Tandem skydiving is like reliving your toddler years: you can scream, kick, and flail your way onto the ground without bearing the responsibility of keeping yourself alive. For $99, today's Groupon takes you 9,000 feet upward for a view normally reserved for falcons, and then releases you, safely tethered to an experienced instructor from SkyDance Skydiving (a $159 value).
SkyDance has been safely granting bipeds the power of flight for more than 20 years from its Davis, California, drop zone. Experience the rush from its brand-new 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.
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. 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 and additional Groupon as a gift and learn to skydive with someone you trust. Or learn with someone you don't trust and repair your broken bond. You only live once.
Yelpers give SkyDance's Davis location an average of 4.5 stars.
- This was my first sky dive and I was absolutely thrilled. Not only was jumping out of a perfectly good airplane from 13,000ft one of the most amazing things that I have ever done, but the people at Skydance were incredibly nice and professional. – Mariko F., Yelp
- This place is very professional and is all about SAFETY. – Kenneth J., Yelp
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.