Wind roars through the open door of the plane, as the instructor's shouts barely register through the adrenaline pounding in your ears. And as quickly as the roar came, it's replaced with the rushing air of free fall and the sight of miles and miles of California coastline. At Skydive Coastal California, this is how people experience the rush of skydiving. In addition to tandem dives for newcomers, the instructors also help students complete their first solo jumps with accelerated certification programs, and experienced USPA jumpers can join the fun on trips.
iFLY Hollywood’s state-of-the-art indoor wind tunnel lets acrophobic and aerophobic adrenaline junkies experience the sensations of skydiving under safe conditions. iFLY Hollywood will suit you up with a helmet, goggles, flight suit, earplugs, and a can of gravity repellent, before an instructor teaches you the basic maneuvers and hand signals. Once you've learned a lesson, you'll be unleashed into the vertical tunnel’s artificial wind current for some air time at terminal velocity. The entire process lasts about an hour, including waiver signing (flyers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign), a 15-minute class, and a flight slot during which your group takes turns flying. In addition to the flight experience, the multimedia package includes a DVD with a recording of your flight.
Indoor skydiving is accessible to a wide, family-friendly age range, meaning that Grandma and Grandpa can celebrate their 60th anniversary with more than the traditional cake shaped like Andy Griffith. iFLY Hollywood’s free observation deck allows for maximum show-offiness, so invite along an audience of hard-to-impress friends, lovers, and butlers to marvel at your simulated plummet through the heavens.
The male and female firearm experts of American Home Defense shape their shooting and self-defense classes around legal regulations with an emphasis on personal safety. In private shooting lessons, students learn to handle three of the most common handguns and home-defense classes equip participants with the know-how to protect their families from intruders or a neighbor's moat monster.
People often go to southern California for its white-sand beaches, looming mountains, and temperate climate. But what if you could experience them all in 30 minutes? At Malibu Paragliding, clients do just that during paragliding and paramotor adventures. Strapped in to their paragliders, they jump from a mountaintop, soar above the trees, and land softly on the shore. While journeying through these vastly different landscapes, you may spot wildlife or actors being chased through the woods by David O. Russell.