We are the premier Kansas City Drop Zone for all your skydiving needs. Want to jump Tandem? We’ve got you covered. Come join Glidersports and start your skydiving career with your first Tandem skydive or whatever, because we do it ALL!
"We are committed to advancing the sport of skydiving not only by producing skydivers of excellent caliber but also through our diligent prioritization of safety in every aspect of our operations."
GliderSports Skydiving is a high level, full service skydiving training center with unrivaled facilities, specializing in free fall and canopy skill development through student progression programs which lead to USPA licensure.
We enjoy sharing our sport with the public through tandem skydiving, and by performing demonstration and exhibition jumps as well. We welcome you to join our skydiving family at GliderSports.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
There is an element of risk involved, as there is with most activities that one engages in on a daily basis, such as driving a car. The risk of driving a car is mitigated by prioritizing safety through simple but effective habits such as wearing a seatbelt, obeying speed limits, driving with awareness and caution, maintaining one’s vehicle, etc. As technology has improved over time, skydiving, in general, has become much safer and the risk has diminished drastically. In addition, GliderSports utilizes exceptionally trained professionals, and meticulously maintained-equipment. Two such pieces of equipment that you should know about: the AAD and the Reserve Parachute. An AAD is an Automatic Activation Device which deploys your parachute for you in the unlikely event that your instructor does not, and the Reserve Parachute is a second, back-up parachute that is on board every skydive in the unlikely event that your main parachute does not deploy. So, you can already start to relax. Your safety is our primary concern.
Tandem skydive training takes approximately 20-40 minutes, and consists of an instructional video and personal briefing from your instructor. You will be attached with a 4-point harness to your instructor for the tandem, so there is no burden of responsibility for you during this skydive other than to relax and have fun! During the briefing, you will be introduced to the aircraft, the equipment, and the basics of the skydiving “arch” – the body position that will allow you to have the most comfortable skydive. Then, we will assist you in gearing up and preparing for flight.
We only use the most modern parachutes with square-shaped canopies at GliderSports Skydiving, which allow amazing controllability and stand-up landings into our grassy landing area.
Skydivers should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season, and tennis shoes.
All tandem passengers and students must be over 18 years of age, and less than 220 lbs the day of their skydive. A valid photo i.d. is required prior to jumping.
We are located just over an hour away from downtown Kansas City, near Clinton, MO.
Winds must be less than 14 mph.
Gear rental is included with all your students jumps.
Ground school is hosted on demand. Watch for announcements on Facebook, or reach out to us about the next session.
Compare the highlights of each program on the Solo Skydiving page and see which fits you best, this is a decision for the student to make based on their personal preference.
Phase 1 typically takes between 7-15 jumps. AFF tends to be closer to 7, and IAD tends to be closer to 15.
Coaching jumps are required until student is released from coaching, an average number is 3-5 coach jumps, but it varies from student to student.
Students who have been released from the coaching phase are free to choose between solo or coach jumps for the remainder of their student progression (25 minimum jumps to be eligible for USPA A License.)
The timeline to licensing depends on the student’s availability to skydive, and individual pace of skill development. It is not uncommon to see students graduating in the 3-6 month range.
Unobstructed landing area, excellent air to ground communications, extremely qualified professionals with decades of experience, well-maintained gear and onsite parachute professionals, friendly and personal atmosphere, great sense of community, regular social events, and absolutely stunning scenery.
We will need you to register with us by signing a waiver, and producing a current data card and USPA membership card. After that, you are all set! Blue skies.
Sure! We have campgrounds that accommodate both tents and RVs or other campers. We have electric and water hookups, a grill and picnic area, and other accommodations for our skydiving family and visitors.
No, AADs are optional at our dropzone.
ABSOLUTELY! We welcome all USPA license holding skydivers to enjoy our drop zone. Join our facebook group or give us a call to see what's going on this week!