Go Skydiving in Virtual Reality With the U.S. Army’s Elite Golden Knights

You can go surfing as well, all from the comfort of your home.

Ever feel like going on an adventure but the sofa’s just a little too cushy to make the effort? Youtube has partnered with USA Today for a project that will ensure you get a sense of real adventure without ponying up for expensive safety gear or risking actual death. 

VRtually There is a weekly series of 360-degree virtual reality videos that the paper says will present “three new VR experiences, from eye-opening thrills to awe-inspiring destinations.” 

The first video above starts with leaping out of a plane along with the U.S. Army’s elite Golden Knights parachute team. Through the mind-bending fun of VR, a viewer can get a real sense of what it’s like to drop a few thousand feet through the open air in the hands of a total pro. 

It’s a pretty thrilling experience, as are the other adventures—surfing during the U.S. Open of surfing competition at Huntington Beach, California, and a kayaking trip on the Great Lakes. You’ll probably wish for more time with each segment, but even at just over seven minutes, the fully immersive visuals count for a lot. 

Keep an eye out for new videos by following VRtually There’s Youtube page.

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Deputy Digital Editor, Maxim.com