Skydive Coastal California highly recommends a tandem skydive for your first skydive lesson. Tandem skydives require minimal training while maintaining the highest degree of safety. Your instructor will be with you through the entire skydive and parachute ride. Just relax and enjoy the great views on your first jump!
Before your jump, you will have a 15 minute class on how to help your instructor make your skydive the safest and most exciting skydiving adventure! After learning the basics of the tandem skydive, your instructor will assist you with your harness and perform a safety check on the gear. Feel free to ask your instructor about safety checks.
Walking to the airplane comes next, and it may be the most intimidating part of the day. You may be unsure about what to expect as you climb into your seat in the airplane. Then, when you hear the engine roar, you'll feel a surge of energy and know you are ready!
At about 3000 feet, 3 minutes after takeoff, you will start your scenic flight toward the Pacific Ocean. You will see Catalina, Downtown Los Angeles, the Channel Islands and a very long stretch of the SoCal Shoreline. We have the most beautiful skydiving view in California. Don't forget to ask about your in-flight meal...free with every skydive (just kidding).
At 5000 feet, your instructor may show you his altimeter and tell you that this is the altitude he will be opening the parachute. Enthusiastic first timers may be able to pull the parachute themselves, so be sure to ask if you are interested in doing this.
Finally, when you are over two miles above the ground, your instructor will ask you to assist him in getting ready for the skydive jump. You will know it's time to go when the door opens and the wind comes whirling through the plane.
Right before you jump the camera will capture you looking back into the plane at your friends. READY... SET... GO!!!!!! Don’t forget to smile for your 120 MPH freefall for over 40 seconds. You'll feel like you are flying as our video camera captures it all.
When your parachute opens, you will feel the wind stop. Then you will peacefully float down from 5000 feet. Your parachute ride will last about 7 minutes. You can steer the parachute and ask your instructor questions about the jump. Remember to look around at all the beautiful scenery, but don’t worry if you miss something because our video will capture it.
You will be surprised at the ease with which you land your parachute. Your landing will feel as if you are stepping off of your front porch. After your jump, be sure to enjoy some refreshments at the Waypoint Cafe, which is the most delicious airport cafe we have been to.
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