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Skydiving on the Space Coast of Florida

October 12, 2009

By: Miguel Villamil

If you haven’t tried skydiving, trust me, you don’t know what you are missing. It’s safer than swimming with sharks but more dangerous than watching TV and one of the best ways to make sure you are living life to the fullest. I highly recommend it for anyone, even George Bush senior did it for his 80th birthday. Skydive Space Center is where I did my first tandem jump. Tandem Skydiving is skydiving connected to an instructor though a harness, the skydivers/instructors at skydive space center all have more than 15,000 jumps under their belt so you can feel safe with them. The people at skydive space center provide everything needed to jump out of an airplane and land safe and sound all you need to do is show up. They offer tandem and single jumps at both of their locations one being in Titusville and the other in Jacksonville Florida.

Me flying though the sky!

Me flying though the sky!

My skydiving experience was amazing and exhilarating, the journey begins as the airplane takes you up to the drop zone once you are up there and you see the green light go on its go time, at this point I began to reconsider my decision to go skydiving. As we jumped out of the airplane, we were free falling for about 70 seconds at 120 mph, feeling the wind beneath me and floating though the sky. I felt like I could see from Florida to China, the view was spectacular. Once the instructor pulled the chute it was about another 5 minutes of floating down to earth. At this time I enjoyed the beautiful scenery around the area and a bird’s eye view of Kennedy Space Center. The instructor also would pull the chute left and right making sharp turns that were very fun. The experience is one in a lifetime and I am very sure that you will want to see a video and pictures of yourself so, Skydive Space Center offers two video and picture packages. They both highlight your adventure and are great time keeps. Trust me you want a video, especially if you are like me and didn’t tell your parents/family, that way they will believe you when you tell them. Skydive Space center is home to Florida’s highest tandem jump and world’s highest jumps at 18,000 feet. Skydive Space Center’s staff is there to help you out with any questions or concerns you may have. They are all very knowledgeable and can help you schedule your trip. We know how much it rains here in our wonderful sunshine state so they will give you a free rain check just in case it rains.

Screaming from excitement!

Screaming from excitement!

All you need to skydive is a valid driver’s license and yourself, they will provide you with equipment and even a short training on what to do. This is only if you are doing the tandem jump. The single jump requires more training and certification. To reserve your spot all you have to do is call or visit their site. For Florida’s highest tandem jump (15,000 ft) it will cost $189.00 or $175.00 with an active student or military id, and $219.00 for the world’s highest tandem jump (18,000 ft). Groups of 4 or more get discounts so call all your friends and take a trip to Titusville or Jacksonville to jump from the sky. I will definitely go back and highly recommend them, see you in the sky! This is a video of my roommate Phil of his first Skydive on his Birthday.

 

Phil Skydiving Here’s a list of all the places recommended above and there is a map with directions and pinpoints below:

Skydive Space Center 476 N. Williams Dr. Titusville, FL 32796 (800)823-0016 Skydive Jacksonville 9300 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221 (888)568-7529

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One Response to “ Skydiving on the Space Coast of Florida”

  1. admin said:

    That looks awesome! I have to try that. The video is very cool.