Welcome to the World of Tandem Skydiving


You’re here because you thrive on excitement. You are a beginner or a new skydiver. Tandem jumping is an ideal way to introduce yourself to this mind-blowing adventure. In a tandem dive, you’re harnessed securely to a certified instructor who knows the ropes and how to give you the optimum adrenaline rush – safely. Your expert instructor guides you through every step of the sky dive.

It’s an experience like no other!

 
 

Welcome to the World of Tandem Skydiving


You’re here because you thrive on excitement. You are a beginner or a new skydiver. Tandem jumping is an ideal way to introduce yourself to this mind-blowing adventure. In a tandem dive, you’re harnessed securely to a certified instructor who knows the ropes and how to give you the optimum adrenaline rush – safely. Your expert instructor guides you through every step of the sky dive.

It’s an experience like no other!

It’s gonna be a wild ride. Call us at 1-800-617-7948 now!

It’s gonna be a wild ride. Call us at 1-800-614-7948 now!

This is our NUMBER ONE recommendation for rookies.


Why? Because it’s a safe way to experience hurdling through the air at 120 miles per hour, that’s why. You and your guide get to spend some time together, and we mean literally. This way you can enjoy the ride within the security of their oodles of experience and know-how.



Tandem Skydiving:
America’s Most Popular Skydive!

Tandem Skydiving:
America’s Most Popular Skydive!

Tandem skydiving is a thrill unlike any other. The moment you jump out of that plane, you will see the world in a whole new way – from 10,000 feet with the wind blasting your face! But there’s so much more to your Tandem skydiving adventure we’d like to share. Curiosity piqued? Read on…


It begins with the moment you’re booked. You did it! Reward yourself with a share on social media and a high five in the mirror. No one can take your spot. (Gulp.)

Then the big day comes. (Holy crap!) You arrive at the drop zone, watch an informative video, and sign a waiver saying you are doing this of your own free will. Next, it’s time to get in your harness. You’ll suit up, and for the next half hour, your instructor will go over how to get the most of your Tandem skydiving experience. Meanwhile, your videographer will interview you and preserve this precious period of preparation for posterity.

When everyone is suited up and ready, it’s time to head to the plane! The instructors get in first, followed by the students who are then safely strapped in. Then we’re off! Your heart is likely pounding as the plane rumbles down the airstrip, lifts off, and then climbs higher and higher… and even HIGHER until you reach 10,000 to 14,000 feet, an ascent that will take 10 minutes (but may feel like forever).

WHOOSH! That’s the sound of the door opening and the cold air rushing in. Trust us, it’s pretty loud and dramatic. You won’t be able to hear anything else. Now really is the… Point… Of… No… Return.

But now is also the moment you’ve been waiting for! As you slide toward the door, take a deep breath before you peer out. And then on the count of three, you’re out into the wild blue yonder! The next 60 seconds are guaranteed to be the most thrilling of your life as you fall toward Earth at 130 miles per hour with your trusty instructor strapped to your back. You’ll feel like a superhero flying on a cushion of air – it really won’t seem like you are falling at all. Don’t forget to smile for the camera (it’s also OK to yell for your mom). You may fall through a puffy cloud, which BTW feels nothing like cotton, but is still cool nonetheless.

Time has been standing still, but in reality a mere 60 seconds have passed. That’s when your instructor pulls the ripcord and you again briefly go up as the chute unfurls and catches your fall. Now you’re positively giddy as your heartbeat slows and you begin the gentle descent. Take a look around and savor the incredible view. It’s so much better than you’ve ever experienced flying inside a plane cabin, and if you’re on a sunset load, enjoy the rich palate of colors that splash across the sky.

Alas, nothing lasts forever, and after about 8 minutes it’s time for the landing. Follow the lead of your instructor as no two landings are alike. You’re down! Take another moment to let it sink in. YOU DID IT!

Tandem skydiving is a thrill unlike any other. The moment you jump out of that plane, you will see the world in a whole new way – from 10,000 feet with the wind blasting your face! But there’s so much more to your Tandem skydiving adventure we’d like to share. Curiosity piqued? Read on…


It begins with the moment you’re booked. You did it! Reward yourself with a share on social media and a high five in the mirror. No one can take your spot. (Gulp.)

