Westside Skydivers


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USPA-certified instructors lead students through skydiving techniques & safety procedures, then accompanies divers on solo jumps

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Promotional value expires Oct 27, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to weather. Credit card required at booking. Must be 18 or older. 240lbs weight max. Must sign waiver. May need required tandem jump to qualify; additional $125 required for tandem jump. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon: for $168, you get a First Jumper's skydiving course and solo jump alongside an instructor from Westside Skydivers in Winsted (a $299 value). Patrons who have not completed a tandem skydive within 90 days may be required to do a tandem jump before taking the course ($125 for customers who have also purchased this Groupon). Westside Skydivers will assess the need for any additional jumps before course registration. If they are nervous, patrons may replace the solo jump with a tandem jump at no additional cost.

Westside Skydivers' USPA instructors teach skydiving techniques and safety procedures before taking students on a thrilling plummet over Minnesota's charming lake scenery. Prospective parachuters learn the ropes of skydiving in a four–six-hour skydiving course, during which expert cloud surfers guide students in solo sky-leaping skills such as how to pull the ripcord, steer the parachute, and effortlessly land on passing speedboats captained by supermodel spies. At the course's conclusion, jumpers board a plane with the instructors, ascend into the clouds, and hop into the wide blue yonder when the vessel reaches 13,000 feet. Jumper and instructor duos then freefall for 60 adrenaline-filled seconds, speeding up to 120 miles per hour while gracefully flipping and flying. Though students are in their own parachute, instructors maintain hand contact with them at all times and impart posture and technique corrections via hand signals. With a pull of the ripcord at 5,500 feet, pairs begin a leisurely five–seven-minute descent back to the ground, where Westside Skydivers presents patrons with a certified logbook and a nondisclosure agreement covering clouds' trade secrets.

Westside Skydivers

After 13 years as a skydiver, Joseph Johnson leapt into a new mission: to become the first franchised skydiving operation in the country. With two locations in two states under his belt so far, he aims to rise above his competitors by offering distinctive features such as a choice of altitudes (13,000, 18,000, or 24,000 feet) and pre-jump training that equips skydivers with the ability to deploy, steer, and land their own chute, even when they’re flying tandem with a licensed instructor. Planes can carry as many as 17 people in one trip, making it ideal for group outings and airborne performances by jazz orchestras, and helmet cams capture the audio and visuals of the entire flight.

Customer Reviews

It's a load of fun. I'll definitely be doing this again! Their instruction is easy to understand.
Carrie S. · February 16, 2016
Staff is wonderful.... be prepared to want to go again and again and again...
Laura C. · June 14, 2015
Great place - staff was very nice and knowledgeable. My skydiving experience was excellent and I felt secure. Thank you.
Norma P. · June 6, 2015
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    3234 230th St.

    Winsted, Minnesota 55395

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