You'll never forget your skydiving experience!
If you do a tandem skydive, you are attached to a professional skydiver that has taken advanced training that 'does this for a living' and is likely to have thousands of tandem jumps of experience (not to mention jumps 'not tandem'). The parachute will be on their back, they will do all the altitude awareness and stability control actions and pulling the parachute, and you are basically going along for the ride. You can choose to have pictures taken of you during your adventure, and have a video made of the whole experience, too!
If you join the AFF program, you will go thru a long training session that covers checking your gear, what to do during free fall, what to do while under the canopy, how to land, and all the "what if's" that can occur.
It's a lot more expensive than skiing, but you're paying for these people to protect your life, so how much value do you place on your life?
There is a Mall and Hannafords shopping center nearby in case you don't want to pay convenience store prices for snacks, food, or whatever you need. It's the only one that's nearby that I know of.
What to buy: You can buy hot dogs, hamburgers and buns in case you brought your BBQ. (Why shlep it all when you can simply get it all when you get up there, right?) Pitch the tent at Skydive New England, zip it closed, and go shopping! Just remember what time your jump or jump class is at.
NOTE: If they page you and you're not around, then you better bring back a case of Heineken to soften things up with the staff. Beer goes a long way with most of the staff.
What to pay: Maine has better prices on food, so you may be better off shopping there and bringing it home, too! Know your prices and you decide. Don't forget some snacks and drinks for the ride home.
The area does have it's rare share of drunks that may wander into the road, or into the campground, so if you'll be away from your car for a while, be sure to lock it. The parking lot does not have any lights in it, so once a year, things can get stolen. That is how rare it is, so you can beat the statistic.
On your way there, you'll come to a blinking light/4-way stop sign where there's a Mobile Gas station across from a Cumberland Farms. Generally, the Cumby Farms will have gas that's not as expensive as the Mobile. Well, go straight thru for about 1 mile until you get to the next light, and there will be another Mobile gas station on your right. Gas at this 2nd Mobile is usually the least expensive of these 3 gas stations.
Unique Suggestions: If you're that low on gas, just get a dollars worth of gas, and that'll get you to the next gas station.
Fun Alternatives: If you're really pressed for time or don't care about gas prices, then get gas where ever. I tend to boycott the highest price stations because they believe they can take advantage of us consumers.
Luggage and bags:
Bring your sleeping bag, tent, and crash mat. Eastern Mountain sports (EMS) makes a pretty good crash mat. It's an inflatable mat that goes under your sleeping bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This is camping in Maine, so bring a sweatshirt, a few t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, socks, and underwear of course. ;o)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring soap, shampoo and what ever you use to shower. There do tend to be mosquitos in the warmer summer weeks, so it may help to bring some "Off" or another repellent.
Photo Equipment: Bring a camera so you can get some awesome pics!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Yes, this is camping, so if you don't have a tent, you can get one at Walmart for about $30 that will hold up to 4 people. (That's what I did.)
There are 4 cabins there, so call ahead and see if they're 1st come/1st serve, or if you can reserve one.
Miscellaneous: Bring bottled water. There's a snack shack there, but they're closed on Tuesdays. There's a pepsi machine, too. Bring snacks in case you don't want to pay retail at the convenience stores for them.
By going there the day before, you'll beat the traffic.