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USPA membership Required
AADs Not Required
Hook turns Allowed

What it costs


AFF courses available at 269 USD
Tandem jumps from 99 USD
Jump tickets at 18 USDto 14000ft
Video available at 75 USD

Start Skydiving is one the top five largest and fastest growing drop-zones in the world and the home of the Work Stinks! Boogie. We also create more new skydivers than any other drop-zone in the world through the professional services of JUMP Institute, which staffs over 60+ professional personnel that are all dedicated to providing you with the best training in the world. Visit Start Skydiving's drop-zone located at the Middletown Regional Airport in Middletown, Ohio! Start Skydiving's drop-zone location in Middletown features a 1.15 mile long runway that can support extra-large aircraft for special events, more than 23,000+ sq ft of hangar space, over 600+ acres of obstacle/turbulence-free soft cut sod to land on, free world-class coaching in all disciplines from world-renown professional skydiving team, Team Fastrax, as well as numerous amenities such as our patented online self-manifesting system, indoor padded and carpeted packing areas, paid packing services, clean showers and restrooms, an RV park and campgrounds with a bonfire pit, free Wi-Fi, an ATM, a huge family park right next-door, and over ten restaurants and hotels within less than a half of a mile away. If you have jumped with us before, we appreciate you sharing your experience with us by submitting a review, as your feedback is what allows us to more effectively focus our continual efforts in providing you with excellent service. If you have not jumped with us before, then what are you waiting for?! Come see for yourself why we are the number one rated drop-zone in the world and... START SKYDIVING! Owner

Aircraft


Two Cessna Caravans, a fast-climbing Cessna 206 with a lexan jump door, two Robinson R44 Helicopters, and our very own Hot Air Balloon

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Gear Rentals
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Where we jump


Middletown Regional Airport
LAT: 39.5308567431747
LNG: -84.39525604248

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1711 Run Way, Middletown, Ohio, 45042-2300, United States
(513) 422-5867
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July 24, 2016

This weekend, I was visiting family in Cincinnati and saw ads for the StartSkydiving company. Earlier this summer, I jumped off the Stratosphere building in Las Vegas and got a very small taste of what it's like to jump and fall through the sky. So, when I saw the ads in Ohio, I decided I would go for it... and made my very first tandem skydive today. I was even able to convince my brother to jump with me. As he states in his video, "when I left work on Friday, I had no idea I'd be jumping out of a plane this weekend." Keep in mind, I knew nothing about this company, other than what I read on the web. I put more time and thought into purchasing my refrigerator than I did in selecting a skydiving company. Lol.

The reservation process went without a hitch. My brother and I chose the 7am jump slot. We were using a $100-off coupon associated with Kings Island, and there was no problem with the web page and pricing. I received a call the day before from Ashley asking if we'd be able to move our jump time from 7am to 9am, since we were the only two jumpers scheduled at that time. I'm guessing they need a full plane of jumpers to make the economics work, which I understand. So, we arrived a bit before 9am and were promptly checked-in, completed all the paperwork, and watched the safety/training/legal disclaimer video. Then, it was off to the hanger for equipment and to meet my instructor.

Let me share that, while it's important to have a quality plane and parachute to make this work, the entire experience really rises and falls with the instructor. I was not disappointed! From the moment Dan P. introduced himself to me, I knew I had chosen the right company and that luck had chosen a great instructor for me. His sense of humor, friendliness, knowledge, and epic mustache made the entire experience from hanger to landing awesome!

He explained everything clearly and easily. During the plane ride up, he asked about what I did for a living and shared his experiences with jumping. It seemed like a pretty normal plane ride, until we reached just below 10,000 ft and the first person jumped out solo. Lol. The time came for us to waddle over to the door and make our jump. Everything went as expected and Dan did a great job during the freefall. It's very easy to forget everything that's been told you in the hanger and on the plane ride up, when, as Dan puts it, "we throw a planet at you." The descent after the parachute opened was incredible, and the landing was flawless. Everything about this jump was fantastic... and Dan definitely gets the credit for my experience. I highly recommend him. This guy knows what he's doing and how to make first-time jumpers comfortable and calm.

I chose the video option where the instructor wears a camera on his wrist and Dan really knows how to capture the experience. He knew what to capture: from boarding the plane, the ride up, the freefall, the descent, the landing, and the conversation after. The final product on YouTube captures the entire thing perfectly. I've had many compliments and comments from my friends since sharing the link with them.

