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Should I Go Skydiving?
Jumping out of an airplane and falling towards the earth is certainly one of the most amazing things that we can choose to do. If you have never been skydiving before though, it can be a potentially nerve-jangling idea that fills your head with questions. Right off the bat, there are a few things that need a yes before you can proceed. Let's start with the most important one of all...
Why Birthday Skydiving Is A Must
The best time to go skydiving is as soon as humanly possible, but there is of course an extra special occasion to double-up on the awesomeness - your cake day! Here are some fine reasons why going skydiving on your birthday is a great idea...
Can You Skydive Through Clouds?
Of those that peer upwards with eyes trained to the sky, most have contemplated just what those big fluffy clouds would feel like. Pillowy soft? Thick and spongy? Or just a puff of gentle cool mist? The debate is still open. But, now that a skydive is on the books, you think it could be the perfect time to find out.
Skydiving Facts That May Surprise You
People's general perception of what skydiving involves is quite dramatic. Skydiving is an intense, thrilling experience that can very much change your life for the better. It is also an exciting way to tell stories, and as such is often used in the media we consume in overblown and often completely fictional ways. That's not to say that it isn't a wild thing to do, because it is - it is just frequently presented inaccurately. Let's have a quick look at some skydiving facts that may surprise you...
First Time Skydiving: What Should I Bring With Me?
Now that you have made the very excellent choice to go skydiving for the first time, you probably have many questions. In addition to the jumping-from-an airplane part, how does it all work? There are a few straightforward things to consider when planning your skydiving day, and a small selection of things to bring with you to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience with us here at Skydive Long Island.
Best Outdoor Summer Adventure in New York: Skydiving
June 20th marked the first official day of the best season ever: summer! Although the pandemic put our plans of summer fun on a temporary hiatus last year, there's nothing stopping us now!
For many, this is the season of exploration, and if you don't want to waste one precious moment, it is time to start lining up some seriously fun things to do this summer. If you're sitting at home searching for outdoor adventures near me, we've got you covered with the best outdoor adventure New York has to offer: skydiving!
How Does It Feel To Skydive?
Skydiving is an amazing, potentially life-changing experience that rightfully deserves a place high up on everyone's bucket list. When squaring up to the idea of jumping out of an aeroplane for the first time you will likely have many questions rolling around inside your head - one of the most important surely being... How does it feel to go skydiving? It feels amazing, and there is nothing with which to truly compare it - but here is a little more detail to get you excited...
Can I Skydive with my own GoPro?
If there's no video, it didn't happen. It is for this exact reason that you were planning on skydiving with a GoPro to catch all the footage and feels during the fun of freefall. After all, that teeny weeny action camera seems like the perfect adventure accoutrements: what's more action-packed than a skydive?
How Long Does A Skydive Last?
If the length of a skydive is on your mind, what you might actually be asking is: How long does the freefall part of skydiving last? This is an important thing to know, and it depends on how high you jump from. Here at Skydive Long Island we jump from 13,500ft (the highest altitude generally used for skydiving) which means you freefall for about one minute. Jumping out of an aeroplane is a sensory bonanza, and while it might seem brief when you say it - one minute is long enough to really soak up what it feels like to skydive at terminal velocity. There is more to it than just this part though, and it all adds up to an amazing experience. Let's investigate a little bit...
How to Rock Your First Time Tandem Skydiving Experience
Grab the styling spray, tease your hair, slip on those shredded skinny jeans, and don that uber-metal leather jacket: we are going to teach you how to rock your first tandem skydiving experience! (Rock star ensemble not actually required)
Best Time of Day to Skydive
Tandem skydiving or becoming qualified as a skydiver yourself is a highly rewarding and quite accessible thing to do. Over the years we have become very good at introducing people to the world of freefall, and want as many people as possible to experience it at least once. When aiming for your first skydive, it is likely you have many questions rolling around in your head about the best way to achieve it. A pretty common thing people wish to know before booking in is if there is a best time of the day to skydive? Let's have a look...
2021 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, PRECAUTIONS & PROTOCOL
Like many businesses, Skydive Long Island has strategies and procedures in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. Skydive Long Island will strive to follow federal, state, and local guidance on how to conduct our business with respect to limiting the spread of Covid-19. We value the health and safety of every student and team member. Please read our updated 2021 Covid-19 Operating Procedures.
Is Skydiving Bad For Your Back?
Skydiving is the original extreme sport, and such pursuits are hard on your body, right? Extreme sports are loosely defined as including an element of risk, and while leaping out of airplanes does indeed have some risk involved - it is way, way more managed and precise than it is often presented. Skydiving is an intense, thrilling experience but it is also a sport, a lifestyle, and a full-time occupation - in which training, experience, and technology are all applied thoroughly to make it comfortable and repeatable. Without prior knowledge, it is quite easy to think that jumping out of an airplane, deploying a parachute and landing on the ground is tough on your back - but with just a small amount of the right training and information it is an active but entirely non-violent good time. Here is a bit of detail...
