The instructors at Skydive Hollister conduct their highest jumps at 18,000 feet—the greatest height from which one can tandem skydive. Up there while a full panorama of the valley, hills and bay area stretches to the horizon the world seem more peaceful and beautiful, and if you’re lucky you might see places as far as Sierra Nevada ... More info ›
The instructors at Skydive Hollister conduct their highest jumps at 18,000 feet—the greatest height from which one can tandem skydive. Up there while a full panorama of the valley, hills and bay area stretches to the horizon the world seem more peaceful and beautiful, and if you’re lucky you might see places as far as Sierra Nevada. As the airplane gets closer to the jumping spot a green light flashes and it’s time for you to jump! At this point you will be linked to your instructor who is not only certified by the United States Parachute Association but may also have experience that involves jumping in world championships, training with the Navy SEALs, or a past life as a flying squirrel. This instructor will conduct you to that open door and take that so desired leap into the blue sky. At 5,000 feet, instructors deploy the parachute and instruct their partner in parachute control and landing techniques as the blue waters of Monterey Bay and the hills of San Francisco unfold below.
Enjoy our friendly environment at Hollister Municipal Airport, one of the most traditional airports in the U.S. with it's first recorded flight happened in 1912.
While you go thru your check-in process with Skydive Hollister and fill out your waiver forms, you'll probably have the opportunity to presence some vintage war birds aircraft doing low passes as well as training jets and maybe you'll see the experimental Manned Google Drone doing is flight tests. Remember to bring a valid form of photo ID for check-in.
After your are checked in and properly registered on our system your name will show up on our online manifest board right next to the name of your instructor. You will then receive the necessary training and be properly harnessed by your assigned instructor, and by this time your heart will already start to feel the adrenalin rush. But wait, it's not even close to the full adrenalin rush you are about to experience!
You, your instructor and perhaps your friends will walk thru the airport controlled gates and head to our PAC750-XL, a turbo-prop aircraft specially designed for skydiving operations. If you've opted to purchase your photo and media package you'll have the opportunity os posing in front of the aircraft right before you board for your free fall adventure.
With window seats guaranteed, this flight features informative commentary from your instructor as you fly over the California Valley, then head out over the Saint Andreas Fault and enjoy views of the Monterey Bay area and in clear days even places as far as Sierra Nevada. You'll pass over the mountains of the valley as the aircraft gains altitude enough for your one and a half minute free fall.
When aircraft aligns on the jump run, the pilot flashes a yellow light and you are now two minutes away from the most incredible experience of your life, then the yellow light goes on and by then you will already be fully linked to you instructor and with your goggles on, the instructor will open the door and there you are, standing at the edge of the world, at 18,000 feet (5,400 meters). - READY... SET.. GO!!!
The free fall is much more peaceful than you've ever imagined, no roller coaster sinking feeling whatsoever, and the fall, feels a lot more like flying, all your fears were left at that flying aircraft's door you just passed by. Now you will have 90 seconds to free fall over the valley, enjoy all the adrenalin rush the amazing view and also play around and interact with your instructor. At 5,000 feet (1,500m) the instructor will deploy the parachute and you will start your gliding down to the landing area. This will take five to seven minutes and you will have a full panorama view of the skies and mountains unfolding in front of your eyes. If conditions allow, you might even be allowed to steer the parachute for a while!
As you approach the ground your instructor will let you know to prepare for landing and there you are, back to earth!