Monterey; Unreal Skydiving In California!

Our team at Monterey is filled with talented, passionate people who want to ensure you have the best experience possible as you plan your skydiving one-in-a-lifetime adventure. We will help you find where to have the greatest experience skydiving in California. You don’t have to wait for your life-changing skydiving experience any longer! You have come to the right place to make finding and planning your free-falling, soaring jump the best you could imagine.

Call the Skydiving Aficionados Today at 1-800-617-7948! Monterey provides the most skydiving options and best experience in Cali!
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Our team at Monterey is filled with talented, passionate people who want to ensure you have the best experience possible as you plan your skydiving one-in-a-lifetime adventure. We will help you find where to have the greatest experience skydiving in Monterey, California. Whether you are looking for a tandem, solo, or advanced level experience, we can help you! Plus, we offer lots of options, skydiving school, video packages, and more. You don’t have to wait for your life-changing skydiving experience any longer! You have come to the right place to make finding and planning your free-falling, soaring jump the best you could imagine.

Call the Skydiving Aficionados Today at 1-800-617-7948!

Whether you are planning on skydiving yourself or purchasing an experience as a gift for someone else, you can rest easy knowing we have the info and knowledge to get you planning a great experience! Are you a feeling a bit nervous about skydiving for the first time? We can help put your fears at ease. You will know you are in good, safe hands and about to have a truly exhilarating experience. Prepare to soar with style in California!

Tandem Skydiving near Monterey, California

Tandem Skydiving

You’re new to skydiving, but you’re up for a challenge. You are an adventurer at heart and ready to taste the adrenaline! Tandem skydiving is the perfect choice for you to experience skydiving while knowing you are in safe, experienced hands. When tandem diving, you are harnessed to a licensed instructor who knows what they are doing and also wants to make sure you have a fun, life-changing experience! Your instructor will guide you through each step. You will have the time of your life! Learn more…

Advanced Skydive Training in Monterey, California

Advanced Training

So, you’ve done the tandem jump, it blew your mind, but now you’re ready to take things to the next level? Then an advanced training jump is just right for you! We can hook you up with advanced training and skydiving schooling to get you ready to take things beyond what you could have imagined! We offer courses in Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) and landing progression. We have the know how to get you where you want to be and have you taking those leaps on your own in no time! Learn more…

Skydiving Video Packages - Monterey, California

Video Packages

Everyone knows that skydivers are cool and brave, but not all of your friends and family can be there to witness your triumph. This is why we offer video packages, including a popular GoPro option, so that you, and everyone you know, can experience your jump again and again. Our video packages are social media friendly, so you can share your adventurous spirit with the whole world. Learn more…

Book your tandem jump, advanced training jump, and video package in Monterey, CA today at 1-800-617-7948!

Now that you’ve considered making plans to go skydiving, whether this is your first time or you’re a bit more experienced, you can rest assured knowing that Monterey gives you the most options of anywhere off of Monterey and its historic, beautiful coast! We offer complete skydiving services including tandem dives, advanced training, and more. Can’t you just see yourself soaring through the air. Not far off you can see the ocean below you. Seagulls circling the bay and people walking among the shops and seafood restaurants. You will feel as free as a bird and as powerful as the ocean itself as you experience skydiving.

You can also feel at ease knowing that Monterey is filled with experienced, helpful professionals in the skydiving world who will make sure you have a safe, memorable experience. We know that skydiving can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially if this is your first jump.

We want to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable. Our skydiving experts make safety a top priority while also providing a fun, friendly atmosphere. It is important to us that we are knowledgeable and experienced and that you feel secure in your skydiving experience. Skydiving should be filled with adrenaline and excitement, but not with unnecessary fear or anxiety. We will make sure your time with us is a great one!

We also offer group and holiday discounts. Please email or call us for information about these discounts. And, if you are looking for a truly unique, surprising present to give to a special person in your life, we offer gift certificates, also.

Skydiving is an exhilarating experience no matter where you live, but skydiving in Monterey offers some pretty spectacular, one-of-a-kind views that you won’t experience anywhere else. Monterey Bay offers that perfect combination of sea and forest. With pine trees in the background, elegant sailboats on the water, and dolphins, sea lions and more swimming and resting on the soft waves, you will be sure to catch breath-taking views. Also, who doesn’t want to say they’ve been skydiving in the place where John Steinbeck made his home? Monterey is filled with history and adventure. Why not make it part of your own history and adventure?

