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What is a tandem jump / tandem skydiving?

At iJump we know that each jump is unique and we truly believe that free fall is an experience that you must live at least once in your life. If you want to take the plunge but you are not exactly sure what tandem skydiving is all about, this post is for you.

For a precious moment you are literally on top of the world, and metaphorically speaking you feel on top of the world, thanks to the adrenaline rush which is released while skydiving.

Take the opportunity that we offer at iJump to conquer your fear of heights or to plan something a little extra for your vacation.

Let’s begin!

What is a tandem jump?

When we talk about tandem skydiving, we are referring to a type of skydive that is suitable for practically all people, as the technical part of the jump is in the safe hands of an expert instructor.

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This allows you to enjoy the incredible experience of skydiving without the need of prior knowledge or specific training. With the assistance of our instructors you will be able to live an extraordinary adventure safely.

Is tandem jumping safe?

You might be surprised by the amount of people scared of heights, who come for a skydive with us and end up falling in love with free fall – including one of our instructors. We are here to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the whole activity so you can enjoy this unique moment to the fullest.

We offer the highest safety standards. The equipment we use is the safest corresponding to the latest parachuting technology. You are connected to one of our expert skydivers through a special double harness system for tandem skydiving. All you have to do is follow the instructions of your tandem instructor and discover the wonderful views that only skydiving can offer you.

The equipment that we use for tandem skydiving has a large parachute that can easily carry the weight of two adults. In addition, we carry out daily maintenance of all our equipment to make sure that they are in an optimal state for every jump.

Before each skydive we provide an informative session where we teach you everything you need to know to perform the jump safely and with confidence. It only takes a few minutes to learn the body position for the exit, free fall and landing. We will also explain some important guidelines about skydiving and answer all your questions.

Our instructors have done thousands of jumps and are eager to share their experience with you.

Tandem skydiving Myths

Since we are talking about what tandem skydiving is, we also want to clarify some of the myths that you may have already heard related to this sport.

Is it difficult to breath in free fall?

Maybe you have heard that due to the height or speed you will feel a lack of oxygen during free fall making it hard to breath. Rest assured that this is a myth! Neither the speed at which you fall nor the height are factors that affect your breathing in free fall. The only thing that can make you feel a shortness of breath are your nerves. However, there is nothing to fear! You just have to scream letting the air out and you will be able to take in fresh air again without any problem!

Is skydiving a dangerous sport?

Skydiving is not dangerous, despite being considered an extreme sport. In fact, there are fewer injuries in skydiving than in most other sports. The equipment that we use has a reserve parachute that will be opened in the rare event of the main parachute not working properly. In addition, the equipment also has an automatic opening device as a precautionary measure.

Can you jump if you have acrophobia?

Yes you can. We already mentioned before that many people with whom we have jumped were afraid of heights and have managed to overcome it thanks to this enriching experience. If you struggle with fear of heights we encourage you to come for a skydive with us!

Requirements to do tandem skydiving

Practically anyone can enjoy the experience of tandem skydiving. Since an expert instructor accompanies you throughout the whole jump, you don’t have to worry about not having specific training. However, there are some requirements that must be taken into account.

The age limit for skydiving is very broad. With the authorisation from the parents tandem jumps can be done from the age of 9. There is no maximum age limit, but you do have to be in good physical condition.

The minimum weight to jump is 30kg, and the maximum weight limit is 105kg. If you weigh more than 90kg the tandem instructor will make an assessment to confirm if you can do the skydive.

You should not have scuba dived or donated blood within 24 hours prior to your skydive. Further it is prohibited to have consumed alcohol and/or drugs within the last 8 hours prior to your skydive.

Finally, we want to point out that skydiving can only be carried out if the weather conditions are adequate. If the weather isn’t suitable, we will need to find another time for your jump.

Where can you do a tandem skydive?

Choosing the right place to discover what tandem skydiving is all about is an important decision. At iJump you are in the safe hands of  true skydive enthusiasts who will show you the beauty of the Gran Canaria landscape from a very special perspective.

If you are looking for something different to do on the island and you want to try something new, why not go for it? We are thrilled to share our passion for skydiving, welcoming you into our world and accompanying you in an experience as unique as this one.

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