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.
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…