CLEWISTON -- Whether visiting Hendry County for the first time or the 100th, you will not want to miss seeing a bird’s eye view of the popular fishing and resort community.
Skydive Spaceland Clewiston, one of the largest skydiving operations in south Florida, has been offering skydiving at Airglades Airport in Clewiston for more than 50 years.
It offers skydiving events year-round, including the annual “Everglades Boogie,” which in 2022 is scheduled for Jan. 21-23. It attracts people from all over the world.
“We bring in multiple aircraft,” said Rick Hornsby, who owns Skydive Spaceland with his wife, Lisa Hornsby. “And there are representatives from many skydive companies and retailers throughout our industry who attend.”
To participate in skydiving in Clewiston, one must be 18-years old and in good physical shape to participate. Tandem skydive prices start at $179 per person and instructors are fully certified and licensed by the United States Parachute Association.
“We have our very own FAA certified mechanic on staff to maintain our aircraft and a FAA certified rigger to maintain our parachute equipment,” Hornsby said. “Our company is responsible for licensing more skydivers than any other in North America.”
Hornsby added that Skydive Spaceland has made numerous positive changes to its business model to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Walk-ins are accepted at Airglades Airport during skydiving operations Thursdays through Mondays, but those with reservations have priority. It is recommended to contact Skydive Spaceland by phone or email at least 24 hours in advance to make a reservation by phone at 863-983-6151 or email at manifestFL@SkydiveSpaceland.comat least 24 hours in advance.
“The view of Lake Okeechobee from 13,000 feet is a scene like no other,” Hornsby said. “Come join us for the experience of a lifetime.”
Skydive Spaceland also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SkydiveSpacelandClewiston/