Skydiving. Have you done it before? Did you love it? Have you sworn you’ll never do it? Does the thought of it terrify you?
If you had asked me as a kid, I would have told you “No way. I’ll never do that, that’s crazy.” But as I got older and became more adventurous it sounded like something that could actually be fun to do. The beauty of skydiving is the ability one has as a complete novice to “jump” right into it with no more than 20 minutes of training, thanks to tandem diving. It also is a great thing to partake in this summer!
Years ago, for one of the many birthdays that E. and I shared together I decided that surprising him with a skydiving experience that the two of us could experience together would be an awesome birthday gift for him. At the time we were spending our summers in Newport, RI so I decided to look around the area to see if there was a place in the area and I was in luck!
In my search I found Skydive Newport. They were professional, explained everything carefully and with the jump you also received a video of your jump set to music (mine was set to Motley Crue :)) and still shot photos- all shot by a fellow skydiver who jumped with you- a great way to remember this amazing experience.
So, all I had to do was tell Eric I had a surprise activity for us and he had no idea since we were already in Newport that weekend. If you’ve never gone before but are looking for something to shake up the usual summer activities this will do the trick! And the views from the Newport jump were stunning- we could see all along the coast line and out to the ocean.
Another place in the New England area well-known for skydiving is Jumptown, located out in Western Mass in the town of Orange, MA. A bigger operation than Newport, the basic jump package is a bit less personalized. But for a little bit more money you can have that personal one-on-one experience. You also can bring groups such as bachelor/bachelorette parties, bring a group of friends for a birthday, an anniversary, or any other group event you can think of – they do jumps with up to 20 people. That may have to be my next skydiving experience, what do you think?
So then…are you going to take the plunge?