- Sports and Recreation
In a Rut? Get Out and Skydive!
Has your life become mundane? Are you really content? Do you wonder if there is something else out there? Are you afraid to step outside your comfort zone? Do you have the American dream (married, kids, house, nice car, lawnmower, basement to finish, etc.), yet desire more? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should try at least one skydive. Your life perspective is guaranteed to change.
Bucket List - these old dudes did a skydive - you have no excuse!
Cutaway - great movie with lots of skydiving
Is it dangerous? Yes. So is driving to work everyday! Skydiving has a bad reputation due to tons of negative publicity. The media makes it sound like people die in skydiving all the time. Don't get me wrong...people do die in skydiving, but the chances of dying are actually quite low, especially for tandem skydives. The media never reports on all the "successful skydives"!
A tandem skydive is where you are strapped to an instructor at four points. The instructor is behind you and the instructor wears the rig that contains the parachute and reserve (yes, the reserve is a backup, in case the main parachute doesn't open correctly). The instructor has complete control, so you just get to enjoy the ride. If you want, you can do more than relax - you can initiate turns, pull the rip cord, etc. What qualifications does you tandem instructor have? These are the qualifications for a tandem instructor: been in the sport of skydiving for over 3 years, have 500 sport parachute jumps, and hold an FAA Class 3 medical certificate or higher.
What do I know? I have about 300 skydives and started skydiving when I first was separated from my wife, about six years ago. Skydiving provided a healthy outlet and skydivers are great people to meet and hang out with. The skydiving community is a very welcoming community and consists of people from all walks of life - doctors, mechanics, students, housewives, etc. Each of these people are bonded by skydiving and the experience.
Stop procrastinating and sign up for a tandem jump. How? Simple. Call 1-800-SKYDIVE (will route you to your closest dropzone). A dropzone is a fancy term for the place you skydive - the zone in which skydivers get dropped from a plane (or helicopter, hot air balloon, etc.). You can also visit the website:
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