From the time my brother and I arrived, to the time we left, the entire experience was about 2 hours. I visit my family in Ohio every year, and I plan to make this an annual event. I'd like to try my hand at skydiving back home, in Washington, DC, but I don't know any companies. I'm afraid I've been spoiled by StartSkydiving.

To Dan P. I say thanks a million!

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I did a tandem jump with Larry Compton and he was great! We expected to be there for a couple hours, but we completed our jump in about an hour. I would definitely come back!

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I had a fantastic experience and I wanted to make sure to share how awesome I think Start Skydiving is!! From our check-in, to getting our videos back, I cannot adequately express what an awesome time both my son and I had! I am sure there is no place more perfect for a first skydiving memory (and it won't be the only one for me I'm sure since I wish I could jump again tomorrow!). With both a professional and friendly manner, everyone I encountered was excellent! I felt at ease the minute I met Larry Compton - he told me what to expect, what I would need to do and was the perfect partner, from getting harnessed to landing! Thank you, Larry for making sure that I honestly can say that I wasn't worried about my safety or afraid once I met you! I would jump out of a plane any day as long as you were there! I also want to make sure to give high praise to the photographic expertise of Gila! He took such amazing photos and video (he does such a great job even while free falling, and he has such a positive, upbeat attitude the whole time - definitely made me feel like a rockstar!). Thanks to the rest of the team there who made me feel special - I truly can't express just how phenomenal this experience was! Thanks for helping me to make such a wonderful memory! I also want to give a shout-out to the team that was with my son - Larry Lemaster and Rob Baumann - thank you Larry for keeping my boy safe and making this an experience that he will never forget! We were so lucky to get the two Larry's for our first jump! Although I like my job, after seeing what a beautiful office you all have, I am definitely jealous.

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From the moment we arrived everyone was very helpful and informative. I felt very conformable that they knew exactly what they were doing. They made my experience one I will never forget! I would definitely go back! Thanks Lonnie for the awesome experience!

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If you like ADRENALINE RUSH, this is the place to go when you are in the area!
Easy access very friendly, professional and the best instructors you could ask for.
This was my first jump and they made it memorable. Will definitely do it again.

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I wanted to do this from quite some time. It was a good time and weather to take to task today. I was very nervous but the friendly staff made the experience easy and memorable. Lonnie Kirk my Tandem Instructor helped and made my first skydiving experience fantastic. This was the best and I will definitely do Skydiving again, thanks to Lonnie! Just waiting for my video to be uploaded on youtube by the team :) And yes I took the Rockstar video package and totally felt like one. Kudos to Lonnie, the videographer and photographer from Start Skydiving!!!!

"WITH BRAVE WINGS SHE FLIES" ~ Kalyani Kale

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Don P was amazing. His humor and knowledge made me very relaxed and ready to enjoy my jump. I had the best experience ever! Everyone else from the check in to the end of the jump made sure the experience was friendly and ran very smooth. The videographer got some great shots and did an excellent job of getting some humor in as well. Will be back and will recommend to all my friends!

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Always wanted to experience the skydiving thrill and a friend had recommended this facility and it was without a doubt the absolute best experience I ever had. Everything about this place exudes professionalism from the friendly staff who greets you upon your arrival ; to the personal instructors assigned to each participant. They are all very detail oriented and go out of their way to explain each step of the process from the time you suit up to the time you prepare to board the plane and to explain exactly what you'll feel and experience. For anyone who's ever thought about trying this I would HIGHLY recommend to visit " Start Skydiving" . My own personal shout out to my instructor Lonnie Kirk for making my first visit a truly fun and memorable experience that will stay with me for years to come. I've already booked ANOTHER one and can't WAIT to once again soar above the clouds and FLY LIKE THE EAGLE.....AWESOME !!!

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I was absolutely petrified prior to my 1st tandem jump .. My instructor Lonnie was so professional and amazing ! The moment we jumped out of the plane I knew I had made the right decision ! Truly one of the most amazing things I have EVER done in my life . Lonnie @ start , I am so grateful ! Thank you !!!!

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I did my first ever tandem skydive July 13, 2016 at Start Skydiving, and it was by far the best experience of my life! I absolutely loved the actual skydiving part, and the crew at Start Skydiving was a major part of that. My instructor was Lonnie, and he was super calm, which kept me at ease, and I was able to trust him completely. He took excellent care of me before, during, and after my jump, gave precise and easy instructions, very professional, clearly an expert skydiver with almost 9,000 jumps under his belt, and he got me safely to the ground! He was also super fun and took some awesome photographs for me! Overall, I can't say enough how incredible my first experience with skydiving was, and I can't wait to do it again!! HUGE THANKS to Lonnie and the whole Start Skydiving team!!!!

