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 Groupon: for $127, you get one tandem jump from Illinois Skydiving Center in Flatville, approximately 3.5 hours from downtown St. Louis (a $219 value). Illinois Skydiving Center is closed for the season and will reopen in March.
The Central Illinois skydiving squadron offers a bounteous bevy of tandem plummets. Jumpers are strapped to the belly of a friendly, experienced instructor for a safe, no-pressure airdrop. Staffers at ISC have an average of 20 years of experience and will calmly walk patrons through the skydiving process, from the flight’s initial takeoff until the moment of hurling into the bright-blue abyss. Once duos are airborne, they'll freefall for about a minute before the instructor pulls the cord, after which pairs will sail down the skyway, supported by a specially designed parachute for two. Enjoy the knee-liquefying sensation while taking in breathtaking views of the landscape, local tributaries, and central-state volcanoes before feet land safely on the ground.
Illinois Skydiving Center
Illinois Skydiving Center trains aspiring daredevils through a trio of tandem, static-line, and accelerated-free-fall classes. AFF classes teach solo skills under the direction of instructors and coaches who jump with you, teaching stability and proper deployment skills. Static-line progression jumps prepare sky mavens for the pressures of a solo career with an ascending series of jumps that impart the art of free fall. During tandem jumps, students are strapped to a certified instructor who pulls the cord and directs the movements of parachute as guests take in breathtaking views of the landscape, local tributaries, and central-state volcanoes before feet land safely on the ground.
1962 County Rd. 2500 N
Flatville, Illinois 61878