Skydiving Prices in NJ

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What factors help companies determine skydiving prices in the New Jersey, NYC and Philadelphia area?

Tandem skydiving prices in NJ can vary dramatically depending upon a number of components that impact each skydiving operator. Examples include the altitude of your skydive, the type of aircraft used, the quality of tandem parachute equipment used, and the experience level of instructors who work at a particular facility.

In addition to affecting the price, these factors can affect the quality of service and the margin of safety that you can expect as well. So when it comes time to select your skydiving provider, please keep the following points in mind.

Altitude of Your Skydive in NJ

When making a tandem skydive, there are two common altitudes that you can jump from: 9,500 ft and 13,500 ft. Jumping from the higher altitude of 13,500 ft exactly doubles your freefall time, bringing it from 30 seconds to a full minute.

In addition to having a much longer freefall, a more extreme jump, and a totally awesome experience at 13,500 ft, you’ll also be skydiving from a safer altitude. There’s a saying in skydiving: “Altitude equals safety.” The higher you jump from, the more working time you have. When you choose your skydiving provider make sure that you’re getting the longest freefall and the safest skydive possible.

So how do skydiving facilities choose the altitude for their jumps? Often, the answer comes from the type of aircraft that they operate.

Type of Aircraft Used For Skydiving in NJ

Skydiving aircraft are broken down in to two categories: piston-powered aircraft and turbine aircraft.

A piston-powered aircraft is a small plane that’s designed to carry a maximum of about four passengers and has an operational ceiling altitude (or maximum flying height) of about 9,500 ft. These planes are often used by small volume operators or new businesses because the associated overhead and operating costs are low compared to those of a turbine aircraft.

For the most part, if properly maintained and operated, a piston-powered airplane is incredibly safe. However, they’re extremely noisy and take a long time to reach altitude, even though they tend to peak around only 9,500 ft.

You might pay a little less when jumping from a piston-powered aircraft, but you must also expect to get a lot less time in freefall, and remember that you are usually in the hands of a newer operation.

Since the beginning of skydiving as a sport, the piston-powered planes had been the “go-to” for fledgling operations since they were less expensive and more readily available. However, they have since become antiquated and rendered nearly obsolete by their much more powerful and higher flying turbine cousins.

Turbine aircraft, like the plane used at Skydive Jersey, are larger aircraft equipped with modern and powerful jet engines that are reliable and capable of fast climb speeds and high altitude performance to 13,500 ft.

Turbine aircraft are essentially jet engines with propellers. Their horsepower output rating is in the range of 500-750 hp and they are able to climb to 13,500 ft in 15 minutes or less.

Expect to pay a little more for your skydive at a facility operating a turbine aircraft. In exchange, remember that you’re getting twice the freefall time, a more reliable plane, and the peace of mind that comes from jumping with an experienced and seasoned operator.

Tandem Parachute Equipment

All skydiving equipment is NOT created equal. This is especially true of tandem skydiving equipment. There are inexpensive options, but when safety is on the line, we believe it is more important to acquire quality gear than to save money. Here at Skydive Jersey we pride ourselves on jumping with only top-of-the-line tandem equipment from United Parachute Technologies and Performance Designs.

Skydive Jersey uses only the best, most up to date and well-maintained equipment in the industry. Demand the same for your first jump.

Experience Level of Instructors

Not all instructors are cut from the same cloth. It’s important that skydiving instructors to be at the top of their game and involved in recurrent training and active technique improvement processes

Seek out a skydiving facility in NJ that curates its instructor talent based on jump numbers, time in the sport, and general attitude toward safety. Call your prospective skydiving facility and request to speak with an instructor. Keep in mind that instructors stay fairly busy during jump hours, so if one’s not immediately available, leave your number and give them time to call you back. A conversation with one of the facilities actual instructors will speak volumes to the general competency of the facility. Expect to walk away reassured if you’re talking to the right place.

Skydive Jersey enforces a jump minimum when hiring instructors. We typically require a minimum of 2,000 skydives before an instructor can join our team. That’s four times as many jumps as the national minimum requirement. We also require a minimum number of hours of ongoing and recurrent training for both our instructors and parachute packers. Skydive Jersey takes the customer safety and experience seriously.

Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide what level of service you expect to receive from your tandem skydiving provider. Keep in mind that a cheaper skydive does not mean a better skydive. In fact, it can often mean the opposite, risking lower quality aircraft, instructors, and equipment.

Rather than seeking the best deal, seek the best value.

Good luck in your search for quality skydiving in NJ.

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