Skydiving, like visiting a great aunt, requires bravery, optimism, and cheeks that can withstand extreme stretching. Blush bravely with today’s Groupon to Skydive Indianapolis in Frankfort. Choose between the following options:
- For $139, you get one tandem free-fall jump on a weekday (a $304 value).
- For $159, you get one tandem free-fall jump on a weekend (a $304 value).
Skydive Indianapolis schools students in the ways of human aviation, shuttling pupils 2 miles into the atmosphere in a classroom the shape of a twin-propelled DeHavilland Otter aircraft before dispatching them into the wide, blue Midwestern skies. The half-day of tandem skydiving begins at the 5,000-square-foot hangar facility, where air-bound apprentices watch an Sintroductory video before meeting their instructor and conducting a prejump briefing that includes tips for mimicking birdcalls while in flight. After suiting up in a jump suit, harness, and other safety equipment, skydivers take flight in the 22-seat Otter, which can also accommodate spectators who prefer to ride with the pilot rather than watch jumps from the ground ($49 fee). Once student and instructor are safely secured, they jump, slicing through the air and free-falling for 60 seconds at speeds that approach 120 mph. As the pair breaches 5,000 feet, the instructor releases the parachute and his or her dorsal bat wings and the team floats for a five-minute canopy ride toward lush Indiana pastures.
For those wishing to digitally document their flight, arrangements can be made for an airborne photographer to capture edited DVD footage or high-resolution still images ($89 fee).