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 $165, you get a tandem jump at Edmonton Skydive Centre, located near Westlock, about a 75-minute drive north of Edmonton (a $289 value).
Edmonton Skydive Centre has been helping thrill-seekers and their therapists leap from high-flying planes for 25 years. For your tandem jump, you'll be briefed for 20 to 40 minutes on safety, etiquette, and skydiving slang before you're strapped to an experienced expert and ferried to an altitude of 12,500 feet. Once there, you and your anchor will fling from the plane and free fall for around 60 seconds at the cheek-flapping rate of 200 kpm before the chute pops open and you drift down over the expansive land below, steering together with your partner. All of Edmonton Skydive Centre's equipment is state of the art and barely a year old, so you can rest assured that your body will find its way to the ground without the jerking, squeaking, and metal-scraping sounds typical of worn textile-based flotation devices.
People who are scared of heights expect to be scared stiff of jumping out of an airplane and hurtling through the air, but many of them are surprised to find they're totally comfortable. People who skydive say the feeling of pure freedom is unparallelled, the adrenaline rush is addictive, facing one's fears is satisfying, and falling out of the sky is pretty good. Plus, it isn't likely you'll wet your pants. Check out the centre’s FAQs for restrictions, safety info, and other useful factoids.
Jumpers must be at least 16 and have parental consent if under 18. Men must weigh less than 235 lbs and women less than 210 lbs, with potential weight restriction variations based on height.
The plane's metal door slides open to the sound of pounding wind. A skydiving instructor and his student step to the edge. At the signal, they plunge into nothingness, more than 12,500 feet above mountains and rolling country landscape. For one exhilarating minute, the earth approaches at 200 kilometres per hour. Then, the instructor pulls the cord and the two begin floating together toward the ground, enjoying a fantastic view that satellites often take for granted.
It's all part of a day's work for the instructors at Edmonton Skydive. Building on a 25-year legacy, they prep students for first-jump courses or help them through the eight levels of Accelerated Free Fall programs, which cover a blend of CSPA requirements, technical basics, and hand signals for making small talk with eagles. They and their students then gather up the proper TSO-approved gear, board a DHC-6 Super Twin Otter, and hit the skies for hands-on solo training.
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