What You'll Get
Scientists have concluded that falling dreams—long thought to be another harmless mini-game that comes pre-bundled with the brain's operating system—may actually indicate that something vital is missing from your life. Today's Groupon fills that thrill-deprived soul hole at a rate of 32 feet/second/second: for $110, you get a tandem jump (up to a $189 value) at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy.
Skydive Milwaukee's tandem jump eschews lengthy ground tutorials by condensing them into an instructional video and a briefing from an experienced instructor—allowing adrenaline junkies to quickly get their weekend fix after five straight days of working customer service at the bunk-bed factory. Once the subtle complexities of jumping out of a plane into 14,500 feet of vertiginous void have been dispensed with, you'll be ready for your dual-person dive into glory. After an initial burst of terror, you'll find yourself hovering in what Wilbur Wright called a "perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost" for about 50 seconds of freefall. It feels like you're moving down a cushion of air. And since you're in front of the instructor with your own altimeter and ripcord, it feels like you're skydiving on your own. After the plunge awakens the sleeping lion deep in your heart and gets it roaring through your mouth, you'll have five minutes of gentle parachute-assisted descent to take in the majesty and beauty of the skies—or, if you'd rather, crack snarky jokes about the nearby flock of pudgy seagulls.
People who are scared of heights expect to be scared stiff by jumping out of an airplane and hurtling through the air, but many of them are surprised to find that they're totally comfortable. People who skydive say the feeling of pure freedom is unparalleled, the adrenaline rush is addictive, facing one's fears is satisfying, and falling out of the sky is pretty good. Plus, it isn't likely you'll wet your pants.
Headquarters of the Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club, Skydive Milwaukee has been molding acrophobic jellyfish into hardcore cloud-surfers for more than 47 years. To save time, please fill out this personal information sheet and bring it with you when redeeming your Groupon. If you still have questions, check out some FAQs.
All participants must be 18 or older and have a valid photo ID with them—no exceptions. The weight limit is 230 pounds—see their weight-limit policies.
- Indescribably and ridiculously awesome experience! – Paul Michael R., CityVoter
- I felt really nervous about going to the DZ for the first time to watch my husband jump, but the people there are so great and welcoming that I ended up jumping myself. – marybalfanz, DropZone
- They take the time to meet students and talk to them. I was terrified my first time and they talked to me until I was relaxed and had trust in my jumpmasters. I encourage everyone to stop by if you're in the area. – krebbecca, DropZone
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 17, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must sign waiver. Must be at least 18. Weight limit of 230 lbs. Reservation required. Missed appointments result in fee. Subject to weather and other conditions. Not valid with other offers. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Skydive Milwaukee
Despite their name, The Sky Knights won't swoop down to earth on a dragon—instead, they use a parachute. Since its founding in 1963, the club has helped others take their first skydiving plunge via tandem jumps or work toward becoming USPA-certified skydivers. They conduct all of their classes and aerial excursions at Skydive Milwaukee, a dedicated drop zone extending up to 14,500 feet above the Wisconsin countryside. Whether briefing visitors pre-jump in their climate-controlled classrooms or strapping them in with an instructor for their first 50-second free fall, the company adheres to all FAA and United States Parachute Association rules and recommendations and uses only FAA-certified teaching equipment fitted with automatic reserve-activation devices. The center, meanwhile, features open-air grills and an observation deck—allowing even those on the ground to partake in the pulse-pounding thrills.