Skydiving + Travel Offer Awesome Adventure

Skydiving is easily one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have. While free falling for about 30-seconds, you’ll feel as if you’re flying. Then your parachute opens and you glide gently back to earth.

While some people play pickleball and others hike, a special group dedicate their time to skydiving. Getting your A license is the first step on your journey. Once you’ve completed a tandem, the process to get your A license starts with a six-hour class, called the first jump course.

Next, you’ll complete two phases of Accelerated Freefall (AFF) training jumps at about $130 to $330 each. Assuming you pass every jump on the first try, you’ll complete 19 instructor-led jumps and six solos before earning your license. All together you’re A license certification will cost you about $3,000 and $4,000.

Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll want your own color-coordinated, high-tech jumping gear. You’ll need a complete rig, helmet, altimeter and jumpsuit. The cost varies from a few thousand to more than $7,000.

There are four license levels and numerous skydiving disciplines in the U.S. As you progress, you’ll need more gear like wingsuits, helmet cameras and different types of parachutes.

And once you’re a pro, it’s time to find an awesome place to jump.

Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt — A few licensed operators plan annual or semi-annual events, like Jump Like a Pharaoh, a skydive over the Great Pyramids of Giza along with a Hercules C-130 military aircraft. Programs range from tandem skydives for beginners to solo dives.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand — Most skydivers have a jump in New Zealand on their list. Queenstown is a good place to start with dozens of companies offering jumps for all levels. The best of the region’s many skydiving sites is Fox Glacier. The nearby Tasman Sea is in full view making it a dramatic landscape to enjoy from above. Jump heights extend up to 16,000 feet, offering about a full minute’s free fall.

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe — Victoria Falls is astonishing. You could take a helicopter ride to see it, but a more exhilarating option is to skydive. Operators offer jumps from 10,000 feet, with the glide taking place directly over the falls.

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