How Long Does it Take to Skydive?
Though we've been told time and time again that patience is a virtue, playing the waiting game is easier said than done! It's not necessarily anyone's fault: we live in a society that favors instant gratification, and in many respects (think instant messaging, on-demand viewing, and lightning-fast internet connections) our world has been fashioned around an infatuation with the expeditious.
Do You Have To Be Physically Fit To Skydive
Skydiving is very definitely a sport. Before learning about what is involved, it can be tricky to imagine exactly how this is so - but skydiving has its own global competition circuit, and there are world records and championships people chase with dedication and seriousness. Jumping out of planes is also a leisure activity and an experience that has been carefully developed to allow as many people to access it as possible. With just a small amount of training you can be ready to go for your first tandem skydive and experience the unique thrill of freefall. If it is indeed a sport, do you need to be fit? Let's see...
The Perfect Skydiving Road Trip From New Jersey
Are you looking for the perfect day trip from New Jersey that will quite literally change your point of view? What could be better than traveling a few hours for the adventure of a lifetime? Skydive Long Island is about three hours from New Jersey and worth a day trip for the scenery and unique experience of tandem skydiving from two miles high in the sky. Imagine leaving home in the morning and coming back with a video to share of your first leap from an airplane!
Why Do People Skydive
The aspiration to capitalize on the life we've got-to take moments great and small and imbue them with meaning-resonates generationally. This pressing purpose is why you're just as likely to see a fresh-faced 18 year old outfitted in the heavy-duty hardware of a skydiving harness as you are to see the visage of a venerable elder peeking behind the clear-plastic of skydiving goggles. There is no specific answer for why people skydive. Although, there is a common theme amongst those who choose to make the leap: a desire to live life to the fullest.
Skydiving Medical Conditions Explained
Heart pumping. Fingernail biting. White knuckling. Just thinking about skydiving elevates our senses and we know it will for you, too. However, an elevated heart rate means different things to different people. If you are managing health conditions, but skydiving is on your bucket list, then this article is for YOU! Here we discuss the possibilities of skydiving with medical conditions.
Is It Hard To Breathe While Skydiving?
Wondering about whether it is hard to breathe while skydiving is a perfectly normal thing to do. People are generally a bit anxious about flinging themselves out of an airplane in the first place, and when you add being really high up and falling really fast to the mental porridge it makes worrying about how to breathe while skydiving very common. Good news! You can breathe normally while skydiving, so you can stop worrying about it. It is worth breaking it down a bit though, so let's investigate...
Skydiving: The Escape We All Need
One of the negative byproducts of living through a global pandemic is not having much to look forward to. In stressful times, our burdens can be eased knowing that a great vacation is just around the corner. The pandemic has muted all of that and it has left many of us searching for something to fill the void created by the numb repetition of quarantining, Zoom calls, elbow bumps, and facemasks.
Should You Tip Your Skydiving Instructor?
Ah, yes. Tipping. Let's talk about this somewhat awkward topic and its expectations. To tip or not to tip - what is appropriate? In this article we're going to dig into the details about tipping your skydiving instructor, under what conditions this is appropriate and what the expectation is.
Why Skydivers Love Skydiving at Night
The wonders of skydiving are never ending. Perhaps that's why the sport attracts so many different people who create and enjoy such unique experiences such as skydiving at night. There are many things skydivers love about this sport, so let's explore why skydivers love skydiving at night!
Is Skydiving Safer Than Driving?
Is skydiving safer than driving? The answer is surprising: statistically speaking, yes, skydiving is safer than driving. As you get behind the wheel for your daily commute, you may not even bat an eye, but did you know it's far more "dangerous" than jumping out of a "perfectly good airplane." It's true. Because of the routine created by our daily commute, the trips we take to the grocery store, or drives to and fro for coffees, lunch dates, and evening meetups, the risk of driving is buried in tedium. Nevermind, the majority of time spent on the road is time spent dangerously distracted. Now, if you mention skydiving, nine out of ten will see making the leap as considerably more threatening than an easy Sunday drive.
Top Tandem Skydive Landing Tips
Tandem skydiving has now been a thing for a long time. Many decades of practice and technological advancement has refined and streamlined the process of jumping out of an aeroplane for the first time into a fine art. With just a small amount of information and practice on the ground, practically anyone can do it.
Tips to Overcome Skydiving for the First Time Anxiety
Nervous about skydiving for the first time? No sweat. Here at Skydive Long Island, we are familiar with all kinds of first jump jitters, and skydiving anxiety is something we encounter pretty much every day we are in operation. We won't tell you to just relax because what you are feeling is completely natural. Skydiving for the first time anxiety is a good thing! It means you're a living, breathing, rational human being.