Then the big day comes. (Holy crap!) You arrive at the drop zone, watch an informative video, and sign a waiver saying you are doing this of your own free will. Next, it’s time to get in your harness. You’ll suit up, and for the next half hour, your instructor will go over how to get the most of your Tandem skydiving experience. Meanwhile, your videographer will interview you and preserve this precious period of preparation for posterity.

When everyone is suited up and ready, it’s time to head to the plane! The instructors get in first, followed by the students who are then safely strapped in. Then we’re off! Your heart is likely pounding as the plane rumbles down the airstrip, lifts off, and then climbs higher and higher… and even HIGHER until you reach 10,000 to 14,000 feet, an ascent that will take 10 minutes (but may feel like forever).

Tandem Skydiving Experience

WHOOSH! That’s the sound of the door opening and the cold air rushing in. Trust us, it’s pretty loud and dramatic. You won’t be able to hear anything else. Now really is the… Point… Of… No… Return.

But now is also the moment you’ve been waiting for! As you slide toward the door, take a deep breath before you peer out. And then on the count of three, you’re out into the wild blue yonder! The next 60 seconds are guaranteed to be the most thrilling of your life as you fall toward Earth at 130 miles per hour with your trusty instructor strapped to your back. You’ll feel like a superhero flying on a cushion of air – it really won’t seem like you are falling at all. Don’t forget to smile for the camera (it’s also OK to yell for your mom). You may fall through a puffy cloud, which BTW feels nothing like cotton, but is still cool nonetheless.

Time has been standing still, but in reality a mere 60 seconds have passed. That’s when your instructor pulls the ripcord and you again briefly go up as the chute unfurls and catches your fall. Now you’re positively giddy as your heartbeat slows and you begin the gentle descent. Take a look around and savor the incredible view. It’s so much better than you’ve ever experienced flying inside a plane cabin, and if you’re on a sunset load, enjoy the rich palate of colors that splash across the sky.

Alas, nothing lasts forever, and after about 8 minutes it’s time for the landing. Follow the lead of your instructor as no two landings are alike. You’re down! Take another moment to let it sink in. YOU DID IT!

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How safe can skydiving be? The answer: more than you know.

The sport of skydiving never fails to impress, in one way or another. A mistake, regrettably a common one, made by most is to assume skydiving as an unsafe and unsound means to experience pure thrill. Look at the facts people. How good are the odds of success? About two in one million that you’ll die on a tandem jump. Incidentally, this statistic proves that skydiving is becoming safer per year. According to the National Safety Council (let’s assume they’re a credible source), an individual is more likely, much more in fact, to be killed getting struck by lightning or stung by bees.

Not so scary after all see? These factual safety statistics are proof of strict safety requirements, developments in training policies, as well as skydiving program and equipment improvements the past few decades.

Look, skydiving is intrinsically risky. But hey, you are consciously deciding to throw yourself out of a plane. Yet most skydiving accidents are the direct result of human error or improper practices, i.e. failing to react quickly, failing to stick to protocol, executing dangerous stunts, etc.

Practice Makes Perfect in Anything, and Skydiving is no Exception

With the right training, mindset and some sense, skydivers can ultimately minimize any risk involved. Modern equipment, better training, guided staffs and good practices are the reason, the only reason, that skydiving continuously becomes a safer sport for everyone.
Give us a call at 615-933-4588 to learn more about how safe skydiving actually is or to book you skydive!

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Does the type of aircraft used affect me or my Jump?

A plane is a plane just as apples are apples right?

Assuming you haven’t yet experienced your first tandem skydive, it is safe to also assume you haven’t looked into the aircraft that you will be in. In all likelihood, the first time you see the plane will be when you first see it on the runway, which is just about the time the nervousness starts to kick in.

As a word of advice, it is a good thing when you know something about the plane you will jump out of, because it is directly correlated with the overall awesomeness of your skydive. Below are the aircraft you will likely find yourself in and the information you will need to know, if not for education than just for smart shopping.

