When Skydive Myrtle Beach’s instructors say that their careers are plummeting, they aren’t being pessimistic about their employment prospects—they’re telling the literal truth. Many of these professional plungers boast a background in the military and Special Operations, putting their extensive airborne experience to work helping civilians learn the art and thrill of free falling. They provide one-on-one instruction on the ground for new skydivers before loading them into a Pilatus Porter airplane for a 15-minute ride to altitude. At a height of a little more than 2 miles, they strap onto their students and execute a high-altitude jump, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour before deploying the chutes. The resulting drift to earth lasts about five minutes, allowing students the perfect opportunity to capture photos of Myrtle Beach or very incautious birds.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Skydiving Charleston provides its customers with a bird's-eye view of the South Carolina landscape, assuming that the bird is free falling toward the ground at 120 miles per hour. This free fall begins anywhere between 10,000 and 14,000 above the ground. Skydivers leap from the plane, savoring the adrenaline rush before deploying the parachute and gently gliding back down to the grass.
Safety is always a priority at Skydiving Charleston, which is why the company meticulously maintains every piece of equipment and only hires instructors with extensive jumping experience. In addition to providing exhilarating tandem jumps, the staff can offer to document the experience from preparation to landing, offering customers video, photographs, or commissioned oil paintings to purchase afterward.
There's no denying the natural beauty of South Carolina?especially when you're floating 10,000 feet above it, unable to string together a complete sentence between your screams. Though this may seem like an extraordinary circumstance, it's just another day at work for the professional instructors at South Carolina Skydiving, who strap themselves to first-time skydivers and jump out of planes high above Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
But don't worry: before all that happens, beginners are given full briefings with tutorials on how to maintain proper form. In fact, for people who make a living by free-falling to earth, these guys are as risk-averse as it gets. They impose strict weight limits, work only with high-grade equipment, and refuse to skydive when lions are present.
Utilizing the same technology used to train military skydivers, SkyVenture re-creates the pulse-racing plunge of a free-fall through an enclosed vertical wind tunnel. Blasting air up in a seamless vertical column, SkyVenture's wind tunnel creates a flight chamber of smooth wall-to-wall airflow that grants you the temporary gift of flight without arm enchantments or the risk of melting waxen wings. Prior to liftoff participants receive video and personal instruction, then don their gear for two minute-long flights—the equivalent of three skydives from 13,000 feet or one ejection from Mount Olympus.