Does Your First Skydive Have To Be Tandem?

Does Your First Skydive Have To Be Tandem?

Published: September 21, 2016

Making your first skydive is an incredible experience. Most people choose tandem skydiving as a one off, but you can also learn to skydive solo.

Here, we'll outline your options for your first jump and hopefully help you decide which is best for you.

Tandem Skydiving

Tandem skydiving is a fantastic way to experience the feeling of jumping from an airplane for the first time. It remains the most popular choice for first timers, primarily due to the reduced time (and cost) required for training when compared to learning to skydive by yourself.

If you're only thinking of doing one skydive, perhaps for a special occasion, for charity or simply fulfilling a lifelong ambition, tandem skydiving is ideal. All you need to do before you jump is complete a full brief with one of our highly qualified instructors - which takes roughly 20 minutes. Then, you're ready to go!

The reduced requirement for training comes from the fact that you're not operating your own equipment. As a tandem skydiver, you'll be attached to your instructor by four points on your harness and he/she will be responsible for operating the parachute and flying you back to the ground.

They'll also be responsible in the most part for keeping you stable in freefall and making a good exit from the airplane, though you do play a part in both of those things. During your brief, you'll learn about body position and the importance of lifting your legs up for landing.

Find out more about tandem skydiving.

Learn To Skydive

Tandem skydiving is also the entry point to learning to skydive here at Skydive Finger Lakes.

That's because we believe the best way to start on your skydiving career is to help you get over the initial period of sensory overload by supporting you through a set of 5 tandem jumps, during which your instructor will talk you through what's happening on the plane ride up and under parachute, and also help your body position during freefall.

Following your tandem skydives, you'll progress to IAF, which stands for 'instructor assisted freefall'. This means you'll have your own equipment, but will be accompanied in freefall by two instructors who will support you in the air until you can fall stable yourself.

You'll then complete a series of solo skydives followed by coached jumps to help you control your movement in the sky.

Find out more about learning to skydive with us.

Does My First Jump Have To Be A Tandem?

Here at Skydive Finger Lakes, the answer to this question is 'yes'. You'll do a tandem skydive whether it's a one-off jump or as the foundations to learning to skydive by yourself. We believe it's the best way to prepare you for your skydiving career.


Ready to experience one of life's greatest adventures skydiving New York? Book your skydive online today with Skydive Finger Lakes. Or if you have questions about making your first skydive, please contact a member of our team.

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Gabriella jumped with me and even though I was scared out of my mind, she calmed me down, explained everything, and when I landed, i said I would do it again!

» Melisa E.

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