The first parachute was invented when Jack, tumbling haplessly from his titanium beanstalk, used a purloined pair of giant underpants to steady his fall. Glide to earth safely with today's deal: for $130, you get a tandem skydiving experience with Skydive Bama, located about 30 minutes north of Birmingham (a $260 value).
Skydive Bama is owned and operated by an ex parachute regiment military veteran who is also a three-time world skydiving championship medalist who moonlights as a shark whisperer. He and his team of expert sky navigators are all USPA-certified experts. The tandem skydiving experience begins with a basic safety training session (takes less than an hour) and the ceremonious signing of a few important waivers. Once skydivers have been outfitted in safety gear, they'll climb 14,000 feet in a premier plane, until the time comes to slice and dice some clouds. Securely strapped to one of the eagle-human tandem masters, adrenaline seekers will plunge and free-fall for nearly an entire minute before opening the safety blanket and safely bobbing to the ground below. Those who want to perpetually relive their experience can purchase a DVD recording of their jump for an additional $99.
Dropzone reviewers give Skydive Bama an average of five stars:
- You will never find a more professional, courteous, and welcoming staff. The facilities are amazing and the camaraderie is second to none. I recommend this jewel to any up jumper who happens to be visiting North Alabama – josephwood
Helmed by an by ex-military parachute-regiment veteran who holds three World Skydiving Championship medals, the United States Parachute Association-certified instructors at Skydive Alabama fly customers up to heights of 14,000 feet for solo and tandem dives. The skydiving center supplies oxygen for these jumps, and conducts both ground schools and eagle-impersonation classes to get first-timers and experienced divers ready for their aerial plunges. Instructors take up to 18 participants to the height of the drop zone in a Grand Caravan turboprop plane, from which they free fall for more than one minute, either by themselves or securely fastened to an instructor. A professional videographer can also join visitors on each jump to capture the aerial experience.
In accelerated free-fall programs, instructors lead students through a ground school, up to seven flights with instructors, and several solo jumps, allowing them to earn their USPA diving license without having to compete a multiple-choice test inside a wind tunnel. While every dive takes place in the designated drop zone, ground-school classes are held inside the airport's dedicated hangar. They have a brand new 80,000 sq/ft., state-of-the-art air conditioned facility which boasts indoor bathrooms and showers, as well as a common area with couches and TV's available to all guests.