Drop Zones: Best Destinations For Skydivers Near Boston

October 12, 2010 9:20 AM

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(credit: John Medina/Getty Images)

(credit: John Medina/Getty Images)

 

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(credit: John Medina/Getty Images)

 

What to Know

Make sure the company you’re dealing with is indeed a skydiving company. There are many businesses advertising themselves as skydiving firms, but really they are essentially resellers earning commissions for directing customers to specific partners outside the city. You should deal directly with places that are group members of the United States Parachute Association (USPA), the governing agency for skydivers.

Starting from 10,000 feet up at about 120 miles per hour, you’ll have less than a minute before landing. It’s going to go by quick, and you’ll want to relive it again and again later. Find out how much it costs to video your fall and in what format you’ll get the media for later duplication or sharing with friends via the Internet.

You must be 18 years old or older to skydive, no exceptions. Parental or guardian permission won’t release any liabilities regarding recreational sports, and hold harmless waivers are required by all skydivers. Bring your photo ID.

For tandem jumps, find out the company’s weight limit. Typically clocking in on the scale at 200 to 240 pounds or more will disqualify you for a tandem jump. Also call ahead to discuss any medical conditions that might put your risk factors too high.

Aim to schedule your jump as early in the day as possible in case there are weather issues or other delays. After training, orientation and paperwork, expect get airborne at least an hour after getting started.

With many reservations during the summer months, you may find yourself stuck with either an early slot (around 7 a.m.) or near dusk (around 7 p.m.), with weekdays more open than weekends. Call ahead for availability and keep tabs on that day’s weather forecast.

Skydive Plum Island

151 Stackya Rd. at Plum Island Community Airport
Rowley, MA 01969
(30 miles northeast of Boston)
(978) 463-4222 or (978) 948-3379 (weekday)

Pepperell Skydiving Center

165 Nashua Rd. at Pepperell Airport
Pepperell, MA 01463
(45 miles northwest of Boston)
(978)433-9222
www.skyjump.com

Skydive Newport

Forest Ave. at Newport State Airport
Middletown, RI 02842
(70 miles south of Boston)
(401) 845-0393
www.skydivenewport.com

Skydive Cape Cod

1000 Race Ln. at Marstons Mills Airfield
Marstons Mills, MA 02648
(70 miles south of Boston)
(508) 420-5867
www.skydivecapecod.com

Boston-Hartford Fun Skydiving

41 Airport Rd. at Danielson Airport
Danielson, CT 06239
(75 miles southwest of Boston)
(860) 774-5867
www.funskydiving.com

Connecticut Parachutists, Inc.

360 Somers Rd. at Ellington Airport
Ellington, CT 06029
(85 miles southwest of Boston)
(860) 871-0021
www.skydivect.com

Skydive Chatham

240 George Ryder Road at Chatham Municipal Airport
Chatham, MA 02633
(90 miles south of Boston)
(508) 348-1422
www.skydivechatham.com

Jumptown/MSPC, Inc.

80 Airport St. Suite 10 at Orange Municipal Airport
Orange, MA 01364
(90 miles west of Boston)
(978) 544-5321 or (800) 890-JUMP (weekday)
www.jumptown.com

Vermont Skydiving Adventures, Inc.

4369 VT Rte. 17 W at Ass-Pirin Acres
Addison, VT 05491
(210 miles northwest of Boston)
(802) 759-3483
www.VTskydiving.com

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