About Skydive Danielson

Award Winning Skydiving CenterCT Skydiving Instructors

Not all skydiving centers are created equal. There are more decisions to consider than just price when you make your first tandem skydive. Safety and customer service are our top priorities at Skydive Danielson, and we have the awards to prove it! Our second-to-none safety record means that you can feel at ease when you book a skydiving reservation with us.

It's All About The Altitude

The best part of skydiving is the ''freefall'' after you've jumped out of the airplane, but before you've opened your parachute. At Skydive Danielson, we take you all the way up to 14,000 feet to maximize your freefall time. That extra altitude gives you up to 50% more freefall time than most locations in New England. Sometimes weather or aircraft maintenance schedules mean that we occasionally jump from less than 14,000 feet.

Service

Begin your first skydiving adventure at an award winning location! Skydive Danielson has been rated as the Best DZ in the US for the past 3 years in a national survey by Blue Skies Magazine. Don't just take our word for it, our 5-star reviews on every online search speak for themselves. Customers love the vibe that Skydive Danielson provides. You won't feel like just another number here. You can jump out of an airplane anywhere, but at Skydive Danielson you will experience an unforgettable adventure.

Safety

Nothing in skydiving is more important than safety and at Skydive Danielson we make safety our top priority.

  • Top-of-the-line skydiving equipment maintained by FAA certified Parachute Riggers
  • Airplanes regularly maintained to meet rigorous FAA standards
  • Every instructor at Skydive Danielson is licensed through the United States Parachute Association and carry FAA medical certifications
  • Pilots are licensed through the FAA, with special ratings specifically for flying skydivers

Price

Our prices are the best rates you'll find in New England because there are no hidden fees upon arrival. Some skydiving centers advertise cheap prices or discounts, but then hit you with rental fees for equipment and cut the altitude to just 10,000 feet. When you book your skydive with Skydive Danielson, you can trust that we are not cutting corners to make ends meet.

Meet Our Staff:

Rob Morris

Pilot, Instructor, FAA Parachute Rigger
In 1998, while Rob was in the U.S. Airforce, he learned to skydive at the Ogden Skydiving Center in Utah. Since then, Rob has been a full time instructor and skydiving pilot. Rob also holds his FAA Parachute Rigger ticket.

Laura Morris

Instructor, Guest Relations

Laura learned to skydive at the Alabama Skydiving Center in 2003. Since then she has been working in the skydiving industry as an instructor and guest relations. She also is a Coach Instructor Evaluator and hosts training classes with XCelSkydiving.

John the Pilot

Commercial, Single-engine land/sea, Multi-engine land, Instrument, Certified Flight Instructor, Multi-engine Instructor
John has been flying since the 1900's! He has flown corporate and charter work as well as flying skydivers. He enjoys flying skydivers, especially in our new airplane for the 2017 season.

Norm Nault

Safety and Training Advisor, Head Instructor, Tandem Instructor Examiner

After making his first skydive in 2009, Norm immediately knew that skydiving was the passion and focus that he wanted in his life. Norm loves teaching people how to skydive and introducing them to this sport. He also has a drive for pushing the boundaries of canopy flight! 

 

Curtis White

Instructor
Curtis is a US Marine veteran who learned to skydive while backpacking in Australia in 2012. He enjoys all skydiving disciplines but can be most easily found free flying or under canopy. Curtis is a USPA Coach and Instructor.

Doug Hamel

Instructor
Doug started skydiving when he was in college on the UCONN Skydiving Team. Since then Doug has made over 1500 skydives and loves introducing first time jumpers to our sport.

Stephanie Poirier

Instructor
Stephanie learned how to skydive in Sebastian Florida in 2012. She found Skydive Danielson through a friend and immediately knew it was going to be her new home dropzone. Her first season with us she showed up every single day and jump on every airplane that had seats available. She won Jumper Of The Year 2 years in a row. In 2014 she decided to take her passion for this sport and turn it into her career. She loves skydiving because she gets to share her love of this sport with new people every day and travel the world skydiving.

Jonathan Farley

Instructor
Ever since Jon made his first jump in 2009, the chase was on to become a real skydiving instructor. Once he met the crew at Skydive Danielson he knew that was where he wanted to learn how to become just that. While not in the sky, he enjoys training in the wind tunnel to become a more proficient flyer. He finds being a skydiving instructor a very rewarding job.

Jerry Taveras

Instructor, FAA Parachute Rigger
Jerry learned to skydive at Skydive Danielson in 2010. Seeking as much training as he could acquire, Jerry took an FAA Parachute Rigging course his first winter after obtaining his skydiving license. After a few years of skydiving for a hobby, Jerry decided to take it to the next level and quit his 'real job' and turn his hobby into his career.  

Andy Marcoux

Instructor
Andy grew up on a skydiving center and has been around this sport since before he could walk. However, it wasn't until nearly 40 that he learned to skydive. Once he started, he understood why his father had spent every weekend jumping out of airplanes. Andy is now an AFF Instructor, Coach and load organizer with a passion in Formation Skydiving and Canopy Relative Work.

Andrew Wildowsky

Video Editor
Andrew made his first jump at Skydive Danielson in 2010. He is specializes in photography and video editing. 

Eric Schwartz

FAA Parachute Rigger, Coach
In 2015 Eric made his first skydive completely against his will; his girlfriend forced him to do it. From the moment his parachute first opened he knew that skydiving had changed his life forever. After landing, Eric signed up for our Learn To Skydive program. He knew he wanted to become part of the team at Skydive Danielson so he got to work changing his life and career path. Eric is now an USPA Coach as well as an FAA Parachute Rigger.

Nikia Lane

Guest Relations
Nikia started working at Skydive Danielson in 2016 and swore that she would never jump out of an airplane. After an entire season watching other people have a blast she finally built up the courage to make her first skydive. Since then she has jumped out of an airplane a 2nd time and is starting to understand why we all love jumping out of airplanes so much.

Mike Giguere

Ground Crew
Mike started jumping in Danielson back in 1995. He also holds his Private Pilot license. 

Andy Barylski

Parachute Packer
Andy has been a part of the skydiving center since he was born. His parents are both skydivers and taught him how to pack parachutes when he was only 5 years old. He has been coming to the skydiving center since 2005;  making him one of our most seasoned staff members.  He has spent his summers with us learning how to pack and can't wait until he is old enough to skydive.