Cessna 182

The majority of dropzones around the United States have adopted the Cessna. There are several different versions of the Cessna aircraft, but the model most likely seen at a skydive center is the Cessna 182. What the Cessna lacks, under certain aspects, in comparison to the Otter and King Air; it makes up for in convenience, reliability and cost.

There is a common comparison used with skydiving in relation to the aircraft being used: size of the aircraft and the cost of your skydive. If the dropzone you are trusting with your jump happens to have a Cessna, let’s just say you’re in luck.

The Cessna is a fine aircraft to say the least; it’s easy to use, more reliable than virtually any aircraft in business, and costs lest to operate. General rule of thumb: the smaller a dropzone’s operating costs, the less you pay for your jump. That’s the same with any business, and skydiving is no exception. I will not say a Cessna is better or even on par with the King Air or Otter in terms of speed and cabin size, but you aren’t going skydiving for the experience of riding in a plane. No, you’re going skydiving for the experience and memory of jumping from one.

Once you leave the plane, the experience is the same regardless of the aircraft. If your main concerns are with the size and speed of the aircraft, I recommend purchasing a commercial flight. However, if you are looking for an exhilarating experience for a reduction in price, finding a dropzone flying a Cessna might not be a bad idea.

DeHavilland Twin Otter

Here we are, the Twin Otter. The Otter is considered by every experienced jumper in the industry as the crown jewel of skydiving aircraft. This machine, crafted by the gods themselves, can carry 22 jumpers from 10,000 to 14,000 feet in a mere 10 minute trip (depending on the altitude you’re jumping at).

Arguably the most reliable, safe, yet adaptable aircraft in the skydiving industry, the Otter possesses a consistently smooth flight, a spacious cabin and engine redundancy, meaning if worst comes to worst and one of the engine is blown, the Otter can still fly on the single engine. It is by far, one of the safest, if not the most, aircraft in the business. The Otter is already out-of-your-mind fast, yet most of the planes we utilize are outfitted for a faster flight time. Each aircraft is outfitted to meet the needs of a skydiving aircraft, making the already spacious otter the most luxurious aircraft for skydiving. It is outfitted with windows at every angles, comfortable seating along both sides of the aircraft, and the always welcomed, extra-large exit door for smooth departures.

Bottom line, the Otter, both the plane and the animal, are a nice touch in any relevant scenario.

Beechcraft King Air

The Beechcraft King Air is the, what’s the word, ‘rocket ship’ of the skydiving industry given its astounding speed and, consequently, lift times. With a full load of 14 jumpers, this aircraft can get to an altitude of 10,000 – 14,000 feet in only seven to ten minutes. Not only does this help you in terms of the flight up, but in terms of waiting around at the dropzone. The faster the plane can get to altitude and back, the faster each load goes up, which means less time waiting around for your load to go up.

Our instructors love the King Air because of its quick and efficient climb to altitude. Our pilots love it because it is an enjoyable plane to improve flight hours. And our customers love it because they get to jump out of a plane in less time. It’s a win, win, win scenario.

Keep in mind that the aircraft used in the skydiving world can differ depending on what a dropzone has in their hangar, what is currently running and personal preference. That said, any dropzone partnered with Skydiving.com is sure to have an aircraft that fits your needs and delivers an awesome experience.

Skydiving.com offers beginner and experienced jumpers a broad array of opportunities with our selective fleet of aircraft and a large network. Give us a call at 615-933-4588 to learn more about the aircraft at your dropzone or when to book your jump. All skydiving is fun, we just do it better.

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Tandem Skydiving at Sunset

Sunset Skydives: Book ‘Em Before They’re Gone!

A “sunset load” is such a transcendent experience that it’s the most popular time to go skydiving for both pros and novices alike. Because you jump out of the plane just as the sun dips below the horizon and the sky starts to turn crimson, you’ll see a spectacular explosion of color. As you dive, they become brighter and then slowly fade away like an old photograph; by the time you’ve touched Earth again, it’s twilight.

We only have a limited number of jumps available at sunset and they’re always the first spots that go.

Don’t wait another second, give us a call or reserve online now before someone takes yours!

