Like taking a standardized test or hiking across a minefield, skydiving for the first time should be done with an expert strapped to your back. Enhance your collaborative experience with today’s Groupon: for $137, you get one tandem jump from 14,000 feet (a $239 value) from Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club in Ray Township. Midwest Freefall operates from April 15 through October 31.
Midwest Freefall makes sky sports accessible to all levels of air tumblers. The quickest route to a first freefall, the tandem jump allows unseasoned skydivers to take the big leap without worrying over tiny details, such as deploying parachutes or making sure packs aren’t filled with cartoon anvils. After 30 minutes of training and an instructional video, cloud kickers soar to an altitude of 14,000 feet for an unimpeded view of southeast Michigan. After jettisoning from the aircraft, divers cut through the air at a screaming 120 miles per hour with an experienced companion in tow. The nearly 60 seconds of exhilarating free fall end with an open parachute and five minutes of gentle floating in homage to man’s evolutionary ancestor, the flying jellyfish. Though the attached professional tackles all the rigorous work, floaters get to guide their slow descent back to the drop zone, where they can relax and smooth-talk terrified hairdos.
With comfort in mind, Midwest Freefall chauffeurs skydivers to the troposphere in a luxurious 17-place Jet-Prop Cessna Grand Caravan. Guests can also relax beforehand in the carpeted indoor packing areas or rigging loft or wash away prejump jitters in the full restroom with showers. Divers should dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes.
Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club
A nonprofit organization, Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club aims to instill a love for skydiving in each person who steps into its late model 15-place Jet-Prop Turbine aircraft, which elevates jumpers to more than 13,000 feet above the southeast Michigan countryside. Tandem jumps allow thrill-seekers to harvest cotton candy from clouds as seasoned instructors take care of dive essentials, including parachute deployment. For those who want to learn more, seven levels of free-fall training transform novices into experienced jumpers who can take solo dives. Before their second jump, skydivers become members of Midwest's club, which hosts social gatherings that debate the merits of traveling down stairs by parachute. Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club embraces the standards and procedures established by the United States Parachute Association to help ensure safety during all of its dives.