Does Your Stomach Drop When You Skydive?
Jumping from an airplane has its obvious risks and you would think we would receive queries about parachute malfunctions and their likelihood of occuring or our safety record, but that's not the case. The most common question we receive is "Does your stomach drop when you skydive?"
What to Write on Your Hands When Skydiving
If you're searching for "what to write on your hands when skydiving" then it's likely you've booked your jump, locked down a media package and are now thinking about the finer details like adding messaging to your hands.
How Safe is Tandem Skydiving?
As a skydiving center you may think we'll tow the line and share that it's perfectly safe, but we won't do that. (We like to keep it real, here!). We're going to hone in on some important questions related to the safety of tandem skydiving.
What to Eat Before Skydiving
If your first jump is coming up and you're making plans for that day and wondering how to prepare yourself, you've come to the right place! When preparing for a skydive, it is important to make sure that your body is ready for the experience and like with any other sport, it's important to eat and fuel your body.
Why Skydiving Videos Can Enhance First Skydiving Experience
What is more epic than a skydiving video? A skydiving video starring you! If you're still on the fence about purchasing a tandem skydiving video, allow us to share why skydiving videos can enhance your first skydiving experience.
SKYDIVE LONG ISLAND SUPPORTS GAY RIGHTS AND THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
"We hire our staff based on qualifications related to skydiving and hospitality. We do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religious affiliation. Personally, I have family members who are gay and it has always been my position to be supportive of gay rights and the LGBTQ community. We are all the same and we do not tolerate discrimination."
-Owner, Brian Erler
In accordance with Governor Cuomo's executive order, Skydive Long Island is currently closed with plans to resume operations June 24th, 2020. We are currently taking tandem skydiving reservations online for the summer. We will work with our guests to reschedule reservations as needed due to any delay in opening.
What is a Tandem Skydive & Why Should You Try It
Parachuting started off as a military thing - but pretty quickly after realizing that jumping from the plane was easily the most fun part of their day, an assortment of soldiers and some handy friends set about how to turn skydiving into the best pastime ever. Once they got it figured out and 'sport jumping' became a thing, attention was then turned toward how to share such an amazing and life-changing experience with as many people as possible.
How to Prepare Your First Tandem Skydive
Welcome fellow adventurer! If you're thinking about striking tandem skydiving from your bucket list, you've come to the right place! Not only can we accommodate you for the world's greatest adventure, this article will set you up for success so you're prepared for your skydive!
When Does Skydiving Season Open?
If you've been cooped up indoors during the coronavirus quarantine, it's likely you've been daydreaming about all the things you'd like to do once the quarantine is over - we're no different! We've built our lives around skydiving and this has been a challenging period for us all. We're ready to get back in the sky! So, what have we been doing in the meantime? Writing about skydiving! We've been using this time to write about everything we know about jumping from airplanes just for you (and ourselves to beat some quarantine boredom). This week, we're talking about skydiving season - when it starts, when it ends and the best time of year to jump.
TOP 3 REASONS WHY SKYDIVING IS SO GREAT
We know, life is really different right now for so many people. The pandemic has quickly shifted our society while the rest of us adapt to the new changes, and the future of uncertainty. Here at Skydive Long Island, we're looking at the silver lining - not just because our head is in the clouds - but because we know that skydiving offers so much more than just a thrill. Skydiving is a lifestyle for so many because of the camaraderie, inclusiveness, and experiences it gives us. Here, we'd like to share our Top 3 Reasons Why Skydiving is So Great!
New Jersey Skydiving - Everything You Need To Know
If you live in New Jersey and are Googling for a skydiving adventure, chances are you're not 100% sure of where to jump as you've got a few options. Where here to share everything you need to know about skydiving in NJ.
How Much Does Tandem Skydiving Cost?
When thinking about skydiving, people tend to have a lot of questions and one of the most common ones is around the cost to go skydiving. At Skydive Long Island, we strive to provide each of our guests with a first-class tandem skydiving experience. We value your business and don't want the cost to stand in the way of you experiencing the best skydiving Long Island has to offer, which is why we provide the area's most competitive tandem skydiving prices.
How To Prevent a Poor Skydiving Experience
Your skydiving experience is meant to be a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. There is nothing that puts us out of sorts quite like hearing that someone has had anything less than an incredible skydiving experience. Our mission at Skydive Long Island is to provide you with one of the most exciting escapades of your life. We want you to leave delighted, not disappointed.
The Experience of a Lifetime
Perhaps, on this day, it happens as sunlight peeks through the blinds of your bedroom window or the tone of your alarm nudges you awake. Either way, as your eyelids open, though still a little groggy and heavy with sleep, the realization is almost instantaneous-today is the day.
