A tandem skydive with GoSkydive is more than jumping out of a plane.
Your day begins with an introduction to GoSkydive and what to expect from your tandem skydive. Next you will be given specialist training by an experienced tandem master in a simulated training environment. GoSkydive is the only skydiving centre in the world to offer this level of training. Safety is at the core of the GoSkydive brand and this development takes the level of training over and above that of any other tandem skydiving dropzone in the world. Find-out more about how GoSkydive operates.
Our friendly ground crew will kit you up in a tandem skydive jumpsuit and fit your safety harness. You’ll then be suspended so that you can effectively practice the necessary freefall and landing positions under the watchful eye of an instructor.
This British Parachute Association approved training session will last approximately 10-15 minutes and will contain all the necessary training and information required to equip you for your tandem skydive.
Once your training is complete you will go through to the departure area where you will meet your personal tandem skydive instructor, he will make any final adjustments to your harness.
Your instructor will escort you to the plane and once inside he will secure your harness to his and the flight will depart.
Our pilot, James, will fly you up to altitude in our Cessna Super Cargomaster. This aircraft has been refitted to our specific requirements for tandem skydiving. It is the fastest tandem skydiving aircraft in the UK and will get you to your jump altitude in 8 -12 minutes.
On the scenic flight up you’ll take in views of the historical Wiltshire countryside. Sights of major prehistoric significance include the Iron Age hill fort of Old Sarum and depending on wind direction the world heritage site of Stonehenge.
Once the flight has reached altitude you and your instructor will move towards the door for the next part of your experience which is the skydive itself.
The high adrenaline freefall starts as you and your instructor jump from your chosen altitude of either 10,000 or 15,000 ft.
This is amazing – you will literally fall through the air and rush towards the earth at about 125 mph – if you’ve chosen to jump from 10,000 ft this will last approximately 30 seconds or 60 seconds if you’re jumping from 15,000 ft.
The rush is spectacular – and is often described as being transported to another world. You won’t be able to hear your instructor at these speeds but you will feel him tap you on the shoulder which is your signal to move your arms into the freefall position that you will have practised.
At 5000 ft your tandem instructor will deploy the parachute, this will slow your rate of descent to about 30mph.
You may feel as though you are being pulled backwards but you are just slowing down. The canopy produces the wind resistance needed to slow you down for landing. This journey down to the landing area is pretty magical, you’ll now be able to speak to and hear your instructor as you enjoy the quiet of the parachute ride compared to the rush of freefall.
Under canopy there is usually the opportunity to add some high speed turns and maybe even take control of the chute yourself for a short time. You can have a chat with your instructor on the flight up and let him know what sort of parachute ride you would like.
As you come into land you’ll bring your legs up into the landing position that you will have practised in your pre-jump training. You can now congratulate yourself and your instructor!