THE ARMY PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION
It was the vision of Lt Col Dare Wilson MBE, MC and Commanding Officer of 22nd SAS (Special Air Service) to create an army parachute association. This was realised when, in 1962, the APA was formed. Between 1963 and 1964 the Association set up its home at the Netheravon Army Base located on the edge of Salisbury Plain in the beautiful county of Wiltshire. For over 50 years the Association has been introducing people from all walks of life to the sport and career of skydiving.
Today the vision of the association remains the same: to promote and support sports parachuting for both military personnel and civilians. The team strives for excellence and is committed to providing the best levels of training for all its members throughout their Skydiving career.
The Army Parachute Association (APA) is a not-for-profit organization that persistently reinvests in the organisation to improve the facilities and services for all members.
One of the easiest ways to experience the thrill and wonder of skydiving is to try a tandem jump with an experienced APA parachutist. No previous experience of Skydiving is needed and the Army Parachute Association provides a 30 minute practical training and safety course at the site prior to the jump.
Tandem skydiving or tandem parachuting is a system where an experienced parachutist (instructor) wears the parachute, while the second person is connect to the instructor by means of an advanced and robust harness. The instructor controls the entire jump from the exit through freefall, piloting of the canopy and the landing. This is an extremely popular and safe introduction for first time skydivers. The APA instructors are some of the most experienced and practised in the country – often with thousands of ‘jumps’ to their name.
The Army Parachute Association at Netheravon provides the opportunity to tandem-jump from around 13,500ft (4,150 metres) – which is more than two miles high – over the spectacular Wiltshire country side. The landing site at Camp Netheravon is only 4.5 miles from Stonehenge, Britain’s most famous ancient monument. On a clear day it is possible to see this 4,500 year old landmark and skydivers have also occasionally seen crop circles – an unexplained phenomenon for which the area is famous.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Friends and relatives are welcome at the APA centre and can get close up to the action too. The flight takes off from very close to hanger E and takes about 15 minutes to climb to the required height. Suddenly the colourful parachutes appear and the landing takes place right next to the viewing area.
Highly skilled skydiving videographers are often available to parachute at the same time as the tandem jump takes place. These remarkable people leave the plane with you but by controlling their freefall and canopy descent they are able to capture remarkable footage of the overall experience. There is a charge for this service.
ARMY PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION CENTRE
The parachute centre is located between Salisbury and Marlborough just off the A345, approximately 5 miles north of the A303. Airfield Camp Netheravon is sign posted on red military road signs from the village of Netheravon. The Camp is situated on a hill above the village itself.
The Army Parachute Association is housed in hanger ‘E’ towards the north eastern edge of the military base and overlooks the eastern rise of Salisbury Plain. Facilities include the training centre, changing rooms and an excellent canteen staffed by friendly supporters and volunteers. [The bacon Baps (rolls) are first class.]
The Army Parachute Association is an enthusiastic organisation that continues to train some of the best skydivers in Britain and the World. These men and women often represent the UK at competitions around the Globe.
The APA is a non-profit association and supports a wide range of charities and the sport of parachuting.
NB: Dogs are not permitted at the Army Parachute Association.
- Address: 7 Aac V, Netheravon, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 9SF, UK
- GPS: 51.25059404323918,-1.7644214630126953
- Phone: +44 (0)1980 670734
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: SP4 9SF
- Entrance Fees: Free Access / Controlled Security Access
- Disabled Access: Good
- Visibility from Road: None
- Image Credits: Army Parachute Association
- Website: http://www.netheravon.com/