The roar of Music City Skydiving's plane quickly fades away as instructor and student, thoroughly strapped together, plummet downward. Plummet is an apt word; during the initial minute-long free fall dive, tandem divers reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Such velocity makes for a quick descent from the 14,000-foot starting point. The instructor pulls the parachute with plenty of time to spare, though, and the pair gets up to seven minutes to soak up middle Tennessee views as they drift to earth. Even first time divers get the chance to steer the parachute, riding the winds safely back to earth. The whole experience lasts somewhere around 10 minutes from leap to landing, but the instructors (experienced divers all) are always headed back up for another go.
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.
Jumping from a plane may be the easiest way to achieve the ultimate adrenaline rush, other than giant-tortoise racing. The folks at Skydiving Nashville are there to help heft you out of the open door and usher you back down to the ground—in between, there's up to 60 seconds of free fall and speeds that can reach 120 mph. First-timers ascend to approximately 10,000 feet before jumping out of the plane, speedily descending toward the earth below while strapped into specially designed harnesses with their instructor. The chute is pulled at around 5,000 feet, at which point pairs glide down to their marked landing spot.
From their drop zone in Waverly, Music City Skydiving has a scenic aerial view unlike any in all of Tennessee. Just 10 miles away is the mighty Tennessee River, which stretches from horizon to horizon, and majestic Kentucky Lake. After a short training session participants fly to 14,000 feet in one of the fastest, most comfortable jump ships in the country, and jump attached to an experienced tandem instructor. At 5,000 feet the parachute opens and all goes quiet as jumpers float down in awe of the spectacular view.
Tennessee Skydiving, LLC's founders boast military training and they now put those veteran skills to work creating a thrilling skydiving experience for the public. They can prepare a first-time skydiver for a tandem jump experience in as little as 15 minutes of ground training. After instruction, they head to their 18-seater aircraft and take to the skies, enjoying views of nearby countryside on their quick ascension. Once they reach altitude, they strap themselves to aspiring divers and leap from the plane, soaring downward toward
a landing area spanning more than 700 acres. After a few minutes of free fall and gentle parachute ride, they deliver guests safely back to the earth. They run their operation so efficiently that even the military's 101st Demonstration Team comes to them for training and advice on handling moody parachutes.
Skydiving Tullahoma offers safe and professionally-overseen free falls from two miles up in the air. FAA-certified pilots provide the platform and experienced instructors provide the know-how, taking care of the plunge and the two-person parachute so that riders can simply enjoy the rush, the scenery, and any tasty-looking clouds. During their free fall, divers will reach up to 120 miles per hour; the instructor then deploys the two-person ram-air chute, and the rest is a smooth float towards the ground. Skydiving Tullahoma also staffs professional skydiving photographers that can film the experience from beginning to end.