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Tandem Skydiving Explained

Unlocking the Sky: Your Ultimate Tandem Skydiving Guide with iSkydive America

If you’re intrigued by the idea of taking the plunge but want to share the experience with an expert, tandem skydiving is the perfect entry point. At iSkydive America, we pride ourselves on delivering not just a jump from an airplane but an unforgettable tandem skydiving adventure. Let’s dive into the details, demystifying the world of tandem skydiving and providing you with a roadmap to unlock the thrill.

1. The Tandem Skydiving Basics

At its core, tandem skydiving involves a unique partnership between you, the thrill-seeker, and a highly trained and certified instructor. This tandem arrangement allows you to experience the exhilaration of freefall without the need for extensive training. It’s the ideal introduction to the world of skydiving, making the experience accessible to individuals of various fitness levels and ages. Many thrill seekers of all ages and abilities even go on and learn to skydive with iSkydive America.

2. The iSkydive America Experience

Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled journey that kicks off with pure excitement and anticipation! At iSkydive America, it’s all about making your adventure unforgettable. The process starts with a warm welcome at our dropzone, where our fantastic team ensures you’re not just comfortable but absolutely pumped for the mind-blowing experience that awaits!

3. The Pre-Jump Formalities

Before you soar through the skies, let’s take care of some pre-jump stuff. First things first, secure your spot for an awesome tandem skydiving adventure with iSkydive America. Upon arrival, our team will guide you through essential documentation, including the completion of a waiver. It’s all part of the pre-jump routine, following the guidelines from the United States Parachute Association (USPA).

4. Briefing and Gear Up

Once you’ve got the paperwork out of the way, it’s time for you to get harnessed up and go through a training class. Here’s one of the best parts about tandem skydives – since you’ll be jumping with a highly trained and licensed tandem instructor, the training you’ll need prior to your jump is minimal compared to other jump training methods.Two of the key things you will learn are the correct body position when you exit the aircraft (ARCH) and learning how to position your body for landing.  Each instructor may explain it a little differently, so be sure to ask questions if you aren’t sure about something.  There’s no studying or training required prior to your arrival, and you can be ready to go shortly after arriving at the dropzone.

5. Boarding the Plane

With the training and gear-up complete, it’s time for you to board the plane. Experienced skydivers always approach an airplane from the back, even when the propeller is turned off.  The pilot will love you for that. As soon as you are inside the plane your instructor will guide you where to sit. Seatbelts are buckled up and ready for take off! Climbing up to the jump altitude is an amazing part of the whole adventure. You’ll be sitting on the jump bench taking in the awesome views of South Florida from Miami to the Florida Keys, and chatting with your instructor. During the ascent to the jump altitude, your skydiving instructor will point out interesting sights if you peek out the window. To add a touch of fun and ease any nerves, they might throw in a joke or two, setting a cheerful and relaxed vibe.

6. The Leap of a Lifetime: Freefall

As the plane reaches the jump altitude, the light turns green and the door opens, and it’s time for the ultimate jump. Exiting the plane (make sure don’t forget to arch when you jump), you and your instructor embrace freefall, reaching terminal velocity—the maximum speed attainable during a fall. During this intense and exciting freefall, lasting about one minute, you’ll feel a rush of adrenaline and experience a mix of emotions, from sheer excitement to absolute amazement.

Tandem skydiving is so awesome because you can dive headfirst into the adventure while your instructor takes care of the technical stuff like knowing how high you are, making sure you’re in the right position, and opening the parachute at the right altitude. You just need to focus on the few items your instructor covered with you before the jump and enjoying the thrill!

7. The Parachute Descent

After the exciting freefall, your instructor opens the parachute, and that’s when the calm descent back to the ground begins. The sudden slow-down might surprise you, but it’s the shift from the fast, thrilling fall to a peaceful glide through the sky.

During the parachute descent, your instructor might even give you the opportunity to take control and steer. This hands-on part adds a special touch to your tandem skydiving adventure, letting you actively join in and guide the parachute toward the landing area. If you like rollercoasters don’t forget to ask for a nice rollercoaster ride. 😉

8. The Landing and Celebration

Reaching the landing spot is a big achievement. When you and your instructor touch down on the iSkydive designated landing area, expect cheers, high-fives, and a deep sense of accomplishment. You’ll feel the excitement and immense joy as you think back on the amazing adventure you just experienced. Congratulations, YOU DID IT!!

9. Post-Jump Reflection and Certifications

After the landing celebration, take a moment to absorb the experience. At iSkydive America, we understand the importance of preserving these memories. Consider adding a media package to capture every smile, scream, and moment of triumph during your tandem skydiving adventure.

As you process the photo and video package, remember that you’re not just leaving with memories—you’re leaving as a certified tandem skydiver with iSkydive America. The knowledge gained and the thrill experienced become a part of your personal story, setting the stage for future skydiving adventures. (Let us show you a sneak peek ⤵️⤵️⤵️.)

10. Conclusion: Beyond the Jump

Tandem skydiving with iSkydive America is way beyond just a jump—it’s a total game-changer that shakes up your perspective and unleashes the pure joy of flying through the air. From gearing up before the jump to the heart-pounding freefall and the triumphant touchdown, every second is thoughtfully designed to give you an adventure you’ll remember forever.

As you think about diving into your tandem skydiving escapade, keep in mind that iSkydive America is more than just a place to jump—it’s a cool community of thrill-lovers, awesome instructors, and skydiving enthusiasts, all bonded by a love for the extraordinary. So, strap in, embrace the excitement, and let iSkydive America be your doorway to the thrilling world of tandem skydiving!


Are you ready to swap ordinary for extraordinary and experience the unmatched thrill of tandem skydiving with iSkydive America?