Skydiving for Beginners: What to Expect


Skydiving in the NYC area is fun, exciting, and memorable. The views are fantastic, and the rush is unbeatable.  Perhaps you’ve seen folks skydiving in NJ, thought you’d love to try it, and wondered what it takes to get started. We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find some tips and advice regarding tandem skydiving for beginners so you’ll know just what to expect.


Safety is always the highest priority for beginners and experienced skydivers alike. For those new to the sport, training in proper techniques is absolutely vital. Instructors will take you through every step of the experience before you ever set foot into the plane. Luckily for tandem jumpers, there is very little responsibility on the student, so there is not that much training needed for a first-time jump. Your instructor will give you the necessary information in order to make the jump successfully, including how to arch your back to stay stable during flight and tips on how to make sure you continue to breathe throughout the free fall (when in doubt, scream!). These experienced professionals will teach you essential safety procedures and provide other indispensable information for making your first jump safe – and fun!

Gearing up

Tandem jumpers “wear” their instructor not unlike a backpack. You and your instructor will be securely harnessed together, with you at the front. Instructors always perform a gear check prior to boarding the plane. They will check to make sure that all harness straps are correctly fastened and that there are no signs of damage. Your instructor will be wearing the parachute in a pack on his or her back, and is responsible for deploying it. Each student also receives a pair of goggles to protect their eyes from tearing up or drying out during freefall. Skydive Jersey even has goggles that fit over most prescription glasses, making your view of the sky that much clearer and more memorable.


The ascent to 13,000 feet above the beautiful Garden State may be quicker than you imagine, so prepare to enjoy every second of it. With our turbine powered aircraft, we are able to climb to altitude in just fifteen minutes. In that time, you can enjoy views of the Delaware River as well as several preserved farm and recreation areas nearby. You may feel a bit nervous, incredibly excited, or (most commonly) a bit of both. But our instructors are there to talk you through it and make sure that when the door opens, you’re ready to jump!


The first thing you will experience when the door of the plane opens is an exhilarating blast of cool, fresh air. You and your instructor will maneuver to the door and get set for the jump. Your instructor will give you a “Ready, set, go!” and then you’re flying. After freefalling for a full minute, your instructor (to whom you have been harnessed the whole time) will deploy the chute. Though it may feel as if you briefly ascend, this is actually a trick of the eye. You won’t ascend when the chute deploys, but you will decelerate. Once the parachute is fully inflated, you and your instructor can look around and see your fellow skydivers as well as take in the scenery that you may have missed during your 120 mph freefall.


Landing is usually a much smoother, easier, gentler process than new jumpers imagine. Today’s rectangular chutes are designed to be more maneuverable than their round ancestors, so your instructor will have no problem steering you to precisely where they intend to land. Most tandem jumps end with you and your instructor sliding in for the landing. Many people want to land standing up, but the speed at which you are traveling under the parachute is too high to land safely on your feet. Instead, your instructor will let you know when to lift your legs out of the way so you can gently sit and slide to a halt. Your landing should be smooth, as you rejoin your family and friends to celebrate your very first of what (we hope) will be many great dives to come.

Get Ready to Skydive!

So are you ready for the thrill of tandem skydiving? Call us at 888-669-3020 or fill out a form today!


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