What You'll Get
Before Zeus found a convenient portal that took him from his Mount Olympus throne to his private vineyard in Athens, his preferred method of descent was the jack-knifed skydive. Experience the chariot of Grecian gods with today's deal: for $99, you get a tandem jump with a professional jumper from 10,000 feet at Skydive Hollister, a $169 value. If a friend wants to share in the experience without the actual falling-out-of-the-plane part, he or she can ride along for $15 (normally $40). The drop zone is about an hour from the heart of San Jose at the Hollister Airport.
While spring flowers dramatically burst from the ground once a year, skydivers usurp daisies and tulips by dramatically bounding from the cloud tops. Skydive Hollister's staff is fully certified by the United States Parachute Association, and all crew members have a minimum of 1,000 jumps under their wind-resistant belts. Extremely safe equipment accompanies a half hour of proper training instruction before boarding the Cessna for the nearly two-mile climb. Upon reaching jump altitude, divers leap from the plane for 20–30 seconds of freefall while confidently connected to their tandem master. Speeds reach upwards of 120 miles per hour before the parachute is pulled, signaling the start of a picturesque float to earth lasting roughly four to five minutes.
A graduated skydiver lives with an expanded perspective of the ground and greater appreciation for the infinitude of California's vertical horizons. The entire experience is borderline comparable to escaping Plato's Allegory of the Cave, as the one-of-a-kind aeronautic adventure opens up a new world of augmented reality.
Must be 18 or older and sign a waiver. Skydive Hollister has a weight limit of 300 lbs.
- I am proud to call this my home drop zone. The staff is young and charismatic, the funjumpers are a close-nit [sic] group of people, and the weather is your best friend. – clencion, Drop Zone
- Whatever category you may fit into, the Hollister DZ facility, staff and associated jumpers are the cream of the crop. – TheAtom, Drop Zone
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Not valid with other discounts. Must sign waiver. Must be 18 years or older. 300 lb. weight limit. Upgrade to full altitude available for an additional fee. By appointment only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.