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.
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.
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.
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.