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!
Your tandem skydiving 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 skydiving student equipment includes a special purpose harness that attaches at four points to the front of your tandem skydiving instructor. The tandem skydive itself begins with a team exit from around 14,000 feet MSL, followed by about a 45-second free-fall. At around 5,500 feet AGL, your tandem skydiving instructor deploys your tandem parachute. After about four to five minutes of gliding peacefully above the Earth under your tandem parachute, you land softly back on the ground in the landing area right out front next to where you boarded the aircraft.
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 with the peace of mind that their professional tandem skydiving instructor is strapped to their back and in control. There is also not a lot of time spent in the classroom. The training process for a tandem skydive takes only about an hour. Tandem skydives 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 skydiving to Accelerated Free-Fall (AFF) training after two or three tandem skydives.
Tandem skydiving is ideal for those who long to experience human flight, but would rather not make a solo skydive for their first skydiving 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. Tandem skydiving is definitely 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 skydive. This is why we strongly encourage everyone who is going skydiving for the first time to purchase one of our professional video and photo packages. You will be amazed how much of the experience you had forgotten! Because skydiving is unlike anything else in the world, explaining it to someone else is very difficult to do. These video and photo packages allow you to share your experience with others and relive it over and over.
Tandem skydives also open up the world of skydiving to adventurers who are physically or otherwise unable to make a solo skydive. Countless tandem skydives have been made by people with disabilities, such as wheelchair-bound persons, the elderly, and the terminally ill. Start Skydiving has developed special equipment and has a highly trained staff to provide these students with an incredible skydiving experience that they will always remember.
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.
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Don’t forget to capture your tandem skydiving adventure forever with our professionally edited video of your jump, plus high-resolution still photos! Our experienced videographers will document your skydive so you can relive your experience of a lifetime. (PROOF that you actually did it!)
Note: You must be at least 18 years of age, bring a valid photo ID, and weigh less than 235 pounds to tandem skydive. For more information about who can skydive, what to wear, and more, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Hand-Cam Video Package
Hand-Cam + Stills
Outside Video & Digital Stills
The Rock Star Package
Hand-Cam: Your tandem instructor wears a mini HD action sports video camera mounted on his left hand to document every aspect of your experience!
Premium Video: Your entire experience is documented by a world-class aerial photographer. With the Rock Star Package, 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. This ensures that you capture every aspect of your experience and doubles the length of your freefall video footage! An email containing a link to your video will be sent within 48 hours of your jump.
Photo Stills: An email containing a link to 50 to 150 high-quality digital still photos will be sent within 48 hours of your jump.