Maine is a beautiful place to visit for extraordinary lighthouses, great mountains and delicious culinary treats. The state can be an inspiration for freedom where wide-open spaces will welcome you with the salty ocean air.
There are lots of other activities you can enjoy in Maine. You can get the land experience by exploring the beach and you can also visit art galleries while eating their famous lobster. You can also go scuba diving in the fabulous underwater world and see their famous sea creatures firsthand. If you’re the more adventurous type, rock climbing, flying a hot air balloon, or surfing are all recommended. But what if those things all sounds a little bit tame to you?
If that’s the case then you might consider skydiving while you’re in Maine. There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of skydiving from 12,000 feet above the earth’s surface. You can see all types of gorgeous landscapes as you free fall towards the ground.
There’s no need to worry about safety, as long as you choose a place that is certifiably safe. Most skydiving facilities have an impeccable safety record, Although you should still check into that beforehand. The feeling of skydiving is indescribable, and you feel just like a bird flying through the sky. There’s no need for first-timers to be nervous because with a little bit of training you can jump safely with the help of a professional instructor.
While most people are only able to enjoy the view that is available on land, you will be able to enjoy the view of Maine from high up above. It is truly a breathtaking experience and one that you want to tell all your friends and family about for years to come.
Skydiving for the first time in Maine
When most people think about skydiving, the first thing that comes into their mind is how dangerous it can be. They start envisioning skydiving accidents and people falling tens of thousands of feet to their death. While skydiving can be extremely dangerous, it is actually quite rare for skydiving accidents to take place.
Most people think the feeling of skydiving will be similar to the drop that experience on a roller coaster, although is not similar at all. The sensation of free fall can be more closely described as floating, and during the free fall you are free to move all around and side to side.
Many people think that is dangerous for a first timer who knows nothing about skydiving to show up and immediately be in a plane ready to jump that afternoon. In reality this is actually very safe because most skydiving facilities have all the systems in place to keep you safe even if you know absolutely nothing about skydiving.
It is recommended that you show up at the drop zone early in the morning, because you will need to go through a training course. Some facilities will have you do this training course by watching a video while others will have the instructor walk you through everything step-by-step. The goal here is to make you familiar with all of the emergency procedures of skydiving just in case something unexpected happens. While it is extremely unlikely for something like this to occur, they do want you to be prepared just in case. If for example your skydiving instructor were to lose consciousness on the way down, they want you to know exactly how to deal with the situation. They will walk you through all the steps for pulling the parachute and getting yourself back down to safety. The chances of you actually having to use these techniques are very low, but if the need arises you’ll be very glad you learned them.
After you’ve gone through the initial training., The instructor will show you how to put on your equipment safely and correctly. It’s important to note skydiving equipment is not comfortable in the slightest. You will not enjoy wearing it, so don’t think that just because it is uncomfortable that you put it on wrong. Some people try to wear their skydiving equipment too loose in order to make it more comfortable but this can be very dangerous. The whole point of the equipment is to keep you safe and alive, so wearing it improperly is counterproductive.
If you’re truly worried about the equipment being uncomfortable then your best bet is to make sure you wear comfortable clothing underneath. This includes wearing loose fitting clothing that is also warm. Wearing something like tight jeans will only work to make your skydiving equipment more uncomfortable. Also make sure that you wear closed toed shoes that can be tied. If you wear sandals or open toed shoes, you risk them coming off in midair which is a serious danger to the people below you.
This training session will only take a few hours and when you’re done you’ll be able to get on the plane and go up for your first jump.
The types of jumps available to a first timer in Maine
The first and most common type of jump available to a new skydiver is known as a tandem jump. A tandem jump will have a jumpmaster literally strapped to your back. A jumpmaster is a person who has become certified in skydiving and has a minimum of 500 jumps under their belt. In reality though it is quite rare to meet a jumpmaster who has only performed 500 jumps. Since jumpmasters are usually jumping several times a day, someone with only 500 jumps would be a very new jumpmaster, and most have well over 1000.
Once you reach the correct altitude you and your jumpmaster will put all your equipment on and it’ll be time for you to jump. The jumpmaster will literally strap themselves to your back, which won’t be very comfortable while standing in the plane, but you won’t even notice it once you are in free fall.
