What is a tandem skydive?
A tandem skydive is where you are attached to an experienced tandem instructor via a harness and parachute system. You will both freefall and fly the parachute together to a designated landing area (dropzone).
What do you wear?
Recommended attire is comfortable clothing for the weather and temperature on the ground. Also, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes such as tennis shoes (without hooks). You are often times outfitted in jumpsuits which are worn over the clothing. Skydiving equipment is provided by the drop zone.
What time should we arrive?
You can make a reservation via online or phone. Please show up at the scheduled time you selected during the booking process. It is not necessary to show early, but you are more than welcome to. Our schedule is set up to prevent excessive wait time. Please plan on spending approximately 2-3 hours for the entire tandem skydive process, weather pending.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, because we have limited available slots through the day. It is also industry standard to charge a deposit. We require a non-refundable $50 deposit per person scheduled. This deposit goes towards the balance of your jump. In the event of inclement weather, deposits can be rescheduled or refunded. Weather calls are made by the dropzone, not the customer.
Is there a weight limit?
Yes, the weight limit for our standard tandem price is 230 lbs. If you weigh between 231-250 lbs, an additional fee of $60 will be added. Absolutely no weights over 250 lbs.
Do you have to “sign your life away” before skydiving?
Sort of. As with most sports, there are potential risks involved and it is standard to address safety concerns. Before or upon arrival at the skydiving school, all jumpers must fill out a registration form and sign a liability release, including verifying that you have no medical conditions that could hinder your skydive. A link to our waiver is provided at the bottom of this page for your viewing. You will also be sent one upon booking.
What are the physical requirements?
All participants should be in good health and physical condition and should not be on medication which could affect judgment or performance. You will sign a required waiver verifying good health and not on certain medications. No pace makers are allowed. Your height is not a limiting factor, however our weight limit is 230 pounds and needs to be height/weight proportional. Exceptions can be made with prior arrangements, but be sure to call first. See a link to our waiver at the bottom of this page. You will also be sent one upon booking.
How old do you have to be?
18 years old is the minimum age to skydive in Florida. This is regardless of parental consent.
How long does it take to make my first skydive?
For an average tandem skydive, plan to be with us approximately 2-3 hours.
Should I make reservations?
Yes. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended as it saves you $$ and time and guarantees your slot.
I purchased a "Half-Off Special" on my last jump. How do I book it?
Book your jump as normal in the booking system. Select "Regular Tandem", pay the deposit, and it will either be refunded upon arrival or credited towards pictures/video/merch. NOTE that in the event of any cancellations or reschedules within 5 days, you will lose that deposit. We have record of your pre-purchased jump and it will be applied upon arrival at the dropzone.
How fast do you freefall?
Around 120 mph or approximately 1,000 feet for every six seconds of freefall. Wow!
Does your stomach drop like a rollercoaster?
Surprisingly no. There typically is not a "sudden drop" feeling. Falling at such a fast speed, the air acts almost like a cushion, supporting your whole body as you fly through the air.
Will you lose your breath?
No. The rush of air and adrenaline may make you feel that way, but just relax and breathe normally through your nose or mouth.
After your parachute opens, how long is the descent back to the ground?
Approximately five minutes. It's a good time to take in the breathtaking views and practice maneuvering the parachute. If you get motion sickness, now would be a good time to tell your instructor to not do any spins under the parachute!
What height do you jump out of the airplane?
Up to 14,000 feet above the ground for tandem jumps, depending on presence of clouds.
How long do you freefall?
For tandems and AFF students, up to approximately 60 seconds before deploying your parachute between 4,500 and 5,500 feet above the ground.
Can I go solo on my first jump?
No. Whether you are only doing it once or are going through the skydive certification, all jumps start with a tandem skydive.
Can I bring/wear my GoPro camera?
No. You will not be allowed to bring anything with you on your jump to include phone, camera, wallet, keys, excessive/large jewelry, etc. The USPA recommends 200 jumps before a jumper wears a camera on a skydive.
Tandem skydiving over Florida.