Freud explained that humanity’s need to skydive comes from a desire to relive our own births, when storks dropped babies from the sky and white cloths parachuted them safely into parents’ stoops. Rediscover your origins with today’s Groupon: for $125, you get a tandem skydive at Skydive East Tennessee in Dandridge (a $225 value).
The licensed professionals at Skydive East know every twist, turn, and pothole on the 11,000-foot path from the airplane to the landing zone, ensuring successful jumps and spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains for novice sky explorers. After a brief training, participants suit up in tandem parachutes with friendly instructors, who'll help beginners learn every step of the process. After jumping, instructor and pupil fall 5500 feet in 45 seconds and reach 120 mph, known to scientists as the speed of taste, before the instructor pulls the chute. Air-gliders will then enter a peaceful five-to-six-minute descent, where they can try their hand at steering the parachute while soaking in the views.
Though Skydive East Tennessee features a winter special on tandem skydives, this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Participants must be 18 or older with a maximum weight of 220 lbs.
- Surrounded by the Smokie [sic] Mountains, in a valley between two huge lakes, and showcasing the most brilliant sunset on the east coast this drop zone should be a destination for everyone! – gubitarr, Google Maps
- This dz is definitely worth checking out. I stopped by Saturday to check out the facilities and staff and was impressed with both. – Scotty_B, Dropzone
Skydive East Tennessee
Two miles might seem like a negligible distance when you’re driving a car. But when you’re skydiving from two miles above the earth, you relish every foot that separates you from the ground. As the only safety net for their patrons, Skydive East Tennessee’s licensed instructors escort divers thousands of feet up into the sky, where they enjoy aerial views of the Smoky Mountains, make white beards out of fluffy clouds, and embark on 45-second freefalls. Before ever stepping foot into the company’s aircraft, the seasoned staff goes over all the details of the trip, ensuring jumpers know exactly what to expect as they leap from the plane and finish their fall with a scenic 5-minute parachute ride. A camera crew can document the whole experience, from the instruction period to the landing, and assembles the footage into a keepsake DVD set to music for an additional fee.
1542 W Dumplin Valley Rd.
Dandridge, Tennessee 37725Get Directions