We know this won't be an easy weekend for you. It's a great deal—and a chance at an extraordinary adrenaline rush—but do you have it in you to take the plunge? Maybe you're the career thrill-seeker who chews up adventure and spits out stories. Or maybe you're more like us, ordinary Janes and Joes, nine-to-fivers, worker bees who aren't sure they're cut out for real adventure. But here's a Groupon secret to transform your life: bees can fly.
Today's Groupon takes you 13,000 feet upward for a view saved for falcons, then releases you, safely tethered to an experienced instructor from SkyDance SkyDiving. From the drop zone just west of Sacramento, the sky is clear for unbelievable views of the mountaintops as you freefall through the heavens.
SkyDance has been safely granting bipeds the power of flight for more than 20 years, and you can experience the rush from its brand new aircraft: the PAC 750XL, the fastest climbing and safest single-turbine plane designed for skydiving. Tandem means the novice skydiver is connected via a harness to an instructor; it's the jump of choice for first-timers. SkyDance's friendly, USPA-rated instructors will guide you through the whole jump, from exit through freefall to piloting the canopy and landing. Since you're in front of the instructor, it feels like you're skydiving on your own.
Fall from 13,000 feet in the air, then hover in what Wilber Wright called a "perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost" for about one minute of freefall. It feels like you're moving down a cushion of air.
People who are scared of heights expect to be scared stiff by 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 unparalleled, 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.
Call ahead to schedule your jump. Skydiving is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, sweat out premarital terror for a bachelor or bachelorette party, or take a glorious leap into retirement. Buy a few Groupons and learn to skydive with people you trust. Buy a few more and learn to dive with some people you're highly suspicious of and some friends you trust watching them. Either way, you only live once.
Note: Divers must be under 250 lbs. Special conditions apply to divers more than 225 lbs. People taking prescription drugs or who have a recent injury or illness that would require a doctor's evaluation, must have a doctor's certificate stating that no adverse effects would result from vigorous activity or making a skydive.
- I got my [A] license there how ever [sic] I did notice from the corner of my eye J.P & Keith are solid professionals on all levels of the spectrum, which is why nothing is ever a problem or hard to accomplish over at Skydance. – mindfree2yall, Dropzone
- 2 of us were doing this for the first time and knowing the fear that does with the first time. . .the staff did a GREAT job with the new jumpers. I highly recommend this dropzone to ANYONE! – rdwdretrt, Dropzone
- A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! I did the 13,000 foot jump and can i just say...it's simply Unbelievable and amazing!!! The instructors were really cool, young, & fun. They made you feel safe, comfortable, & they even let me pick my parachute color too. – Lacey P., Yelp
- We jumped from 13,000 feet, which gives you about a 60-second free fall. HEEHAW what an incredible rush. There is no way to describe the feeling of flying, Its [sic] just incredible!!! – Mike L., Insider Pages
Poised briefly on the edge, jump-suit-clad guests gaze down at Northern California's rolling landscape as it sprawls out thousands of feet below. The whir of the 950-horsepower Cessna Grand Caravan drowns out the sound of a deep breath before a small jump transforms the mechanical din into a constant, enveloping whoosh as adventurers rush toward the ground in free fall. Established in 1987, Skydance Skydiving has engineered such peerless adrenaline rushes for thousands of thrill seekers, ensuring safety through training and expertise. Tandem jumps keep newbies in the able hands of attached professionals, who deploy the ’chutes and prevent their charges from realizing that all humans possess the power of flight. Prospective solo jumpers can enroll in classes that gradually work up to an unassisted jump, following thorough classroom training and assisted jumps.