For the last 13 years, Skydive Spaceland has been training skydivers to a world-class standard at its private airfield just south of Houston, Texas. Spaceland has recently entered into a partnership with a skydiving center in south Florida to provide the same top-flight level of skydiving operations to jumpers in the Miami/Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Fort Myers/Naples areas.
The Florida location, formerly named Skydive Air Adventures and located in Clewiston, will be re-branded as Skydive Spaceland-Clewiston. The drop zone has been operating for more than 26 years at the scenic Airglades airport just south of Lake Okeechobee. This partnership will bring a full-time turbine (Super Twin Otter) to southwest Florida, making Skydive Spaceland-Clewiston the area’s only full-time turbine drop zone.
“We are really excited about this merger,” said Steve Boyd, owner of Skydive Spaceland-Houston. “They have really been doing it right over there and we look forward to helping them take Skydive Spaceland-Clewiston to the next level.”
Open 7 days a week and every day of the year but Christmas, Skydive Spaceland-Houston has trained thousands of skydivers in the last 13 years. One of the cornerstones of the drop zone’s success has been an innovative, constantly refined Skydiver Training Program that attracts skydiving students from around the world.
“We’ve had students come here from across the country and as far away as Germany and Australia to complete their basic skydiving license requirements in as little as five days,” says manager Jason Hyder. “We have the full-time instructors, pilots, and business to allow people to achieve their skydiving goals very quickly here. They come for the program, then stay for the great community of experienced, talented, fun skydivers who call Spaceland home.”
“We are so thrilled to be part of this organization,” said Lisa Hornsby, co-owner/operator of the new Skydive Spaceland-Clewiston with Rick Hornsby. “This place (Skydive Spaceland-Houston) is like Disneyland for skydivers and we look forward to bringing the same capabilities and opportunities to our Florida skydiving family.”
About Skydive Spaceland
Skydive Spaceland is a three-generation family-owned and -operated skydiving business located in Rosharon, Texas, just south of downtown Houston, Texas. First opened for business in February 2000 by Steve Boyd, Sr., Skydive Spaceland has grown into a truly world-class skydiving facility open 7 days a week and capable of handling hundreds of skydivers jumping daily. More than 100,000 skydiving students have been instructed at Spaceland, and the center facilitates nearly 100,000 skydives per year.
Skydive Spaceland has also played host to the world’s largest skydiving competition, the United States Parachuting Association National Skydiving Championships (2009) , as well as several other large competitions including the U.S. National Collegiate Parachuting Championships and multiple U.S. National Canopy Piloting Championships. Several state and national records have also been set at Spaceland including the Texas State Record 150-person skydive in 2007, 168-person skydive in 2011, high-altitude records, and multiple Women’s Texas State Record skydives held jointly as fundraisers for Jump for the Rose.
About Skydive Spaceland-Clewiston
Operating as Skydive Air Adventures, this skydiving center has been in the same location for more than 26 years with one of the best safety records in the industry. Located 4 miles south of Lake Okeechobee, the United States’ second-largest freshwater lake, the drop zone enjoys a spectacular view from altitude.