It’s at this point where most people become apprehensive about whether or not they actually want to jump. Some people will decide to back out at the last minute, which is perfectly normal and understandable. Keep in mind though, that if you do back out you will still be responsible for paying the full price for the skydiving. This is because most of the cost is in the airplane and the jumpmaster’s time, both of which you’ve fully used already by the time you’re all the way up there. Some people see the actual jump itself as being free, and use that line of thinking to convince themselves to actually do it.
If your jumpmaster can see that you truly want to jump, but are just afraid to do so, Then they can give you the push you need to get you out of the plane. You are far from the only person they’ve seen going through this dilemma while up there in the airplane. Over the years they’ve become experts at being able to read people and see whether not they truly want to jump. They won’t be cruel enough to push you out of the plane if they can see that you’re truly terrified and don’t want to go through with it anymore. At the same time, most people simply can’t bring themselves to do it themselves so just need a little extra push.
Once you do exit the plane, Most people’s fears go right out the window. Once there in free fall the adrenaline rush hits them instantly and there is nothing left to think about except for enjoying the ride. The best part of this is that you really don’t have to do anything at all, because your jumpmaster will be handling everything. When you reach the correct altitude, your jumpmaster will pull the parachute and your descent will slow down.
While most people really love the free fall part of skydiving, once the parachute has been pulled, it’s time to really enjoy the view. You’ll still be fairly high up so you have a great view of the landscape below you, but you won’t be falling so fast, so you can really relax and take it all in.
Most people hit the ground and say they enjoyed it so much that they can’t wait to go up there and do it again. Depending on what time you get to he ground and the facility you’re jumping with, they might allow you to go right back up and do it again. Oftentimes they let you do it at a reduced rate if it is your second jump of the day.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, and don’t want to jump with a jumpmaster strapped to your back, there are options for you to jump on your own. This is true even if you’ve never been skydiving before and just showed up that morning not knowing anything about skydiving at all. Of course, you won’t be able to jump entirely on your own is that would be completely irresponsible of the drop zone.
Instead you will jump simultaneously with a jumpmaster but instead of them being strapped to your back they will be tethered to you by a long and very strong rope. This is known as a static line jump. You will be responsible for pulling your own parachute and for getting yourself safely down to the ground once the parachute has been pulled. If for some reason you aren’t able to deploy your parachute though, the jump master who is tethered to you will deploy theirs and the rope tethering him to you will cause your descent to slow. Try not to rely too much on them for this though because your best route of action is to pull the parachute and do everything on your own.
Once the parachute has been pulled, you’ll be communicating with another jumpmaster on the ground via walkie-talkie. They will be able to see the wind patterns and be able to direct you safely down to the ground so that you don’t glide into anything.
If you’re at all apprehensive about skydiving then this is obviously not the type of jump you want to be doing on your first time. It is also more expensive and will require a longer training time, although you can still do everything on the same day. The higher cost is usually just due to the fact that you’ll be utilizing the time of two separate jumpmasters.
Where to go skydiving in Maine
Hopefully by now we’ve been able to convince you that Maine would make a great destination for you to go skydiving. If so, you’re probably wondering about the best places for you to do so in Maine. Before we tell you though, we feel that it’s important to say that you should always check the safety records of the facility before you agree to jump with them. While even one single accident would have the skydiving facility’s licensed revoked, it never hurts to check just in case. It’s your life and it pays to do your homework before you just go jump with any random operator.
Most operators will have no problem answering any of your questions about safety or any other concerns about skydiving. As long as you know that it’s still important to check out the safety records, we recommend going with the following places:
Skydive New England
Phone: 1-800-UGO JUMP or 207-339-1520
40 Skydive Lane
Lebanon, Maine 04027
Pittsfield Municipal Airport
Harrison Street, Pittsfield ME 04967
While there are many great things to do in Maine while on vacation, we think that skydiving is one of the best. It will definitely make for a vacation that you and your family will remember for years to come, and the adrenaline rush can’t be beat. Just make sure to wear loose, comfortable, warm clothing and show up ready to learn.