The reservation was made well in advance, but until now, it almost didn't seem real. You are going skydiving.
As you get up and mill about, brewing a cup of coffee and grabbing a light bite to eat before heading out the door, it feels like your morning is most surreal. You know you're here and this is real, but you can't believe the adventure you're about to embark on.
Why Group Skydiving with Friends in NY is a MUST!
There is no question that skydiving is always a good time, but like so many things in life, it is even more epic when shared with friends! Whether you're taking your office sky-high for team bonding or planning a 30th birthday group jump - group skydiving is a must.
The Difference Between Paragliding and Skydiving
Dangling underneath some carefully sewn together fabric and flying about in the sky is an amazing thing that we get to do. In a relatively short span of years human beings have gone from staring up at birds and wondering by what magic they can do that, to deciphering the science of flight to the point we have portable magical backpacks that allow us to get up there and play along.
Skydiving and BASE Jumping - What’s the Difference?
Without having already learned the differences, it is easy to forgive someone for thinking that jumping out of an aircraft or off the top of a big cliff or tall building is the same thing. It looks the same, right? Put on a backpack containing a parachute, jump, open parachute and then land. While BASE jumping and skydiving are indeed related in certain ways, there are some crucial differences that separate the two to the point where they are defined and considered as different sports.
From Check-In To Landing: What To Expect on The Day of Your Skydive
If it is your first skydive with Skydive Long Island, you might be wondering what the experience will be like. With the following play by play of your day, we hope to put your mind at ease and your questions to rest. Here's what to expect from check-in to landing (and even after).
Is Skydiving For Everyone?
We'll give you a quick-and-dirty answer: No! Skydiving isn't great for everyone. We love skydiving with everything we've got, but we're totally okay with the fact that -- even side from the minimum age and weight restrictions -- jumping out of a plane isn't right for absolutely everyone. That said: We do want to be clear that skydiving is a great fit for more people than most folks think it is. Slightly contradictory? Sure. Let's dive in.
New Tech Leads to a Better Skydiving Experience
At the end of 2018, the Long Island Skydiving management team got together to review the year with one thought in mind: How do we get better? While 2018 was successful, it wasn't as smooth as we had hoped. There were friction points within the customer experience that was making the operation less efficient and as a result, was making our guests less happy.
Winter Skydiving: Here’s What To Wear
Cold outside? Yeah, we know. If that leads you to the question of whether or not you can you go skydiving in winter, you're definitely one of us! The answer is yes, you can -- you just have to be a little more prepared than you would if you were jumping in the sultry summertime. If you know what to wear to go skydiving in colder conditions, not only can you skydive in winter, you can love wintertime skydiving! As long as the weather conditions are safe, skydiving is an all-season sport.
Skydiving vs. Indoor Skydiving in New York
We'd better start with an admission: The "vs." up there isn't a thing we really feel. In fact, all of us at Skydive Long Island would very happily replace it with an all-caps AND. Skydiving and indoor skydiving are close cousins, sure, but they are very different experiences.
Can You Wear Glasses or Contacts Skydiving? (And Other Important Skydiving Information)
You're going skydiving for the first time! You have questions! Honestly, if you didn't have any skydiving-related questions on the way to stepping into a plane for the first time, we'd be pretty worried about you. After all, a skydiving aircraft isn't something you should walk into (or out of) with your intellectual eyes closed. Right? Great! Let's set 'em up and knock 'em down.
Skydiving: Best Gift Idea for Thrill Seekers
We're about to blow your flippin' mind. Ready? Here goes: Tandem skydiving isn't just the most inspiring adventure you can have. It's also the most inspiring gift you can give! A tandem skydiving gift certificate is one of the best of all the gift ideas for thrill seekers (and beyond!). Not only is it one of the ultimate among adrenaline junkie gift ideas, it'll make sure cause your lucky recipient thinks of you affectiontely every time they see the big, blue sky. Winner!
Why Skydiving near New York is So Amazing!
When visiting New York City (especially for the first time), there's no shortage of things to do between visiting Central Park, going to Times Square, Broadway and anything and everything you could possibly desire. But what if we told you there's something else to consider... SKYDIVING!
Skydiving Freefall: What To Expect
Flying is one of the most thrilling and exhilarating experiences imaginable. More than one million people worldwide make a tandem skydive a year. The holy grail every skydiver seeks is the unparalleled high offered up during skydiving freefall. Here's what you can expect.
5 Things You Thought You Knew About Skydiving, But Are Wrong
Hollywood is certainly to blame for lots of the myths about skydiving that still make the rounds. (The round parachutes, that is! Ha! Get it? Get it?! Not funny? Okay.) After all, movies still haven't figured out how long freefall takes -- and they get the lingo all wrong (example: we never, ever, ever refer to our "chute") -- and, to add insult to injury, the movies all insist on referring to us, implicitly or explicitly, as "adrenaline junkies." Lawdy.
