes from the DWC Airport. Download and use the KOI App to book a ride to and from the drop zone and receive 20% off. Click here to discover all the details. Our facilities include two air-conditioned buildings with large cushioned packing areas. While beautiful desert dunes surround the drop zone, our landing area is covered with grass. Our facilities also include: gear and wingsuit rental, rigging loft, packers, merchandise store, and cafeteria (local currency only). The Desert Campus is part of a fun filled complex that includes an onsite hotel, Inflight Dubai and Skyhub Dubai. Get Social With Skydive Dubai Tell your friends you are going by joining the Facebook events page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1021011814623340/ Receive email updates directly from our operations team: http://eepurl.com/bAiGAn Skydive Dubai Desert Campus on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SkydiveDubaiDesertCampus/ Subscribe to our skydiving videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/skydivedubaivideo Skydive Dubai on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/skydivedubai Skydive Dubai on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/skydivedubai Skydive Dubai on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/skydive-dubai Add Skydive Dubai on Snapchat: skydivedubai Tag your photos and videos from safety day with #skydivedubai. #ItAllStartsHere #SkydiveDubai ** Editor's Note ** This was updated on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

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  • May 01, 2016

    Skydive Dubai Desert Campus will be opening at 6:30am with the first load at 7:00am, Tuesday – Sunday. Weather permitting operations will continue until 4pm. Flight-1 canopy courses will continue until the end of May.

    The Palm will continue operating Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, weather permitting, during the month of May.

    Both drop zones are scheduled to close June 1 with operations resuming September 1.

  • June 01, 2016

    Skydive Dubai drop zones closed for the summer.

    Join the conversation. #skydivedubai

  • September 01, 2016

    Skydive Dubai dropzones open for skydiving.

    Join the conversation. #skydivedubai

  • November 04, 2016

    The Dubai Fitness Fest returns at a fresh new venue – Skydive Dubai Palm DZ – on November 4-5 for a weekend full of sporty competitions, healthy fun, and activities.

    Skydiving operations for licenced jumpers will cease for the duration of the event from October 30 until November 7. Tandem skydiving operations will continue as usual.

    More information can be found at http://fitfest.ae/