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What is Tandem Skydiving?

Tandem skydiving was the brilliant innovation of two pioneering parachute manufacturers in the early 1980's. Seeking to expand the available options for skydiving instruction, both inventors shared ideas until they reached their goal - a parachute built for two!

A tandem skydive is a fantastic introduction to the unique sport of skydiving. Tandem skydiving offers prospective students the opportunity to experience the freedom and exhilaration of skydiving, without spending a lot of time in the classroom. The training process for a tandem skydive takes only about an hour. Tandems are available in two formats: simply as a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience or as the beginning of your free-fall student training progression. Students choosing the latter option shift from tandem jumps to Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) training after two or three tandems.

Your tandem instructor is a highly experienced skydiver who wears an oversized parachute, built to safely carry two people up to a combined weight of 500 lbs. Your tandem student equipment includes a special purpose harness that attaches at four points to the front of your tandem instructor. The skydive itself begins with a team exit from 10,500 to 14,000 feet MSL, followed by a 35 to 45 second free-fall. After about a four to five minute parachute ride, you arrive back on Earth and land smoothly in the landing area.

Tandem skydives at Start Skydiving are ideal for those who long to experience human flight, but would rather not make a solo jump for their first skydive experience. Although it is not necessarily required, we highly recommend our students to do a tandem skydive for their first time if they have never jumped before.  It is by far the safest, fastest, and cheapest way to experience the ultimate thrill and adrenaline-rush of the extreme sport of skydiving.

Because your first skydive is such an overwhelming experience, your mind goes into sensory overload. This causes many students to forget a lot about their first jump. This is why we strongly encourage every first-time jumper to purchase one of our professional video and photo packages. You will be amazed how much of the experience you had forgotten! These video and photo packages also allow you to share your experience with others and relive it over and over.

Tandems also open up the world of skydiving to adventurers who are physically or otherwise unable to make a solo jump. Countless tandems have been made by people with disabilities, such as wheelchair-bound persons, the elderly, and others. Start Skydiving has developed special equipment and has a highly trained staff to provide these students with an incredible skydiving experience.

Many Start Skydiving students have a personal breakthrough in conquering their fears and living their dreams, often coming away with a life-changing experience. You can read some of these inspiring stories on our testimonials page.

Tandem Skydiving Pricing

Why pay more for less, when you can pay less and get more!

Larger, faster aircraft! State-of-the-art equipment! Sixty professional instructors! All at Start Skydiving!

Standard Full Retail Price of a Tandem Skydive: $299

NON-HOLIDAY WEEKDAYS

Non-Holiday Weekday Online Prepay Tandem Skydive Special: ONLY $169!
YOU SAVE $130 OFF of the regular full retail price of a tandem skydive when you prepay in full upfront and book it online through the reservations page of our website for any available non-holiday weekday of operation during our skydiving season!
Book Your Non-Holiday Weekday Tandem Skydive Online Now!

Non-Holiday Weekday $25 Deposit Only Tandem Skydive Price: $179
YOU SAVE $120 OFF
 of the regular full retail price of a tandem skydive when you only prepay a $25 deposit and book it online through the reservations page of our website for any available non-holiday weekday of operation during our skydiving season!
Book Your Non-Holiday Weekday Tandem Skydive Online Now!

Non-Holiday Weekday Walk-in Tandem Skydive Price: $199
YOU SAVE $100 OFF of the regular full retail price of a tandem skydive when you walk-in without a reservation on any available non-holiday weekday of operation during our skydiving season just to show how much we appreciate your awesomeness!

WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS

Weekend/Holiday Online Prepay Tandem Skydive Special: ONLY $189!
YOU SAVE $110 OFF of the regular full retail price of a tandem skydive when you prepay in full upfront and book it online through the reservations page of our website for any available weekend or holiday of operation during our skydiving season!
Book Your Weekend/Holiday Tandem Skydive Online Now!