Best Time of Year to Go Tandem Skydiving in New York
We believe that anytime is the best time to skydive in New York, but we're willing to admit that the skydiving weather definitely drives most folks' experience. The weather conditions for skydiving from season to season vary as much as can be up here in our fair state, and so skydiving in the NYC area can be just about anything you want it to be. Hooray for a skydiving season that doesn't quit!
Top 10 Adventures in Long Island NY
The Long Island Rail Road which began services in the early 1800's began to reshape New York's landscape making island commutes accessible. Today, there are an incredible amount of attractions. However, here we explore the top 10 Adventures in Long Island!
Closest Skydiving to NYC
If you thought that skydiving in New Jersey was your most convenient bet, we have some news: it ain't. We're the closest skydiving dropzone to New York!
Top 4 Benefits of Skydiving
In uncertain times, people are looking for positive experiences to boost their happiness index. We'd like to focus your attention on all the benefits of skydiving you probably didn't even know existed.
Who Packed Your Parachute Today?
Considering a tandem skydive? Wondering who packed your parachute at the dropzone? Learn all about parachute rigging and what it takes to become certified.
Can I Get Altitude Sickness From Skydiving?
Many a newbie skydiver has asked him/herself: Can I get altitude sickness from skydiving? It stands to reason that yes, it's indeed a possibility. But we have all the tips and tricks that can help you prevent that from happening. Read on.
What is a Halo Jump?
What is a HALO jump? In short - it is a high altitude skydiving jump, typically used by the military. These days though, civilians can get in on the fun as well. How, you ask? Here's all you need to know.
Skydiving Does Not Discriminate
Looking for a crowd that doesn't discriminate and revels in an atmosphere of pure acceptance? Consider your local dropzone.
Best Shoes For Skydiving
Are you getting ready to make a skydive and wondering what you should sport from head to toe? While there are no specific "best shoes for skydiving", here's what you need to know.
What To Wear for the First Time Skydiving
We know the conundrum: What to wear for your first time skydiving? It's going to be warm on the ground, chilly at altitude - and you wanna ace that skydiving video. Not to worry - we have your guide to foolproof skydiving fashion that will keep you comfy and looking like a rock star.
Terminal Velocity in Skydiving
Wondering what terminal velocity in skydiving is and how it's calculated? Welcome to our physics lab wherein we present you with an easy-to-understand explanation.
That Jumping Out of an Airplane Feeling
That jumping out of an airplane feeling is a hard one to describe and an even harder one to forget. For some its all adrenaline, for others it's transcendent. To deconstruct it, let's take a look at the sensory experiences and the science behind them.
What is the Skydiving Experience Like?
You've read all the articles about what skydiving feels like; what you should wear; what you should eat; why you should sign up for this crazy adventure in the first place. But what is the experience of a first-time skydive really like? Wonder no more.
What's even cooler than an amazing dog? An amazing skydiving dog! Inspired by a few fun videos we've run across recently, we wanted to share some facts and giggles about four-legged flying.
Skydiving Anxiety and How You Can Prepare
The wild blue yonder is waiting. What's holding you back? If it's a little bit of skydiving anxiety, you aren't alone. Read our tips to say sayonara to your anxiety, and hello to the adventure of a lifetime.
The Physics of Skydiving
Welcome to our Physics of Skydiving lab! Though you may have snoozed through it in school, we guarantee the physics you'll learn here are not only super fun, but will actually make your first tandem skydive a much more satisfying experience.
What To Know About Skydiving With A Cold
Let's talk about ears and skydiving with a cold! Anyone who's flown in a commercial aircraft knows that the changing air pressure can play at least a little havoc on your ears. But what about skydiving? Here are our best how-to rules for a safe, comfortable and painless skydive for your hearing-holes.
Is Skydiving a Sport?
Is skydiving a sport? Simply put, the definition of a sport is a "physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs, often engaged in competitively." But the reason skydiving has such staying power is because it is, definitionally, a sport in every way you can define the word. Learn about the various disciplines that define sport skydiving.
What Every College Student Should Know About Skydiving
As a college student, you've already got a lot on your plate. We'd like to suggest you take up skydiving too. Wait - what?! Read on to learn about the many ways skydiving can actually benefit you, your studies, and most importantly - your future.
What Is Skydiving?
So - what is skydiving? If you want to vault over into the ranks of the savvy, read on and we'll give you insight into what the differences between skydiving, BASE jumping, hang gliding, para gliding and all the other fun gravity sports are.
Foolproof Tips to Look Good In a Skydiving Video
You just signed up to jump out of a plane, cruising through the wild blue yonder... and you have nothing to wear! Eek! The pressure is ON. You need fool-proof tips to look good in that skydiving video. Luckily, this is absolutely possible - and we're here to help.
