Tandem Parachute Jumping

If you’ve ever wondered about what kind of stuff you’re made of, try tandem parachute jumping and see what you’ll find out. We guarantee that after you complete your tandem parachute jump, your self-esteem will be soaring. You’ve got the right stuff.

Tandem Parachute Jumping

If you’ve ever wondered about what kind of stuff you’re made of, try tandem parachute jumping and see what you’ll find out. We guarantee that after you complete your tandem parachute jump, your self-esteem will be soaring. You’ve got the right stuff.

Impress Yourself! Go Tandem Parachute Jumping!

Call 1-800-672-8942 to Reserve Your Jump

Impress Yourself!
Go Tandem Parachute Jumping!


Call 1-800-672-8942 to Reserve Your Jump



Exploring the Blue with Our Most Popular Adventure!




Exploring the Blue with Our Most Popular Adventure!


It is human nature to want to explore the world. There is no better way to do that than from above with a tandem skydiving adventure! You will get to venture out into unknown territories and see the world from a unique perspective.

A tandem jump is the best option for first-time skydivers who are looking for adventure. A tandem jump simply means that you will be attached—at all times—to a certified, trained skydiving professional. Think of a tandem jump as an introductory jump to exploring the world of skydiving (believe us, there is plenty to be explored). Your harness will be safely connected at four points to your instructor. There is no safer way to skydive! Your instructor will simply walk you through everything you need to know. It will be a first-hand learning experience.

Jump into the blue with a tandem parachuting experience today. Read further to learn about the basics and what to expect from the jump itself. Skydive in good hands with Parachuting.com!



What to Expect on your First Tandem Parachute Jump



What to Expect on your First Tandem Parachute Jump


After booking your skydive, you will then check into one of our many skydiving locations—you get to pick the right drop zone for you. Next, you will be walked through the basics. Think of it like a debriefing of the experience. You will be told how to depart from the airplane while jumping and receive thorough information on everything that you will experience, including the details of your parachute.

After the debriefing, you will gear up and be taken up into the plane. Heights range from 10,000 to 14,000 feet—the perfect altitude for a new skydiver. After this comes what you have been waiting for, anticipating, looking forward to the jump itself. Departing the aircraft you’ll see the world below you. You will reach free fall speeds of 120 miles per hour, and in close to 60 seconds your instructor will help you pull the ripcord. Your parachute will open up. This is when it slows down. There will be less wind roaring in your ears as you enjoy your descent through a serene sky.

All of it will be over in ten minutes, but nothing can erase the fact that you explored the blue and got to see something others only dream about.

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On The Way Down



On The Way Down


On the way down you will glide, still attached to your instructor. It is possible—if your instructor deems it a good idea—for you to have some control of the parachute on the descent. This will give you a new found freedom on your adventure and help you get the basics of how a parachute operates.

At approximately 1,000 feet you will prepare for your epic landing. Your instructor, again, will guide you through the entire process and ensure you have a safe touchdown. After you land? This is when you may feel a tinge of sadness. You are no longer floating through the skies getting a bird’s eye view of the world, soaring like a bird. But everything that goes up must come down. You can revel in your accomplishment knowing you have gone on an adventure and decided to actually carry through with skydiving.

If you really want to capture the experience, it is possible to videotape the entire episode; from your ground preparations to boarding the plane and reaching altitude, to the jump itself, and finally, the landing. This is not a moment you will want to forget.

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The Tandem Process: In Depth


The Tandem Process
In Depth



Step 1: Arrival & Sign-up for Your Jump


You did it! You finally took the plunge (so to speak!) and decided to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. You might be wondering what happens next. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. We’re going to walk you through the steps leading up to your jump. You’ll be totally prepared for all aspects of your Tandem skydiving experience.

Arrive Early and Sign In

The first thing you want to do is get to your jump site early so you can get acquainted with the surroundings. Some of the locations have amenities such as food and outdoor tables so you can occupy your time. Remember you’re here to have a good time and maybe scream a little bit. The place you sign-in is called the Manifest. Depending on the location, this might be a room, a window, or something else. You’ll pay for your jump here as well as read through and sign all the necessary waivers. Nobody enjoys filling out waivers, but it’s necessary if you want to jump. The waivers are designed to protect both you and the company.

