Florida Skydiving Center
Lake Wales Airport
440 South Airport Road, Lake Wales 33853
Ever feel like throwing yourself out of a plane? Then this is the place to come and test your resolve.
Actually, it’s remarkably easy, since someone else throws you out. Allow me to explain: Would-be skydivers can experience the joys of freefall on a “tandem jump.” That means you are strapped securely to a certified instructor, who knows the ropes and controls the jump. After a flight to 13,500 feet, the fun begins, with a full minute of freefall and about five minutes under a parachute to landing. No experience is necessary, but jumpers must be at least 18 years of age and weigh no more than 230 pounds.
The cost, including tax, is $179. If you want your dive immortalized on video or DVD, add another $95. If you can talk two or more of your friends into jumping with you, you’ll all receive a discount — $10 per person. For groups of seven or more people, the discount goes to $20 a head. Licensed skydivers with their own gear can jump for just $22.
The first jump is scheduled for about 8:00 a.m. and the last usually goes at sunset. But since the entire experience takes about four to six hours, including a very thorough pre-jump briefing, plan on arriving early. The best idea is to reserve your jump a few days in advance. Florida Skydiving Center is open daily year round but hours vary seasonally.
Nearby: Historic Bok Sanctuary, Lake Wales Arts Center, Spook Hill.
1600 Flightline Boulevard, DeLand 32724
Skydive DeLand operates in much the same way as the Florida Skydiving Center. Here the price of a tandem jump is $169, with groups of four to six people paying $155 each and groups of seven or more paying $145. The cost of a video or DVD record of the experience is $85. These prices reflect a 5% discount for payment in cash.
If you are trying to decide which of these two skydiving venues to use, it turns out that both are almost exactly the same distance from the Universal Orlando theme park complex. Lake Wales is closer to the Disney World area. DeLand is to the north, while Lake Wales is to the south.
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