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During a tandem skydive at Sky's the Limit, you'll soar 7,500 feet into the clouds and become mesmerized by views of the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan skyline. Then, you'll jump. You'll hurtle toward earth at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, and those same views you enjoyed all the way up will accompany you all the way down. The parachute will deploy, and you'll float gently back to the ground having experienced one of life's greatest thrills.
It's all in a day's work for Sky's the Limit, which sets itself apart from other skydiving facilities with the following:
Its Instructors: Every one of the center's fully rated USPA instructors has a minimum of 2,000 jumps under his or her belt. Combined, the group has more than 30 years of skydiving experience.
Its Fleet: The center has planes that are larger than most other skydiving facilities, meaning you and your group should have no problem fitting comfortably.
Its Surrounding Area: Located about 75 miles from NYC, Sky's the Limit is surrounded by other activities, including hiking and biking trails, ATV trails, and Bushkill Falls.
The Manhattan and Philadelphia skylines are just specks in the distance, as your plane slowly climbs. Once it reaches the proper altitude, the cabin doors fling open. It's time to jump. The instructor strapped to your back gives you a nod, and you tumble through the sky, free-falling at 120 mph for nearly a minute before the parachute opens and you drift gently to the ground.
This scenario fills some with fear and others with an intoxicating wave of adrenaline, but for the instructors at Skydive Jersey, it's just another day on the job. That's because for more than 20 years their company has been specializing in tandem jumps, which retain all the thrill of solo jumps without the months of required training. In fact, this group of experienced skydivers can teach first-timers all the essential skills and safety precautions necessary to take the big leap in only an hour. Skydive Jersey even offers group rates for folks who want to skydive with their friends or bring a pet emu along so it can finally experience the sensation of flight.
For a company that has pushed more than 1.5 million people out of planes during the course of 38 years, Skydive Baltimore enjoys a top-notch reputation among adrenaline-seeking sky travelers. Tandem skydivers pair off with their trusty instructor before ascending to 11,000 feet, taking in views of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay as they discover what gravity feels like 2 miles above the ground. Divers can commemorate their jumps with video and photographic evidence captured by their instructor, a third jumper, or a borrowed spy satellite.
At each skydiving center in the North East Skydive network, the airplanes provide one-way trips only. Those journeys end at roughly 10,000 feet, at which point the aircraft's door slides open and the real adventure begins. An experienced instructor straps to the skydiving newbie for a tandem dive, and they'll reach speeds up to 120 miles per hour during their free-fall. These tandem jumps are suited for beginner skydivers, and don't require much in the way of training besides some basic experience with spooning.
Beginning from a height of 13,500 feet, thrill-seekers feel the ever-quickening pull of gravity for 60 seconds before a harnessed instructor deploys the parachute. Afterward,
the tandem duo floats safely back to the ground while enjoying birds' eye views of the Philadelphia and Atlantic City skylines. This is a typical experience at Freefall Adventures, an organization that's been providing tandem jumps and skydiving lessons for more than 25 years.
The team also works with professional videographers who can be hired to document the entire experience, including a pre-jump interview on the ground,
the entire free fall, and the post-landing nap.