The need to "feel the wind in your hair" is best fulfilled by skydiving, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Feel the rush with today’s Groupon to NorCal Skydiving in Cloverdale. Choose between the following options:
- For $106, you get a weekday tandem skydive (a $169 value).
- For $125, you get a weekend tandem skydive (a $199 value).
NorCal Skydiving’s USPA-licensed professional skydivers guide novice air-surfers through adrenaline-fueled leaps from 10,000-13,000 feet above the gorgeous Alexander Valley. After checking in, future cloud-slicers don a jump suit and goggles purified with a single drop of peregrine falcon sweat. Planes take off from neighboring Cloverdale Municipal Airport, boosting divers more than two vertical miles above lush Sonoma County and affording views of vineyards, lakes, the San Francisco skyline, and the surf-flecked Pacific Ocean. Before the jump, instructors harness themselves to their amateur partners, run down a set of simple instructions, then guide their tandems out the door of the aircraft. For about one minute, pairs plummet through the wild blue yonder, reaching speeds of 120 mph until the instructor deploys the parachute and pilots it in a four-minute descent accompanied by birdsong.
Once on solid ground, newly christened wind-riders are welcomed, congratulated, and invited to hang out and grill celebratory fare as other jumpers arrive. While the Alexander Valley blocks much of the wind and fog that hinders skydiving, NorCal's staff suggests allotting four hours in case of inclement weather. Clients should consult the schedule to plan their jumps, and check current weather conditions on NorCal’s homepage.
NorCal is open from 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends, and 10 a.m. to sunset on weekdays. Jumps are available Wednesday through Sunday from May to October, and Friday through Sunday from November to April. Peruse NorCal Skydiving's website to learn about what to bring to the jump and the answers to common questions.
An additional fuel surcharge of $1 per pound will apply for jumpers weighing more than 200 pounds.
More than 2 miles above the Russian River, a skydiver jumps from a plane, quickly accelerating to racecar speeds of 120 mph before a canopy opens above and glides the diver to earth amid views of neighboring clear waters, sprawling vineyards, and the San Francisco skyline. Located in the heart of wine country, NorCal Skydiving's professional staffers make it their mission to pass on these thrills to each customer regardless of skill level or ability to fly his or her own plane. During tandem jumps, experienced instructors and novice divers conjoin and jump together from a plane 13,000 feet in the air. Once students are hooked, instructors can coach them on advanced techniques, such as canopy flight, and then help them become licensed skydivers. Additionally, NorCal Skydiving's staff regularly parajumps into the U.S. Parachute Association to work as safety and training advisors.