Tandem Skydiving - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the maximum weight?

The maximum weight for a tandem student at NorCal is 250 pounds. NorCal charges $1 per pound extra for every pound the student is over 200.

Is skydiving safe?

Skydiving is a high-speed aerial sport that exposes its participants to the real risk of injury and death. But it is really fun.

What are the age requirements?

You have to be 18 years old to skydive at NorCal. There is no upper limit. There are many active skydivers who are in the 70s and older.

Do I need to be in good shape?

Although skydiving is not a strenuous sport, people who are in reasonably good shape enjoy it more. Anyone who thinks they have a medical condition that would interfere with his safe enjoyment of flying and skydiving should check with their physician before jumping.

The maximum weight for a tandem student at NorCal is 250 pounds. NorCal charges $1 per pound extra for every pound the student is over 200.

What does free fall feel like?

Free fall is not the "roller coaster drop" feeling most people expect it would be. It is a comfortable sensation of floating and support, with a slight pressure of air against your body.

What is opening and flying the parachute like?

The opening "shock" of the parachute is much like jumping feet-first into a pool of water. The opening takes about two to five seconds and is not uncomfortable.

Square parachutes are simple to maneuver and steer to the ground. Steering lines are attached to the rear right and left side of the parachute. By taking the controls in each hand, one steers the parachute by pulling on one control. To turn left, simply pull down the left control. To stop the turn, simply return the control to its original position.

What is landing like?

Depending on the conditions, you might land standing up or you might slide in on your butt.

After my first jump, what's next?

After you complete your first tandem jump, you can get 50% off a second jump if you book within the next 24 hours. Depending on how busy we are, you might even be able to jump again that day.

If you feel like you want to take up skydiving as a hobby or maybe even as a profession, you can take a class at NorCal that will teach you all the skills you need to know to jump on your own.

Can I drink before my jump?

No, FAA regulations prohibit jumpers from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Can I use my own camera on the jump?

No, for safety reasons, tandem students can not use a camera at any time during their jump.