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Why Tandem Skydive?
Tandem skydiving is about the EASIEST way to do that “First Jump”. After about 20 minutes of training, you will ascend to altitude in our large turbine aircraft.
Wearing a harness connected directly to the Tandem parachute system, you will jump together and accelerate to 120MPH (200Kph), hurtling towards earth.
At about 5000′, we will open the parachute, and then you can assist us in steering the parachute during the 4-6 minute ride down. During that time you will get to practice the landing, have yourself a great roller coaster ride (if you like that), and then land on the dropzone with your video person waiting to film it all.
A freefall Videographer can capture your experience, filming the skydive, as well as the ‘candid’ interviews, special effects and music – producing a professional production, Uploaded to Google Drive where you can download and keep your copy.
With the training, preparation, aircraft ride, jump, and video dubbing, you should plan on being here for about 1/2 a day. Usually, we will have you on your way home in 2-3 hours.
NOTE: Before the jump, eat normal but light meals, and the best to drink is water. After the jump, you can eat and drink what ever you like!!! No alcohol or drugs in your system the day of your jump before making the skydive.
AFF, combined with USPA’s Integrated Student Program allows you to build a great set of skydiving skills and advance to solo skydiving in as little as 9 jumps, your 9th jump typically being your first solo skydive. You can achieve your skydiving license in 25 jumps, and we offer packages for all of these programs. Each ‘Category’ can consist of 1-3 skydives and establishes a set of knowledge and practical skills before you move onto the next Category. In a nutshell:
Category A is the first jump, includes a detailed ground school on all aspects of free-fall skydiving, aircraft procedures, equipment, canopy control, landing and unusual or emergency procedures.
After the first jump, you continue through the rest of the Categories
AFF Categories B through H
Once you complete the Ground School and first AFF (Category A) Skydive, there are still several levels to complete before we “cut you loose” for solo skydives.
The Program ensures that you can check your gear, handle yourself in an airplane, exit properly, fall stable, complete a series of basic free-fall maneuvers, and that you can deploy and land your parachute safely. Once you demonstrate these skills to us, then you can skydive solo or with a coach.
Skydive City does about 800 AFF Jumps per year, with about 85% of the students passing the program in the planned eight or 9 jumps to Solo Status.
There are many ways to progress in the sport of Skydiving and we can typically get you through to ‘Solo’ status in 3-4 days and a USPA ‘A’ License within 12-14 days!
Skydive City offers extensive training in many areas, so please feel free to discuss your options with any of our highly experienced staff.
Each Category teaches you more and more as you progress to ‘Solo’ status. Once you are solo, you have a great deal of freedom and have great confidence and ability as you move on to your USPA ‘A’ License.
Category B introduces the student to free-fall turns (jump with two Instructors), and improve on your landing pattern and basic canopy skills.
Category C1, C2 is normally 2 jumps, the first with two Instructors, the second with only one Instructor. You will learn forward movement and then fly ‘solo’ for the rest of the skydive. You will also learn to plan your own canopy pattern with minimum assistance.
Category D1, D2 is with one Instructor, and is usually done in two jumps. You will learn 90 and 360 degree free-fall turns and learn riser & braked turns under canopy. We also touch on accuracy and stand-up landings.
Category E1, E2 we practice aerobatic free-fall maneuvers, back-loops, front-loops, and rolls. Canopy skill includes planning your own spot, spotting basics, and landing within 50m of the target by yourself.
Category E3 is your first completely SOLO skydive. Go enjoy the skills you have acquired and have some fun!
Category F-H cover the remaining jumps to finish your ‘A’ license. Some will be coached jumps where skills are taught and demonstrated, and some will be solo skydives. You can do the program on your own, progressing along jump by jump with our assistance of course, – OR –
Throughout the AFF Integrated Student Program, we provide you with a great deal of other training:
Learn about your equipment
Canopy Control and Accuracy Approaches
Packing Lessons available
Comprehensive Student Guides – yours to keep!
Download the License information packet, with pricing typical progression and everything you need to know to become a licensed skydiver
Already signed up for the class? Need a Refresher on all the material? Here’s a great Study Guide for anyone to use to get a head start on your training, or get you back up to speed if it has been a while since you jumped.
So, once you have graduated to ‘Solo Status’, or Category E completed, you still have several steps to do to finish your USPA license.
A lot of those things can be done on your own, but several other freefall and canopy skills must be taught, learned and demonstrated. That is where coaching comes in. A coach jump helps to improve on existing skills and teach you more advanced skills to complete whatever skill you are looking to finish.
Typically the cost is $95/jump, that includes, your airplane slots for you and the coach, your gear rental and the Coach’s fee. You can expect to do about 5 Coach jumps to finish everything for your license.
Or perhaps you can use our coaching programs and our Instructors at Skydive City to advance your skills. For the price of an extra jump ticket, plus a $25 coaching fee, we can send you on a jump with a high quality Coach, who can observe and critique your flying skills, offering friendly and helpful advice to assist you in your progression.
Been a while since you jumped?
There is a treasure trove of information out there to help you review material or get current again. We offer refresher training, but you cna arrive better prepared using the resources from Skydive City, the United States Parachute Association (www.uspa.org) and we put together some great review material here>>
Skydive City is one of the World’s Premiere Skydiving Centers. We cater to skydivers and students from all of the continents.
In business since 1990, Skydive City is carrying on the long tradition of high quality skydiving, training and fun that has been in Zephyrhills since the 1960’s.
We are a USPA affiliated dropzone with a solid staff of high quality Instructors, all with various USPA, CSPA, and BPA Instructional ratings.
Whether you jump Tandem or AFF, work with our coaches to improve your skills, or learn something new – like freeflying, wingsuits, camera and video work or need to attain an instructional rating – you are sure to receive the finest instruction and care at Skydive City.