Video Evidence

You may want to fully document your jump, and our video services are available for that very reason. The price of the videos is different at every location. Videos usually cost anywhere from $90 to $150, and can sometimes be more than that depending on the location. Typically, remote jump sites have lower prices than big tourist destinations. It’s definitely worth it, especially if it’s your first jump. It’s the perfect way to relive the memories, and show your loved ones what your epic jump was like and how brave you were.

Getting Prepared

After you’ve signed all the waivers and decided if you’re going to buy a video package, it’s time to prep for your jump. The staff will tell you the approximate wait time for your jump after you pay. While you’re waiting, you will watch a video that breaks down what to expect with your jump. It’s really simple, and you’ll no doubt understand what’s going on.

You should have some time remaining after the video. This is a great time to get something small to eat if you’re hungry. It’s so easy to forget to eat when you have butterflies in your stomach. The last thing you want to do is to jump on an empty stomach. Make sure it’s something light because you don’t want a rock in your stomach when you’re jumping either. Food might relax you and ease an upset stomach if you’re nervous.


Tandem Parachuting Process - Step 2
Tandem Parachuting Process - Step 2

Step 2: The Last Steps Before You Jump


What Exactly Should I Wear For My Jump?

The best footwear option is to wear comfortable tennis shoes or sneakers. Boots are another good choice, but if they have hooks for your laces, we’ll cover the hooks with duct tape. You can wear just about anything you want clothing-wise as long as you’re comfortable. Jeans and a t-shirt are always a good choice, especially on a warm day. Speaking of weather, if it’s cold, make sure you put on a few layers. A sweater or a light jacket that you can move in also works well. They’re also good to have on hand in case you’re cold when it’s time to jump. It’s a lot cooler at the altitude that you’re going to jump from. Some locations may provide you with a suit to wear for your jump, but it doesn’t happen everywhere.

Take Everything Out

The most important thing to do before your jump is to remove EVERYTHING from your pockets, along with any jewelry you’re wearing. Anything that’s in your pockets or on your body might go flying during the jump and will be lost forever. Make sure you let your instructor know if you wear contacts. We’ll make sure that glasses and contact wearers have goggles to wear. Don’t worry if you forget about emptying your pockets, your instructor will be sure to remind you before it’s time to jump.

It’s The Time You’ve Been Waiting for!

You’ve finished just about everything you need to do before you finally jump. The staff at the location will let you know that it’s your time to jump at this point. Every location handles the next part a little bit differently. The staff at some locations will go over a few simple instructions with you. Others will put you in a harness and take you to the plane so you can meet your instructor for the Tandem jump.

Adjusting the Harness

Harnesses are not a perfect fit when you first put them on, so they must be adjusted. That adjustment requires contact in some areas that might feel a little uncomfortable. You can take a deep breath and relax because all of our instructors are very professional. They’ll walk you through every step of the harness-adjusting process, so you don’t have to worry. This special harness is important because it connects you with the instructor you’re jumping with. There are four points of contact on the harness, with one for each shoulder, and one on each side. Your instructor is the one who’s going to do all the work, like pulling the parachute cord, so you can enjoy the rush.

Once you’re all connected, it’s time to board the plane and take off into the sky. Get ready, because your epic adventure is about to happen!


Tandem Parachuting Process - Step 3
Tandem Parachuting Process - Step 3

Step 3: The Skydiving Plane


It’s finally time to board your airplane! When it is time to load the plane with skydivers, you will stay next to your instructor. Do not walk away from your instructor. The loading area has moving aircraft. The plane’s propellers will be spinning and are difficult to see. The human body will loose any battle with a spinning airplane propeller.

After you get into the plane your instructor will have you put on a seat belt. After the plane is in the air your instructor will tell you when to take off your seat belt. You are now on your way to making your first skydive! As you are flying to altitude you may experience some pressure in your ears. If you do, take your thumb and index finger and squeeze gently on your nose, closing off the passages in your nose, and then blow out gently. This should relieve the pressure in your ears.

