#211: Skydive Over the Ocean

Steering the parachute

Steering the parachute

LOCATION: Ocean City Skydiving. Ocean City, Maryland.

            It seems like all the places to skydive are over vast amounts of land or desert. What about water? I decided to look into it and came upon Ocean City Maryland skydiving. It was the only place in the U.S. to skydive over the ocean. You would jump out over the ocean and land past the beach. I was sold. I kept it in the back of my mind for about a year, and one weekend just spontaneously decided to go up and skydive. Luckily, my friend was willing to go as well.

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The plane was much smaller than when I first went skydiving in Vegas. You can read about that experience and see video of it HERE. The Vegas plane fit about 12 people and a pilot. This plane fit only 4 people and a pilot. Not only did it fit 4 people, but we were scrunched up in the plane. This definitely heightened my nerves a bit even though I totally knew what to expect. We were so scrunched up in the plane, that my tandem guide was unable to hook himself onto me until the hatch opened. There I was, feet dangling from the outside of the plane, with no parachute on. While I sat on the outside of the plane, my guide hooked himself to me. Needless to say, this scared the crap out of me. I trusted him though and away we jumped. The freefall portion felt exactly like it did before, lots of wind rushing to my face and that’s about it. The canopy portion was so much better though. Since it wasn’t my first time, I could fully absorb my surroundings. Nothing but blue ocean behind me and land before me. We were able to see the wild horses running along Assateague island and cars buzzing around the streets of the beach town. It was amazing views. My guide even let me steer the canopy for awhile. It was tough to get the parachute to move. You really had to pull down hard. Before I knew it, my ride was over and I was back on the ground. I can’t believe how beautiful the scenery was though. I would pick this over any land dive any day.

*Thank you Kelly for accompanying me on this adventure.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Skydiving is fun! Everyone should try it once. The views from this place were amazing.

HOW TO DO THIS: I went through Ocean City Skydiving. It is the only place that skydives over the ocean. $249 for a tandem dive and $79 for a photo/video package. http://www.skydiveoc.com/

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