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Tandem Skydiving - Your First Jump

Feel the Rush with Skydive Charlevoix and turn your dream of flight into reality! A tandem skydive is a great way to experience the thrill of freefall for the first time. Fear not, as you'll have a USPA certified, seasoned instructor by your side throughout the whole experience. Our team is forged from some of the most experienced and highly-trained instructors in the industry. 

Before the Jump

Your appointment time is your arrival time. When you first arrive at the skydiving center proceed to check in at our Manifest. Our amazing manifest staff will confirm everyone in your group has completed payments and all the required waivers are complete. Once this is completed one of our tandem instructors will provide you with a Tandem Skydive Training class while fitting the harness you will wear for your skydive. 


Record the ground segment of your video

If you purchased the skydiving pictures and videos package your instructor will capture a fun pre-jump interview to document just how you feel before your skydive. You can find some examples of our full skydiving videos here. Your first jump is definitely something you do not want to miss capturing on pictures & video!

Boarding and Flight

Your instructor will accompany you to the boarding area for a 15-minute flight to altitude, usually up to 10,500 feet. You'll hop onto the aircraft and take a seat either on a platform or on the floor. Your instructor will guide you on how to buckle and unbuckle your seatbelt. As you approach the jump altitude, the instructor will secure your harness, positioning you with your back against their front. They will adjust it snugly to ensure the instructor maintains full control. The door will open. Your instructor will scoot the two of you to the door. This is it. Here we go!

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During the Jump

Be sure to keep your eyes open and smile for the camera as you exit the plane! Freefall is an intense rush of adrenaline and exhilaration for 35-40 seconds at 120 mph or about 1,000 feet for every six seconds of freefall. Take in the breathtaking views of Charlevoix, Lake Michigan, and the Mackinaw Island in the distance far below.  Feel the wind in your face and your heart pounding with an excitement you’ve never felt before! If you purchased any media package your instructor will capture every second of your free fall from exiting the aircraft to parachute opening, and your landing.

Parachute Ride

Once the parachute opens, you will slow down and enjoy the quiet yet breathtaking parachute flight. As you slowly descend for around 5-6 minutes, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the sights and chat with your instructor. Ask them to point out the notable spots on skyline! To most skydivers, flying the parachute is every bit as enjoyable as free fall. The views of Lake Michigan are unbeatable, scenic and serene, as you fly and navigate your way back to the drop zone!

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And finally, the landing! Your friends and family will see you land. You’ll be overwhelmed, amped and ready to go again. Congratulations, you’ve now gone tandem skydiving in Michigan with Skydive Charlevoix! You are now among the 500,000 people each year who make a first jump!

How To Plan

An Unforgettable First Skydive 

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