Tandem Skydiving at Sunset

Sunset Skydives: Book ‘Em Before They’re Gone!

A “sunset load” is such a transcendent experience that it’s the most popular time to go skydiving for both pros and novices alike. Because you jump out of the plane just as the sun dips below the horizon and the sky starts to turn crimson, you’ll see a spectacular explosion of color. As you dive, they become brighter and then slowly fade away like an old photograph; by the time you’ve touched Earth again, it’s twilight.

We only have a limited number of jumps available at sunset and they’re always the first spots that go.

Don’t wait another second, give us a call or reserve online now before someone takes yours!

Tackle Your First Skydive Like a Champ!

Check out our top tips & tricks for making your first tandem skydive a breeze!

A 100-Year-Old Great-Granny Did It…

So Can You!!!

Tandem skydiving isn’t just for the young and robust. Irene O’Shea spent her 100th birthday by becoming the oldest woman to jump in South Australia, Tandem skydiving at 12,000 feet. It wasn’t just for the thrill: she did it to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease, which took her daughter’s life in 2008.

Verdun Hayes, from Somerton, England is another centenarian who made his first jump on his big birthday, Tandem skydiving at 10,000 feet. When asked afterwards, he said he wasn’t scared in the least. The current Guinness Book of World Records holder for oldest parachute jump belongs to Armand Gendreau, who busted his Tandem skydiving cherry at the ripe age of 101 and three days old.

But don’t YOU wait until your 100th birthday, if you’re even lucky enough to live that long! Tandem skydiving is the ultimate bucket list entry that you can check off right now.

After all, if those folks have the courage and stamina to do it, so do you. Book your reservation right now via phone or online form!

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Did You Know?

Groovy Skydiving Factoids About Your Jump

Maximum altitude: 14,000 feet
Plane flight: 10 minutes
Freefall duration: 60 seconds
Maximum speed: 130 mph
Parachute deployed: 5,000 feet
Drift time: 8 minutes

Don’t worry… Your part is easy!


Plan on spending about 4 hours at the drop zone. Relax, bring a picnic and watch the sky filled with the chutes of other skydivers. Then, when it’s your turn just follow simple instructions, keep your eyes wide open, and enjoy! Your capable instructor will do all the hard stuff like steering and landing. Join the fun – call 1-800-617-7948 to make a reservation.

Questions?

Here Are Our Top 3…


What is the age limit?

18 years old in most states. There are some variations dependent upon the state you are jumping in so call us for the exact requirement in your state. You might get lucky, kids!

Is there a weight limit?

You cannot be over 240 pounds for a Tandem skydiving jump at most dropzones. This does vary at some skydiving centers so call one of our skydiving experts for details at the location near you!

How fast do you fall?

Up to 130 miles an hour in free fall, about 1,000 feet in the first 10 seconds and 5 seconds every 1,000 feet thereafter. The chute is deployed at about 60 seconds, significantly slowing the descent.


Of course you may have other questions, in which case please visit our FAQ page for more answers!

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Celebrity Skydivers

Tandem skydiving is certainly a big hit with your favorite celebrities. Like heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch, who said the second he touched the ground after his first skydive he wanted to jump again. (He also said he felt “incredibly horny.”)

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith got hooked on skydiving together in Dubai in 2014 and now have their whole family on board. Other famous hardcore skydiving enthusiasts include Michael Fassbender, Ryan Reynolds, Paris Hilton, Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus, Tony Hawk, Liam Hemsworth, and Tiger Woods.


Fun fact: the late, great Patrick Swayze was a licensed skydiver even before he landed the classic skydiving/surfing/robbing role in “Point Break.”


The truth is you don’t need to be a billionaire or famous person to enjoy the same life changing experience. Who knows, maybe the jumper next to you is a famous athlete or rock star. But the point is, up in the air we are all equal, subject to the same laws… of gravity, at least!

Join your celeb brothers and sisters and reserve a space on our exciting Tandem skydiving adventure. Call us to book your trip right now!