Skydiving Birthdays - and Other Events to Celebrate with a Skydive
Some people throw parties. Others kick it up a notch and go the extra mile to mark the special occasion by making it truly memorable - like with a skydiving birthday party. Because nothing clocks in on the "memorable" scale quite like commemorating with a skydive! Here are the top five party times that lend themselves to jumping out of a plane.
Why Do Skydivers Wear Helmets?
Ever wondered why skydivers wear helmets? Or what the different types of helmets are for skydiving? Which one should you chose? Read on and learn all about the wonderful world of skydiving helmets.
How To Convince Your Mom Skydiving is Safe
So you want to jump out of a plane. Read on about what it's going to take to convince your mom that skydiving is safe, what the skydiving age limit is, and how to find a safe dropzone.
Skydiving for Kids
Is skydiving for kids? Maybe skydiving was your first love. But then you had kids, and as they grow older, you start asking yourself: Can I involve them? How? Read our tips for how to have the most family skydiving fun!
Skydiving Exits: Backflips and so much more
This is it. You're doing it. Nothing can stop you now. You're going SKYDIVING. And there's only one thing you want to know: Can I do any fun skydiving exits out of the plane? Maybe a backflip or a spin out the door?
Why Starting Out Tandem Skydiving Is A Good Idea
Strictly speaking, your first jump out of a plane does not have to be a tandem skydiving experience. That said: It's a pretty darn good idea. Here's why.
Why Skydiving Is Not a Crazy Thing To Do
When you tell someone you're going off to make a skydive, there's a high probability that they're going to respond by telling you you're crazy. And they are totally and completely wrong.
Best experience gifts for couples
If you're planning an amazing gift for the apple of your eye, may we humbly suggest a skydiving gift certificate? It's the best couples gift you'll ever give for all sorts of reasons. Let us bend your ear to convince you!
Skydiving Facts That May Surprise You
We love a good surprise. Don't you? If you're just as fond of a toe-curling "aha" moment, we have just the stuff you'll love: fun skydiving facts that will dazzle your friends at dinner parties. Without further ado, let's (sky) dive right in!
Why Can't I Jump My GoPro?
In order to get the glorious footage of your tandem jump, you're going to have to leave the cinematography in the capable hands of one of our professional aerial videographers. Before you start stamping your feet, lean in and listen to why.
Five Questions Every First Time Jumper Should Be Asking
Your first jump is so exciting. But before we get down to it (get 'down', get it?), here are five questions every first-time jumper should ask.
Do People Pass Out, Pee Their Pants, Scream or Puke Skydiving?
You should totally have the full information about what you're getting into, from the standpoint of dignity as well as safety! Since we get these questions more often than you'd think, we've decided to break it all down for you here.
Tandem Skydiving: How to Mentally & Physically Prepare for Your First Jump
When you understand that a tandem skydive is an opportunity to put your best foot forward in a totally unfamiliar situation, it can be seen as a chance to get better at life in general.
The 3 Phases of Skydiving: Freefall, Parachute Opening & Landing
When you sign up to jump with us at Skydive Long Island, you'll be taken for quite a ride. Every skydive has three distinct phases: freefall, parachute opening and landing.
5 Reasons Why You Should Jump Out of Perfectly Good Airplanes
If we had a nickle for every time someone asked, "why would you jump from a perfectly good airplane," we'd own at least 50 Gatsby-sized mansions on Long Island.
Parachuting vs. Skydiving: What's the Difference?
Parachuting? Skydiving? They're nearly interchangeable terms. However, there are subtle definitional differences. Find out more.
Understanding the Skydive Refund Policy
Will I get a refund if the weather is bad? We get this question all the time. Get the answer here!
Couples Skydiving: Gifts, Proposals & Weddings
We think that shared sky is the glue that binds the strongest relationships on the planet, and we couldn't be more delighted by the time we spend in the sky with our loved ones. Today, we're going to celebrate love and freefall by answering your most breathless questions about couples skydiving. After all: All you need is love! (And a plane, and parachutes .)
What’s the Skydiving Age Limit
Across the world there are a variety of age restrictions for skydiving, but for Skydive Long Island and the rest of the U.S., the minimum age to skydive is 18.
Skydiving Goggles: What You Should Know
Skydiving goggles are an important part of your skydiving kit. Find out all you need to know, here.
Why Skydiving is Addicting
Skydiving can be totally addictive! Jumping out of an airplane is unlike anything you've done before. Find out more.
Can You Skydive Pregnant?
The simple answer is this: Yes, you can skydive pregnant if you are a licensed jumper and you choose to take the risks. No, you cannot skydive pregnant if you are a first time jumper, because of the considerable liabilities. Read on to learn more!
