iFLY Orlando's state-of-the-art indoor wind tunnel lets acrophobic and aerophobic adrenaline junkies experience the sensations of skydiving under safe conditions. iFLY Orlando will suit you up with a helmet, goggles, flight suit, earplugs, and a can of gravity repellent, before an instructor teaches you the basic maneuvers and hand signals. Once you've learned a lesson, you'll be unleashed into the vertical tunnel’s artificial wind current for two one-minute rotations of air time at terminal velocity (real skydives usually allow for about 40 seconds of air time). The entire process lasts up to 2.5 hours, including waiver signing (flyers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign), a 15-minute class, and a flight slot during which your group takes turns flying. In addition to the flight experience, the multimedia package includes a DVD with a recording of your flight.
Indoor skydiving is accessible to a wide, family-friendly age range, meaning that Grandma and Grandpa can celebrate their 60th anniversary with more than the traditional cake shaped like Andy Griffith. iFLY Orlando's free observation deck allows for maximum show-offiness, so invite along an audience of hard-to-impress friends, lovers, and butlers to marvel at your simulated plummet through the heavens.
Though Skydive City's USPA-rated staff members surely have some words of advice for skydivers, the company's numbers do plenty of talking, too:
Skydive City performs 4,000 tandem dives and facilitates 70,000 total jumps annually
The staff has more than 50,000 cumulative jumps
Up to 22 passengers can fit onto the aircraft
Planes safely tote divers to an altitude of up to 13,500 feet
Up to 60-second free falls reach speeds of 120 miles per hour
4- to 6-minute canopy floats finish dives peacefully
Where are you located?: Zephyrhills, FL about 30 minutes NE of Tampa
Are there other locations?: No, Skydive City and almost every skydiving center out there operate from single locations, usually on an airport.
How high do we jump from?: The Basic Groupon package is for a skydive from 10500’, about 40-45 seconds of freefall time. You can upgrade to 13500’ when you arrive?
How do we book?: Go to www.skydivecity.com and click “Book Now”, choose the “Prepaid Tandem” option, enter as much information as possible about each skydiver. It is faster to book online than by phone.
The reservation system will not accept our Groupon Voucher codes: No it does not. That is for Skydive City Codes. Skip that part and bring your Groupon Voucher with you when you check-in.
Why do you require a deposit?: We get a lot of no-shows, so we ask for a $25 deposit. It will be refunded when you check in or applied to other video or merchandise options.
What else do we need to do?: Forward the confirmation email to everyone in your group. Have everyone complete the online waiver and training video ahead of time. It saves on a lot of time at check-in.
How long will all this take?: It could take 3-4 hours before you are in the air and ready to jump. The Groupon promotion has been very successful and as a result, we are very busy. Try to book early in the morning for the best times and less wait times.
Will there be other jumpers to watch?: Yes we skydive all day long every day. You will get a chance to see other jumpers. Your own spectators are welcome as well
Indeed, the impressive numbers behind Skydive City explain why the company has been in business since 1990. But the 14-acre campus offers visitors more than just the thrill of a lifetime: it boasts a full-service RV park and on-site camping, an on-site cafe, a pro shop, and even a swoop pond for canopy piloting. A bar nicknamed the "Bird House" also helps calm nerves with beer and wine, and its walls are covered in memorabilia from 50 years of skydiving at Zephyrhills Airport.
For first-time tandem jumpers, the experience of free falling from 11,000 feet is an unforgettable experience. But just in case, Skydiving Land, in partnership with Jump Florida Skydiving, can document tandem jumps with professionally produced videos set to music. A preflight interview on the ground gives way to footage shots inside the plane as jumpers and their tandem instructors make their ascension. From there, videographers capture the entire free fall as participants take in the scenery and attempt to block out the chortles of condescending geese. The parachute then deploys, and jumpers and their instructors return to terra firma. Meanwhile, friends can watch dives from the ground in a large spectator area or tag along on the plane ride and watch the leap firsthand.
With Skydiving Orlando Florida, divers leap from planes from heights of up to 10,000 feet before soaking up atmospheric views during exhilarating freefalls and leisurely canopy rides. For first-time divers, the company offers tandem rides that pair clients with certified instructors instead of two-person bicycles. Those instructors combine years of knowhow with the industry's latest equipment to ensure every dive ends with a comfortable landing.
Founded in 2013, US Hang Gliding Inc. takes pride in helping clients safely learn the skills needed to hang glide. Instructors teach the basics: how to launch, how to fly, and how to land, as well as specific techniques including aero, static, scooter tow, and foot launching. Lessons are tailored to each individual, and USHG offers both solo and tandem flight options based on the client's comfort and level of experience.
Since the weather at US Hang Gliding Inc.'s home location of New York only permits hang gliding from late spring through late fall, the business moves down south to Florida to keep teaching and gliding during the winter months.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Sigma Tandem Rigs are the safest in the industry
Pro Tip: Dress in loose comfortable clothing—gym attire with tennis shoes. RELAX.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tandem skydive 2 miles above the Earth
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Q&A with Chris Whitley, General Manager
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Skydiving has been our passion for more than 50 years. The thrill of skydiving (falling toward the earth at 120 mph) can only be experienced through actually jumping out of an airplane. We love sharing and teaching others about our sport.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Freefall is a great place to hang out with your friends.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our owners have a combined 50 years of experience. One was a national competitor with more than 9,000 safe skydives, and the other a Tandem Examiner with more than 9,000 safe tandem jumps.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Most people can skydive, provided they are height-weight proportionate and serious about learning and safety.