Published: September 24, 2018
Skydiving is one of the singularly most exciting and exhilarating experiences money can buy. Sharing that experience and embarking on a group skydiving adventure is multiplying the fun.
Picture this: Flying through the sky at 120 miles per hour is supremely empowering; drifting under quiet canopy when your chute deploys is deeply soul-nourishing; and touching down on terra firma is damn-well awe inspiring.
When you complete your experience, you want to shout from the rooftops about how crazy different you feel, how out-of-this-world amazing it was, how there's nothing else in the universe like it. You want to shake people by the shoulders and say, "YOU HAVE TO DO IT!!!"
And then, you meet someone who HAS done it ... and you're instant best friends. They know what you know. You speak the same language because you have both flipped internal switches that ordinary ground dwellers don't even know exist. Friggin' rad.
As super cool as this all-too-familiar scenario is, what's even more fulfilling is sharing the experience with a whole group of your pals. The skydiving community is like a massive, world-wide family because skydiving creates life-long bonds between people. Friends who jump together are oftentimes pals for life.
To make sure everyone has a rad time, you'd be smart to plan ahead. Here is a list of recommended To-Dos:
1. RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE SKY
Booking ahead is always wise - especially on weekends when skies are blue and the manifest is chock-a-block. It's possible the odd singleton can sneak on a load, but the chances of a whole group getting up on a busy day are not solid. A $50 deposit per person is all that's needed to add your name to the list; the balance will be due when you arrive at the dropzone.
2. THREE WORDS: GROUP SKYDIVING PACKAGES
Making a group reservation has the added bonus of securing a group rate. Groups of four to seven receive $10 off per person; groups larger than eight get $20 per person. And dig this: assemble 16 or more peeps and you get one free tandem. Not. Too. Shabby.
3. PATIENCE, PLEASE
Every effort is made to put group members on the same load together, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. With safety being top priority, there's a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics to stay on top of throughout the day. If you're not on the same load, know that it's for good reason. Trust the process and the pros and know that your number will soon come up.
4. VIDEO OF YOUR TANDEM SKYDIVE
In a time when everyone is prospecting for social media gold, first timers often want to share a videographer and star in each other's feature. Cool idea (and veteran skydivers do it all the time), but it's a no-go for tandem skydivers. Jumpers are paced at the time of exit as a measure of safety. You can share the spotlight on the ground, but once sky high, it's all about you.
5. THE GIFT OF HUMAN FLIGHT
A tandem skydive is often top of mind for people marking a milestone, overcoming major life challenges, or embracing a new life chapter. Put wind beneath the wings of the ones you love by giving the gift of flight. You'll be a hero. And if you jump too, you'll be an extra-level badass.
We can't wait to welcome you and your whole crew. See you soon!