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People of Skydive Cross Keys: Pancake

Pancake is a walking talking goofball. If you are lucky enough to have him as your instructor, be ready to laugh! 

Easter Bunny Hops Out Of An Airplane Again! (Video)

Nobody really remembers when the tradition of the skydiving Easter Bunny started at Cross Keys, but hundreds of local families know to come to Cross Keys on Friday before Easter every year to watch this unique show.

People of Skydive Cross Keys: Rennay Blizzard

Rennay is our "dropzone mom". She is an A licensed skydiver who somehow manages to take care of everyone at the dropzone, from bringing snacks to cheering up students to just being there for everyone. She is one of those people that absolutely everyone enjoys hanging out with, and we are so happy that she calls Cross Keys her home dz!

         

Jumps: 72 (8 of them are tandems!)
First Jump: October 2006 in Hanover, PA out of a rusty Cessna.
Little Known Fact: Rennay was a cheerleader, and is a badass alto saxophone player.

People of Skydive Cross Keys: Sarah Gearty

Sarah is the Chief Packer at Cross Keys, and has been a Chief Officer of Fun / Event Organizer for many years. If you're a regular at CK, she probably packed your parachute at least once, and for sure heckled you from the packing mat more than once!

         

Jumps: approx 575
First Jump: May 6, 2006 with Pali Rovnan
Little Known Fact: Sarah is adopted, hates tomatoes and can skydive with a bunny head on.

Safety Day 2017 Recap & Additional Resources

At Skydive Cross Keys, the culture of safety is one of our core values. That’s why the annual Safety Day is one of the most important events of the year. This year, despite the stupid unjumpable winds and chilly 30-degree weather, we were very happy to see so many people attend Safety Day for the safety seminars and refreshments, I mean, refreshers.

Excuses that people make to put off skydiving (Infographic)

We kept coming up with excuses to put off this infographic, but couldn't hold it any longer.

Skydiving Training: How, Where, And Why to Get Your Skydiving License

Skydiving is a fantastic sport: you get to leap out of airplanes for pure fun, face your fears, soar high above the ground and enjoy the view that not so many people get to enjoy. Plus, it’s a great community to be a part of: a mix of fun-loving, adventurous, free-spirited, and inspiring people from all sorts of different backgrounds that are united by this unique sport.

Skydiving is really all that, and more. The community vibe is very strong, the spirit of adventure pushes you to live an interesting life, and there is so much to explore between all the different disciplines and destinations.

Like all of us at some point, you’re itching to get started, but you’re not quite sure where to go for your skydiving training! There are so many schools, different training methods, levels, instructors, prices, and so many factors to consider.

We’ll try to lay it out as simply as we can to help you adult make informed decisions.

Top 5 Skydiving Photos to Take on Your First Jump

Skydiving is an incredible adventure that lets you experience things you've never felt before.  Between the adrenaline rush of that first step out of the airplane, the weightless feeling of freefall, a breathtaking canopy ride and finally landing and feeling the ground under your feet, it's one hell of a journey that you want to remember for years.

And the funny thing is that all those new feelings and emotions are so intense, that your whole day-long experience goes by in a flash. Things happen so quickly, and you can't really stop mid-flight to savor the moment. One second you're on the ground getting geared up, and before you know it, you're back on the ground, unsure if that unbelievable ride was even real or not! And all you want is to feel that rush again!

If anything lets you preserve those intense feelings and relive them anytime you want, it's the skydiving photos and videos that you get from your jump. You can only have your first ever jump once, so it's not even a question that it's worth hiring a videographer to capture those unique memories for you. If there is one thing that all our customers say, it's that the videos and photos are absolutely worth getting. And from our side, seeing people barely able to contain their excitement while watching themselves skydive, and having the whole heart-pounding experience come back to them, is really priceless.

The Fahrenheits of Freezefest 2017

Freezefest is a pretty epic winter boogie that is our unique tradition here at Cross Keys. A day full of chilly skydiving and a night full of playful nonsense. Our famous dodgeball tournament has been going on for about 9 to 11 years (no one is really sure). It’s always a night of ridiculous costumes, great vibes and a serious (though not sober) dodgeball competition. From crazy unicorns to men in tutus, we had it all. 

Skydiving in Winter: Pro Tips On How To Do It Right

Yes, you CAN skydive in winter, and ENJOY it too! We jump at Skydive Cross Keys all year round, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t try it at least once.

So WHY jump in the cold? First, you get to enjoy a DIFFERENT view. The snow covered ground and the familiar scenery, all shiny and white, is one of the prettiest things to see. Second, it feels good to conquer the elements. Why stay grounded and bored when you can put some warm layers on and go fly? Challenge accepted! And third, if crowds aren’t your thing, the drop zone is definitely quieter in winter. You can enjoy a more relaxed pace and avoid the long waiting times. 

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The tandem jump was the best time of my life! I'm so glad I did it at Cross Keys. The staff is very professional and friendly. And I loved my freefall video. Definitely coming back soon!

- Julia R.

This is actually one of the best places I have been to.  The crew is really awesome.  Thank you guys for giving us such an amazing experience!

- Anthony J.