Weekend/Holiday $25 Deposit Only Tandem Skydive Price: $199
YOU SAVE $100 OFF
 of the regular full retail price of a tandem skydive when you only prepay a $25 deposit and book it online through the reservations page of our website for any available weekend or holiday of operation during our skydiving season!
Book Your Weekend/Holiday Tandem Skydive Online Now!

Weekend/Holiday Walk-in Tandem Skydive Price: $219
YOU SAVE $80 OFF
 of the regular full retail price of a tandem skydive when you walk-in without a reservation on any available weekend or holiday of operation during our skydiving season just to show how much we appreciate your awesomeness!

Other Amazing Deals and Discounts!

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YOU SAVE $150 OFF of the full retail price of a tandem skydive on any available day of operation if you purchase your second tandem skydive immediately after you make your first tandem skydive!

  • The amount paid for the first tandem skydive must be at least $169 and the reservation must have been booked online through our website.
  • The $99 Second Tandem Special must be purchased on the same day as when the first tandem skydive is performed.
  • The second tandem skydive must be reserved directly over the phone with at least 24 hours' notice given for any available day of operation within one year of the date of purchase in order to cover the full value of a tandem skydive.
  • This offer may not be combined with any other discount.
  • If the discounted price paid is not used within one year of the date of purchase, any difference between the discounted price paid and the full retail price must be paid in full upon arrival prior to performing the skydive. After five years, any amount paid will permanently expire forever and will no longer be available for use.

Any person with a terminal illness and any person with a permanent disability that forces him or her to be permanently wheelchair-bound, such as paralysis or amputations, will receive a 100% FREE tandem skydive on any available day of operation as part of our mission to always give back to our community by sharing our beloved sport with those that may not otherwise be able to do so.

  • Jumper must only pay a $25 deposit per person (this $25 deposit may be refunded or applied toward a video/photo package upon arrival) and mention this discount and their disability or illness in the notes section of the reservation page when booking a reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website.
  • An official doctor's note confirming the disability or illness and approving the person to skydive must also be presented upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation.
  • Terminally ill jumpers may receive unlimited free tandem skydives. All other disabled jumpers may only redeem one free tandem skydive with all additional tandem skydives available for only $99.

Any immediate family member of a Gold Star recipient, such as spouses, children, stepchildren, adoptive children, siblings, step-siblings, half-siblings, parents, foster parents, stepparents, grandparents, great-grandparents, legal guardians, or next of kin will receive a 100% FREE tandem skydive as part of our mission to thank those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, our country, and our liberty and freedom.

  • Jumper must only pay a $25 deposit per person (this $25 deposit may be refunded or applied towards a video/photo package upon arrival) and mention this discount, the Gold Star recipient's full legal name and military service number, the armed conflict where the Gold Star recipient was KIA, and the relationship to the Gold Star recipient in the notes section of the reservation page when booking a reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website.
  • This information must also be presented upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation, in addition to presenting a copy of the DD Form 1300 and a legally valid state-issued photo ID. Alternatively, a vehicle with a legally valid state-issued license plate with the Gold Star Family Member logo on it registered to the jumper, proof of the vehicle's current registration, and a legally valid state-issued photo ID may be presented upon check-in on the date of his or her original scheduled skydive reservation.
  • Each jumper may only redeem one free tandem skydive. However, all additional tandems are available for only $99.

YOU SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $30 OFF of the online prepay special price of a tandem skydive if you currently serve or have served in the US military as our way to show our appreciation and thank you for your service defending our great country. To redeem this discount, you must enter MIL in the discount coupon code field and prepay in full upfront when booking your reservation online for a tandem skydive through the reservations page of our website here: http://startskydiving.com/reservations/

