USPA-rated instructors explain skydiving basics, fit students for harnesses, and guide them through free fall and parachute steering
About This Deal
- Must be 18 or older
- Weight restrictions: 225 lbs max weight; special conditions apply if over 200 lbs.
- Individuals taking prescription drugs or having a recent injury or illness that would require a doctor’s evaluation must have a doctor’s certificate stating that no adverse effects would result from vigorous activity or making a skydive.
- USPA-rated instructors teach the basics of skydiving physics and techniques during a 20- to 30-minute ground-school lesson.
- They then fit participants with a jumpsuit and a harness and explain the basics of the free-fall body position.
- During the flight’s ascent, instructors field questions about skydiving mechanics, the history of the sport, and the best shoes for air walking.
- Once the plane reaches jumping altitude, instructors and students strap into Sigma tandem-diving rigs, plunge from the plane’s open door, and reach speeds up to 120 miles per hour.
- Instructors pull the parachute cord and work with students to control it on the slow canopy flight to the ground.
- Jumpers also receive a 20 % discount off video packages and can apply their time toward a skydiving license.
- Opening for the season on February 1, 2022.
Air rushes past the participants at 120 miles per hour while the California countryside unfolds thousands of feet below. Blue sky and empty space surround them, and the voice of the U.S. Parachute Association–rated instructor is the only sound they can hear above the wind. At 4,500 feet, the instructor pulls the parachute cord, and both jumpers gently drift down to land in 32 acres of open, unobstructed grass. This is what divers experience during tandem skydives or jumps as a part of the Accelerated Freefall program at Skydive Sacramento.
Pilots at the helm of a 15-passenger King Air twin-turbine, a four-passenger Cessna 182, or a five-passenger Cessna 206 take students to altitudes of up to 13,000 in as few as 15 minutes. Fitted securely with harnesses and chutes, participants can ask their diving instructor questions about the sport before plunging from the plane in a hands-on free fall and canopy flight, during which they learn steering and hot-air-balloon-avoidance tactics. Though the instructors cater to first-time divers, they also coach more experienced students toward their skydiving license. Instructors, many with 2,000 dives under their belt, also teach students to land in a main grass landing area or a high-performance area with swoop pond.