One might assume the immediate reaction after jumping out of a plane at 12,000 ft and safely landing on the beach would be one of relief. But apparently Skydive Diani's customers are much more likely to say 'Wow, that was amazing. I want to do it again. Right now!'
And on second thought, this makes complete sense. Diani oﬀers an unrivalled location to try out one of life's most exhilarating experiences, bringing together a world-class team of skydiving professionals with some of the most spectacular scenery available anywhere in the world.
Set up in December 2013 by a group of passionate skydivers looking to promote the sport more widely in Africa, Skydive Diani has fast established itself as a core member of the international skydiving circuit. For Skydive Diani's chief instructor, Gary Lincoln-Hope, Diani is the most spectacular drop zone in the world, and is one of only a handful of locations globally that oﬀers beach landings. Gary is delighted to be able to share this natural beauty with fellow skydivers, and for him a sunset jump over the southern Kenyan coastline is the most magical of them all.
The most popular activity oﬀered at the club is the tandem jump, where novices can try out the sport in complete safety, jumping attached to a fully trained instructor. Typically, the whole experience lasts an hour, and includes a 20-minute ﬂight to 12,000 ft with amazing bird's eye views over Diani and its myriad of shades of shimmering blues and greens. The freefall part of the experience typically lasts for 45 seconds (at a very exhilarating 200km per hour!), with a further 10 minutes of breathtaking views after the parachute has been opened by the instructor.
At Skydive Diani, jumping isn't the reserve of young adrenaline junkies. Women are as likely as men to take part in tandem jumps and as things currently stand, the age of jumpers ranges from 7 to 76. For many novice jumpers, skydiving is high up on their bucket-list and where better to give it a go than over Diani's famous white sand beaches?
And for those who really do want to relive the experience time and time again, this is something that the club also oﬀers. Equipped with professional recording and editing equipment, Skydive Diani can ﬁlm the whole experience enabling skydivers to share the experience and the breathtaking scenery with their friends and family.
And for jumpers who really have caught the skydiving bug, the club also oﬀers all-inclusive residential courses at its skydiving school. The courses usually last a week, with students completing a skydiving license allowing them to jump independently. The club is also a hub for qualiﬁed jumpers who ﬂock to Diani to enjoy the spectacular drop zone and the relaxed beach vibes. A quick look at Skydive Diani's Facebook page conﬁrms that the club has a huge fan-base within the skydiving community and beyond, with an impressive 350 K
In addition to the amazing location, Gary Lincoln-Hope believes that the success of the club is down to their uncompromising commitment to safety. The club is certiﬁed by the United