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How Much Does Skydiving Cost?

The average skydiving cost is between $99 and $375 for first time or tandem skydivers, which can vary based upon location, aircraft, fuel costs, altitude, time of day, group size, scenery, weight, day of the week, available discounts and more. Throughout this page, we’ll go in depth into what affects pricing at different locations. With these details, you’ll know when and how you can get the best available pricing (and some deals that virtually no one else will get).

How Much Does Skydiving Cost?

The average skydiving cost is between $99 and $375 for first time or tandem skydivers, which can vary based upon location, aircraft, fuel costs, altitude, time of day, group size, scenery, weight, day of the week, available discounts and more. Throughout this page, we’ll go in depth into what affects pricing at different locations. With these details, you’ll know when and how you can get the best available pricing (and some deals that virtually no one else will get).

Skydiving Cost Ranges for Tandem, AFF, Videos & More

There are exceptions for every rule. Skydiving is not like a fast food chain. Most things are not standardized, costs can change all the time, and skydiving centers usually adjust pricing to remain competitive regionally. Look over the list below and read on for more detail about how to get the best deals near you.

Tandem Skydiving Prices

  • Tandem Skydiving 8,000-18,000 ft: $99 to $375
  • Tandem Progression: Tandem Jump Price + AFF Full Course

Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) Prices

  • AFF Level 1: $200 to $595
  • AFF Full Course: $1,250 to $3,500
  • A License: $2099 to $5037.50

Video & Still Photography Prices

  • Video: $40 to $230
  • Video & Stills: $68 to $300

Experienced Jumpers Prices

  • Hop n’ Pop (~5,500 ft): $20 to $25
  • Standard Lift Ticket (12,000-14,000 ft): $25 to $30
  • Gear Rental: ~$30
  • Pack Job: ~$10
  • Recurrency Jump: ~$150

Experienced Jumpers Prices

  • Demo Jumps: $1,000+ and varies depending upon circumstance
  • Observer Ride: $30 to $40

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Is a lower price always better?

Oh God no. Lower prices could mean older equipment, aging facilities, improperly maintained aircraft, lack of personnel, or a variety of other things that you don’t even want to risk your life with. That doesn’t mean that the highest price is necessary, but just don’t aim for rock bottom prices like you would on a standardized product. Like any service, you get what you pay for. Once you find out what a skydiving centers costs are, you’ll know how to ask the right questions to get the best bang for your buck without putting yourself at risk. But first, let’s start with discounts.

Are some discounts more important? You bet. Here’s why.

In this section, we’ll go over the basic available discounts, talk about their importance, followed by reasons that pricing varies (and how to take advantage of those variations). That’s what you came here for anyway, right? Well, read on.

Basic Discounts

  • Groups
  • Groupons
  • Weekday Jumps
  • Active Military & Veterans
  • Birthdays
  • Senior Citizens
  • Students
  • Holidays

Basic Discounts

  • Groups
  • Groupons
  • Weekday Jumps
  • Active Military & Veterans
  • Birthdays
  • Senior Citizens
  • Students
  • Holidays

Taking advantage of the above, you can save as little as $5 or upwards of 30%, depending upon how you go about it.

You’re probably pretty familiar with these types of discounts and just as unfamiliar with how they impact your jump on the day of your reservation. Military, birthday, senior, student, and holiday discounts won’t have any effect, but weekday, groupon, and groups will change your experience.

Groups, Groupon, & Weekdays – Like being treated like royalty?

Hint: Bring 3+ Friends. Why? Because dropzones, *ahem* skydiving centers, will give you the best prices and a premium experience not available with other discounts. We’re talking 20-30% off or even a free skydive if you bring enough friends.

Think about it. They want to ensure that they make more money, and more people = more money (especially if they don’t have to cut too close to their costs). More money for them will make the staff want to keep you happy. Every empty seat on the plane is lost $$$. If the weather is getting bad, they’ll try to get your group on the next loads to avoid a refund request. If there’s only one time slot that can work, they’ll move other people around to get you on the schedule. Top it all off with the fact that they know other dropzones will bend over backwards for you too (if they don’t). All in all, Group discounts get the best experience, weekday discounts are decent if you can take off work, and Groupons are overrated.

Groupon – Best Pricing – Worst Service

Many skydiving centers, just like anything other business on Groupon, are pushed to give deeper discounts than they would ever give on their own. Even selling under cost, they still have to give 20-50% of each sale back to Groupon! At that point, they’re just hoping to make money on the people that don’t ever redeem. They lose more money if you go than if you get a refund. That means you get a bottom of the barrel customer experience.

