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Reviewed October 19, 2013
Reviewed October 19, 2013
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What You'll Get
Instructors help students steer and deploy parachutes in free falls from 10,000 feet over San Francisco and Monterey Bay
Now popular as recreation, skydiving was once considered a practical way to dry a blanket or remove a passenger who called the pilot’s jokes “trite.” Soar through friendly skies with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $99 for a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet for one (a $169 value)
- $189 for a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet for two (a $338 value)
After strapping into a tandem harness with a trained and licensed instructor, customers will jump from the plane into a 5,000-foot free fall as Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Monterey Bay unfold 10,000 feet below. After about 30 seconds, the instructor deploys the parachute and coaches his or her skydiver on canopy control, proper landing techniques, and cloud-animal identification as they drift toward earth. With the instructor’s guidance, the skydiver steers the parachute to open ground and land safely.
The instructors at Skydive Hollister conduct their highest jumps at 18,000 feet—the greatest height from which one can dive without supplemental oxygen. Even at this altitude, they have to pump oxygen into the plane’s cockpit before a jump. Once outside, the 120 mile-per-hour free falls last little more than one minute. They help students navigate this rapid descent on tandem dives, during which they strap into the same harness as their student and coach them in proper body position, steering, and parachute release over the sound of roaring wind. At 5,000 feet, instructors deploy the parachute and instruct their partner in parachute control and landing techniques as the blue waters of Monterey Bay and the hills of San Francisco unfold below.
Instructors also train students seeking skydiving licenses through two programs. In the Accelerated Free-Fall program, they teach skydiving principles and technical basics in a four- to six-hour ground school before strapping students into their own parachutes for seven jumps. The Instructor-Assisted Free-Fall program precedes this solo training with two tandem skydives, during which instructors teach their protégés the basics of free-fall turns, altitude awareness, and filling in for the lead goose flying in V-formation.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 22, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person for both options, may buy 3 additional as gifts for 1-person option. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to weather conditions. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. 300lb weight max. Extra $1 fee per pound for every pound over 200lbs. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Skydive Hollister
The instructors at Skydive Hollister conduct their highest jumps at 18,000 feet—the greatest height from which one can tandem skydive. Up there while a full panorama of the valley, hills and bay area stretches to the horizon the world seem more peaceful and beautiful, and if you’re lucky you might see places as far as Sierra Nevada. As the airplane gets closer to the jumping spot a green light flashes and it’s time for you to jump! At this point you will be already linked to your instructor who is not only certified by the United States Parachute Association but may also have experience that involves jumping in world championships, training with the Navy SEALs, or a past life as a flying squirrel. This instructor will conduct you to that open door and take that so desired leap into the blue sky. At 5,000 feet, instructors deploy the parachute and instruct their partner in parachute control and landing techniques as the blue waters of Monterey Bay and the hills of San Francisco unfold below.