Restrictions


USPA membership Not Required
AADs Not Required
Hook turns Allowed

What it costs


AFF courses available at 3450 CHF
Tandem jumps from 385 CHF
Jump tickets at 42 CHFto 13000ft
Video available at 150 CHF

Para Centro Locarno is a professional skydiving center in the south of Switzerland. We are open all year, daily from March to October, on the weekends November to February. Staff Member

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2 Pilatus Porter

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Gear Rentals
Gear Sales
Rigging
Creeping Area
Video Rooms
Coaches
Restaurant
Shops
Bar
RV
Showers

Where we jump



Contact Us


Aeroporto Cantonale, Gordola, CH-6596, Switzerland
+41 91 745 26 51
+41 91 745 38 24 (FAX)
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brunner

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The DZ is open all year even during hard Swiss winter. Off season only on weekends but still impressive. They fly whenever there is jumpers and as they have porters they only need about 6 to go.
On a nice day you can make 8 jumps or more and even on a slow week day 6 jumps are possible if the weather allows it.
Very uncomplicated registration and manifesting. Great people in general. If you know how to behave, you can do anything.

One thing to mention is, they do not offer packing. As there are many army skydivers there, the rules are very clear: Every jumper packs his own rig.

To sumarize it: it is until today my favorite drop zone

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Just want to share a great experience of our both first tandem jump at Para Centro Locarno, Switzerland.

I had a birthday on 22nd of August and a friend of mine had her birthday on 23rd of August. It was a surprise birthday present for her, we were driving for an hour and she found out only looking at the parachute poster when we arrived that she'll be jumping in an hour :)

Big thanks to Carlos(Viva la Cuba!) and Marco for safely landing us, Phil for great footage and Willy for taking us 4,300 meters above the ground for ridiculous views of Switzerland.

Photos — http://imgur.com/a/wqJCX

And video that was edited by Phil and shipped on a DVD — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcTas2aUXiM

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On a short stop on a journey from Italy to Germany we visited Paracentro Locarno. After a friendly welcome we got the opportunity to do three of the most remarkable jumps in our skydiving careers so far. The scenery is simply stunning. If you don't believe it check it in Google Earth. The aircraft climb alongside high mountains, which are snow covered on the top. Freefall offers you a great view over the mountain world of the Swiss Alps and the beauty of Lago Maggiore between them. Make a solo first to get your time for watching this!

The excellent manifest organization, combined with two Porters, allows lots of jumps on a day. The dropzone is open six days a week and the planes don't need to be full. Eight jumpers are enough to take-off, and with students even very comfortable loads with seven on-board are done. The shop is nice and well-equipped, the outside facilities are very good and, most surprising after visiting so many dropzones, the toilets are also five-star.

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Visited this DZ when I was on vacation in Switzerland. It has the nicest scenery I ever saw from the sky. Mountains, lakes...just breathtaking. Cool people over there and nice jumping. It's a busy airport though. Landingarea is surrounded by air-strips, helikopterpads etc. You have to be very careful under canopy and watch where you are going.

Only thing I didn't like very much was an instructor which literally said: I'm an instructor, when I say you close your chinstrap of you helmet in the plane you do that (was wearing one but close it always before exit, putting on goggles etc). I'm not a student, nor do I need to be treated as one.

Aside from the annoying instructor this is a very cool DZ. Can recommend for experienced skydivers..

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Cool place, good vibe, weather's almost always great!

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After my first visit at the DZ the scenery and the people impressed me. I was trying to jump there 2 years ago, but my girlfriend had only an A-license so she was not qualified to jump. This year we gave another try and it was definitely worth it. If you are traveling and around Locarno you have to do a jump there.....
Marcus

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The place is incredible and the people are friendly and very helpful. There is plenty of highly qualified world class staff speaking a plethora languages and Swiss dialects.

You do need a B license to jump there, but that is the Swiss Skydiving Associations fault and Parcentro can not be blamed for what those kids come up with, but they do have to enforce it. Although isn't that the same requirement for Rantoul?

The view is breathtaking and it is one of my all around favorite Drop Zones to visit.

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The DZ is in a valley in front of a lake. At sunset the sun is going down in the direction of the lake. Just gorgeus! You defenitly have to take your camera with you.
The Staff is really taking care about safety. That's why you won't go there if you don't have a Swiss Licence or at least 100jumps. Instead of a Bunkouse they have a list of small Motels and Hotels very close (by car) and plenty of space for camping.
The Area is in the very south of Switzerland and is very famous for vacation.

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Surrounded by mountains lakes and beautiful county-side you’ll find everything your could wish for at a DZ. Lot’s of loads great manifest team. You’re down packed and back up in no time. Great staff that is always wiling to give a hand when needed. Great Italian Food nearby and all around the area. Large landing zone and always enough wind for good landings. You’ll have people from all over the world jumping there and the after hours are just as fun as the jumping itself. You have to see it to get the feeling of it. Already the run up to 3500 m is a great experience by itself. Flying over mountain tops and mountain lakes will bring you in the mood. An other proof why birds sing – hell don’t we know why… Come and see it for yourself.

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If you like a good view then this is a DZ you should try. Don't jump without a camera if you have one. They have a shop with interesting clothes. Nice. Two Porters will keep you busy untill the evening. I don't know what happens then. I didn't stay. No bunkhouse. Rely on the in-crowd to find you a place to stay.
This is Italian speaking Switzerland, but German or English will be good enough.

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