As Christmas Day draws closer, you may still be in search of that unique gift that goes beyond the norm. A skydive fits that description and adds massive experiential value. If you’re of the mindset that we all have too much stuff (and don’t need more of it), and wish to gift a life experience, then this is the ultimate gift that will have them talking!
1. A Big Reaction
The gift, we as gift-givers receive is the reaction from the recipient. We always hope for that look of surprise and delight when they behold what you’ve given them. If you’re wishing for a big-time response, a skydive will deliver!
You know you’ve hit a chord when the recipient is calling friends and posting photos of the gift certificate to Instagram. It’s all they’ll be talking about for days!
“GIRL, YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT I JUST GOT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!”
3. The Anticipation
This is something that many people don’t account for…the continuous reminders of the pending skydive in the form of a sudden rush of butterflies that hit the abdomen at random times throughout the day. The gift of a skydive doesn’t go on a shelf or in a drawer to be forgotten. This gift remains in the back of the mind and the anticipation of the skydive makes this gift visceral and alive!
4. The Skydive Itself!
After the initial excitement and anticipation comes JUMP DAY! A day that combines nervousness, fear, excitement and empowerment all at once! Can there be a greater gift than exiting an aircraft at 13,000 feet and loving it?!!The beauty of this part of the gift is people discover that the scariest part of the skydive is the unknown putting the brain in overdrive. The physical part of the skydive – the act of free falling at 120mph is not nearly as scary as we thought – instead it’s one of the most thrilling, exciting things humanly possible as evidenced by what we hear in our landing area every day with exclamations like:
“THAT WAS THE GREATEST THING I’VE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!”
This is where the realization sets in: you gave them one of the greatest gifts… ever as they’ll never forget this experience!
5. An Unexpected Gift
One of the best aspects of the skydive is the unexpected feelings that come with the adventure. One of these feelings is peace and extreme happiness that makes the experience feel euphoric and to some, even spiritual.
All of us carry burdens of some kind. During a skydive, there is a respite from those things that weigh on our hearts and minds. Instead, we are living wholly in the moment. Nothing else matters. Follow that with a natural cocktail of adrenaline and serotonin and we will feel a level of happiness that’s seldom felt.
The gift of a skydive isn’t the adventure, it’s how it makes us feel. You’ll be glowing!
6. Post Jump
Perhaps the greatest aspect of a skydive is the question the activity conjures. Are we living our best lives?
A skydive wakes one up from the slumber of the daily grind and that maybe the greatest gift of all!
Skydive Chicago closes in December and only opens very sporadically over the winter on the off chance of a random really nice day. Why is that? Skydiving in the winter is wildly thrilling in the brisk skies and at times, gazing at the stunning snowy landscape, but depending on how cold it is, it became about safety. Here’s what you need to know about skydiving in winter. (Straight talk time!)
“I love teaching and I love skydiving, being able to teach people the sport that means so much to me has been a dream for years.” In this interview, we meet one of the gals you’ve seen in the planes and behind the manifest window – meet, Nichole Richards!
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A Letter From Rook Nelson
There are many things I love about skydiving. One that sits atop my list is being able to skydive all over the world. I’ll admit, it’s sometimes a pain to travel with your skydiving gear but, if you can manage the situation, skydiving can show you the world like nothing else. Jumping over the ocean, mountains, or vast farmland can create a surreal experience like no other sport. (more…)
First off: We don’t like the idea of the “vs.”! Whether from a plane or in a tunnel, we love the feeling of flying better than any other human experience. It’s true that indoor skydiving feels like the freefall portion of a traditional skydive, sans parachute. We use similar methods to control our bodies in both environments. That said, differences abound. Both use very different equipment, mandate different age limits, cost a different amount of money and appeal to a different mood. And the thrill of jumping from an airplane can’t be experienced without actually doing it, no matter how close a “skydiving simulator” tries to come!
“The Freedom, making money doing something that you already love and travel at the same time. I would have never been able to jump as much or travel as much if it wasn’t for Skydiving and Skydive Chicago.”
Anthony Ebel is a household name around Skydive Chicago, and there’s a reason – he’s been with us since 2006 and has worked his way into becoming our local Safety & Training Advisor. He’s incredibly passionate about skydiving and his new family, and in this week’s Meet the Team, we get to know more about him!
Life on the Third Coast has numerous perks that keeps our land-locked neighbor states green with envy, but our long … harsh … dark Winter isn’t one of them. One way to put a bit of pep in a loved one’s step is to give them something to look forward to when the breeze turns sweet and skies are blue.
At Skydive Chicago, we happen to know that there’s no better feeling than starting the New Year than with life’s best adventure in your back pocket. Here are just five of the reasons your gift of a skydive will change Silent Night into DYNO-MITE!
Yes, there is a weight limit for skydiving. It’s a real thing indeed, and the skydiving weight limit often stops people in their tracks when they first start investigating the idea of making their first tandem jump. Here at Skydive Chicago, the weight limit is a firm 250 pounds. Certain body types may be subject to further evaluation and there are no exceptions, and you’ll be weighed when you arrive for your jump.
This is Not a Gift – It’s a Life Changing Experience!
According to the Center for Generational Kinetics, 74 percent of Americans now prioritize experiences over products or things. If this is the case (and we all know it’s true), then why are we giving people gifts that they don’t want?
If your aim is to give someone a gift that they’ll truly never forget… EVER, then you should consider giving the gift of skydiving! Imagine how they’ll respond when they open the envelope thinking that there’s an Amazon gift card inside (so predictable) only to see the written words, “YOU’RE GOING SKYDIVING!” Their eyes will quite literally bug out of their sockets in sheer disbelief as they realize that they’ve just received the single greatest adventure life has to offer!
Saving money when you’re shopping your way down a grocery list is straightforward. So, more or less, is saving money a car, or an apartment, or a new suit. Saving money skydiving is quite a bit less straightforward. Figuring out how much it costs to learn to skydive — and where to save a few bucks, here and there — requires learning a bit about why skydiving costs what skydiving costs. We want to help!