Heading for the Costa Brava and want to skydive? Empuriabrava is home to one of the world’s top skydiving centres.
While Empuriabrava aerodrome has been used for skydiving since 1973, it began operating under the Skydive Empuriabrava brand in 1985 after a change of ownership. Initially Skydive Empuriabrava was operated by a staff of just five which over the years has grown to around 50. In 2003 it became the first skydiving centre to reach a total of one million jumps since it began operating. Ten years later it was the first to exceed a total of two million jumps.
Today Skydive Empuriabrava is considered to be one of the top three skydiving centres in the world due to the climate and facilities and has the ambition to become the undisputed world number one. As well as the skydiving facilities, Skydive Empuriabrava also owns a number of aircraft, while a separate company operates a indoor wind tunnel used to simulate skydiving.
What does Skydive Empuriabrava offer?
The centre is ideal both for licensed skydivers as well as anyone who wants to experience a jump or learn to skydive.
If you’re a qualified skydiver and want to make a jump at Skydive Empuriabrava then provided you have your sports licence you’ll be able to hire gear at the centre. Insurance is compulsory but is offered by the centre and if you do have your own equipment you’ll need to show the repack inspection card for your parachute and reserve and jump log.
If you just want to experience a jump without obtaining a licence then a tandem jump is ideal. You’ll be strapped to a tandem instructor who will take you through the whole process of exiting the plane, freefall, opening the canopy and landing. There are also options for your jump to be videoed and photographed for posterity. Just in case you were going to forget about the experience!
If you’re really serious about skydiving then the only thing to do is take a course. Skydive Empuriabrava offers a beginners course as well as an accelerated free fall (AFF) course. After you’ve completed the latter you’ll receive a sports licence and be able to jump without an instructor. If you’ve already skydived you can also receive coaching on formation skydiving.
As one of the world’s leading skydiving centres, Skydive Empuriabrava organises a number of events throughout the year. Details are available on the company’s website.
If the idea of throwing yourself out of a plane is too much to think about then another option is to experience a simulated skydive in a wind tunnel. After going over the basics you’ll be taken to the wind tunnel with an instructor to get an idea of what it is like to make a jump. If you like it you might want to try a tandem jump next time!
The centre operates a number of aircraft and also offers flying lessons.
Experience the Costa Brava from the air by taking an introductory flight. After spending some time on flight theory you’ll take to the air with a professional instructor. During the 45 minute flight you’ll actually take control of the Cessna 172 while you carry out a number of manoeuvres over the gulf of Roses and the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.
Private pilot licence
If you want to learn how to fly on your own you you’ll need to sign for a course to study for you private pilot licence. It consists of 50 hours of theory and a minimum of 45 hours flying time. Bear in mind most people need additional time in the air before they qualify.