You can visit Cannery Row. That infamous location that Steinbeck made famous. Then, make your way to Monterey Bay Aquarium to see the stunning array of thousands of marine animals. The aquarium features underwater and interactive exhibits that do not disappoint. There is also the Monterey Museum of Art which features early California impressionist paintings as well as a variety of contemporary art. After you have experienced the history and biodiversity of Monterey, end your experience with a memorable, gravity-defying skydiving jump that will give you an overlook of the whole area as you fly up thousands of feet to the drop height.

Central California offers scenery, culture, and experiences that are unique to the area. While many people know about attractions in the southern or northern parts of the state, Central California contains many hidden gems. Monterey offers the best of what makes up Central Cali.

Along with the many attraction mentioned above, Monterey also is home to the Asilomar State Beach and within driving distance of the National Steinbeck Center. The city also hosts the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is a PGA golf tour. There is no shortage of exciting things to do in Monterey. The variety of attractions and events means there is something for everyone. And skydiving in this unique, gorgeous seaside town is not something you will want to miss out on!

Monterey has mild winters and mild to warm summers. Temperatures here are pretty moderate and range through the year between 40 degrees F and 70 degrees F. This means that you will have even more times throughout the year where skydiving is an option.

Call Monterey at 1-800-617-7948 to plan your adventure!

Tandem Skydiving near Monterey, California

Tandem Skydiving

What can you expect from your first dive with Monterey?

Your stomach clenches as you step near the edge; tears are rolling down your cheeks. You don’t think you can do it. How can you take that final step? The leap over the edge? With the help of your instructor, somehow you do. You are in the air, in free fall. You have overcome your fears, and now you know that you can do anything. You can face your fears.

Whether you are scared of heights like I am or not, for most people their first skydiving experience can be pretty intimidating, even downright scary. As someone who gets anxious getting close to a cliff or on a rollercoaster, I was definitely worried about my first skydiving experience. I didn’t know if I could go through with it. But with some preparation, I definitely felt ready and at ease going into my appointment. While nerves are still part of a thrill-seeking adventure like this, knowing what you’re facing makes the process go more smoothly and soothes fears.

Making the decision to go skydiving is both exciting and nerve wracking, and most people have questions about what to expect as a beginner. Here is some basic information you should know.

The Basics:

There are of course some general rules and suggestions to know about skydiving before making your reservation. Here are some of those:

  • You must be 18 or older.
  • You should take a valid form of I.D.
  • Most places have a weight limit of 225 lb.
  • Expect to wait several hours at the drop zone.

Attire and Belongings:

Knowing what to wear and what to do with your stuff is also important and can put you at ease knowing you are prepared. Here are some tips.

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. (no sandals or flip flops)
  • Leave valuables inside your car.
  • If you are someone who gets motion sick, consider taking a Dramamine.
  • Make sure their goggles work with your eyewear if you wear glasses or contacts.

Most of the time you will be required to go on a tandem skydive on your first time skydiving. This is recommended even for the few places that will let you go alone. Having someone go with you is much safer and also will make it less scary for you.

As mentioned earlier, you will require training. This will take a couple hours and needs to be stressed again. It is essential to pay attention and be attentive through the whole training. Take this part seriously but also enjoy yourself and have fun getting to know your instructor. If you have a good rapport with them, it will make the experience better overall.

While skydiving is usually very safe, keep in mind that there are some risks involved. You should research these and ask the skydiving instructors about them beforehand. This way you can know what risks you are taking on and if you feel comfortable or not. You will only freefall for about a minute or so depending on the height of the jump.

And, most important of all, remember to have fun and enjoy yourself. With these tips in mind, your first skydiving experience is likely to be a great one.

Tandem Skydiving in Monterey!

More About Tandem Skydiving

Tandem skydiving is also sometimes referred to as tandem parachuting. In tandem skydiving, the skydiving instructor is harnessed to to the student and guides them through the whole skydiving process including the jump, freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing.

The great thing about tandem skydiving is that it involves relatively little training on the part of the student. This makes it ideal for first time jumpers. The tandem instructor is responsible for the safety and execution of the jump which will leave you, as the student, with a lot less pressure and anxiety, especially if you are embarking on your first skydiving adventure.