  • Jumper must be an active duty, reserve duty, retired, or honorably discharged enlisted or commissioned personnel of the United States Armed Forces, including the Guard and the Reserves.
  • Jumper must present a legally valid photo ID officially issued by his or her local, county, state, or federal government as proof of service upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation. The only accepted forms of proof of military service at Start Skydiving are a legally valid license or ID with a military veteran logo officially issued by the state, a current VIC officially issued by the county, state, or VA, a current military ID officially issued by the DoD, such as a CAC/USID/USPIC, or a DD Form 2/214/2765.
  • If no such proof of service can be provided upon arrival, then this discount will no longer apply and any remaining price difference must be paid in full prior to being permitted to jump.
  • The jumper must enter the corresponding discount coupon code and prepay in full upfront when booking the reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website in order to receive this discounted price. This is the only way to receive this discounted price. The discounted price cannot and will not be issued or applied on site upon arrival.
  • This offer may only be combined with the weekday and weekend/holiday online prepay special discount prices. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
  • If the discounted price paid is not used within one year of the date of purchase, any difference between the discounted price paid and the full retail price must be paid in full upon arrival prior to performing the skydive. After five years, any amount paid will permanently expire forever and will no longer be available for use.

YOU SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $20 OFF of the online prepay special price of a tandem skydive if you are currently employed as an LEO/Firefighter/EMT/Emergency First Responder/Rescue Personnel as our way to show our appreciation and thank you for your service in protecting our communities and keeping us safe! To redeem this discount, you must click the "I have a coupon" button and enter 911 as the discount code, and then prepay in full upfront when booking your reservation online for a tandem skydive through the reservations page of our website here: http://startskydiving.com/reservations/

  • Jumper must be currently employed to perform such service and must present a legally valid photo ID officially issued by his or her employer or local, county, state, or federal government as proof of service upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation.
  • If no such proof of service can be provided upon arrival, then this discount will no longer apply and any remaining price difference must be paid in full prior to being permitted to jump.
  • The jumper must enter the corresponding discount coupon code and prepay in full upfront when booking the reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website in order to receive this discounted price. This is the only way to receive this discounted price. The discounted price cannot and will not be issued or applied on site upon arrival.
  • This offer may only be combined with the weekday and weekend/holiday online prepay special discount prices. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
  • If the discounted price paid is not used within one year of the date of purchase, any difference between the discounted price paid and the full retail price must be paid in full upon arrival prior to performing the skydive. After five years, any amount paid will permanently expire forever and will no longer be available for use.

YOU SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $10 OFF of the online prepay special price of a tandem skydive if you are currently employed by a local, state, or federal government! To redeem this discount, you must click the "I have a coupon" button and enter GOV as the discount code, and then prepay in full upfront when booking your reservation online for a tandem skydive through the reservations page of our website here: http://startskydiving.com/reservations/

  • Jumper must be currently employed by a local, state, or federal government and must present a legally valid photo ID officially issued by his or her employer as proof of service upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation. 
  • If no proof of service can be provided upon arrival, then this discount will no longer apply and any remaining price difference must be paid in full prior to being permitted to jump.
  • The jumper must enter the corresponding discount coupon code and prepay in full upfront when booking the reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website in order to receive this discounted price. This is the only way to receive this discounted price. The discounted price cannot and will not be issued or applied on site upon arrival.
  • This offer may only be combined with the weekday and weekend/holiday online prepay special discount prices. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
  • If the discounted price paid is not used within one year of the date of purchase, any difference between the discounted price paid and the full retail price must be paid in full upon arrival prior to performing the skydive. After five years, any amount paid will permanently expire forever and will no longer be available for use.

YOU SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $10 OFF of the online prepay special price of a tandem skydive if you currently teach at a school and are employed as a full-time teacher; OR if you currently attend classes at a college/university and are enrolled as a full-time student! To redeem this discount, you must click the "I have a coupon" button and enter EDU as the discount code, and then prepay in full upfront when booking your reservation online for a tandem skydive through the reservations page of our website here: http://startskydiving.com/reservations/

  • Jumper must either be employed as a certified full-time teacher/educator/professor and currently teach at a school/college/university, OR attend classes at a college/university and be enrolled as a full-time student (registered to take at least 12 credit hours in the current semester) on the day of jump and must present a student enrollment status verification to serve as proof of registered credit hours upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation. A college/university ID is NOT sufficient proof of enrollment and will not be accepted as such
  • If none of the above can be provided upon arrival, then this discount will no longer apply and any remaining price difference must be paid in full prior to being permitted to jump.
  • The jumper must enter the corresponding discount coupon code and prepay in full upfront when booking the reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website in order to receive this discounted price. This is the only way to receive this discounted price. The discounted price cannot and will not be issued or applied on site upon arrival.
  • This offer may only be combined with the weekday and weekend/holiday online prepay special discount prices. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
  • If the discounted price paid is not used within one year of the date of purchase, any difference between the discounted price paid and the full retail price must be paid in full upon arrival prior to performing the skydive. After five years, any amount paid will permanently expire forever and will no longer be available for use.

