Jumping out of planes, stress free
Boston Skydive Center is the closest skydiving center to Boston and Providence. Although it’s named after the Massachusetts city, Boston Skydive Center is located in Rhode Island.
The center is an hour drive from Boston and 20 minutes from Providence.
This location only does tandem jumps, which is great for first-timers. A tandem jump is when an experienced skydiver is connected with a harness to the student jumper. The guide leads the beginner through the entire experience from jumping out, freefalling, coasting in the parachute, and landing. This allows for minimal instruction and less stress for the new skydiver.
It took less than 20 minutes to get trained and my harness on before hopping in a small airplane that brought four of us 14,000 feet high.
The most frightening part was swinging my feet out of the airplane and onto the small step. The powerful winds were tugging at my legs, sweeping them off the step. Once I was in the air, I stopped thinking and enjoyed what seemed like a ten second free fall.
Coasting in the parachute was just as fun as the free fall, if not more. I had time to catch my breath and take in the view.
It’s natural and instinctual to fear jumping out of a plane with a stranger attached to your back… but don’t let it stop you from checking off skydiving from your bucket list.
I’m delighted that I can longer say “never have I ever gone skydiving.”