Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 18th 2011
Are you looking for something that is really out of the ordinary on your next day off? Take a day off from work and do it from the air instead.
We're not talking about a helicopter or airplane ride over the City. Rather, we're talking about seeing New York while you freefall through the air and later coast safely down on a parachute.
If you're not ready to try this on your own, don't worry. Many New York skydiving companies offer tandem skydiving. You're securely strapped to a certified, experienced instructor from the moment you jump until you land safely on the ground.
Skydive Long Island is one skydiving company that offers tandem skydiving. Located in Long Island, the company offers skydives that take you up over 2½ miles. For a few seconds, you do free-fall; that is, fall without the parachute being deployed, and you do get up to over 120 MPH during this time. But, remember, your instructor is there, and he knows that if anything happens to you, it's going to happen to him.
Once the parachute does deploy, you float and soar for however long it takes you to get back to the airport from where you started. This is when you can enjoy the scenery that includes Long Island, the Hamptons, and other breathtaking sights. If the weather is particularly clear, you will even be able to see the New York City skyline, and that is over 70 miles away!
If you use Skydive Long Island, you still basically feel like you're still in New York City, even though you're actually 70 miles away. There are a couple of other skydiving companies that you can also reach fairly easily.
One Pennsylvania skydiving company is located in East Stroudsburg, (which is still only about 70 miles away from New York City). You can use public transportation, specifically the bus, from Port Authority in New York City to get to Stroudsburg, then take a taxi to Sky's the Limit itself. From there, you take a tandem jump.