Tandem Skydiving? What To Expect
It's time to take the leap; it's time for your first skydive! But what can you expect as a tandem skydiver Here, we'll explain what you can expect when tandem skydiving with us.?
What You Don’t Know About Your Skydiving Instructor
When you meet your skydiving tandem instructor for the first time, chances are good that you've never met a professional skydiver before. Since you're going to be spending the next half hour under the close, direct oversight of this new best friend, you'd probably like to have some idea of the person you're shaking hands with.
How to Get Over a Fear of Skydiving
Do you have a fear of skydiving? It's not uncommon; in fact, most people who jump experience some form of fear. Learn how to overcome it here.
Skydiving: What You Don’t Expect
Have you ever thought of trying skydiving for yourself? It's an incredible experience unlike any other... learn more about what you don't expect here.
Skydiving Safety Facts | How to Stay Safe When Skydiving
Anyone taking part in skydiving knows there are associated risks - as there are with any sport. Find out how to stay safe when skydiving here.
How Fast Do You Fall When Skydiving Tandem?
We want to help you understand what's really going on with the speed during a tandem skydive. Mind you: it's probably not as you imagine. It's better.
Bucket List Skydiving Top 5
There are five kinds of jumps that are pretty much universally hailed as the best skydives you can do. Whether you're a brand-new jumper or a seasoned pro, you've gotta collect 'em all!
5 Cool Pieces of Skydiving Gear You Didn’t Know About
Skydiving has evolved a lot over the years. Today, we have loads of cool gear which help to keep us safer and to achieve more in our jumps. Here, we look at 5 cool pieces of skydiving gear you didn't know about...
Skydiving Deals - Why You Shouldn’t Just Book the Cheapest
At Skydive Long Island, many of our tandem skydiving customers find us via searches such as 'skydiving NYC or 'skydiving near me'. But once you start browsing, another search may appeal - 'skydiving best price'. This is an easy trap to fall into.
The Best Experience Gifts In NYC
Holiday shopping is filled with angst when trying to purchase that 'perfect gift.' The truth is we all have lots of stuff; what we really want are experiences!
What Skydiving Feels Like
Everything you think you know about what skydiving feels like is probably wrong. Skydiving Does Not Feel like a Roller Coaster. At All. Ever.?
When Will a Skydive Be Canceled?
It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the sky than in the sky wishing you were on the ground. In our books, there is no bigger bummer than the cancellation of a skydive when the weather conditions for skydiving aren't agreeable
3 Reasons Skydiving Will Change Your Life
Once you've jumped out the door of a plane, you'll never be the same person again. Here's our top 3 reasons why skydiving is a life-changing experience.
How Do Skydiving Parachutes Work?
Get the inside scoop on tandem skydiving safety and learn how parachutes work to deliver the safest, most-fun skydiving experience you can have.
Are Skydiving Videos Worth The Money?
You wouldn't get married without a photographer. So why skydive without a video package? Find out more here.
Skydiving Near Me
There are some tricksters out there that make a ton of money from the fact that non-skydivers have a hard time differentiating between real dropzones and price-hiked fakers. Here's how they do it, and how to protect yourself.
Skydive South Shore Becomes Skydive Long Island
Skydive South Shore will be changing our name to Skydive Long Island starting in the 2017 season. We recognize that Skydive Long Island has been the premier skydiving location for Long Island jumpers since 1986. The name of Skydive Long Island will continue to be protected and treated with pride and we'll offer the same high-quality service we always have.
Why Skydiving Is Awesome
Here's why you might love your first-time skydiving experience so much you'll literally drop everything else and run off to join our circus. Seriously.
Does Skydiving Feel Like a Roller Coaster?
We often get asked, 'does your stomach drop when you skydive'? Here we discuss what skydiving feels like and how it differs from riding a roller coaster.
Skydiving: It’s Natural To Feel Scared
If you're not feeling a little scared before you jump out of a high-flying plane, something is very wrong. It's natural to be a little--even a lot--freaked-out!
Why Does Skydiving Cost So Much?
There's no two ways about it... skydiving is expensive. We know you'll walk away saying it was worth it, but let's answer the ultimate question... "Why does skydiving cost so much?" The answer may leave you hesitating to open a skydiving center anytime soon!
Why is There a Weight Limit in Tandem Skydiving?
Weight limits in skydiving?! C'mon now. Isn't this all about freedom and flying through the air with the greatest of ease? Check out these three must-knows, and you'll understand why that is.
How Dangerous is Tandem Skydiving?
Anticipating your upcoming tandem skydive? It's natural to wonder about the potential risks involved. While we recognize that skydiving isn't a perfectly safe sport, we think you'll be encouraged to learn why skydiving is the safest it's ever been.
Is Skydiving Worth It?