Also, many people talk about how much fun they had with their tandem instructor. Most instructor love introducing new people to the passion and excitement of skydiving and will help ease the tension by talking to you, cracking jokes, or walking you through the process of the dive.

Tandem Skydiving Equipment

The equipment involved in tandem skydiving is a bit different than other skydiving set ups. Modern tandem skydiving systems use what is called a drogue parachute that is deployed shortly after jumping from the plane. This type of parachute is used to decrease the velocity of the skydiver’s serves multiple functions. First, it ensures proper parachute deployment. Second, it lengthens the time spent in the air. And third, it allows the divers to fall in sync with the videographers. Monterey offers different video pacakges along with your dive. So, if you want to always remember your tandem dive, be sure to contact us about those options!

Tandem parachutes are also bigger in order to support the weight of two people. And in a tandem skydive, the parachute rig must have both a main and a reserve parachute along with an automatic activation device (AAD). An AAD is an added safety precaution that will deploy the reserve parachute on its own if it sense that the divers are still in freefall after dropping to a certain point in altitude.

Instructor Certification

In the United States, the FAA mandates that every potential instructor who participates in a tandem skydive must have at least 3 years of experiences, have participated in at least 500 skydives, and they must have a master parachute license issued by an organization that the FAA recognizes. On top of all these requirements, tandem skydiving instructors must also pass a certification course by the manufacturer of the parachute system that is being used in the jump. They must also have an FAA Class III Medical Certificate and finish the USPA Tandem Instructor Rating Course.

As you can see, all tandem skydiving instructors are highly qualified, certified experts in skydiving. You can relax knowing that your tandem instructor knows what they are doing and will keep you safe as well as having a great time.

Book your first tandem skydive today at 1-800-617-7948!

Monterey Advanced Skydiving Training

Advanced Skydiving Training

Everything you need to know about taking your skydiving journey to the next level!

So, you’ve completed your first tandem dive? Or maybe you’re just a real go-getter? And you want to know what’s next? That first experience gave you such a head rush that you can’t get it out of your mind. You don’t want to jump one time and be done! If this sounds like you, then Monterey’s advanced training options are the perfect route for you.

By taking your training to the next level, you can become a USPA certified solo skydiver. This is an exciting thought. While we offer everything you need to guide you on this process, it is not for the feint of heart. It does require discipline and commitment to learn to jump solo. Becoming a certified skydiving expert does take training and time, and it’s not super easy. But it is definitely rewarding and completely worth it. And here at Monterey we want ot make sure that you are trained the right way the first time. This is why all of our instructors are fully USPA certified and have extensive training and experience.

Another awesome thing about becoming certified is that you will be qualified to jump solo at any USPA approved skydiving center. All of the centers in’s network are USPA certified, so you will be able to experience skydiving at locations all over the country.

Just imagine seeing different landscapes, from coastal waters, to pine forests, to windswept plains and everything inbetween, from a height of 12,000 or more feet! At Monterey we want to get you started on the road to becoming a fully certified solo diver who has the freedom to experience the rush of free falling over and over again.

At Monterey, we offer two different methods of skydiving training. The first is AFF, short for Accelerated Free Fall, and it is the most common method of training. The second method is called tandem progression.

AFF Training in Monterey, California

Consider taking the leap into our Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) program!

The Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) program of training is Monterey’s most common method of solo skydiving training. The reason this program is called accelerated is because it is the fastest way to become certified as a solo skydiver and experience solo freefall.

A fun fact about these jump is that most jumps are between 10,000 and 15,000 feet Above Ground Level. The acronym for Above Ground Level in skydiving terminology is AGL.

An advantage of participating in an AFF program is that one or two skydiving instructors are dedicated to one student. This means each student gets more hands-on help and guidance and is part of the reason why it is the fastest program. This is a really important advantage to an AFF program over a static line progression model of skydiving training.

List of Training Steps

    1. Ground School Instruction: Before ever getting in the air for a jump, the student will participate in ground school. The ground school portion is extensive and in-depth and will prepare the student as much as possible for the upcoming jump.  The typical AFF ground school portion of the instruction will take about five hours.

    2. Harness Hold Training: This is the method used for the first few jumps .During the first few jumps, two instructors jump with the student. Though in some programs or in some situations these jumps are done with the student and only one instructor. During these jumps, the instructor will hold onto the student up until the point that the student deploys their parachute. This method is called “Harness Hold Training.” The instructors are not connected to the student except for the hold they have on them. So, after the student lets the parachute go, the instructor lets go and will deploy their own parachute.