Did you want to go on the weekend? There might be something in ‘the fine print’ that states ‘weekdays only’. Do you want to go right at your scheduled time? Your time might be moved back to make way for retail price customers. But you can still get Groupon pricing without a group if you know how to use the cost of skydiving against the skydiving center.

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The Costs for Skydiving Centers

Once you have your eyes set on a particular type of discount, it’s time to take a more in-depth look at location specific factors that can affect how a skydiving center incurs cost and adjusts its pricing.

Your Choice of Location & How it Impacts your Wallet

Location, location, location. Is there anything more important? Well – If it increases their cost or matters to you, the DZO (Dropzone owner) cares about increasing the price as a result. The following factors can sway the price $25 to $100 in either direction.

  • The View: Why do people want a window seat on an airplane? Once you’re up that high, you might as well take in your surroundings. Oceanside, near mountaintops, or just seeing the same ol’ from a flipping awesome perspective can make your jump that much better.
  • The Landing: Would you pay more to land on the beach, a perfectly green field, or a water devoid desert? The DZO knows the answer and adjusts the price accordingly.
  • Facilities: A Skydiving center is a skydiving center right? Well, that’s about as true as saying a motel 6 and the Ritz-Carlton offer a place to stay – technically true with a world of difference in service and overall experience. The nicer the dropzone, the more amenities they’ll have built in. Cozy restaurants and a place to stay for the night are not unheard of, though most skydiving places are smaller operations and can’t afford such amenities.
  • Equipment: Nice, new, modern equipment can cost a fortune. New rigs, canopies, altimeters, jumpsuits, wingsuits, cameras, and editing equipment are all factored into the center’s return on investment. The nicer it is, the more you’ll pay. I’ll go into more detail about the types of videography, associated equipment, and how they impact the price later.

Unless you’re calling (which works with many locations), every center will try to sell you on their service (even if it’s not what you’d prefer). Ask about the view, the landing, facilities, equipment, and more until you’re satisfied you have the right answer.

Contrary to popular belief, you might drive 50-100 miles past the closest skydiving center in order to get to the best mix of price and service. Before you make that decision, you’ll want to take into account, when you’re jumping, what videography equipment they have, memorabilia, altitude, and the type of service you’re settling on.

Date & Time Slot: Less Busy = Lower Price

When you jump also has an incredible impact on price. Weekdays tend to be slower than weekends, and weekends are slower than holidays, so be prepared to pay full price on the weekend (and a bit more for a July 4th jump). Usually there’s about a natural $10 difference between weekends and weekdays, though there’s no standard for holiday pricing. However, you can do a lot better than that over the phone.

“ one negotiates a better price by asking the website.”

Dropzones are willing to lower their price more than what they list online. Context is what matters the most. If you catch a dropzone staff member standing in front of an empty manifest wondering how they can get customers in a door on a weekday when the sun just isn’t shining, (chances are) he’ll give you an awesome deal. However, no one negotiates a better price by asking the website. You’ll only find that out if you dial the numbers. That said, check the header for our number. See what I did there? Anyway, let’s talk a little more about weather.

Your Choice of Location & How it Impacts your Wallet
Your Choice of Location & How it Impacts your Wallet

It’s cloudy? Hell yes! The price just went down. Here’s why.

High winds and precipitating clouds are the bane of your local DZ (dropzone). Bad weather = no one can jump. Sometimes, people expect that you can’t jump just because of how the weather seems. That’s why it pays to call. You can be the exception to the rule by just asking if their jumping, which gives you the advantage.

Rather than just shut down for the day, they might give a hefty discount (15-20%) to the few that call in. So, pay attention to the forecast to see if it’s overcast, just as much as you might normally check if it’s sunny. In free fall, you won’t care too much about the difference. Check in advance to get a discount and check the day of to make sure you can go.

Sunset Dives = Higher Price for a Better View

Some dropzones will charge more for the few spots that time out just right to see the sun go down. However, you can always choose a different center to get the same time slot for no additional cost, because most don’t charge for the extra value it provides.

When to wait for the discount (and when to take the plunge)

If none of the discounts we’ve talked about are available, you should go ahead and book it anyway (especially if you have to plan for a specific day). Skydiving should be different than that book you said you would read last year or that documentary that’s been sitting in your Netflix queue forever. The experience will change you for the better, and you can always come up with excuses. No matter the circumstance – even if you have to pay retail, it’s always worth every penny.

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1 Pic = 1000 words…
What about video?

