Skydiving in Ohio: The perfect activity for adrenaline junkies, or folks with bucket lists! I recently launched myself out of a plane, and wanted to share my story with you. After doing my reasearch I knew I wanted my skydiving adventure to take place at Start Skydiving in Ohio. Nevermind the best skydiving in Ohio, Start Skydiving is ranked the #1 Place to Skydive in the World by Dropzone.com, and I saw firsthand why.
The Day Of
Well, the second day of for me that is! Originally our skydiving was to take place on a day that ended up being windy and rainy. Not a great day for skydiving Ohio! Start Skydiving was prompt in calling and rescheduling to a later date. On our second jump day the weather was perfect and we made our trip to the Middletown Regional Airport. Upon arrival we checked-in with a Customer Service Jump Master, weighed-in and headed to a second building to suit up. There's a large TV that shows your estimated jump time, tandem master and the plane you’ll be going up in. As you wait you get to watch people practicing how to pack parachutes, which is interesting to see. Keep in mind, waiting for your turn is probably the most nerve-wracking part of the experience!
Getting your Gear
About 20 minutes before your set to load the plane your tandem master finds you, and puts you in a blue bodysuit and harness. Don’t worry; they expertly go over what’s going to happen, how to position your body and answer any questions. My tandem master had jumped over 7,000 times! I can’t think of too many things that I’ve personally done over 7,000 times. He said he knew someone that had jumped over 20,000 times, which is simply incredible. If you choose to have a video of your skydive, they will candid style video your group in a pre-jump interview. I'm sure that would be fun to watch after the fact!
Your group will load onto the plane shortly before you head up. The plane consists of two benches that you slide your way down, with your instructor at your back. After a quick ten minute plane ride we had reached our jumping destination. You can hear the wind whipping outside, and at the time where you might really start to get nervous, you’re lucky enough to not have the time to second think your decision. Put your goggles on, it's go time! Time to skydive Ohio.
One by one tandem jumpers and their tandem master slid down the bench. The next thing I knew we were at the plane door and I was staring down roughly 13,000 feet. Very quickly my instructor pulled me out the door and our freefall began. You quickly forget about how cold it feels as you realize how exhilarating the experience is. Getting to see so much of Butler County from that height is something I'll never forget. During the freefall and landing I was surprised by how easy it was to talk to your instructor; I had imaged it was going to be a lot louder. After free-falling (which feels like floating) for close to a minute he deployed our parachute and we spent roughly 5 minutes, or 5,500 feet gliding in.
Back on Solid Ground
The landing happens one of two ways. You start off by holding your legs as high as you can in the air and slide in, or you plant your feet and with a couple of quick paces you’ve come to a stop. Within a few seconds my tandem master managed to unhook himself, and was on the run. He needed to get to the next plane to jump again with another skydiving first-timer! I wish I could have joined him for that second jump, and I definitely can’t wait to go back to Start Skydiving Ohio. There location in Middletown is easy and convenient.