The Tandem Skydive is the easiest way to first experience the incredible sport of skydiving. Here at Skydive SWOOP, we will make your first skydive completely unforgettable!
The tandem jump has been used as an introduction to skydiving for several decades providing first-time skydivers with both the adrenaline pumping free fall experience as well as the breathless canopy ride after only brief ground instruction.
Both the student and the instructor are attached to the same parachute system, so training is minimal and generally takes less than 30 minutes and is done on the same day as your jump.
Some people just want a one-time adrenaline rush, and others want to learn how to become a skydiver. The only downside to tandem jumping is that you don’t get to “do it all yourself”.
If you’re the kind of person who is looking for the thrill of a lifetime, wants to experience free fall, and you want to do it all yourself, then you should consider the ‘Progressive Free Fall’ course.
Whether you only make one jump, or many, you’ll always remember your first. We specialize in first timers: we jump with hundreds of new students every year. It is very special to the staff to be able to share your first “RUSH” with you.
Find out how much tandem skydiving costs
THE “FULL ALTITUDE” EXPERIENCE
Approximately 40 seconds of freefall before a five-minute parachute ride down to the ground.
$385 all inclusive
* 2nd skydive within the same year is $350 all inclusive
220lbs – 250 lbs
$75 all inclusive
250+ lbs/ Mobility Restrictions
$150 all inclusive
* SWOOP reserves the right to deny service to any customer on the basis of weight/ mobility restrictions
* Note that prices may change at any time without notice
* Please review our Refund & Cancellation Policy
SHOW THE WORLD THAT YOU CAN FLY
Your tandem skydive is indeed a very special moment. Capture it for all your friends to see.
We film all our media in 4k, the highest resolution available in the market.
Your media package is edited and sent to you via email on the day of your skydive! Or you can collect it from the office on a USB stick for a small additional charge.
Media PackagesFind out how much media packages cost
In this experience, your instructor will wear a go-pro camera on their arm and film the entire skydive from a close-up perspective. He/she will be able to capture your plane ride to full altitude, your exit, freefall, and the canopy ride to the ground.
$150 All Inclusive
OUTSIDE VIDEO 2
In this experience, an additional trained videographer will go up in the plane with you and will jump with you to capture all your emotions from a 3rd person view perspective. It is a very special experience to jump with another trained skydiver who will come so close to you that you could give them a high-5 while in freefall. He/she will be able to capture your plane ride to full altitude, your exit, freefall, and the landing. The only thing they will not be able to capture is your canopy ride to the ground.
$200 All Inclusive
THE “ROCKSTAR” PACKAGE
This is the best of both worlds and is the most ultimate VIP experience in the sky. In this experience, your Tandem Instructor will wear a go-pro on their arm and an additional trained videographer will also jump with you to ensure that every single emotion is captured on the frame for you to cherish. In this experience, every single aspect of the jump is covered from the plane ride to full altitude, exit, freefall, canopy ride, and the landing.
$300 All Inclusive
Frequently Asked Questions
This is the main FAQ with questions relating to Skydiving in general. Please also check out our Refund & Cancellation Policy.
The answer to this question is not easy, but the short answer is yes. There are statistics that show that skydiving is actually much safer than many other more common sports and other normal activities that we do every day but never question. For example, you are more likely to get into an accident while driving than during a skydive itself!
In 2006 there were more than 148,000 skydives made in Canada and around 6.1 million skydives made around the world. There are more than 3,000 members of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) and 30,000 members of the USPA. Not to use a cliché, but if skydiving wasn’t safe then there wouldn’t be that many people doing it.
However skydiving is not without it’s risks. At SWOOP we operate with the safest methods possible, and most of the risk has been eliminated. There are backups to every system and highly trained and qualified instructors to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
There are no guarantees in skydiving. Even though we have been operation since 1979 accidents can happen.
You must be aware that skydiving is a sport in which you could be seriously or fatally injured. The risk is extremely low, but it is present.
Skydive SWOOP is a member of and adheres to the strict regulations of both the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) and the United States Parachuting Association (USPA). In Canada, Skydiving is a self-regulated sport and the CSPA has been our main governing body since 1956. SWOOPers are proud to maintain our association with the CSPA since 1979 and all of our Instructors and Coaches are CSPA rated.
Skydive SWOOP operates with an emphasis on “Safety First”. We train hundreds of first time Skydivers every year, and since 1979 we have been teaching and have had very few accidents. In fact, most of the accidents happen to experienced jumpers who are trying new things.
This varies from person to person, but it is common (and perfectly natural) to feel uneasy about jumping out of a plane! In fact many experienced jumpers still get a lump in their throat on each and every jump but that’s a part of the exhilaration and you can take pride in conquering that fear!
In reality there is very little to be afraid of. Also keep in mind that we have all been there, so we know how you feel. We remember our first jump, what we felt, and because of that we know how to teach you and what methods to use to minimize the fear. So when the airplane door opens up, and you feel your heart in your throat, just breathe deeply and proudly tell yourself, “This is why I came here, to get the thrill of a lifetime, and I am meeting my challenge!”. You will definitely feel a surge of adrenaline and nervous anticipation like nothing you have ever felt before. This is a normal part of the experience. Most first time jumpers say, without any question, “Skydiving is the most exciting thing I have ever done!”
