Whether you're crossing it off the bucket list or proving you're not afraid of a challenge, when you're skydiving in New York, you want the best experience possible. Nervous novices and daredevils alike ought to know exactly who is flying the plane they plan to jump out of. The following is a list of the best skydiving companies in New York. All 3 have state of the art equipment, expert employees, and a commitment to safety and fun. They differ in terms of pricing, amenities, and the types of jumps they offer. Read on to see the best choices for helping you take the plunge.
Though "bargain" may not come to mind when you think of skydiving, it never hurts to save a couple dollars. For just $199 (the average price is about $225), you can make a 13,500 feet tandem jump with Skydive The Ranch. Their multiple planes mean this skydiving company can accommodate any group size at their reasonable rate. And unlike Blue Sky Ranch next door, they provide group and weekday discounts. Yet, affordability is not all that makes Skydive The Ranch a good choice. If you're making a tandem jump, you can be ready to go with just 15 minutes of training. If you'd rather take your time, Skydive The Ranch's camping areas, RV hook ups, and restaurants open the possibility for a mini vacation at their location in Gardiner, New York. Call them or go to their website for more information.
Located at Calverton Airport, Sky Dive Long Island is great for large parties. They offer group discounts, and with their massive Caravan, up to 19 friends can experience the jump together. Though they do not have a static line, Sky Dive Long Island is one of the few companies to offer an accelerated free fall jump in addition to the tandem. This is $195, while a tandem jump will cost you $225. The jumps are certainly worth the money, since Sky Dive Long Island is the only company on Long Island that lets you take your plunge from 13,500 feet (compared to the New York average of 11,318 feet). The final perk? All 13,500 feet of that jump are over the beautiful Hampton beaches.
Found at Duanesburg Airport, the Duanesburg Skydiving Club is one of the few companies that offers a static line. That, and their tandem jumps are made from a C-18 at 11,000 feet. While their altitude isn't quite as high as some of the other skydiving bests, Duanesburg is superior in terms of amenities. The restaurant, bar, camping, and RV facilities allow you to make a weekend out of your skydiving experience. Duanesburg may also be a good choice for larger individuals. While many New York companies have a 225 pound weight maximum, Saratoga is willing to make the jump with those who exceed the limit for a small fee (attributed to the extra equipment and work involved).