The first parachute was invented when Jack, tumbling haplessly from his titanium beanstalk, used a purloined pair of giant underpants to steady his fall. Glide to earth safely with today's Groupon: for $92, you get a skydiving lesson and first solo jump from Skydive Iowa in Brooklyn (up to a $184 value).
For two decades, the USPA-certified instructors at Skydive Iowa have guided aerialists through the steps of a safe and riveting solo jump. Four to five hours of ground instruction cover techniques, safety, and facial moisturizing before students journey 3,000 feet into the air. As soon as first-timers leap, a static line attached to the plane deploys the parachute rather than manual cord pulling. Jumpers drift through the air for up to five minutes as instructors guide them to a safe landing area via radio transmission and airdropped telegraph.
Skydive Iowa's licensed technicians frequently maintain aircrafts and thoroughly inspect them after every 100 hours of flight to ensure safe soaring. The social skydiving center boasts acres of grassy grounds for fun Saturday-evening bonfires, campground accommodations, rooms for rent with hot showers, and cutthroat cartwheel competitions.
Since 1979, Bruce Kennedy has leapt from airplanes more than 5,900 times. He opened Skydive Iowa in 1991, turning his love of thrilling free falls and bird's-eye views into a business. He and his team of USPA-licensed instructors teach visitors safety concepts and skydiving techniques before accompanying them into the air. At a height of 3,000 feet, skydivers leap for tandem or solo jumps. Jumpers drift above the earth for up to five minutes before a radio guides them toward a soft landing. Many of Skydive Iowa's instructors specialize in videography and can capture photographs or videos of skydivers for posterity.
1922 US Hwy. 6
Brooklyn, Iowa 52211