When falling out of a plane at 10,000 feet, experience counts. Skydive Tuskegee’s owner boast a wealth of that experience, as a former parachute regiment military officer and three-time world skydiving championship medalist. He and his staff adhere to the rigorous training requirements set forth by the United States Parachute Association, but they also make the experience fun. They often conduct tandem dives with beginners, the instructor controlling the freefall, chute deployment, and decent, while guests soak up the sunshine, wind, and gravity. They staff has led jumps out of planes and into their dropzone for 11 years, and to quote them, “We have never left anyone up there yet.”
It's not often that you find yourself falling headfirst toward the earth, wind whipping by, before you pull a cord on your chute and float gently to the ground. This thrill-seeking experience is available to first-time and returning divers seven days a week at the recently completely remodeled Skydive Spaceland, which sends people plummeting out of planes on a regular basis. Tandem dives pair newbies with experienced instructors, and skydiving lessons teach students how to take the plunge on their own, with students able to get their basic skydiving licenses in a week or less. After their first landing, patrons can commemorate their jump with a special logbook, proving they've conquered their fear of heights and cotton that could shrink in the dryer. And visitors wishing to continue their adventure after the jump is over can take advantage of campsites located in the area.
At Skydive Georgia, first-time jumpers can skydive tandem-style, strapped to a certified instructor. After mastering the tandem jump, adventurers can enroll in a Level 1 AFF course to prepare for a solo dive, or complete the 7 Level AFF course, requiring them to open their own parachute and land with radio assistance. Available only after several hours of training, these flights earn divers AFF licensing, which allows them to skydive anywhere in the world.
Family and friends can watch their loved ones master the skies from a spacious viewing deck instead of having to find a sturdy enough cloud to climb upon. Divers can also watch themselves afterward via the center’s professionally-made flight DVDs, complete with video footage and photos.
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Helmed by an by ex-military parachute-regiment veteran who holds three World Skydiving Championship medals, the United States Parachute Association-certified instructors at Skydive Alabama fly customers up to heights of 14,000 feet for solo and tandem dives. The skydiving center supplies oxygen for these jumps, and conducts both ground schools and eagle-impersonation classes to get first-timers and experienced divers ready for their aerial plunges. Instructors take up to 18 participants to the height of the drop zone in a Grand Caravan turboprop plane, from which they free fall for more than one minute, either by themselves or securely fastened to an instructor. A professional videographer can also join visitors on each jump to capture the aerial experience.
In accelerated free-fall programs, instructors lead students through a ground school, up to seven flights with instructors, and several solo jumps, allowing them to earn their USPA diving license without having to compete a multiple-choice test inside a wind tunnel. While every dive takes place in the designated drop zone, ground-school classes are held inside the airport's dedicated hangar. They have a brand new 80,000 sq/ft., state-of-the-art air conditioned facility which boasts indoor bathrooms and showers, as well as a common area with couches and TV's available to all guests.
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