You’ve finally made the decision to jump out of a perfectly good airplane! We can’t wait to introduce you to the world of skydiving! USPA reports in the US 3.3 million jumps were made in 2018. Join the one percent that skydive every year!
What to Expect
Tandem skydiving has become the preferred method of skydiving. You’ll attach directly to the front of a certified instructor and enjoy an exhilarating 60 seconds of free fall from up to 13,500 feet, followed by a peaceful five minute canopy ride. You may have the opportunity to actively participate in directing the canopies flight towards the landing area. Very few skydiving schools give you the opportunity to fly the canopy during a tandem jump.
After 20-30 minutes of training with your instructor you will be ready for your first skydive! You can relax knowing that you are attached to a United States Parachute Association certified instructor who will handle all the details. Yes, that’s right, RELAX!
Many people have found a tandem skydive is a great ice breaker into the world of skydiving! Prospective skydivers interested in obtaining a USPA skydiving license only need to complete one tandem skydive in order to advance to our accelerated freefall program (AFF). This student program consists of ground training and a series of 25 jumps. To learn more, visit the “Become Licensed” section.
Video and Photos – Pics or it didn’t happen!
Since your first tandem skydive jump is such a monumental event, we highly recommend you check out our Video and Photo Package. From gearing up on the ground, to the plane ride, to the freefall and the landing, you can relive your first skydive over and over.
Our video staff uses the latest digital video equipment to give you the sharpest image possible. We then edit the footage into a film with music and place it on a USB drive for you. Our video staff will also take 50-100 digital still photos for you to show off to your friends and family. Please be aware that the editing process may take up to one hour after you skydive.
Video and Photos Package
Even if you go on to make thousands of skydives, you will only experience one FIRST jump…don’t wish after the fact that you had gotten video!
Here is an example of a tandem video.
What to Bring
Take pride in knowing that you have accomplished what less than 1% of the world has ever done! All you need to bring with you is a government issued photo ID, a good pair of tennis shoes and comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Anyone with long hair should ensure they have a hair-tie and leave the jewelry at home. Don’t jump with anything in your pockets, or anything you wouldn’t want to lose in the sky. In case of weather delays, etc., plan to be at the airport for at least half a day (6 hours) when coming for a tandem skydive. We also have snacks and beverages available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own coolers!
Consider making the trip to Virginia Skydiving Center if you’re looking for an unforgettable freefall while tandem skydiving in Maryland, Virginia or North Carolina, check us out!
NOTE: You must be at least 18 years old to skydive. We cannot take anyone younger than 18, even with parental consent. Sorry! There is also a weight limit of 220 pounds. Each individual will be weighed upon check in. In some cases, we may be able to allow up to 250-pound individuals who are tall and in excellent physical condition. Height and weight must be proportional, and participants must be in reasonably good physical condition. There are additional fees charged for anyone over 220 pounds. Please give us a call if you are unsure.