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Welcome to Paradise Skydives, Inc. in beautiful Vinton, Iowa.


We are home to Iowa's only full-time turbine jump aircraft. Our Cessna Grand Caravan simply dwarfs the aircraft at all other drop zones in Iowa. With a maximum seating capacity of 18 jumpers, our Cessna Grand Caravan holds 12 - 14 more jumpers than the aircraft found at other drop zones in Iowa! In addition to being much larger, the Cessna Grand Caravan also flies much faster and higher than non-turbine aircraft used by other drop zones in Iowa.


So what does this all mean?


It means you'll have the BEST skydiving experience at Paradise Skydives, Inc..


So what's the catch?


Well, there's good news ... and even more good news! Paradise Skydives offers the MOST FREEFALL, FOR THE LOWEST COST in Iowa. For just a few bucks more than what other drop zones in Iowa charge for a tandem, a tandem jump at Paradise Skydives will get over 60 seconds of freefall (compare that with a maximum of 31 seconds freefall time at all the other DZ's in Iowa)! That's DOUBLE THE FREEFALL TIME for about the same price.


In fact, in terms of price per foot of altitude, PARADISE SKYDIVES OFFERS THE LOWEST COST TANDEM SKYDIVES in the state.


For the most direct price comparison, check these stats out....


Paradise Skydives charges only 1.62¢ per foot of altitude while other DZ's in Iowa charge 1.75¢ - 2.05¢ per foot. A 13,500' skydives at one of those other DZ's could cost $57.75 MORE than the same tandem jump at Paradise Skydives!!!


But it's a moot point, only our Cessna Grand Caravan climbs to 13,500 feet for jumping, the aircraft at other Iowa DZ's only have a 10,000 foot maximum jump altitude, they simply can't fly as high. Cry


Once again, Paradise Skydives, Inc. is clearly THE PLACE TO JUMP in Iowa. Smile


With clean and comfortable facilities, from our heated and air-conditioned manifest office to our huge indoor carpeted packing area to our clean and comfortable restrooms, we simply can not be beat!


Add it all up, and you have an unbeatable combination of, the most altitude and the best value, only at Paradise Skydives in Vinton, Iowa!



 Our Operating Hours


Day of the Week

Hours of Operation 

Monday - Friday By Appointment Only 
Saturday9 AM - Sunset 
SundayNoon - Sunset 
  • Student jumps will be suspended if winds exceed 14 MPH
  • Please call ahead if the weather is questionable or if you live far from Vinton 

History of Paradise Skydives, Inc.

Jay Speckeen founded Paradise Skydives, Inc. in 1991 while attending the University of Iowa working toward his MBA. Originally located in Washington, IA the drop zone moved to its present location in Vinton, IA in 1993. The hanger and manifest area were constructed in 1995. Improvements take place on a regular basis as we work to make Paradise Skydives, Inc. the finest DZ in Iowa.