Your first Skydiving Jump?
Tandem Skydiving is used as in introduction to this great sport. Skydiving is one of the most exciting and exhilerating sports on offer today in the UK. It offers everyone who chooses to jump, the total mastery of the air and the freedom to make the sky their own. If you have never jumped before, Tandem Skydiving is the simplest way of experiencing skydiving, and free-fall, on your very first jump!
How does a Tandem Jump work?
Tandem parachuting offers a quick and easy introduction to free-fall using a dual harness system. You are securely attached to an experienced Tandem Instructor who takes charge of vital functions such as opening the parachute and landing safely.
You will be introduced to your experienced Tandem Instructor who will carry out a health and safety briefing and answer any concerns you may have prior to the jump. The instructor's job is to make you feel at ease and instil you with confidence prior to your Skydive. The preparation for the tandem jump usually takes about 20 minutes after which time you will then be shown the equipment and told what you will need to do. With a qualified instructor in charge, you can relax and enjoy the skydive!
Weather permitting, you will then fly to between 10000 - 15000 feet (depending on the centre and aircraft used) and exit the aircraft for the experience of a lifetime! The free-fall will take around 30 - 45 seconds before the parachute is deployed. In no time at all you will have reached the ground with a soft landing.
What are the advantages of a Tandem Jump?
A Tandem Jump has major advantages over other forms of Skydiving:
- A shorter time is needed to teach the essential facts on how to carry out your first jump.
- You never jump alone.
- You can jump in the maximum permissible weather conditions allowed for skydiving.
- Wheelchair users can also be shown how to tandem jump.
Do I need to become a Member?
You will automatically become a student parachutist and the price of your jump will include temporary membership to the British Parachute Association (BPA). For further information about BPA please visit their website www.bpa.org.uk.
How expensive is it to Tandem Jump?
The prices vary depending on the location you choose to jump from in the UK. Please select the 'Prices' page by clicking here. All the prices for our jumping locations include the £30.00 British Parachute Association Membership and the cost of the deposit. Note the normal exit height for each centre is shown on the locations page.
Can I have my Skydive filmed?
For an additional premium, the whole skydive can be captured on video by one of our free-fall cameramen. The video will show you getting ready for your jump, the ride in the aircraft, the free-fall and the landing. The footage is then edited and set to music. Below is an example:
Depending on the centre you choose to carry out your jump and the individual cameraman who films you, you will get a DVD to take away and a CD of high quality images or a Video & 35mm photos.
Tandem Skydiving Restrictions Recent Changes.
As of April 11th 2016 our governing body the British Parachute Association has introduced two forms to replace the original tandem fitness form. The 40+ age limit has been removed for mandatory medicals for tandem jumpers. Ability to take part in a tandem jump is now solely based on medical history.
There are now two BPA tandem forms as follows: You should read the BPA Fitness form 115a as soon as possible - if having read all the statements you are unable to declare yourself fit to jump and sign this form, then you will need to take Form 115B to your doctor to be signed and bring this along with you on the day of your jump.
As before, a letter from the doctor, notes or any other type of medical cannot be accepted. It must be the official signed BPA Form 115 A or B only. Forms should be taken along on the day of your course; we do not need them back in advance.
You must be over 16 to skydive in the UK. If under 18, you are required to complete a British Parachute Association (BPA) Consent Form 106 that will need to be signed by a parent/guardian. To download a copy of this form, please click here. If you are not yet 18 your parent/guardian will also need to sign Form 115a .
We recommend everyone under the age of 18 takes a parent/guardian with them on the day.
Tandem Skydiving for Charity
If you are planning to do a one-off skydive for a charity that you support, we would recommend a tandem skydiving jump, as this gives the best all round experience of skydiving with the least amount of training. To find out how to tandem jump for charity click here.