Tandem skydiving is today’s most innovative and popular way of making that first jump. It allows you to experience the thrill of skydiving while securely attached to an experienced instructor.
Your adventure begins by meeting our friendly staff and instructors. From there you will fill out a waiver and watch a video explaining the waiver and the nature of skydiving. After you complete your waiver we will go through some instructions for your skydive so you feel prepared and know what to expect. You will learn how to safely exit the aircraft, free fall techniques, how to fly the parachute and body position during landing.
Tandem jumping uses the dual instruction approach similar to learning how to fly an airplane and your tandem instructor will be there to back you up through all phases of your skydive.
Once you have completed your ground training, your instructor will gear you up and escort you to the aircraft. The plane ride lasts about 15-20 minutes from which the views are incredible!
On the way up to 13,000 feet above the ground, you will see Moab from a bird’s eye view. All of our instructors are highly knowledgeable and will point out key aspects in the geography as you fly over them. You’ll be able to see Arches and Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, the mighty Colorado River which merges with the Green River to form the famous Cataract Canyon. If that’s not breath taking enough, you’ll also see the 3 mountain ranges that surround the Moab area, thousands of hiking and mountain biking trails and hundreds of canyons that make Moab famous! Moab is the heart of the beautiful red rock canyon country of southeastern Utah and this will definitely make your skydiving experience unforgettable.
When the time comes to jump, you will be securely attached to your instructor and will exit the aircraft 13,000 feet above the earth (17,500 feet above sea level) where you will feel the exhilaration of free-fall on your very first jump for 55 seconds!
Most people think you get a drop in your stomach (that roller coaster feeling) when jumping from the plane but it doesn’t feel like that at all. The wind actually feels like a cushion of air suspending you in space and it feels more like floating than falling! During your free-fall you will reach speeds of up to 120 mph (Terminal Velocity)!
Once the parachute is opened, you and your instructor will glide gently back to earth. The canopy ride lasts for about 5-9 minutes depending on how fast you like to fly the parachute. The canopy is a rectangular shape similar to the wing of an airplane and completely controllable. You and your instructor can talk to each other very easily on the way down.
If conditions are suitable then you will be able to steer the canopy yourself under the supervision of your instructor.
This will give you a true feeling of what it is like to skydive by yourself and be in control of your own parachute. Tandem jumping is such an incredible experience, you will get the high-speed thrill of freefall, followed by the serenity and beauty of the parachute ride.
Once you are back on earth, you will receive a first jump certificate, all the necessary information on how to become a licensed skydiver if you’re interested, and coupons for local eateries so you can celebrate with friends and family.
Whether you are planning to become a licensed skydiver or just want to experience the thrill of skydiving once to check it off your bucket list, this is a great introduction into the exciting world of skydiving!