      The main parachute(or canopy) for a student during an AFF program is generally deployed at 6000 feet Above Ground Level. In the case of something going wrong with the main chute, the instructor will signal with hand movements for the student to “pull.” If the student still can’t get the parachute to deploy, the instructor will help them by putting the student’s hand on the chute, and, if necessary, the instructor will pull the parachute for the student. Instructors are also prepared to pull the canopy anytime the student could be in danger. The gear that student’s use in an AFF program is usually equipped with extra pull handles so that instructors can more easily pull the chute if necessary.

    3. Release Dives:  Students progress to this step when they show they can deploy their own parachute. After those first few jumps, if the instructor thinks the student is ready to move on from the first step of training, they will start releasing the student at subsequent levels as the student proves their aptitude. The instructors will evaluate in these jumps if the student has the ability to to maneuver in free fall without assistance.

      This portion of the training could be considered “level three.” All levels after level three employ a method known as the “release dive.” At this point, the instructor will let the student know that they will release the student at a certain point in the free fall, but, of course, the instructor will always remain close by in case the student still needs assistance. But, at this stage of the training, it can’t be guaranteed that the instructor will be able to dock and pull the chute. So, the student will need to have demonstrated that they have the skills necessary to pull the chute safely and correctly. During the solo time of these dives, the student will need to demonstrate proficiency in different aspects of a dive.

    4. Demonstrating final proficiency: Later levels of the training involve the instructor checking that the student can perform different maneuvers in the air such as flips, turns, and fall rate control. In every level of the training, the instructor will make sure that the student passes off the Targeted Learning Objectives for each level.

Once the student has shown they are capable and proficient at every level with the instructor, they will be able to go through certifications processes and be able to solo jump! While it does take some effort, getting to this stage is extremely rewarding. Here at Monterey’s AFF program we can get you certified and soaring.

Monterey California Tandem Progression Skydiving Training

As an Alternative to AFF, we offer Tandem Progression Training

While Accelerated Free Fall training is the more common and preferred method for most people looking to train to become a solo skydiver, there is another option we offer at Monterey. This method essentially combines tandem jumping along with the elements of the AFF program.

An advantage to using this method is that it can be a little more comfortable and slower paced introduction to solo skydiving. The regular AFF method may be a little intense for some people and seem like a lot in a short period of time. If you are a person who feels this way, than Tandem Progression is likely a great option for you.

While doing Tandem Progression training, the instructor gives you information on each tandem dive building upon the dives before as opposed to the accelerated method which relates large amounts of information in preparation for the dive.

After the tandem dives, the student will transition into the same method of training as is done in the regular AFF program. THe student will then wear their own skydiving rig and jump with two instructors.

Just like in the traditional AFF program, participants in Tandem Progression will participate in ground school training before the tandem jumps. So, the order of training would look something like this:

  • Ground School
  • Tandem Jumps(usually three)
  • Accelerated freefall jumps with harness hold training (around two jumps)
  • Accelerated freefall jumps with the release dive method (around two jumps)
  • Accelerated freefall final jump demonstrating proficiency in areas such as rolls and landing the jump

Tandem Progression does take more time and jumps than the AFF program, but, for some people, it is just the right pace. If you are excited and really want to become a solo skydiver, but also feel a bit uneasy about jumping by yourself so quickly, than the Tandem Progression program with Monterey is a viable, smart choice that we offer.

Now that you know all about our training options, book your place in skydiving school with Monterey at 1-800-617-7948!

Monterey Skydiving Video Packages

Remember your skydiving adventure forever with a video package!

One question many people have when planning a skydiving adventure thrill is how will they have something to remember, or show to others, that they went skydiving. They wonder how they will be able to take pictures or video in the air. Skydiving is a pretty big and exciting deal, and no one wants to walk away without the physical evidence that they can enjoy and share with family and friends.

This is why here at Monterey we offer video packages. Video packages can be a part of any of the skydives we offer. Whether you are participating in your very first tandem dive or you are participating in one of our solo dive training programs, you can make a video package part of that experience. With a video package, you and every person you know will get to see you in action as you soar and drop through the air, regardless of what kind of skydiving experience you are having.