YOU SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $10 OFF of the online prepay special price of a tandem skydive if you are at least 65 years old or older! To redeem this discount, you must click the "I have a coupon" button and enter 65+ as the discount code, and then prepay in full upfront when booking your reservation online for a tandem skydive through the reservations page of our website here: http://startskydiving.com/reservations/

  • Jumper must be at least 65 years old or older on the day of the jump and must present a legally valid state-issued photo ID with name, address, and date of birth as proof of age and identity upon check-in on the date of his or her scheduled skydive reservation. 
  • If no such proof can be provided upon arrival, then this discount will no longer apply and any remaining price difference must be paid in full prior to being permitted to jump.
  • The jumper must enter the corresponding discount coupon code and prepay in full upfront when booking the reservation for a tandem skydive online through our website in order to receive this discounted price. This is the only way to receive this discounted price. The discounted price cannot and will not be issued or applied on site upon arrival.
  • This offer may only be combined with the weekday and weekend/holiday online prepay special discount prices. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
  • If the discounted price paid is not used within one year of the date of purchase, any difference between the discounted price paid and the full retail price must be paid in full upon arrival prior to performing the skydive. After five years, any amount paid will permanently expire forever and will no longer be available for use.

If you find a lower price listed on a competing drop-zone's website, we will match it, guaranteed! We want you to have the best experience possible at the best possible price! If you believe you have found a lower price, please call us at (513) 422-5867 to inquire about this offer.

  • Price found must be lower than our lowest price currently available for a single tandem skydive from 14,000 feet MSL on the same day and at the same time as currently listed on an actual business website of a competitor that is currently physically located within a 200 mile radius of Start Skydiving's location at the Middletown Regional Airport in Middletown, Ohio.

Start Skydiving Refund Terms and Conditions

IMPORTANT: Please click on this link to read our policy on refunds.

Video & Photo Packages

Hand-Cam Video Only Package
$75+tax
• Your tandem instructor wears a mini HD action sports video camera mounted on his left hand to document every aspect of your experience!
• Within about 15 to 30 minutes after your jump, your video is professionally edited and burned onto a DVD and comes in a custom case for safe storage.
• We upload your HD video onto YouTube and send a copy of the link to you within 24 hours after your jump.
 
 
Hand-Cam Video and Digital Stills
$99+tax
• Your tandem instructor wears two mini HD action sports video cameras mounted on his left hand to document every aspect of your experience!
• Within about 15 to 30 minutes after your jump, your video is professionally edited and burned onto a DVD, while your photos are copied onto a CD. Both of these discs come in a custom case for safe storage.
• We upload your HD video onto YouTube and send a copy of the link to you within 24 hours after your jump.
• You will also receive anywhere between 50 and 150 high-quality digital photographs.
 
The Rock Star Package
$159+tax
• Your entire experience is documented by a world-class aerial photographer.
• Within about 20 to 30 minutes after your jump, your video is professionally edited and burned onto a DVD, while your photos are copied onto a CD. Both of these discs come in a custom case for safe storage.
• We upload your HD video onto YouTube and send a copy of the link to you within 24 hours after your jump.
• You will receive receive between 50 and 150 high-quality digital photographs
• Your professional tandem instructor and one of our world-class photographers team up together to provide you with both the third-person point of view as well as the up close perspective, which nearly doubles the length of your video!

Blu-Ray Upgrade: Upgrade any of these video and photo packages to Blu-Ray to share and relive your experience in HD for only an additional $20.00