The plane at Great Lakes Skydiving is something of a celebrity—in the '90s, 20th Century Fox used it to shoot the skydiving scenes in Point Break. This was no stroke of luck. The center's dives are truly cinematic, taking place at a breathtaking elevation of up to 14,000 feet. The spacious facility is also stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, and staffed by a team of certified instructors who helm tandem dives for newbies.
Fully licensed instructors, thoroughly maintained aircrafts, and a skydiving training program licensed by the US Parachute Association ensure that a jump at Chicagoland Skydiving Center is rigorously safe—but nothing can dampen the thrill of free falling from 14,000 feet. The center’s spotless student record can be attributed both to the longevity of the program, which has been around since 1968, and to the expertise of the instructors, some of whom have made more than 15,000 jumps. Their attention to safety enables visitors to focus on the fun part: a 60-second free fall followed by a leisurely float under a parachute with countless high-fives from passing birds.
Once their feet have firmly planted on the ground, skydivers can celebrate besting Sir Isaac Newton in a spacious facility with games, a lounge, and an onsite restaurant. HD video and photos are ready to take home within minutes of landing to show friends and family footage of the adventure.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Skydive the Rock pairs thrill-seekers or bucket-listers looking to leap out of an airplane with skilled instructors who know exactly how to do it. Jumpers will start off with a 20-minute training session, then are placed into a harness before taking to the skies. With a USPA certified instructor, they'll board a turbine aircraft to a breathtaking height of 14,000 feet. Once there, they'll exit the plane and enjoy an adrenaline-filled freefall for roughly 60 seconds. Jumpers have the option of opening their own chutes, but the instructor is always present as a backup. Once the parachute is opened, thrillseekers take in the scenery during a 3- to 5-minute descent back to earth, which can be as wild or mild as desired.
Jumping out of an airplane is always more fun with company—especially if it's your first jump. Hence Skydiving Chicago-Milwaukee's tandem skydives, during which customers plunge through the air while strapped to an instructor. After a 30- to 60-second freefall, the expert deftly deploys the parachute, initiating a lazy canopy ride lasting up to nine minutes. Visitors can also learn to dive alone—and execute cool aerial flips—in the company's seven-level skydiving school.
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