Though children are taught to reach for the sky, in time it becomes apparent that jumping out of the sky is more empowering. Pull off the finer of two feats with today's deal: for $110, you get a tandem jump at Skydive Monroe, a $190 value. The jump site is a short drive from the University of Georgia and about 40 miles east of downtown Atlanta in Monroe. You'll receive a one-hour instructional course in equipment and safety training before taking off from the Monroe-Walton County Airport and making your tandem jump.
When falling from 14,000 feet, the best thing to be strapped to is a go-go-gadget copter or, failing that, one of the certified sky captains at Skydive Monroe, a member of the United States Parachute Association. With hours of jumping experience and hundreds of first-time jumpers under his or her wing, only jumpmasters and USPA-certified instructors will be your tandem companion. Using state-of-the-art equipment and a single drop of Peregrine Falcon sweat, jumpers and instructors will slice through cloud tops at top speeds. Once your velocity stabilizes, select a drink from the beverage cart before the time comes to pop open the chute and gently flutter back to solid ground. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes to ensure a comfortable flight and safe landing.
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 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.
- The staff is very experienced and go out of their way to make first time jumpers and old pros alike feel welcome. The equipment is top notch! – skyfaller, DropZone.com
- the owner right away came up and introduced himself, gave me a tour of the facilities and introduced me to some other skydivers who I might like to jump with...I checked out a few other DZ's around ATL and this was by far my fav! – shinyhapy, DropZone.com
No matter the season, the experienced instructors at Skydive Monroe help students discover Atlanta’s sky-high beauty while gliding through the air at 14,000 feet. They teach students of all experience levels the ins and outs of these giant leaps, working with beginners through tandem jumps, instructor-assisted deployments, and accelerated freefall classes. They also oversee jumps for more experienced divers, and welcome non-jumpers to ride along in the plane for an additional fee. Staff members document each trip on video, allowing jumpers to relive the thrill of the jump without painting tiny cityscapes on their trampolines.