Skydiving in Toledo, Washington

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For those adventurers courageous enough to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, skydiving provides an adrenaline rush to remember. Toledo, located approximately 3 miles east of Interstate 5 in the southwest portion of the state, boasts a small-town charm with a drop zone for tourists passing through the area. You can expect knowledgeable jump masters and dazzling views of Washington’s plant life and terrain.

Skydiving in Toledo offers bird's eye views of the Cowlitz River.

Skydiving in Toledo offers bird’s eye views of the Cowlitz River.

Physical Requirements and Regulations

You should be able to carry at least 30 lbs. of gear and be in good physical condition or have a letter from a licensed physician. Weight limits vary from operator to operator, so ask the facility when making a reservation and not on the jump day. Most weight requirements for skydiving are in the 230- to 240-lb. range. You must be at least 18 years old; no alcohol is allowed in training class or during the jump.

Toledo Operators

Skydive Toledo exists as the main operator in the area, and all staff members are certified by the United States Parachute Association (USPA). Reservations are required, so call in advance regarding regulations or required clothing. If this operator is booked, you can phone 1-800-SKYDIVE for a recommendation to another USPA-certified operator in the area. Toledo sits between Portland, Oregon and Tacoma, Washington, so operators in those areas may be able to assist.

Jump Climate

The average high temperature in Toledo in the coldest month of December is approximately 44 degrees Fahrenheit which can make skydiving at high altitudes slightly cold. The warmest summer month of August boasts an average high of 80 degrees, so comfortable clothing may be enough to keep you warm. Jumpsuits may be required at any time, but check with the operator on the day of the jump since weather can change from day to day.

Scenery

The Cowlitz River runs through Toledo, so a view of the water will be a highlight of the free fall experience as well as a cluster of small lakes in the region. You can see views of the town and the patchwork quilt-like roads and grounds in addition to the indigenous trees of Washington state. Expect to see green forestry, and ask the jump master to point out any specific landmarks of interest.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victoria Ross began her career as a freelance writer in 2010 and has been published on Popeater, Gadling and AOL Travel. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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