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3rd time was the charm! This was my 3rd tandem jump and my instructor at Start Skydiving made it the best one yet! Dan P. was not only professional, he was FUN, which in turn made it fun for me! Still had the butterflies even though this was not my first jump but I felt totally confident and at ease and ready to do it, thanks to Dan! My video turns out great too! Can't say enough about what a wonderful skydiving experience it was!

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I can sincerely say that StartSkydiving made my long-time goal of skydiving come true in the way I expected and more. I jumped with Dan P., and he is truly an amazing person who made me feel really secure and have a blast at the same time! Everyone in the staff were really cool. If you are looking for something fun and life changing to do, please don't think twice before going to StartSkydiving! Like Dan told me, you don't feel like you've lived until you jump out of the plane and see the Earth in a different perspective!

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I did my first tandem jump as part of the Wounded Warrior weekend here and had an awesome experience. My tandem instructor was Dan and he was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and professional at the same time.

We jumped out of a twin-engine aircraft that StartSkidiving had arranged for the weekend. Overall, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

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So I went tandom skydiving for my first time with Lonnie Kirk. He made my first skydiving experience awesome and I truly don't think I could of had such a great time anyplace else. I drove from Cleveland Ohio, about 4 hours away and I would recommend this facility to anybody that is interested in skydiving. Lonnie made my first jump so great I went right inside to purchase a second jump. Of course I requested Lonnie. My second jump was even more incredible than the first. He was able to show me a few more things in free fall and after the parachute deployed. I can't wait to make the drive again and jump with Lonnie again. Untill next time!

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I jumped for my first time with Lonnie Kirk and he was great! He, along with my camera man, were both really nice and did all they could to make today fun and keeping me calm and comfortable! I'll definitely be coming back!

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This was my first time jumping, and also my first time in a plane. My tandem instructor was Dan P., and he was great. Very professional, answered my many questions, and really assuaged all of my fears I had going in. I will definitely be going back again, and I will recommend Start Skydiving to anyone who asks!

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Yesterday was my first time skydiving and I am so glad I went to Middletown! Everyone was so friendly especially the guy I jumped with, Larry Compton. It was the best experience of my life and I would go there again and I recommend to everyone!

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Yesterday I jumped for the first time at the Middltown, OH airport and it was amazing! My instructor was Larry Lemaster and my video guy was Phil. Overall great atmosphere and great people! Made you feel at ease and very comfortable. There was no time or room to be nervous or anything for the jump. It was a great experience and I cannot wait to go again!

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I went with Lonnie Kirk and he was so friendly and I felt so safe with him. It was very comforting having him be my first tandem instructor. Thank you so much for this incredible experience Lonnie! You're the best!!

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Yesterday was my first jump. It was amazing . I jumped with Lonnie Kirk and he was awesome. Very friendly, fun, amazing guy. I was very lucky to have him with me. He answered questions talked to me the whole time. I would defiantly recommend start skydiving and Lonnie is awesome . I can't wait to jump again!'n

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My first jump was with Lonnie. He was really great and friendly. He answered all my questions and took awesome pics during the dive. This was only my first dive but it hooked me. I hope to have many more in the future. The company and staff is amazing, can't wait to go again.

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I was so nervous, but Lonnie was a great instructor, he knew exactly what to do. Made it a fun, and exciting experience!! Thanks again , and thanks lonnie!

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Larry L made my jump incredibly memorable. The staff joke with you and help calm your nerves. The free fall is unforgettable, because I forgot everything else (the camera man, the tap to let your arms out, that fact I was falling to the earth). Once the shoot was pulled and we was floating he helped me calm my breathing, by encouraging me to take a deep breath and take in the beautiful sight. The land got closer and the slide in was soft like riding a slide, not like coming in to home base.
I plan to do this again. We jumped from 13,000 feet. Friends asked me how long was your free fall, how long was your parachuting? All I can say is time is non existent, but it goes way to fast. I can't wait to go again.

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I went for my first time skydiving ever at Start Skydiving, and I had a blast. My tandem instructor Lonnie was awesome and guided me through the process on the ground and in the air before the jump. I would recommend this drop zone to anyone and already want to go back for another jump!

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Dan P. made the experience a great one and definitely made it such a great experience that I can't wait to go again. Plus he has an awesome mustache.

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