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The Northeast Pennsylvania Ripcords, your Above the Poconos Skydivers, has been serving the New York, NJ and Pennsylvania skydiving community since 1961 making us THE oldest continuously running, same management, USPA member skydiving center in the World. The Northeast Pennsylvania skydiving center is run by Don Kellner, the man who holds the Guinness World Record for the most sport parachute jumps. Our areas of expertise include skydiving lessons, exhibition skydiving, freefall photography, and government certified parachute rigging. Our center continues to be on the forefront of skydiving instruction. Our main skydiving instructors have a combined total of over 60,000 skydives and 90 years experience. Other skydiving centers say that their instructors are experienced, but none can compare to us! See what our customers have to say on our facebook page:
Not all skydiving schools are the same! Safety is our top priority and our record shows it. We have maintained a 100% tandem skydiving safety record since we started our tandem skydiving lessons in 1984. No other New York, NJ or Pennsylvania skydiving school can boast of this. This does not mean that you can't get hurt, but we will not sacrifice safety to look cool. All of our staff are appropriately licensed and certified through the United States Parachute Association and we hold them to higher standards than the USPA requires. Our jump aircraft, a Super Cessna 185 and a Super Cessna 210/5, are meticulously maintained and are recognized as the safest in the industry. We have a mile long, easy to spot and obstacle free landing zone.
Our Pennsylvania Skydiving Center is located in the foothills of the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The views from altitude are breathtaking, and are an easy drive from New York and NJ straight out Interstate 80.
Check out the view from the web cam based at
Penn State Hazleton Campus for a taste of the sights.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life,
and come for a Pennsylvania skydiving adventure weekend getaway.
Each customer is assured personalized attention and maximum enjoyment, because we refuse to overbook confirmed reservations. Also, our skydiving instructors work for a living at normal jobs, so just like you, they are looking forward to skydiving rather than it being work. They enjoy sharing the thrill of the sport with you.
We skydive weekends year round, weather permitting.
Our weekday hours are limited because just like yourself, we have normal jobs and skydive on our time off. This means that we look forward to skydiving and don't consider it work.
Winter (November - February) hoursSaturday and Sunday 10 am until Sunset, weather permitting Spring (March - April)Friday afternoon by appointment.
Saturday and Sunday 10 am until Sunset, weather permitting
Summer (May - October)Thursday and Friday afternoon by appointment.
Weekends 9 am until Sunset.
Co-Owner - 1,000+ skydives
Chief Pilot - well over 18,000 hours
IAD and Static-line
Chief Instructor - 16,000+ skydives
Videographer, Pilot, Rigger
AFF, Tandem, IAD, & Static-line
Co-Owner - 41,000+ skydives
Guinness Record Holder
AFF, Tandem, IAD and Static-line
Senior Rigger, Demo Team Crew Chief,
and so much more.
Marie Baragona (and Tony)
Skydiving Coach/Instructor IAD & Tandem
Videographer & Commercial Pilot
John & Kathleen Snurkowski
"GI" Joe Rizza
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Skydiving Coach & IAD Instructor
Videographer, Wingsuit flyer
Picture coming soon
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Above the Poconos Skydivers c/o
Hazleton Muncipal Airport
200 Old Airport Road
Hazleton, PA 18202