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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. Feel great, as you'll have a USPA certified instructor by your side throughout the entire experience. Our team is forged from some of the most experienced instructors in the industry. 

Before the Jump

Your appointment time is your arrival time. When arrive, just come inside and check in at the front desk. Our amazing team will work with your group to take payments and make sure all the paperwork is correct for your jump. Once this is completed one of our tandem instructors will provide you with a Tandem Skydive Training class and fit you with the harness you will wear on your skydive.  

First time skydiver ready to board the plane at Charlevoix Municipal Airport

Record the ground segment of your video

You purchased Video and Pictures!  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 want to relive again at home with the video and pictures.  

Boarding and Flight

Your instructor will accompany you to the boarding area for a 15-minute flight to altitude, usually between 8,500 and 10,500 feet. You'll hop onto the aircraft and take a seat on the floor in front of your instructor. 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 in the right position for getting out the door.  Then the door will open. Your instructor will scoot the two of you to the door. This is it. Here we go!

Tandem skydiving couple jumping out from a plane at 10500feet
Freefalling with a 120mph over the Straights of Mackinac

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 30-40 seconds at 120 mph or about 1,000 feet for every six seconds of freefall. Take in the breathtaking views of Charlevoix, Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay, Beaver Island and the Mackinac Bridge 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, flying your parachute, 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!

Parachute ride over Charlevoix and Lake Michigan
Tandem couple landing from a succesful tandem skydive experience


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 

  • Sometimes we get backed up due to weather, including wind and rain. Some jumps take longer than others. Airplanes slowed down by Air Traffic Control. We ask your patience and understanding. Plan to spend a half-day with us but it is usually a much shorter time frame.  

  • Dress comfortably. Choose layers and tennis shoes.

  • Eat normally before your jump.

  • Learn more about skydiving at

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