Although skydiving is statistically safer than driving a car, we all understand that there are potential risks involved. Here we deal with the question ... is skydiving worth it?
Is Skydiving a Responsible Thing For Me To Do?
If you've been invited to join a friend to make a tandem skydive, there's a good chance you may pause and wonder if this is a responsible thing for you to do.
Skydiving Long Island: Why Choose Us!
Skydiving Long Island is a great idea - Skydive Long Island is the BEST IDEA!
Tips To Improve Your Skydiving Experience
Thinking of making a skydive? We offer some valuable tips to help our guests get the most enjoyment from their skydiving experience!
What To Look For When Selecting a DZ
There are lots of drop zones in the United States who offer skydiving, but no two drop zones are the same! There isn't a manual out there telling you what to look for.... so we're here to share some insider knowledge!
The Top 10 Skydiving World Records
Setting a skydiving world record always brings a major challenge. We list the top 10 World Record Skydives in the history of the sport.
Is Skydiving Risky?
Why would anyone want to jump from a perfectly good airplane? If a skydiver was given a dollar for every time they heard that... they'd be rich. It's hard for people to get their heads around this concept. Most skydivers find it difficult to explain the 'why' for this so called madness, but here's the answer... FREEDOM.
The Rewards of Skydiving
Life is full of risk. Is skydiving a necessary risk? It depends who you ask, but millions of people around the world will tell you it is.
Top 10 Reasons To Skydive
Why would you skydive out of a perfectly good plane? Good question! To answer this age old question... we provide you with the top ten reasons....
The World's Most Beautiful Skydiving Destinations
This week we ask the question: if you could skydive anywhere in the world, where would it be? With opportunities to make a jump in just about every corner of the globe, the options are overwhelming. However, there are a few places whose beauty is best appreciated from 13,000 feet. Check out our list of The World's Most Beautiful Skydiving Destinations.
Top 5 Things To Do on Long Island
Looking for some awesome things to do on Long Island? Here's a short list of adventure things to do as judged by our staff!
The Best Skydiving Videos of 2014
We've scoured the interwebs (it was raining on Saturday) and watched countless skydiving videos from all over the world! We've created our list of the best skydiving videos of 2014.... enjoy!
Understanding Skydiving Terms
There are a lot of terms in the skydiving lexicon that are used so frequently that we often forget that those on the outside of the sport don't know what they mean. We clear up any potential confusion:
Instructor Profile: Erika Dufort
If you've jumped at Skydive Long Island in the last couple of years, there's a good chance that you've either chatted with or jumped with Erika Dufort. Erika is the woman who makes everything possible and runs the show at Skydive Long Island. As a tandem skydiving instructor and the person who handles the day to day operations, Erika is the glue that holds the place together.
Tips for Skydiving in Cold Weather
Skydivers love to jump, but preparing to jump during the winter months is much different than jumping during the summer months. Some tips to help you jump safely in cold weather.
Falling vs Flying
Once you've earned your A-license the skydiving world is your oyster! Prepare to start learning tons, no matter what discipline you enter! Here we discuss your first major step of upping your skill to go from falling to FLYING !
Let's Talk About Tracking
Tracking away from a formation is a valuable and necessary skill to keep both yourself and those you're jumping with, safe. Learn the intricacies of tracking!
Arrive Alive - 10 Tips To Keep You Alive
There is so much to learn in this amazing sport of ours! Even if you have 5,000 or 10,000 jumps, there's always something new. We chatted with several highly experienced jumpers and asked them to share some of their wisdom.... the points in this article are invaluable!
Balancing Skydiving and Life
How do you balance your passion and everyday life? When you get hooked to something as amazing as skydiving, it can be all encompassing.
Let’s Talk about Patterns
Flying a correct landing pattern is necessary to ensure you and those around you are safe! Some tips and thoughts about flying a good landing pattern!
Having Fun as a Couple: Skydiving Together
Looking to get more out of your two-way skydives? We offer some tips and drills to help you go beyond the typical zoo dive!
Skydiving with an Action Camera
If skydiving, you'll want to capture every angle of your skydive... and you should. Some insider thoughts about jumping with an action cam and the dangers it can pose.
What is Jump Run?
Thoughts on jump run, exit order and staying safe! Some jump run fundamentals every skydivers should know!
Buying Your First Rig: What To Know
You've just finished your AFF course and see the cost of renting a rig requires another hit to the credit card. Should you buy new gear? Not just yet.
Learning To FreeFly
Think you're ready for free flying? Here are a few things to think about before going all out!
Skydiving Fun Facts
Skydiving isn't in the world's spotlight as much as other extreme sports, but the records are mind-blowing. Click to learn more about the amazing facts about skydiving!
The History of Skydiving
Though the sport of skydiving is young, the history of how it began goes as far back as 1100!
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