TAMPA, Fl. - It’s high season at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida. But until you see it, it’s hard to comprehend just what that means.
This time of year, scores of people load into planes on the hour, and catapult themselves toward Earth.
”Once you become a skydiver, you don’t want to do it just one time, you want to do it as many times as you can," said owner Joannie Murphy.
Skydive City is one of the largest drop zones in the world, with more than 75,000 jumps a year. People come for the reasonable rates, the warm weather, and also for the opportunity to enjoy the sport with plenty of friends.
This time of year, Skydive City really does feel like a city. There are up to sixty plane loads a day, each carrying up to twenty skydivers, who dot the skies in bright colors as their parachutes open above.
“There really is an instant comraderie. You’re really instant fast friends, because of what you’re doing together,” said Murphy.
Beginners generally take their first jump tandem style, linked to a professional. After that, they’ll train for an entire day to do their first solo jump, with the help of a coach. Skydive City offers a variety of training courses to move the skydiver through a variety of advanced jumps beyond that.
But those who haven’t the stomach to catapult from a plane 13,000 feet from the earth do wonder, what does it feel like?
“When you leave the plane, its not like going down in an elevator, you know, that feeling you have. It’s really a lot like floating,” said owner Joannie Murphy.
At Skydive City, a tandem jump will cost about $200. For more information, go to www.skydivecity.com.