Ready to Skydive, What You Need to Know

Thursday, June 27, 2019

You’ve fantasized about taking to the sky for long enough: now is the time to act. A tandem skydive is a great way to experience the thrill of skydiving for the first time. Tandem skydiving is one of the most popular ways to experience the joys of flight, freefall, and parachuting. On a tandem skydive, the student (you) is attached to one of our trained, professional skydive instructors. 

Tandem Skydiving: What's Included

1. What’s included in the jump?

Before shelling out your hard-earned money, it’s natural to want to know what is included in the cost of your tandem skydive. At Skydive Monroe, there are no additional fees. Your payment covers the following.

Instructor: For your tandem skydive, you will be paired with a professional, licensed tandem instructor. Though, your instructor is in control during your skydive, you still have a significant role, which leads us to the next item your payment covers, training.

Training: Prior to embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, you will be given a training class. During this time, you will be briefed on how to exit the aircraft, how to maintain the correct body position, and how to help ensure you and your instructor can have a safe, successful, fun and comfortable skydive. 

Slot in Aircraft: Much like on an airline, when you book your place on the flight, in the skydiving industry, payment is often done by slots on the airplane. You’ll be relieved to know, the payment for your tandem skydive includes the cost of the slot on the airplane. 

Jump from 14,000 feet: Unlike other dropzones in the area, your tandem skydive with Skydive Monroe is from an altitude of 14,000 feet, for scale that’s roughly 47 football fields above the earth!

Age Requirements for Skydiving

2. Requirements

Age: In order to participate in skydiving operations, an individual must be 18 years of age or older.

Weight and Overall Health: For safety, potential jumpers cannot weigh more than 225lbs for men or 170lbs for women. However, some exceptions, will be made based on an assessment of your fitness. Skydive Monroe maintains the right to refuse service to anyone deemed unfit, or in cases where either you or your instructor’s safety would be put in jeopardy. 

Required Documents: Jumpers will need to present a government issued form of photo identification, such as a passport or driver’s license.

3. What to Expect

Please anticipate spending about ½ a day at our lovely dropzone and schedule your other plans accordingly. On the day of your jump, please arrive promptly at your check-in time to ensure you have sufficient time to park and use the restroom if need be. Upon arrival, you will head to the entrance of the hangar where the Manifest window is. Here is where you will complete your waiver and any other required paperwork and follow up with any final payments if necessary. 

Following check-in, you will be escorted to a training class. Shortly thereafter, you will be given the opportunity for another restroom run if needed to prepare for your jump with your instructor. When it is your turn, you will meet with your tandem instruct, beginning gearing up, and then board the aircraft. After your jump, you will be presented with a skydiving certificate and have a short debrief with your instructor.

What to wear for skydiving. Don't dress for success

4. What to Wear

When picking out your perfect skydiving outfit, comfort is key! To avoid being too chilly or too warm Dress for the weather on the ground. We suggest donning a pair of yoga or athleisure wear bottoms, cargo pants, or jeans. Up top, try to avoid wearing collared shirts or other clothing that can whip about at 120 mph. Down below, for your toes, we suggest comfortable sneakers or other lace up athletic shoes.


Ready to finally make your dream a reality? Or still have a few more questions? Book an appointment or give us a call at Skydive Monroe today!

Tandem Skydiving: What to Expect