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History of Tandem Skydiving

Tandem Skydive

Tandem skydiving is a relatively new experience that has allowed ordinary citizens the same experience once reserved for thrillseekers, the military, and D.B. Cooper. There are two main heroes to the story: Ted Strong at Strong Enterprises and Bill Booth with UPT (United Parachute Technologies). In the 1970s and 80s both were crucial to the development of both Tandem skydiving equipment and its regulation.

In 1983, Strong Enterprises introduced the first commercial Tandem skydiving equipment, and others quickly followed. While Tandem skydiving gained popularity, the FAA did not recognize it as a sport and would only allow “volunteer experimental test jumper” status, limiting its accessibility. Thanks to the influence of Booth, the FAA officially recognized Tandem skydiving as a sport in 2001, opening the hatch to thousands of enthusiasts around the world… like YOU!

Want to learn more about the history of skydiving, including who created the very first parachute? Jump on over to our history of skydiving page!

Tandem Skydive

Tandem skydiving is a relatively new experience that has allowed ordinary citizens the same experience once reserved for thrillseekers, the military, and D.B. Cooper. There are two main heroes to the story: Ted Strong at Strong Enterprises and Bill Booth with UPT (United Parachute Technologies). In the 1970s and 80s both were crucial to the development of both Tandem skydiving equipment and its regulation.

In 1983, Strong Enterprises introduced the first commercial Tandem skydiving equipment, and others quickly followed. While Tandem skydiving gained popularity, the FAA did not recognize it as a sport and would only allow “volunteer experimental test jumper” status, limiting its accessibility. Thanks to the influence of Booth, the FAA officially recognized Tandem skydiving as a sport in 2001, opening the hatch to thousands of enthusiasts around the world… like YOU!

Want to learn more about the history of skydiving, including who created the very first parachute? Jump on over to our history of skydiving page!

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What Happens Next After Your First Tandem Jump?

After your Tandem Skydive

Skydiving is highly addictive. After your first experience you very likely will want to be like Benedict Cumberbatch and (ahem) jump again right away! Here’s what you can do:


First Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) Level Jump


The first step to skydiving solo! Jump with your own harness, along with 2 instructors who will hold onto you until you release your chute. AFF jumps are from 10,000 – 15,000 feet and require at least 5 hours of pre-instruction. It is designed you get you jumping independently as quickly as possible (the “accelerated” refers to the speed in learning, not in falling). Click here to learn more about Accelerated Free Fall training!

Get Your “A” License


Now that you’ve got your confidence, really dig into the thrilling, challenging, and fascinating sport of skydiving. There are 8 levels of instruction that cover everything from checking equipment to proper plane exit and landing technique. With every class you’ll gain valuable experience as well as credits toward your certification. Get more info on advanced skydiving training and go solo!

Become a Coach or Instructor


Share the passion of skydiving with others by becoming a coach or instructor. What’s even more awesome is that you will get paid to do it. USPA issues Instructor and Coach ratings to qualified applicants; we’ll make sure you get the experience you need to achieve your goals.

After your Tandem Skydive

Skydiving is highly addictive. After your first experience you very likely will want to be like Benedict Cumberbatch and (ahem) jump again right away! Here’s what you can do:


First Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) Level Jump


The first step to skydiving solo! Jump with your own harness, along with 2 instructors who will hold onto you until you release your chute. AFF jumps are from 10,000 – 15,000 feet and require at least 5 hours of pre-instruction. It is designed you get you jumping independently as quickly as possible (the “accelerated” refers to the speed in learning, not in falling). Click here to learn more about Accelerated Free Fall training!

Get Your “A” License


Now that you’ve got your confidence, really dig into the thrilling, challenging, and fascinating sport of skydiving. There are 8 levels of instruction that cover everything from checking equipment to proper plane exit and landing technique. With every class you’ll gain valuable experience as well as credits toward your certification. Get more info on advanced skydiving training and go solo!

Become a Coach or Instructor


Share the passion of skydiving with others by becoming a coach or instructor. What’s even more awesome is that you will get paid to do it. USPA issues Instructor and Coach ratings to qualified applicants; we’ll make sure you get the experience you need to achieve your goals.

Take it to the next level! Call 1-800-617-7948 today!

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