How does a tandem parachute work?

A tandem skydive is a skydiving experience where two people jump out of an airplane together, strapped to one another during the entire descent. The connecting straps make it so that one person is floating above the other during the freefall, with one’s back against the other’s frontside.

Do tandem parachutes jump?

Tandem skydiving allows you to experience the thrill of freefall skydiving without any extensive training and is our most popular UK skydiving course. After a short tandem briefing, you will jump harnessed to the front of a fully qualified parachuting instructor from 15,000ft.

What happens in a tandem skydive?

On leaving the aircraft, you will freefall reaching a speed of 120mph before your tandem instructor opens the parachute at around 5,000 feet. You then get to enjoy the local views, gliding through the air whilst suspended underneath your tandem parachute.

How many parachutes are in a tandem jump?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires there to be a 2nd parachute in all skydiving equipment that has been certified and packed by a licensed FAA Parachute Rigger. Whether you are making your first tandem skydive or going on your 1000th skydive you are required to have two parachutes.

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How are you attached in tandem skydiving?

Your Tandem Instructor will securely connect to you at four attachment points; two at the shoulders and two near the hips. You’ll both face forward when connected. There has never been an incident, in the history of tandem skydiving, of a failed attachment point.

Can 14 year olds tandem skydive?

The minimum age for tandem skydiving is 16 years old. If you’re aged between 16 and 18, you’ll need the signed consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Can a 13 year old go skydiving?

We’ll be straight up – yes, kids can go skydiving! Countries including Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and United Kingdom all take kids under 18 skydiving. However, you’ll notice most skydiving centers – well all in the United States except us – do not.

Can you breathe while skydiving?

Yes, you can! A common misconception about skydiving is that you can’t breathe during freefall, but breathing during a skydive is actually not much harder than breathing on the ground.

Do tandem skydivers have backup parachutes?

Every tandem skydiving parachute has a backup parachute waiting in the wings. Interesting fact: the backup parachute is hooked up to a system that deploys it automatically in the one-in-a-million scenario that nobody lifts a finger to get it out. Usually, though, reserve deployment is a manual procedure.

Is skydiving bad for health?

1. High Blood Pressure. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you should know that nervous anxiety, paired up with the lower level of oxygen and the air pressure changes that occur on every skydive, can add up to a bad day.

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Are tandem parachutes bigger?

Tandem skydiving systems also use larger main parachutes (360 square feet and larger) to support the additional weight of two passengers.

Can you wear 2 parachutes?

“Do skydivers have a backup parachute,” they ask us, “In case the first one doesn’t open?” The answer is an unqualified, slam-dunk YES. All skydivers make every jump wearing not one but two parachutes–a main parachute and a backup parachute (called the “reserve parachute” by the initiated).

What are the odds of both parachutes failing?

Parachute Malfunction Statistics

Skydiving parachute malfunctions are fairly unlikely. Per every 1,000 skydives, only one skydiving parachute malfunction is said to occur. This means only . 01% of skydiving parachutes will experience a malfunction.

What is the person called that skydives with you?

You Can’t Tandem Jump with Just Anyone!

Your tandem partner will be a licensed skydiver, who went through some pretty rigorous training, such as making at least 500 jumps to earn their instructor title or spending at least three hours in freefall. Learn more about your tandem jump instructor’s qualifications here.

What’s the max weight for skydiving?

You may be asking yourself if – or have indeed already heard that – there is a weight limit for skydiving. Yes, there is a weight limit for skydiving. While there is no minimum weight requirement, the maximum weight for tandem skydiving is 230lbs.

When was the last skydiving death?

On Aug. 6, 2016, Tyler Turner, an 18-year-old from Los Banos who had just graduated high school with a 4.3 grade point average, went skydiving for the first time to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Turner jumped in tandem with an instructor. The parachute did not open, and the two hit the ground with a fatal impact.

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