We’ve been enjoying the first few weeks of the 2013 season. We’ve had some decent jumping weather so far and it’s been nice getting back into the skies over Rochelle. Both the PAC and Twin Otter are home from their winter contracts, so let’s keep them flying! For now, we are open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We go to our 6 days per week schedule toward the middle of April.
As we ramp up for the busy season, we’re still looking for some CSC team members. We are hiring more full-time and part-times staff for our customer care team in the PROshop and manifest. If you’re interested, please send resumes and availability to jason@PROskydiving.com.
We are also in need of street team members to help with marketing at events and promotional venues across the midwest. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Those interested should download the application and drop it off to CSC or email to tony@PROskydiving.com. This is a great way to earn money to pay for jumps!
To help kick off the season, Freefall University is offering a FREE ground school this Sunday, April 7. The class begins at 10am and should last 3 to 4 hours. Weather permitting and based on availability of instructors, students may be able to make their first training tandem jumps the same day. Ground school is the next step for anyone who wishes to jump solo. Previous skydives are not required. If you’d like to sign up for the course, please register on our website by selecting “AFF level 1″ on April 7.
Any of our existing students or licensed skydivers who need a refresher course before jumping again and weren’t able to join us on Safety Day are welcome to attend this free ground school followed by a coach evaluation jump to get current.
While we’re proud of our beautiful new facility, there is still one area that will receive some finishing touches this spring. Help make your mark as part of the CSC family as we build our new permanent bonfire pit in the courtyard. We will construct a circular area that will grow with time. Two brick sizes are available for purchase and personalized engraving (with approval by CSC): 4″ x 8″ bricks are $50 and 8″ x 8″ bricks are $100. Contact Woody to purchase a brick.
The Flight Deck Bar & Grill begins its first annual volleyball league next month. Six player co-ed teams play a ten week season from May 21 to July 25, followed by a post-season single elimination tournament. Rosters and payment must be submitted by Tuesday, May 14. Visit our website for more information, payment details, sign-up forms and league rules. Contact tony@PROskydiving.com with questions.
Looking for a special family outing for Mother’s Day? Spend the day with us! The Flight Deck will host a special brunch 10am to 2pm on Sunday, May 12. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call the restaurant at 815.361.3664. Sundays are also Family Day at CSC. Tandem skydive special: $209.99 per person, 5 or more family members jump for $189.99 each and 10 or more family members for $179.99 each. Surprise mom with a jump from a perfectly good airplane!
As always, our events calendars are available on our website and Facebook. Join us!
Saturday, April 12: Live music by Briar Hill at the Flight Deck starting at 8pm.
Friday, April 19: Live music by Tristan Bushman at the Flight Deck starting at 8:30 pm.
Saturday, April 20: Our first installment of The Loft Sessions – a monthly educational seminar series dedicated to different areas of the sport. These seminars are meant to teach skills that keep jumpers safe, teach them about equipment and new disciplines and to help teach technical aspects of body flight, camera flying and more. Betsy Hoats of Third Coast Parachute Service will host and lead the first session called “How To Check Your Gear Like a Rigger” from 7:30 to 9pm and will cover gear maintenance tips and less-performed gear check items. This will be helpful for skydivers of all skill levels and Betsy is available to answer equipment questions afterward. Bring your rig and follow along!
Saturday, April 27: We hope jumpers who were part of CSC’s family when it was located in Hinckley will join us from 2-3pm as we celebrate Earth Day and pay tribute to our dropzone’s roots during the planting of “The Hinckley Tree” in our courtyard. After jumping, stick around for live music by Hitman Rockband in the CSC main hangar starting at 8pm.
Wednesday, May 1: Kicking off our weekly experienced jumper special to last through the season. Licensed skydivers, join us every Wednesday for $19 full altitude jumps from our PAC or Otter.
Saturday, May 4: Spicy Scrambles with CSC Inferno. RW Scrambles organized by one of our very own CSC 4-way teams with lots of fun and great prizes up for grabs. All licensed jumpers are welcome to participate. Stick around after jumping for a Cinco de Mayo party at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill.
Save the Dates:
Operation: Pink Sky : June 8, 2013. Our annual fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Registration includes dinner, t-shirt, raffle entry, party with live music in the hangar & courtyard and a donation to the NBCF. Happening throughout the day: awesome LOs for belly, freefly and wingsuiting, Brian Darnell’s RW Big-Way skills camp, Zach Schroedel’s “Flock for Boobies” with free experienced wingsuit coaching in preparation for the 1st Wingsuit Sequentials Competition at CSC later in June.
Independence Boogie: July 3-7, 2013. Load organizing by Sandy Grillet, Karl Meyer, PJ Jackson, Simon Bones and Zach & Kiwi from SkyVenture Colorado. Win a GoPro Hero 3 in the Hypoxic Film Festival, achieve glory in the boogie beer olympics, get dressed up for the 007 Bond Theme Saturday night party, and all kinds of other fun.
Sisters in Skydiving: July 12-14, 2013. Load organizing and coaching by Melanie Curtis, Carolyn Chow and Chazi Blacksher. Tons of amazing prizes, Saturday night ladies-only dinner and all the fun jumps you can handle with female skydivers from all over the country. Get registered at http://bit.ly/summertimeSIS or by contacting becky@PROskydiving.com.
We hope to see you out at CSC soon!