Where to find Skydiving Deals
When people make the decision to go skydiving, one of the first things they start looking for are deals on their skydiving experience. It only makes sense, it’s human nature to look for a bargain in whatever you’re doing. Besides, who wants to pay any more than they have to, for anything?
When it comes to skydiving though, it’s usually worth it to pay a bit more to ensure that where you’re going is a safe option. Think about it, you’re going to be trusting this company to help you jump out of a moving plane – wouldn’t you be more comfortable knowing that this company hasn’t been cutting corners?
There are a few things to consider though, if you’re determined to save a few bucks on your skydiving experience.
Call around to all of the drop zones in your area – This is usually your best bet to get a good deal on your skydiving experience. Go online or use the phone book to find all of the skydiving operators in your area, and then look up their websites or give them a call and ask them about their rates. While many operators have pretty similar prices, some of them can be drastically different, so it pays to do a little bit of research.
Keep in mind though, that while one drop zone might be cheaper, it may not include certain things that you’ll have to pay for anyways. Some facilities will give you a free video of your dive, while others will charge you a pretty penny for that luxury. So even if one facility seems cheaper, it might not work out to be that way in the long run.
Also factor in the distance of each drop zone compared to where you live. Gas is expensive these days and driving 100 extra miles to save $20 on the skydiving package is not usually a good idea, unless there’s a group of five or more of you to accommodate for. Even then, the drop zones can typically offer a group rate to that many jumpers at once, so it can be cheaper to go with a more expensive facility closer to home.
Just be sure that you verify the safety of each location before you make your final decision. While most drop zones in America have immaculate safety records, it doesn’t hurt to do a little bit of research into this before finally deciding on one. It’s your own life and it pays to know about their safety records before you find yourself free falling towards the ground with the wrong company.
Build your skydiving experience into an international vacation – Even though skydiving prices are dropping every year in America, it still remains as one of the more expensive places in the world to do it, and depending on where you jump from, the views might not be all that great. On the other hand, there are tons of great places to go internationally that are a whole lot cheaper, and can give you much better views to enjoy on your way down.
Of course, you will have to get there somehow, and getting on a plane (that you won’t jump out of) and flying internationally can be pretty expensive too. But, if you’ve been planning to take a vacation anyways, particularly somewhere warm and sunny, a cheaper dive can be a great way to offset the cost of the vacation as a whole.
One important thing to keep in mind though, is that not all of these skydiving facilities internationally hold themselves to the same standards as the skydiving facilities in the United States. While in the states, there are very few operators with bad safety records, accidents and other mishaps internationally often go unreported if they do happen. You should always do your research before deciding on any one skydiving facility, but that goes double when choosing a facility outside of the United States, especially in the developing world.
Go as a group – Most facilities are able to offer you a group rate if you can get a bunch of your friends together who are also interested in sky diving. This is because they will still only have to take one or maybe two planes up in the air. Sure, they may need a few more Jumpmasters to accompany all the people in your group for the jump, but it’s the plane ride that makes up a large majority of the cost involved with skydiving.
As an added bonus, if you go as a part of a group, people will be more inclined to actually jump and not chicken out at the last second. While we don’t ever suggest anyone to jump who is truly terrified of doing so, some people just get cold feet at the last minute and end up missing out on one of the most exhilarating experience they could ever have in their life. When there is a whole group of their friends on the plane there with them, most people end up just jumping anyways – and loving it.
Skydive for charity – This is becoming an increasingly popular way to go skydiving and can be a great way to get a cheap or even free dive. Usually this happens at work, but there’s nothing to stop you from arranging a charity jump with your buddies. All you need to do is choose a deserving charity and start promoting it.
People will decide to donate a certain amount based on whether you jump or not. The drop zones facilities will often offer discounts as well when they know you’re jumping for charity – everyone likes to help a good cause. Just like going with a group of friends is going to make you more likely to follow through with the jump, the effect charity has on whether you jump or not is even larger.
Just think about how you would feel if you got up there and didn’t jump – you would have to go back down there and possibly not reach your goal, all because you didn’t jump. Even the most hesitant people when it comes to skydiving will end up making the leap (literally) just so they don’t have to disappoint their friends, or come up short on their charitable goal.
It would also be useful to pick a charity that people would be likely to donate to through the activity of skydiving. Since skydiving is an extreme sport, consider picking a charity that would appeal to that sort of crowd, to increase your chances of reaching your goal.
Also, if you don’t reach your goal in full, there’s nothing stopping you from donating the rest on your own. Between the amount already donated and the discounts provided by the drop zone for jumping for charity, you can end up getting a really good deal on your jump and still do something nice for charity.
So while we don’t recommend shopping around for prices and simply choosing the cheapest facility, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a good deal when going skydiving. Just remember the most important rule – don’t ever sacrifice your safety to save a few bucks. Your life is much more important than a small (or even large) amount of money.