(Published March 25th, 2020)
To our Skydive Perris Family,
Wow, we've never seen anything quite like this before. Shortly after we posted the previous notice letting everyone know Skydive Perris was shutting down sport jumping, our school, the Bombshelter and Perris Indoor Skydiving until April 3rd the County of Riverside issued a mandate stating that through April 30th "No groups of 10 or more should assemble in any one place without at least 6 feet of separation between each individual." Thats going to make dirt diving, plane rides, debriefs and post jumping drinks at the bar very difficult. The next day the Governor of California issued a "stay at home" order which directed the public not to leave their homes except for essential services. To our surprise "essential services" didn't include sport skydiving! Really???
Many of us think of Skydive Perris as our safe place, our sanctuary which is essential to our mental and emotional health. We cherish and are all so strengthened by our community. This has never been more apparent than now while we've been separated. It's been said that we never fully appreciate what we have until it's lost. This experience has made us appreciate you, our Skydive Perris family and our incredible staff more than ever. For lack of a better way of putting it, and at the risk of being politically incorrect (something we risk quite often), we feel truly blessed to have you in our lives and we thank each one of you for being a part of our family.
In the hope that the measures currently being taken have a positive effect on the spread of the Coronavirus we have decided, for now, to take this two weeks at a time. We fully understand that it is very unlikely the April 30th mandate is lifted before then but we refuse to lose our optimism and just in case it does we want to be ready to reopen. For now sport jumping, the skydiving school, the Bombshelter and Perris Indoor Skydiving will stay closed to the public until April 17th. We will update you and confirm or extend this closure date by April 15th.
Skydive Perris has been in operation for 44 years. So many incredible people have been a part of the dz during these years. But never, ever, have we had a staff or community as amazing as we do right now. It is truly an awesome team and family. It is the efforts of our team and family that are at the core, the foundation and the soul of what makes Skydive Perris the place we're so proud of. We're sometimes so busy that we probably don't say it often enough. But we have time to say it now. We love our staff and Skydive Perris Family!!!
For now please stay home. Practice this social distancing thing which is so opposite of a normal day at the DZ, and keep checking back with us on our website and social media platforms for updated information. We ARE going to come through this and we'll be better, smarter and more grateful than we've ever been before. We miss you guys but refuse to lose our optimism!!!
Talk to you soon,
Skydive Perris, the Conatser Family and Dan BC
(Published March 17th, 2020)
To our Skydive Perris Family,
What a crazy few weeks it's been. Amazing how things can change so quickly. We hope you are all taking the best care you can of yourselves, each other, your families and the community.
With the all the reports and numbers coming in from around the world it has been difficult over the last weeks for us to decide what would be the best thing to do moving forward. But the answer has become clear. There are huge health concerns, enormous economic worries and no way to completely avoid them. Damage has been done in both and it will probably get worse before it gets better.
A few things about skydivers come to mind.
1) We as a group are not risk adverse. We make a calculated risk every time we make a jump. A risk we completely understand and can mitigate.
2) We are a very friendly and very social community. We love hanging out together and hardly let another jumper pass without giving them a hug.
3) As a group we're relatively healthy and optimistic.
Normally…for these reasons, regardless of what else is going on in the world, if the sun is out and the planes are flying we'll be at the drop zone.
However, based on the advice regarding the Coronavirus from both the Conservative White House, the Liberal California State Government as well as the scientific data from the USA and around the world, one thing is for sure. By being at the drop zone together right now we will only stand to make the situation worse. It will make things worse in terms of the health of society and of the long term economy.
For these reasons Skydive Perris will be shutting down our sport and student operations, the Bombshelter Restaurant and Perris Indoor Skydiving until April 3. At that time we will evaluate the situation and decide if a longer shut down is warranted.
Take care of yourselves. Stay home, watch a movie, read a book, go for walk, head to the mountains, enjoy some quiet time, but please practice social distancing. This too shall pass and we will be sharing our love for the skies and each other again soon.