Skydive Maryland's team of experienced sky surfers has been escorting adrenaline seekers on 2-mile jumps since 1974. After a brief training session and couture-jump-suit fitting, adventurers fly to roughly 11,000 feet, where they barrel roll from the plane while strapped to a seasoned instructor. Exhilarating, 120-miles-per-hour free falls last for roughly one minute before the guides activate the parachute and jumpers coast through the atmosphere for 8–15 minutes, soaking in views of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Baltimore skyline. Cloud cutters will receive before and after photos of their adventure to have proof of their extreme bravery and to earn respect from egotistical eagles. Skydives are available Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season, weather permitting.
Beginning from a height of 13,500 feet, thrill-seekers feel the ever-quickening pull of gravity for 60 seconds before a harnessed instructor deploys the parachute. Afterward, the tandem duo floats safely back to the ground while enjoying birds' eye views of the Philadelphia and Atlantic City skylines. This is a typical experience at Freefall Adventures, an organization that's been providing tandem jumps and skydiving lessons for more than 25 years. The team also works with professional videographers who can be hired to document the entire experience, including a pre-jump interview on the ground, the entire free fall, and the post-landing nap.
For a company that has pushed more than 1.5 million people out of planes during the course of 38 years, Skydive Baltimore enjoys a top-notch reputation among adrenaline-seeking sky travelers. Tandem skydivers pair off with their trusty instructor before ascending to 11,000 feet, taking in views of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay as they discover what gravity feels like 2 miles above the ground. Divers can commemorate their jumps with video and photographic evidence captured by their instructor, a third jumper, or a borrowed spy satellite.
It's not everyday you leap from an airplane two miles above the ground and soar through the air at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Unless, of course, you're one of the seasoned skydiving instructors at Maryland Skydiving Center.
Here, the team of fearless free-fallers introduce others to the thrill of the jump. Tandem skydives start with a brief training lesson to familiarize newbies with the free-fall position and teach them a few basic words in bird. From there, skydivers are strapped to an experienced instructor and spend several minutes watching other divers jump before boarding their plane. Once the proper altitude is reached, the only thing left to do is jump while the instructor takes care of the rest. After several minutes of adrenaline-boosting free fall, the parachute opens and slows both diver and instructor, allowing them to coast back to solid ground while taking in stunning views of the surrounding landscape.