For adventure seekers, there is nothing better than the thrill of skydiving—unless it’s skydiving in Maine. Imagine climbing to an altitude of 10,000 feet above Maine’s breathtaking landscape and soaring over expansive forests, high peaks, pristine lakes and the impressive coastline.
Maine has several reputable companies offering experienced and safety-focused tandem skydiving to educate and support first-timers (or seasoned regulars) in a variety of locations statewide.
Millinocket-based Jump and Raft provides skydivers with a truly unique vantage point of Maine’s majestic and highest peak, Katahdin, while free-falling from 11,000 feet over Baxter State Park. After a short freefall, a gentle eight-minute parachute float ride allows divers to take in the view. Many adventurers also like to pair the skydiving experience with rafting through the Jump and Raft package, called The Ultimate Maine Experience.
A secondary Jump and Raft location in Waterville provides Kennebec Valley and central Maine views of the surrounding woodlands, farmland and Belgrade Lakes region.
Skydive Coastal Maine provides a coastal skydive experience seven days each week by reservation from 9 a.m. through sunset. Take in the bucket list-worthy thrill while witnessing Maine’s beach-lined southern shore. Celebrating more than 35 years, Sky Dive New England in Lebanon starts dives with a 30-minute ground school instruction and time with the tandem partner before taking the plunge, descending at a rate of 1,000 feet every six seconds at 120 miles per hour.
Most skydiving companies offer photography and videography packages as mementos for this often once-in-a-lifetime activity.