With the weather becoming nice again, it makes one really want to get out there and see the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. How about taking it all in from sky heights?
As a Seattle Southside Visitor Center Concierge, I have been asked where in Western Washington you can take that leap and give skydiving a whirl? I love researching these things for guests and thought I would share what I have found for anyone else who has had the same question, or until now never thought to ask!
Each of these places offer instructed classes for Tandem diving great for first-time jumpers, where you and the instructor use a special parachute built for two; or the longer training of the Static Line Jump or Accelerated Free Fall, which is the way to go if you are looking to become a licensed diver. Group and military rates are offered as well as other specials depending on the location.
TravelChannel.com named Skydive Snohomish one of the 6 Best Places to go Skydiving in the world, the only location named in North America! They are located only 20 miles north of Seattle and offer progression courses as well as first jump courses for those who really want to immerse themselves in the sport. http://www.skydivesnohomish.com/
Just minutes 35 miles south of Seattle, Skydive Kapowsin is the only fully certified skydiving center available 6 days a week for your skydiving convenience. They have different tandem jumping packages to choose from including one from 18,000ft (!) and weekday jumps as low as $185. They also offer Accelerated Free Fall courses, the latest in instruction towards becoming a licensed skydiver. http://www.skydivekapowsin.com/
Skydive! Toledo is one of the United States' oldest continually running parachute centers, located a little over an hour south of Tacoma, WA. What’s nice about traveling further to the south are the views of 7 of the largest Pacific Northwest Volcanoes in the Washington and Oregon Cascades. Skydive Toledo also offers Accelerated Free Fall classes where you can experience free fall on your first jump with your own parachute. http://www.skydivetoledo.com/default.html
iFLY Indoor Skydiving
If all of this sounds exciting but you are not quite ready yet to take the plunge from a plane, you can prepare yourself for the exhilarating sensation by trying out iFly Indoor Skydiving in Tukwila. This experience creates true free falling conditions, just like skydiving, with its vertical wind tunnel that generates wind speeds of up to 160mph. It might be just the thing to get you ready for the leap of a lifetime!