History

The Skydive Ameland dropzone was founded in 1968. Before then the occasional jump would take place over the Island during the so called ‘springweken’ (jumpweeks). Founder Hans Cornelis ran the parachuting center until 1973. In those days Tandemjumping wasn’t invented yet. At Skydive Ameland you could learn how to become a solo jumper or make your jumps as an experienced and licenced skydiver.

In 2012 Paracentrum Texel, that ran dropzones on the neighboring island of Texel and in Zeeland, took over the dropzone and included it in it’s family of skydive businesses.

present day

Our dropzone uses a Cessna 182 that can lift 4 jumpers to 9000 feet in about 25 minutes.

We land on two landingarea’s, a large one for students (800m x 500m) and a smaller one for experienced jumpers. A classroom is available and packing facilities are available in the hangar. 

On the airstrip, which is very close to the village, you can get coffee and soft drinks.

Ameland is an extraordinary place to skydive. The combination of forrest, dunes and beach provides a unique view from above. The island is the very North of The Netherlands. 

On clear days you can see the whole of the Frisian province, and some of the North Holland province, from the air. Spectacular!

family business

The familybusiness was visited by the WNL broadcasting company in the summer of 2017. The Rienks family was interviewed for the Dutch television show ‘Allemaal Familie” (All in the Family). Although the footage was shot on Texel at our companies headquarters it does provide a good picture of the family business that Skydive Ameland is an integral part of.

Our companies

Skydive Ameland is one of the three dropzones in our company. The other two are located on the Island of Texel and in Zeeland. The scenic flights company and the riggersloft are also located on Texel. Here’s a brief overview of the companies in our small corporate family.

Tandemjumps and staticline courses

Skydive Ameland was added to the family business in 2012. At that time is was operated by Peter Liemberg. The dropzone was to be the 3rd in the company.

At Ameland we use the Cessna 182P PH-OII, that seats 4 passengers and a pilot.

Skydive Ameland offers the following:

Parachute jump courses:

  • Military Square: static line

Tandem parachute jumps:

  • Altitude: 9000 ft.
  • Handcam photo / video (de Tandeminstructor records the footage during the jump)

Business to business:

  • Film en television productions
  • Demo and promo jumps
  • Corporate events
Logo van Paracentrum Skydive Ameland

Skydive Ameland
Strandweg 21

9162 EV, Ballum, Ameland
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 519 554880

Tandemjump over zeeland

Skydive Zeeland is located on the peninsula of Walcheren in the province of Zeeland close to the town of Arnemuiden. The dropzone is located next to the grass airstrip of Vliegveld Midden Zeeland (Zeeland airport). The combination of rivers, ocean and countryside make this dropzone one with a unique view.

At Skydive Zeeland we use the Cessna 182 PH-DES that holds 4 passengers and a pilot. The dropzone gathered nationwide attention in 2017 when a 94 year old tandem passenger lost his shoes during freefall and news of the event went viral.

Skydive Zeeland offers:

Tandem parachute jumps:

  • Altitude: 9000 ft.
  • Handcam photo / video (the tandem instructor captures the footage during freefall)

Business to business:

  • Film and televisie productions
  • Demo and promo jumps
  • Corporate events

Skydive Zeeland
Callandweg 44

4341 RA, Arnemuiden
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 113 612910

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leading international dropzone 

The Paracentrum Texel dropzone is where it all begin in 1969. Situated in the North of the Island, right next to the Texel International Airport runway.

Paracentrum Texel offers:

Parachute jump courses:

  • AFF
  • AFF Starter Course
  • Military Square: static line
  • First Jump Course: static line
  • Total Jump Experience: static line + AFF1

Tandem parachute jumps:

  • Standard altitude: 9000 ft.
  • Extreme altitude: 13000 ft.
  • Outside photo/video (a camerajumpers jumps along to take footage)

Business to business:

  • Film and television productions
  • Demo and promo jumps
  • Corporate events

Paracentrum Texel
Postweg 128

1795 JS, De Cocksdorp, Texel
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 222 311464

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Scenic flights and introductions to flightlessons

Tessel Air is located in the same building as Paracentrum Texel and offers:  

Scenic flights:

  • Scenic flight of 15 minutes
  • Scenic flight of 30 minutes
  • Scenic flight of 45 minutes
  • Scenic flight of 60 minutes

Introduction to flightlessons:

  • ‘Special flight’ of 20 minutes
  • ‘Special flight’ of 40 minutes
  • ‘Special flight’ of 60 minutes

Business to business:

  • Film and television productions
  • Photography flights
  • Corporate events

Tessel Air
Postweg 128

1795 JS, De Cocksdorp, Texel
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 222 311464

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Parachutist shop and riggers loft

Isola Quip sells skydiving apparel in the shop at the Paracentrum Texel front office. Anything from helmets to altimeters to toys, books and clothing. Complete parachutesystems are also available.

The riggersloft provides all rigging services that a sportjumper could need.

Isola ‘Quip
Postweg 128

1795 JS, De Cocksdorp, Texel
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 222 311464

Airplane

We operate a Cessna 182 registered as PH-OII thats a total of 5. The five places are distributed as follows: 1 x pilot, 2 x tandempassenger with tandemmaster.

The PH-OII is featured with an inflight door. This door has a specific use for skydive exits as is opens upward where the relative wind will keep the door open while the skydivers exit the airplane. Our 182 is equipped with a normally aspirated engine.

On very busy days, or when we have a large group of jumpers, we fly in an extra airplane from the Texel headquarters. This could be a C206 or a C208.