1 Pic = 1000 words… What about video?

What does video cost say about quality?

Not all videos are equal, and there are some things that you’ll regret not knowing before you purchase. I’ll show you hot to pay attention to the equipment used, how they use it, what it looks like when done, how they give you a copy, and why each part is important. Price and quality of videos varies drastically, and you’ll want to know the right questions to ask. The right video is something to show off and keep for the rest of your life, and a little knowledge can go a long way. Before you call, here are the things you need to know to get the best deal.

“The price and quality of videos varies drastically, and you’ll want to know the right questions to ask.”

Handycam, Videographer, Still Photos, and Video & Stills Package.

Those are the main types of video package options available, and most dropzones don’t have all of them. Handycams (tandem skydives only) cost about $50 and usually involve a GroPro strapped to your tandem master’s wrist. Because the dropzone doesn’t have to pay for another videographer (and the equipment is less expensive), they’re usually the cheapest option.

Your face is the star of the show in a handycam video. If you just want to see your skin ripple in 120 MPH wind, go for it, but don’t expect to see much of your surroundings. The next option is what we recommend the most, and it costs a bit more.

Videographer’s are guaranteed to be worth the money. Closer to the $100+ range, they are trained to maneuver like a Wonkavator: sideways, and slantways, and longways, backways, and any other way you can think to get the right angle from the right distance.

Knowing what people want to see and remember, they’ll capture the best moments during the skydive, landing, and interview you before and after. Because they want it to be memorable, they’ll be your own personal ‘hype man’ as well. Even if you somehow don’t think a videographer will add much to the video, think about how good the pictures will be.

Some offer still photos as an optional add-on. Others include it for free with the purchase of your video. On rare occasions, they might even throw in a video for free with your purchase of a tandem.No matter what, they are always better if you get still pictures from a videographer and not a handycam. Do you really want a skydiving selfie (where you can just see your face), or would you rather have an awesome action shot? I thought so. Take that into account when you call.

Can I save money by sharing a videographer with a friend?

We wish, and the laws of gravity make it a pretty impossible task.

Think of it this way. If your friend is traveling 120 MPH and you jump out after him, how far away do you think you’re going to be when “your shared videographer” looks up to get you on camera? Way too far. All your frantic flailing will be a tiny dot on film. Sorry, you’ll have to BYOV (buy your own videographer). I think I can guess what you’re thinking next…

Can’t I just bring my own camera?

Uh… sure. If you want someone to take pictures of you landing or before you get on the plane, but bringing a camera on the plane is a serious health risk to anyone waiting on the ground for it to fall. Leave capturing the moment to the professionals, and you’ll love the end result.

The End Result – Final Editing & Associated Cost

Want to know what you’re going to get? Ask. Is it going to be in 480p, 720p, 1080p, or 4k resolution? Dropzones are slow to change, so some are still using old equipment.

Lower resolutions cost less (because they didn’t have to pay for updated equipment yet) but not enough to make up for the reduction in quality.

How are they going to give you the final product? DVD/Blu Ray, USB (thumb drive), or email? If you care, find out.

There may or may not be a small charge if you want a hard copy, rather than an electronic one. If you’re interested in physical memorabilia, there are better options.

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Souvenirs & The Cost of Skydiving Memorabilia

Usually sold separately, there are a few things you can get to remember the day and slyly showcase that you went skydiving. Practice this for when people ask: “What? This ol’ thing? Yeah, I got it after I jumped out of a plane. No big deal.”

  • Water bottles
  • Bumper stickers
  • T-shirts
  • First Jump Certificate
  • Logbook, Goggles, Helmet (for AFF students)

Skydivers can get pretty creative about giving you something to remember your experience, so make sure to take a look around while you’re at the center. Outside of actual skydiving equipment, none of it will be too expensive or should impact your decision to choose one location or another.
That said, how high you jump will definitely give you a longer or shorter experience to remember.

The Practical Impact of Altitude on Time & Price

There isn’t too much of a standard when it comes to altitude, because it depends largely on the type of plane that the center uses. Each type of aircraft has a different carrying capacity, an associated ‘time to altitude’, and fuel efficiency.

With that said, generally tandem skydives are offered at heights of 8,000-18,000 feet AGL(Above Ground Level), in increments of 1,000. Higher altitudes give you more time in the air and cost more as a result.

Because your tandem instructor is training to pull the ripcord at 5,000 feet for safety, your time in freefall depends upon how high above that you jump from the plane. So, an 8,000 feet jump = about 20 seconds of freefall. For every 1,000 feet above that, add about 7 seconds.

