WHY JUMP OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE?
It takes a distinct type of person to disregard their instincts and step outside of a plane at 14,000 ft. It takes courage. But you don’t have to jump without knowing what to expect first. Expect sensory overload as your mind and body battle against all your instinctual urges. This challenge is immense, but the reward is beyond reason.
Harnessed to one of our experienced and certified instructors, you’ll jump out of the aircraft. We hope you like falling with nothing to hold onto, because for 30-60 seconds, that’s the world you’re in. Your entire life is reduced to a single adrenaline rush, some screams, an amazing view, and a big smile as you fall at 120 mph.
What to expect when jumping out of a perfectly good airplane
When you arrive at the dropzone, you will watch a brief video, fill out a waiver, and undergo 10-15 minutes of training before meeting your instructor, being harnessed, and boarding the aircraft. After a 10-15 minute flight to altitude, riddled with emotions of fear, excitement, and nervousness, When it's time to go, you will nudge, likely hesitantly, towards the door before being thrown into the wind! Keep your head up, smile for the camera, enjoy the scenery, and take in an experience like none other. After your adrenaline-pumping freefall, your parachute will open, and you will float to the ground in about 5-7 minutes. While this is typically the more relaxed portion of the jump, our instructors are prepared to customize the flight to ensure it’s as wild or mild as you would like.
Despite the common misconception, skydiving isn’t exactly ‘unsafe’. You are more likely to die from a fireworks discharge or from a flood, than you would on a tandem skydive. Nevertheless, Skydive Philadelphia takes every available precaution to ensure your skydive is rid of any unnecessary risk. Each tandem instructor is licensed by the United States Parachute Association (USPA), having a minimum of 3 years experience, 500 skydives, and a USPA Skydiving license. However, most of our instructors have been in the sport long enough to accrue thousands of skydives.
Our skydiving equipment is constantly cycled to ensure the latest and safest model is being used. Each skydiving rig consists of a main and reserve parachute, with the added precaution of an Automatic Activation Device (AAD). If any problem occurs with the main parachute, the instructor will cut it away and deploy the reserve parachute, which is packed by an F.A.A. Certified Rigger every 180 days. If neither parachute were to deploy by a specified altitude, the AAD will activate, deploying the reserve parachute. Each instructor undergoes vigorous training to ensure they are prepared to handle any obstacle in flight. This along with natural experience is the perfect recipe for a smooth and happy jump.
Tandem skydive with us to experience a thrill like none other. Become a part of the growing Skydive Philadelphia family. For over 15 years, Skydive Philadelphia has ensured the safety and happiness of hundreds of thousands of jumpers who have decided to take the plunge with us. We have by far the most experience in the area, with a well-maintained facility, equipment and aircraft. We invite you to take part in the excitement that takes place here each day by committing to your first tandem skydive!
So again, we ask, why jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Find out yourself by giving Skydive Philadelphia a call, today!