A video showing you every step of the way along your dive, every emotion, smile, laugh, scream, will be captured. You will get to relive all of the feelings and exhilaration you experienced during your jump as well as get a better grasp of how high up you were and what everything around you was like .Especially on a first jump, the whole process can be a lot to take in and some details might slip from your mind. With a video package, you don’t have to worry about remembering these moments because you will have physical proof to rewatch whenever you feel like!

Plus, you know your friends and family are going to be asking you what skydiving was like. What you did? What you looked like? Did you freak out? With a video you can show them what the experience was, and, honestly, you will look really brave and cool. Everybody wants to share such a big thing in their life as this.

We offer a couple of video packages so that you have some different options.

  • Videographer: This option is the best of the best. In this video package, a talented videographer jumps with you. They are able to record the entire process from boarding the plane, the ride to altitude, the exit, the freefall, the landing, and the celebration afterwards. This option truly captures your skydiving experience
  • GoPro: This option is good for those who want a video but maybe can’t afford the videographer option. With this option, your tandem instructor will wear a GoPro and film the jump from a close perspective. 

No matter which option you choose the video will be professionally edited at the dropzone facility. Also, videos are given to you in formats that are easy to share on social media. This way you really can share your experience with all your friends and family, and even the whole world really, easily and quickly. We know that being able to easily share this content is important to you, so we make it convenient!

What are you waiting for?
Call Monterey at 1-800-617-7948 and ask about our video packages today!

Monterey Skydiving Gift Certificates

Give someone the experience of a lifetime!

Maybe you know someone who has been begging to go skydiving for years? A girlfriend, brother, best friend, mother, it could be anyone. You want to give them a gift that they will always remember. We offer multiple gift certificate options to make this possible. Just imagine your loved one’s face as they open their gift on their birthday or Christmas morning, they will be surprised and delighted that you thought of something that is both epic and thoughtful.

Other gifts are nice, but why settle for something your family member or friend will probably forget about in a year? Like a book, a restaurant gift card, or clothes they will probably return anyway. A skydiving gift certificate with Monterey is a gift that they will never forget. Experiences can be so much more rewarding than things. So, give your loved one the experience of a lifetime!

Also, you could purchase a gift certificate for someone to bring with you on your own dive. You can go together and have the time of your lives. It’s more fun to skydive with someone you know and have a great time with than to go alone! The two of you will be laughing, smiling, clenching your teeth in anticipation, and maybe screaming with the pure adrenaline and bravery of overcoming your fears. Experiencing skydiving together is something you and your friend or family member will be able to talk about for years to come, and it will definitely be a pretty awesome bonding experience to have.

At Monterey we have gift certificates available for many of the skydiving services we offer. We want to make this process easy for you and allow you to purchase a gift certificate for the adventurer in your life that suits them and their needs best.

While gift certificates are usually purchased for our tandem skydives, we also offer them for the Accelerated Free Fall Level 1 skydive. So, whether your loved one is ready to take their first leap into their first skydive, or whether they are ready to become a solo skydiver, you can purchase a gift certificate for them to make that happen.

Oh, and we also offer gift certificates for our video packages. So, you can give them this extra special, memorable option of being able to view and share their skydive again and again. Also, if they have already purchased a skydiving trip, you could give them a video package to make their experience even better.

The options for gift certificates are pretty flexible to suit your loved one’s ideal skydiving experience. We want to help you give them the best gift ever!

Here is some other information about our gift certificates and how easy to use and flexible they are:

  • The certificates are valid for two years from the purchase date.
  • Gift certificates are also accepted at over 80 different skydiving centers all over the country as well as at the Monterey, California center, of course.
  • Customer service is available seven days a week. So, if you have any questions or concerns about the gift certificate you can get ahold of us any day.

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Skydiving is one of the most life-changing, thrill-satisfying experiences that a person can have. Here at Monterey we offer all the information, steps, and programs you will need to give you the amazing skydiving experience you are looking for.

Whether you are a first time skydiver or looking to become a certified solo skydiver, we can make your experience memorable, safe, and exciting! Tandem jumps are perfect for beginners. While we also offer Accelerated Free Fall(AFF) training as well as Tandem Progression training for those who want to be trained to jump solo.

Video packages can be added to any of these options so that you will have something to remember and enjoy for years to come. You don’t want to forget any moment of such an amazing, daring adventure!

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