History

Paracentrum Texel was set up in 1969 by skydive pioneer Bob Rienks. Square parachutes did not exist yet and round parachutes were the norm. Freefall was only for the highly experienced skydivers. Back then, you were a skydiver when you had tens to a hundred jumps. These days, a skydiver is only highly experienced with about a thousand jumps…

Changes happened quickly. During the seventies, the parachutes quickly improved, as did the instruction. Interest for the sport grew and Paracentrum Texel grew with it.

The square parachute appeared on the scene and freefall techniques developed incredibly fast.

Paracentrum Texel moved from an improvised cow shed, which was used as a packing area, to a part of the airport hangar. From there, we moved once again into the current modern building.

Today

Pioneering made way for operating from an organised structure whereby the informal atmosphere stayed. Annually, tens of thousands of jumps are made.

Paracentrum Texel has been the heart of the national and international skydive scene for decades. Thousands of skydive students have obtained their licenses here and thousands of experienced jumpers come regularly to improve their technique, join boogies (skydive parties) or participate in competitions.

Each year, several thousands of tandem passengers do their jump on Texel. All thanks to the solid instruction team of Paracentrum Texel and the vast experience that has been gained. Instructors jump at top level and Paracentrum Texel has a one of the largest and most obstacle-free dropzones in Europe. Of course Paracentrum Texel complies with all the government rules and regulations.

In short: professional, dynamic, fun and, above all, safe. We have instructors with more than 17.000 jumps on their log. We believe that says enough…

allemaal familie

In de zomer van 2017 zijn er opnamen gemaakt door omroep WNL voor het programma ‘Allemaal Familie’. Op het moment van de opnamen vond juist de jaarlijkse wingsuit boogie plaats. Het stukje geeft een mooi beeld van het familiebedrijf dat op dat moment al 48 jaar bestaat.

Companies

Since the sixties of the last century, a lot has changed in the composition of the family business. We have grown towards three dropzones, a scenic flight company and a rigging loft. Below, a short overview of the companies.

 

Leading DROPZONE On a global level

The company it all started with in 1969. Situated in the North of the island next to the runway of Texel International Airport. On Texel, we offer:

Parachutespring opleidingen:

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

Tandem skydives:

  • Standard: 9000 ft.
  • Extreme: 13000 ft.
  • Outside photo/video (with an external camera flyer)

Business to business:

  • Film and television productions
  • Demonstration and promotion jumps
  • Corporate events

Paracentrum Texel
Postweg 128

1795 JS, De Cocksdorp, Texel

Tel: +31 (0) 222 311464

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Scenic flights and introductory flying lessons

Tessel Air is established in the same building as the Paracentrum.

Scenic flights:

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

Introductory flying lessons:

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

Business to business:

  • Film and television productions
  • Photography flights
  • Corporate events

Tessel Air
Postweg 128

1795 JS, De Cocksdorp, Texel

Tel: +31 (0) 222 311464

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Skydive shop and Rigger’s Loft

With the name, we combine two main areas. “Isola” for the island Texel and “Quip” for equipment. This subsidiary company of Paracentrum Texel sells everything that has something to do with skydiving. From postal cards, t-shirts, skydive books, toys and jumpsuits to the most advanced skydive gear.

Our shop is situated at the reception of the Paracentrum, where you can find our “small” articles. For the purchase of parachutes and so, there is always an instructor ready to help you. Our years of experience will make sure you receive a custom made quote when you purchase your own skydive equipment.

For years, we are the official dealership of some of the largest skydive brands, including Performance Designs (parachutes), Sun Path (harness/containers), Symbiosis Suits (jumpsuits), Larsen & Brusgaard (altimeters), Parasport Italia (helmets and clothing) and Airtec (automatic openers).

Our staff also visits international symposia in order to keep up to date on the latest development. All this with the aim to inform our customers correctly and fully at all times.

Isola ‘Quip
Postweg 128

1795 JS, De Cocksdorp, Texel

Tel: +31 (0) 222 311464

Tandem skydiving in Zeeland

Skydive Zeeland is located on the Zealandisch island of Walcheren in the city of Arnemuiden. Our building is next to the runway of Airport Midden Zeeland. The combination of rivers, sea and land results into a unique view during your tandem jump.

The dropzone uses a Cessna 182 PH-DES, which offers space for four passengers and their pilot. Skydive Zeeland made the news in 2017 when a 94-year old tandem passenger lost his shoes during a jump.

In Zeeland, we offer:

Tandem skydives:

  • Standard: 9000 ft.
  • Handy cam photo/video (the tandem instructor makes a film and photos using a handy camp on the wrist during the jump)

Business to business:

  • Film and television productions
  • Demonstration and promotion jumps
  • Corporate events

Skydive Zeeland
Callandweg 44

4341 RA, Arnemuiden

Tel: +31 (0) 113 612910

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Tandem Skydive over Ameland

In 2012, Paracentrum Ameland – by Peter Liemberg at the time – was taken over by Paracentrum Texel and was added to the Rienks family business as the third dropzone.

Paracentrum Ameland is located in Ballum and uses the Cessna 182P PH-OII, which offers space for four passengers and their pilot.

On Ameland, we offer:

Skydive courses:

  • Military Square: static line
  • First Jump Course: static line

Tandem skydives:

  • Standard: 9000 ft.
  • Handy cam photo/video (the tandem instructor makes a film and photos using a handy camp on the wrist during the jump)

Business to business:

  • Film and television productions
  • Demonstrations and promotion jumps
  • Corporate events

Skydive Ameland
Strandweg 21

9162 EV, Ballum, Ameland

Tel: +31 (0) 519 554880

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