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Skydive Hibaldstow has hosted many skydiving competitions since it first moved to its current location in 1992. Our large fleet of skydiving aircraft (Dornier G92 and Turbo Finist SMG92), efficient manifest and 15,000ft make this dropzone the perfect place to train. We also operate dropzones in Spain and Portugal.

// about Skydive Hibaldstow
Skydive Hibaldstow has been running as a sports parachute centre since 1992 at its present location on the Hibaldstow airfield in Lincolnshire. The dropzone serves the main jumping populations of Leeds, York, Manchester, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham and Lincoln.

The dropzone specialises in experienced qualified skydivers often hosting large events and competitions such as:

  • The 2015 National Championships in Formation Skydiving, Artistics, VFS, and Speed Skydiving.
  • UKSL and Hibaldstow Cup competitions. Every year, you can final a warm-up competition to the UK Nationals where teams can get to practice in a real competition atmosphere out of the Dornier G92 aircraft. This year, we are hosting the United Kingdom Skydiving League region competition from the 16th to 17th July 2016
  • Hosted the European Skydiving League finals in September 2009.
  • The annual 28-way sequential skydiving competition. In 2009, we had five 28-way teams including 1 from Ireland.
  • An attempt every year to make a large formation record. In 2009 the first 60-way was succesfully completed over the skies of Lincolnshire.
  • Freefly, FS, Wingsuiting, CF and Canopy coaching weekend's.
  • Boogie weekends.
  • Team training weeks with cheap altitude jump tickets and high volume jumping.
  • The annual Frostbite Friendly 10-way Speed competition.
  • Packing, JM1, CH1, CH2 and safety days.
  • Instructor examination courses for AFF, Tandem and BI.
// our facilities
As you would imagine from a full time parachuting centre, we offer a range of facilities:
  • Cafe offering hot drinks, breakfasts, snacks, warm prepared food, salads in the summer and evening meals.
  • BBQ's in the evening during events and competitions.
  • A games room with DVD projector facilities, free internet, WIFI spots and table football.
  • A large camping field where sports can also be played.
  • 14 room bunkhouse with free hot showers.
  • Debriefing and team rooms.
  • Equipment stored which is locked and alarmed overnight.
  • Large packing hangar.
  • Large creeper area capable of allowing five 4-way teams to dirtdive at the same time.
  • Dropzone shop and measuring facilities. We posses dealerships with most of the main skydiving gear manufacturers.
  • Full rigging facilities located on the airfield.
// learn to skydive
Learning to skydive at our British Parachute Association affiliated centre can be done in one of 3 ways:

Tandem Skydiving

  • 20 minutes instruction in a classroom. This course is designed for those who simply want to try it and are not interested in learning how skydive.
  • A jump from up to 15,000ft harnessed to your instructor.
  • Freefall for up to a minutes reaching an average speed of 120 mph.
  • The instructor leads the skydive, opens and lands the parachute for you.
  • Suitable for large groups such as charities, birthday's, corporate events or stag / hen does.
  • Learn more about tandem skydiving.
Accelerated Freefall (AFF)
  • A more intensive course designed for those who want to be more involved in their jump.
  • Jump from 15,000ft with 2 instructors holding on to you in freefall.
  • Open your own parachute, land your own parachute.
  • Spend a full day learning about freefall, body positions, communicating with your instructors, practice pulls, reading your altimeter, opening your parachute, navigation and landing.
  • Make a choice of either doing level 1 AFF, or doing a full 8 level course.
  • Take a UK AFF course.
Static Line Parachute course
  • A full day course culminating in a static-line parachute jump from 4000ft.
  • Your parachute opens automatically as you fall away from the aircraft.
  • One instructor despatches you from the aircraft.
  • Great for large groups.
  • Exit by yourself on the first jump and then land your own parachute.
  • The cost of future jumps is much cheaper typically being under 40 per decent. All lessons are free after this.
  • Find out more about Static Line skydiving.

 

// aircraft fleet
Skydive Hibaldstow owns the largest fleet of skydiving aircraft in the UK. At present this consists of:
  • 5 x Dornier Skyservant G-92. 15 place twin-turbine aircraft with left-hand door very similar to the size of a Twin Otter door. The aircraft climbs to altitude in 13 minutes.
  • 1 x Finist SMG-92. 10 place single turbine aircraft also with a left-hand door. It is possible to get 8 people on the float rail. The SMG climbs also climbs to altitude in 13 minutes.
  • 2 x Cessna Caravan 208 (Grand). 14 place single turbine aircraft also with a left-hand door.
Skydiving aircraft G-92 Finist SMG-93 Dornier taking off
Ideal for team training Left hand door similar to an Otter

The fleet are not always based at the airfield due to some of them being leased to other dropzones in the UK and some operating from our sister centres at Sevilla, Spain and Alvor, Portugal. See below for more information.

 

// sister dropzones Skydive Spain and Skydive Algarve

Skydive Hibaldstow also has a sister dropzone known as Skydive Spain. This centre is located in Sevilla, southern Spain. Located in the warmest part Europe, this is an ideal autumn, winter and spring team training location. Skydive Spain is also used to handling large AFF groups in particular UK military skydiving courses.

The dropzone uses the same aircraft and a British instructional system, thus students who learn out there can continue without problem back in the UK.

 

Our exciting news is that we are now running Skydive Algarve located in Portugal near to the airport of Faro on the south coast. With along similar lines to Skydive Spain, they too believe in lots of lifts, turbine aircraft and an efficient manifest. Located right at the edge of the local town Alvor, there are plenty of cheap hotels nearby, the beach experience and beach jumps. Check out the Skydive Algarve website.

Tel +44 (0)1652 648837    info@skydiving.co.uk