“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
If the quote above resonates with you, then you’re part of our tribe. It’s likely you’re happiest when you’re getting out into the world and challenging yourself. Seeing an early morning sunrise or thoughts of backpacking around New Zealand is likely what you crave. To us, that is what living is all about. Our tribe doesn’t want more stuff, we want more experiences! With that said, this article is all about skydiving gift certificates and the experience that this nontraditional gift brings. We respect you too much to try and sell you into a skydiving gift card. Our aim is to share everything you should know about skydiving gift certificates before you purchase one as this is not the cheapest gift.
Which Skydiving Gift Certificate Should You Buy?
If you’re thinking of purchasing a skydiving gift certificate for Christmas, an anniversary, or someone’s birthday, the first thing you’ll need to consider is what kind of certificate to purchase. Many dropzones offer different types of skydiving packages (usually tandem skydiving or learn to skydive programs) and it’s important you purchase the right one. Our recommendation is to purchase a tandem skydive. This is the most natural gateway into skydiving for anyone curious about jumping for the first time. It is possible to go straight into an Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course (this is the learn to skydive program), but most in the sport would agree that a tandem skydive is the best starting point even if a person is convinced they could start with AFF.
It is highly recommended to purchase a video package with a tandem skydiving gift certificate. We’re not saying this because it benefits us monetarily, but because having this experience documented is truly worth it. Skydiving is so much more than an adventure ride – for many it’s life-changing! So let’s talk about this next.
Is a Skydiving Really Life-Changing?
This may sound like hyperbole, but for many people, skydiving is a life-changing experience. Most people don’t think of skydiving as a momentous life experience because their perception of the event has been shaped by Hollywood movies. Seeing people freaking out generates clicks, but what’s missed is the transformational power of facing a challenge that scares us and then conquering it. The act of free fall is actually not scary at all. (It’s not dangerous either!) You’ll note that people who jump are smiling and living it up during the skydive. The scary part of skydiving is crouching in the door of the aircraft with your heart in your throat with a decision to make. To step out or to sit back down? It’s this moment that makes skydiving such an extraordinary life experience. Being outside of your comfort zone is a great thing as that is where you’ll find life’s best moments.
It is said that everything you’ve ever wanted in life is on the other side of fear… this is completely true. If you think about it, it’s our insecurities that often hold us back from reaching our full potential. The biggest reward of skydiving is it opens up a new world of possibility. If you can skydive, what can’t you do now? The answer: nothing.
Skydiving Gift Certificates - Who It’s For?
It’s likely you’ll think that a gift voucher for skydiving is ideal for someone who’s young, fresh-faced, and ready to take the world by the horns – and of course, you’d be right, but it’s not the most common kind of guest we routinely host. Most often, our guests generally fall into one of three categories:
- people who are in a rut
- people who have been through something and need a reset
- people looking to push their limits
Those who are in a rut are usually workaholics or homemakers who have dedicated their lives to their kids and family while putting their dreams on hold.
The second most common group are those that have been through a momentous life event. Usually a medical crisis, a divorce, a marriage, a birth, retirement – it runs the gamut! This group is looking for a physical “reset” to signify a change in how to think or live.
The third most common group of first-time skydivers are individuals looking for a unique and memorable experience. It’s not uncommon to have multi-generational jumps (grandmother, daughter, granddaughter jumping together), retirees or college students.
It’s hard to say who a skydiving gift certificate is most suited for, but it’s not what you would expect. Skydiving isn’t for everyone, but it’s for more people than you may think!
Skydiving Gift Certificates - How Much Do They Cost?
The price of a skydive varies at nearly every skydiving center in the country. If you’re price shopping, beware of skydiving centers that are significantly less expensive than all others in the market. When it comes to skydiving, the cheapest isn’t always best. Be sure to check a dropzone’s Google reviews – both the volume of reviews and the average star rating.
Skydiving serves as the gateway not to just adventure, but a major life experience and it’s ideal for anyone who seeks a challenge. Here at Skydive St. Louis, we take pride in being one of the most respected skydiving operators in Missouri because of our love for living fully and sharing it with others. If what we’ve described resonates and you’re someone hungry for a big challenge, we’d love to host you for your tandem skydive.
Feel free to contact us or begin your journey now!