What is it?
A tandem skydive is a skydive experience where two people jump out of an aircraft together and is the quickest way to enjoy a skydive in South Africa. The two jumpers are attached during the entire descent with one’s back against the other’s frontside.
Tandem skydiving involves a certified instructor and a student— never two newbies!
Your tandem partner will be a licensed skydiver, who went through some pretty rigorous training, such as making at least 800 jumps to earn their instructor title or spent at least eight hours in freefall.
What happens on the ground?
Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will provide you with some basic Ground School training before you get in the aircraft. The training is not difficult, and you won’t be tested on it. You will be taken to the aircraft where your instructor will show you the correct body position for skydiving and also go through some basic safety rules with you. After the Ground School, your instructor will get you into your jump-suite and safety harness.
Always follow your Tandem Master’s instructions. They are professionals and have done 1000’s of skydives.
What happens in the aircraft?
The aircraft is waiting and you are ready to board. Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will tell you where to sit in the aircraft. This will usually be right in front of your Tandem Skydive Instructor. The aircraft will then taxi to the end of the runway and prepare for take-off. During the ascent, you can enjoy the spectacular views over the Vaal Dam and enjoy the scenery.
Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will then attached your harness to them and double and triple check all connections, long before the door opens. Once at altitude, the aircraft door will open and the aircraft will slow down slightly. It’s time to skydive!
Remember to follow all your Tandem Skydive Instructor’s instructions.
What happens during free fall?
You are in the door and ready to skydive! Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will do a countdown before exiting the aircraft. Don’t worry if you can’t hear the countdown, it is for the Tandem Skydive Instructor.
3, 2, 1, Skydive! Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will then jump out of the aircraft with you attached to them. The first thing they will do is deploy the “Drogue”. It is a much smaller parachute that slows down your decent, giving you ample time to enjoy the views and experience.
You will hit speeds of over 240km/h and be in free-fall for roughly 40seconds, covering almost 2km directly downwards. At 5000ft your Tandem Skydive Instructor will open the main parachute.
What happens when the parachute opens?
You have just travelled over 2km in +- 40sec. It’s time for the parachute to open. Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will perform a “wave” that notifies other skydivers that your parachute is about to open.
It is not like you see in the movies. You will not be pulled upwards by the opening parachute. The parachute takes about 5sec to open and slows you down to a safe descent speed. Once the parachute is open you can enjoy the spectacular views over the Vaal Dam.
Your tandem instructor might even allow you to steer the parachute during descent. You will spend between 3-5min under the parachute while your Tandem Skydive Instructor expertly guides the parachute back to the ground.
What happens during landing?
It’s time to land. Don’t worry, your Tandem Skydive Instructor has made 1000’s of safe landings. Listen to your Tandem Skydive Instructor as you come in for the landing. They will instruct you to lift your legs as high as possible. This is for your safety and that of your Tandem Skydive Instructor. DO NOT TRY TO LAND ON YOUR FEET!
Taking the wind into account, your Tandem Skydive Instructor will approach the landing area and expertly perform the landing. Chances are, you will both be softly landing on your bums.
What happens after the tandem skydive?
You are safely back on the ground, and smiling from ear to ear. Adrenaline is rushing through you and your heart wants to jump out of your chest. Your Tandem Skydive Instructor will take off your harness and you will be getting high-fives from everyone.
You can now enjoy a cold drink and something to eat at our canteen, chat with the skydivers and maybe even sign up to Learn to Skydive.