“..8,000 feet = about 20 seconds of freefall. For every 1,000 feet above that, add about 7 seconds.”

Above 14,000 feet, FAA regulations require that you have an oxygen tank. The air density is low enough that you could potentially pass out without it. Depending upon how much air time you want before you’re under canopy, shop around. Many locations only have one option, whereas some dropzones might have 5+ options.

Each altitude represents another time that the pilot has to level off the aircraft to let people jump safely (like multiple stops on an elevator), which means they spend potentially more time in the air, burn more fuel, and unnecessarily increase the cost to the center.

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Weight Matters for Safety & Price

Every skydiving place has a weight limit, over which they cannot safely offer a tandem skydiving experience. With better equipment, the weight limit can be higher. However, they’ll likely charge more after buying a more advanced tandem rig.

Above about 200-220 lbs, an additional charge may be added per pound. Even after they’ve recouped the cost of the equipment, higher weights take additional experience to safely maneuver, add flight time to get to jumping altitude, and cost more as a result.

What You Get With Each Type of Jump

Tandem skydives usually have about 40-60 seconds of freefall, a 5-10 minute parachute ride under the canopy, lift ticket to hold your spot on the plane (10-20 minutes), all your gear (jumpsuit, goggles, helmet, harness), a USPA certified tandem instructor, and a brief training session.

Some skydiving centers will thrown in free memorabilia like a free bumper sticker and first jump certificate. You’re strapped to an instructor the whole time, and this is the preferred way to experience the sport for the first time.

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AFF (Accelerated Freefall) should always be more expensive because it requires more instructors and more time to train you. These instructors have to be certified by the USPA at a higher level, because they’re not just bringing you along for the ride. Unlike a tandem skydive, you won’t be strapped to anyone.

To make sure you’re ready, you’ll go through a 4-6 hour training course on the ground with other students. At the end, you’ll take a test to ensure you’ve retained what you’ve learned. Once it’s time to go up in the plane, two instructors will join you for your first jump.

Each dropzone has a different way of covering the same core curriculum. So, once you’ve paid for a course with one location, you’re staying with them. Choose wisely.

As you progress through to more advanced levels, you require less supervision, and each subsequent jump is likely to cost a bit less than the last. Once you’ve received your ‘A license’ (the initial license everyone receives), you’ll be able to jump for a lot less.

An ‘A license’ gives you the ability to jump at any dropzone without supervision. Every jump is solo at that point, so you’re paying to cover less cost to the dropzone (see below for more info.).

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AFF training is a far more exciting process and is not for the faint of heart.

Lift Tickets & Licensed Jumps – Way Cheaper

At this point, you likely have a skydiving center that you routinely visit and have noticed the costs are a lot less than tandems or AFF.

Your main costs now are equipment (~$30 to rent), packing your rig (~$20 to a certified packer), and lift tickets (your spot on the plane ~$25-30). If you’re just interested in the ride under canopy (and less freefall), the center might offer hop-n-pop jumps at a lower altitude (~$5-10 less per lift ticket).

Finally, each center works out their own price for block jumps: lift tickets purchased in advance for a reduced cost per dive.

No Price is Worth it if it’s not Safe – Skydiving Safety & Other Costs

Make sure that the location of your choice follows the standards set by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and USPA (United States Parachute Association). Between the two of them, they regulate aircraft maintenance and instructor licensing.

To keep everything in order, the skydiving center will incur occasional costs. By law, every plane has to be inspected every 100 hours (which is about $75). Additionally, each organization has to purchase and maintain equipment, the most expensive of which are tandem rigs.

Tandem rigs are more expensive because they have to be certified to safely carry the weight of you and your instructor. $10,000-$15,000 is a normal price range for a new tandem rig, which should be inspected every 6 months by the manufacturer representative. Master riggers may charge around $100 per inspection, though it depends upon the manufacturer.

UPT (United Parachute Technologies) and their Vector brand is the most commonly used, though there are less advanced brands like Strong Enterprises.
Last but not least, fuel is one of the largest factors influencing the cost of skydiving. With that said, there’s not much anyone can do about it. AV fuel (Aviation Fuel) is significantly more expensive than what you put in your car, because it’s higher quality. For safety reasons, it has to reduce the risk of explosion or icing from temperature variation (by using additives). As fuel prices rise or decrease, so should the cost of your skydive.

Being aware of safety policies will help you budget and negotiate accordingly. Never be afraid to ask questions, and our experts are available 8 A.M. to 12 A.M. every day to answer your questions.

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