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Alter Ego Fastrax Canopy Coaching @ Start Skydiving
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day

Alter Ego Fastrax Canopy Coaching

            It’s time to get your learn on! Curt and Jeannie Bartholomew from Team Alter Ego Fastrax will be coming to Start Skydiving July 19th-21th! They offer a number of different, unique courses that are sure to meet every individual’s needs.

      Each course provides an hour of ground prep and drills in the morning discussing theory and drills. You will make a minimum of 5 hop and pops (more if you desire and time allows), each followed by a full video debrief. Registration will be $170/day.  Each day is limited to 10 students. You may participate in multiple days. *Jumps are not included with registration.*

Courses offered:

            Silver Course- Essentials of Canopy Flight

            Yellow Course- Intermediate Canopy Flight

            Orange Course- Advanced Canopy Flight

            Blue Course- Intro to Swooping

            Red Course- Advanced Swooping

For a full break down of each course and determine which is best for you, visit http://thealteregoproject.com/courses/

In the event of poor weather, Alter Ego Fastrax will still go over all of the ground theory and drills they will do once they get to jump. Then you will be allowed to submit videos of your landings and they will send you full debriefs along with additional drills to work on.

Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival @ Start Skydiving
Jul 19 – Jul 20 all-day

The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival will include outdoor concerts, food & drink vendors, arts & crafts and carnival rides.

The festival is open 4pm to 10:30pm Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th.

Admission: walk-in is $5 per adult, 13 and up. 12 and under are free. Parking is $15 w/ free shuttle and admission for all in the car.

Festival events include:

  • Hot Air Balloon Challenge

    • The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition. This year 30 participants will race to win the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the Nationals.
  • Car Show

    • The car show will be Saturday, July 20th, from 4pm to 8pm. Registration is from 2pm to 4pm. The cost for registration is $15. Dash Plaques are guaranteed to the first 100. Top 30 awards plus best of show, sponsor’s choice, Warrior’s choice, and SELECTiON.COM® choice.
  • Night Balloon Glow

    • A fan favorite, the night balloon glow is a magical display that families look forward to every year. This year’s balloon glows will be July 19th and 20th at dusk.
  • Tethered Balloon Rides

  • Fireworks Display

    • This year’s fireworks are sponsored by Start Skydiving. They will start around 9:45pm on Saturday, July 20th. There will also be fireworks Friday night.
  • Bella Balloons-Balloon Rides

    • If you are interested in taking a hot air balloon ride during the event, contact Bella Balloons for a once in a lifetime experience!
    • https://www.flybellaballoons.com/
  • Goodfolk & O’Tymes Biplane Rides

    • Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati’s only antique open cockpit biplane ride business. Enjoy a sightseeing open airplane ride over the Ohio country side.
    • http://www.gobiplanerides.com

Location: Smith Park. Middletown, Ohio



Sky Family Dinner! @ Start Skydiving
Aug 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Be sure to come out for our monthly Sky Family Potluck Dinner!

Once per month Start Skydiving will host a cookout style Potluck dinner for fun jumpers, staff and friends. We will have the grill available for everyone’s use so bring your favorite protein, drinks and a shareable side and enjoy great company after a day of jumping!

See you then!

Wingsuit Weekend Festival! @ Start Skydiving
Aug 8 – Aug 11 all-day

Start Skydiving Wingsuit Weekend!!!

Start Skydiving will host a fun filled Wingsuit Weekend August 8th – 11th!

  • Saturday Night Party and Cookout
  • Specialty Aircraft
  • An awesome line up of organizers including Anthony “The Kid” Zerbonia, Team Fastrax Member Dave Covel, Mat Greene, Richo Butts -XRW, and Travis Mickle of Wicked Wingsuits.
  • Co-ed and Female Record Attempts
  • Early Registration (Before July 1st) $55
  • Regular Registration (July 1st and after) $70
  • More Details to Follow!!!

Register Here!


Sisters in Skydiving Memorial Weekend @ Start Skydiving
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day

Be sure to register for the Start Skydiving Sisters in Skydiving Memorial Weekend!!!

This year’s theme is TBD!!! Let you spirit animal out of it’s cage (Or wherever it rests) and prepare to boogie!

Its shaping up to be a great S.I.S. weekend! We have $21 slot specials, excellent organizing, and a  feast Saturday night followed by a DJ and Dancing. Throw in some other special surprise weekend activities and games and its sure to be an event to remember! The best part??? Registration is only $35 and includes a special S.I.S. t-shirt and free dinner Saturday, in addition to games and the special slot pricing. There will be a competition for the best costume Saturday night. The winners will recieve free jumps!

This event is for all women to attend. Whether you have 10,000 jumps or are mostly a spectator, you are welcome to come out and celebrate with your sisters in skydiving!

Click Here to Register

Night Jumps! @ Start Skydiving
Aug 17 all-day

Night Jumps at Start Skydiving!

The cost is $30 per slot and covers your lift ticket as well as all necessary safety equipment, training and supervision by an Instructor.

*You must have a current USPA B License or higher to make a night jump at Start Skydiving*

Please Sign up at Manifest if you are interested!

Organizing with Alex Hart! @ Start Skydiving
Aug 23 – Aug 25 all-day

Whether you are fresh off of your A License or looking to shred some head down we will get you organized safely!

Don’t be shy!  Getting in on an organized jump is a great way to meet other jumpers, try new jumps, and finesse your skills.

Alex Hart will be available for organizing, find him around the hangar to plan some awesome jumps.

Bonus: if you are a USPA licensed skydiver and this is your first visit to Start Skydiving, your first jump is on us!

USPA/ Sigma Tandem Rating Course @ Start Skydiving
Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm

USPA/ Sigma Tandem Rating Course

The Start Skydiving Jump Institute will host a USPA/ UPT Tandem Rating Course conducted by Brian Marzluf.

Candidates may earn the USPA/UPT Tandem Instructor rating who have met all the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Holds or has held any USPA coach or instructional rating
  • Holds a current USPA D license
  • Has a minimum of three years experience as a skydiver
  • Holds current FAA Medical certificate
  • Has logged 500 jumps on a ram-air canopy and accumulated at least 6 hours of freefall time with no less that 100 jumps in the last 12 months.


The Course will begin Friday evening from 5-9 pm and continue at 8:00 AM Saturday and Sunday mornings until completion.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot. The remaining course fee of $375 will be due at the start of the course.

Additionally each candidate is responsible for 19 slots (minimum) for the training jumps portion of the class, gear rental if required and pack jobs


Register for the May Course here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vdugricab&oeidk=a07eg5jvci06226ae91

Register for the July course here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vdugricab&oeidk=a07eg5jvcyk7302ff46

Register for the September course here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vdugricab&oeidk=a07eg5jwnhb53231324

*This course requires a minimum of 2 participants registered 7 days in advance to run*


Please contact Brian Marzluf with any questions and to receive a list of pre-course requirements.


UC Skydiving Class @ Start Skydiving
Sep 7 all-day

Students from The University of Cincinnati will be making their first jump!

For more info visit http://www.skyhighscholars.com/


Sky Family Dinner! @ Start Skydiving
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Be sure to come out for our monthly Sky Family Potluck Dinner!

Once per month Start Skydiving will host a cookout style Potluck dinner for fun jumpers, staff and friends. We will have the grill available for everyone’s use so bring your favorite protein, drinks and a shareable side and enjoy great company after a day of jumping!

See you then!