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. Get your daily dosage of breeze with today’s Groupon: for $125, you get a tandem skydive from Skydive Great Lakes in Goshen (a $250 value).
Skydive Great Lakes’ expert instructors accompany first-time divers on heart-palpitating plunges from Pilatus Porter planes. Aerial escapades begin with a 20-minute ground lesson, in which teachers introduce students to the basics of skydiving through demonstrations and clips from Mary Poppins. Groups don the provided gear before boarding planes, soaring to upper altitudes in 10- to 15-minute rides as guides regale divers with a final instructional briefing. Then, teacher-student duos leap from the vessel for a thrilling minute of free fall. Once parachutes open, instructors can guide rides down smoothly, or steer canopies to spiral or chase after escaped parade floats. A videographer captures all the airborne action, allowing grounded friends to watch dives live from an LCD system and leaving adventurers with filmed evidence of their escapade.
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Nick Kant and Heather Adams wanted the already extraordinary feeling of free fall to be even more incomparable for their customers. The couple devised a skydiving business that could be exhilarating not only for the jumpers but for their family and friends. At Skydive Great Lakes, nonskydivers are welcome to cheer on their flying pals in drop zones designed for spectators, who can view a live video feed from onboard the aircraft. Nick's skills as an aerial videographer allow clients to capture every moment of an inaugural tandem dive, from the initial jump-off to the inevitable midair arguments with Peter Pan. Flying out of Goshen, ground-school grads can board a yellow Pilatus Porter plane that fits up to 10 jumpers. Heather and Nick are the only enthusiasts in the country who launch skydivers from a Sikorsky S-55 helicopter, which hovers over drop zones on select weekends.