Oddly enough it’s surprising how many experienced skydivers started out afraid of heights. The truth is that very few people who are afraid of heights have any problems with Skydiving. One of our first jump students said it best: “it’s like jumping out onto a map”. You’re so high up that everything just looks flat and the phobia doesn’t kick in. By the time you’re under canopy, you’re so pumped full of adrenaline that nothing can scare you! Not surprisingly many students tell us that they are less afraid of heights after doing a jump than before.
This is a common concern but it is extremely rare to have happen. Even if it does happen, every Skydiving rig contains two parachutes: a main and a reserve. A malfunction of the main canopy is extremely rare and even if it happens, it is not a big deal. We have never had an incident at our dropzone where there has been a failure on both canopies. All reserve parachutes must be inspected and packed by specially trained riggers after every use and also every 6 months even if they haven’t been used, so you know that they’re extremely safe and reliable.
There is no “safest” way to do a First Jump. All of the methods that we teach have inherent risks but are all equally safe. Each method has been thoroughly researched and has proven over time to be a reliable and safe method for training first-time jumpers.
We know that you will have the time of your life! There is nothing like it! It is completely indescribable in words. Odds are you will want to go right back up for a second skydive!
The parachutes used today bear little resemblance to the classic round parachutes of the past. Today, all jumpers use “ram-air” parachutes. These are rectangular in shape and when open, act similar to an airplane’s wing. They are more like gliders in flight. The aerodynamics of the parachute provides it with exceptional maneuverability, allowing the jumper to land almost anywhere they wish. This wing shape is also what makes the tiptoe soft landings possible.
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather, casual fit, roomy, and athletic shoes (no boots, sandals, or speed-lace hooks permitted). On warm sunny days, you may choose to jump in shorts and a T-shirt. On colder days, long pants and a sweatshirt may be more appropriate. Skydive SWOOP will provide everything else you need to enjoy your Skydive.
If you are scheduled for a Tandem and there is inclement weather then you can call ahead and reschedule. IAD and PFF ground school classes are held rain or shine but you may need to reschedule the jump. Rescheduling in this manner must be done prior to the scheduled jump time and is done free of charge and must be set for within 60 days. Unfortunately, Skydiving is a very weather-dependent sport and we are occasionally grounded due to winds, clouds, and rain. It is not unusual for it to be raining in the morning when we conduct the training and then a few hours later, it is a bright sunny day. If, after your training, your jump does get cancelled, you would already have completed all of your ground training and when you return, you will be able to get in the air without delay. It is impossible for us to jump in rain, high winds, or through solid clouds.
Unfortunately, No!. You will be much too busy with your Skydive to look after your camera. It is very easy for it to get lost or broken and we cannot risk dropping it in freefall or under parachute. We do however offer a service where another jumper with professional cameras will take pictures and/or video of you during your freefall.
Yes. The video will be about 6 minutes long and includes music, a pre-jump interview, and a walk-around of the DZ, some footage from the climb to altitude, and you in the plane, the exit, freefall, some footage from the canopy ride, and your landing, and any last words you have for the camera. This is professionally edited and packaged together and placed on a USB flash drive or by special request on a DVD. Additional copies of your video and stills can be made for a small additional fee. There will be many pictures taken, a few on the ground with you gearing up, the majority during freefall, a few with landing and a few after the jump. All pictures are digital with high resolution for a crystal clear image suitable for printing large sizes. They will be provided to you on the same USB flash drive as your video and provided after your jump.
Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Cash. Cheques are permitted but require a credit card backup.
When you commit to come and jump with us, we reserve a spot in the class and ensure that all the required instructors are there and available for you to do your jump. It’s not fair to the club, instructors, or potential customers. So, if you don’t show up or cancel at the last minute then we will charge the no-show fee in order to keep the costs down and prices reasonable for everyone.
The booking is not an appointment. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and if there are too many clouds, too high winds, or rain then students cannot jump. We will do our best to accommodate you and ensure that you are not waiting too long and get to jump as soon as possible.
Usually at least 2 weeks, but some dates fill up quicker than others. Check the secure online booking form for currently available dates.
SWOOP operates from late April to late October. Our office opens at 8:00 AM and we jump right until sunset during weekends and holidays and by special appointment during week days. We accept bookings everyday by phone, email, or through our website.
Your jump altitude will be between 10,500 and 11,000 feet (roughly 2 miles up) and your freefall will last approximately 35-45 seconds. After your parachute is opened, your ride under canopy will last approximately 5-6 minutes during which you will enjoy a breathtaking view of South Western Ontario.
We have found, by both experience and from feedback, that the first jump experience is almost identical regardless of jumping from 10500ft, 12000ft, or even 13500ft. Since the plane climbs slower the higher it gets, it requires disproportionally more time and fuel to reach the higher altitudes. Based on feedback from other first jump students and in order keep the price down we feel that 10,500ft offers the optimal jump experience in the least amount of time.
Yes. All jumpers for PFF jumps must be between 18 and 50 years of age and weight at most 220 lbs. Anyone over 50 years of age may do a TANDEM jump. A special surcharge will be applied to customers over 220 lbs.
**Please note that being younger than 18 with parental consent is not valid.
Got any other questions? Please contact us and we will be happy to answer any and all questions.