Use caution while boarding the plane

In the midst of all the excitement and nerves about the impending jump it is important to keep safety at top of mind. The plane is the doorway to thrilling adventures but we can never forget safety first. For this reason it is important that all jumpers stay close to the instructor and follow their every step. This is because the loading area is a hazardous area filled with other craft as well as dangers like moving propellers. So every step towards the plane must be a safe one.

Protocol during the ride

There will be an overall feeling of excitement throughout the plane ride. The most important thing to remember is to have fun. This starts with a safe entrance into the plane. Once inside the plane there are a lot of options. These mostly include having a good time. Laughing, meditating the jump quietly, having fun imagining the jump with new friends or waiting for directions from the instructor are all options. As safety is paramount, a seat belt will be non-negotiable for this part of the journey.

The big jump

The whole point of today has been leading up to this moment. First the pilot will take the plane to jump altitude. This normally ranges from 10,000 to 14,000 feet. Some skydive schools have been known to go up to 18,000 feet. During this part of the flight your instructor will attach your harness and give you final instructions. On the jump run, someone will open the plane door in readiness for your exit. This can cause a loud noise that can possibly be startling to new jumpers. It is all part of the great adventure that is Tandem Skydiving. As you are on the jump run trust that you are in the hands of an experienced, competent instructor who will guide you through the experience. All you need to focus on is enjoying the skydiving jump.


Tandem Parachuting Process - Step 4
Tandem Parachuting Process - Step 4

Step 4: Tandem Skydive Freefall and Parachute Landing


Race through the sky at 120MPH! At this time you will see skydivers exit the plane and you and your instructor will be moving towards the door. Once you get to the door, if you can remember this try to clear your ears again. Sometimes the pressure gives you a headache once you’re on the ground, this will stop that. So try to remember it. When you leave the airplane for your tandem skydive you will not feel like you do on a roller coaster. You probably will not feel anything in your stomach. Remember when you leave the plane you are going as fast as the plane. The actual jump is the accumulation of hoping, preparation, overcoming the nerves and making the executive decision to take to the skies and achieve the dream of skydiving. It is one of those exhilarating experiences that feels like it goes by in a flash but lives on for a long time in your memory.

The final countdown

There might not be dramatic music playing as a soundtrack but the final moments before you jump are epic. The loud roar of the engines, the rush of air through the open door and the sight of other skydivers exiting the plane all contribute to peak excitement levels. As the other skydivers leave the plane, your moment of truth approaches. A useful tip from experienced skydivers is to clear your ears before you leave the plane. This is to prevent a headache when you reach the ground. Then the moment of truth arrives: the one where you jump out of an airplane that is functioning perfectly well.

The big jump

When the instructor gives the word you make the great leap. Experiencing free fall for the first time is an epic experience. Not to mention how different the world looks from up there. Use the moments to soak in the scenery and revel in the moments as they happen. If you have retained the services of a photographer or videographer, this is the time to look in their direction for some memorable pictures. In a tandem jump the instructor will be in charge meaning they know the precise moment when to deploy the parachute. Generally this happens after a free fall of around 5,000 feet. The initial feeling can sometimes translate to an uncomfortable sensation in the pit of the stomach but it is fleeting.

Gliding down to land

Once the parachute is stabilized, your instructor is happy about how it deployed and you have overcome the elevator effect then it’s smooth sailing all the way. Depending on a number of factors it might even be possible for you to fly the parachute yourself. These include but are not limited to weather conditions, your confidence levels, air traffic and how comfortable the instructor is with handing the reins over to you. Once you are in control you will find that is easy and enjoyable.

Executing a safe landing

When you get to 1,000 feet above ground the instructor will take back control if you chose to try flying yourself. At this critical point your experienced instructor will take over the parachute and let you know the part you have to play to ensure a safe landing. So it is vital that you pay close attention to everything being said at that point. One of the most important aspects in terms of safety is that the instructors’ feet have to touch the ground before yours. This is a crucial part of the safe landing and is not negotiable.

It is natural to wonder about the canopy when landing but the instructor will take care of it. All you need to do is keep enjoying the last part of your magical skydiving experience. This will include the smooth landing which is also another opportunity to capture the event using photos or video footage. A tandem skydive is a wonderful opportunity to experience freefall for the first time and you will certainly not regret making the leap.

Now you know the drill! Call 1-800-672-8942 to Get Started!

Now you know the drill!
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