Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Sports & Fitness  > Skydiving

Skydiving Cost


How Much Does Skydiving Cost?

 
low costWind Tunnel: $20-$20 Per Minuteaverage costTandem Jump: $100-$260high costAccelerated Free Fall Training: $1,500-$2,500
post Post    

The cost of skydiving or parachuting varies according to the type of training, location and whether the jump is a once in a lifetime event or the participant plans to become a frequent jumper.

Typical costs:

  • Tandem[1] jumping typically costs $100-$260, depending on location and takes about an hour of training after signing a multi-page waiver. The student is harnessed to a professional skydiver who controls all aspects of the dive from the plane, through the five minutes of falling to landing. Static-line[2] jumps require 4-5 hours of training and cost about $85-$190 per jump. The student makes the dive alone; however, a line attached from the plane to the diver's pack opens the chute and the student drifts to the ground.
  • Accelerated Free Fall[3] costs about $250 for the first jump, depending on location, and is a common first step for jumpers wishing to attain skydiving "A" licensed status. Seven levels of AFF training costs about $1,500-$2,500, depending on location and typically includes 7-10 jumps. It takes about 10-15 jumps for the student to be cleared to dive without supervision and about 25 jumps to earn an "A" license.
  • Jump tickets for licensed skydiving enthusiasts cost about $18-$35 per jump, depending on the drop zone location. This covers the cost of the ride to altitude. No equipment is included.
  • Wind tunnels[4] are one way to experience the sensation of parachuting without the inherent dangers. Virtual or indoor skydiving in a wind tunnel costs about $20-$30 per minute.
Related articles: Bungee Jumping, Whitewater Rafting

What should be included:
  • Training varies according to the type of skydiving involved, but in each case all equipment, jumpsuit, instruction and the ride to altitude are included. While the student is harnessed to the instructor during tandem jumping, AFF dives are completed as two unconnected instructors hold either side, guiding the novice through parachute deployment. An all-day private or semi-private session occurs prior to the first AFF jump.
Additional costs:
  • While not mandatory, tipping the instructor is often appreciated and costs about $20-$40, depending on location and price of jump.
  • Videos of the jump cost about $60-$100, depending on location; photos cost $20-$100 or more depending on location and photo sizes. The cost covers more than the price of the film as the photographer must leap from the plane at the same time as the student. In tandem jumps, the instructor may wear a wrist-mounted video camera.
  • Renting student-level parachute and rigging costs about $20-$25, depending on location, after the jumper is certified to dive unsupervised. Purchasing gear[5] costs about $5,000-$9,000, depending on manufacturer and typically includes the main and reserve canopies, altimeter, goggles and helmet.
Discounts:
  • Buying a group package of four or more typically reduces the per person cost by $10 or save up to $20 each for groups of 18 or more.
  • At many locations receive $10-$20 off for paying cash, active military or if a student.
  • Weekday jumps typically cost about $10 per jump less than on the weekend.
Shopping for skydiving:
  • Find a drop zone by state through the US Parachute Association, an independent organization recognized by the Federal Aviation Association. Companies belonging to the USPA have pledged to follow all regulations governing skydiving. Pilots and parachute riggers are certified by the FAA.
  • The USPA also has copies of the USPA Skydiver's Information Manual[6] available online.
post Post    
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Skydiving
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Jump:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.skydiving.com/tandem-skydiving.php
  2.  www.skydivingcenter.net/Static_Line.html
  3.  www.uspa.org/BecomeaSkydiver/ChooseaMethod/tabid/65/Default.aspx
  4.  www.skydivingmagazine.com/windtunl.htm
  5.  www.uspa.org/Portals/0/Downloads/Newsletters/Buying%20Gear%20Jan%2009.pdf
  6.  www.uspa.org/SIM/tabid/161/Default.aspx
More Sports & Fitness Topics
Check Out All Costs for Sports & Fitness How Much Does an Elliptical Machine Cost? How Much Does a Tent Cost? How Much Do Gymnastics Classes Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Hot Water Heater
Paid: 1805.00
Notified the company Saturday and they were onsite Monday morning with and evaluation. Within 2 hours they had the new water heater onsite and installing... [more]
-Robert Flowers
Replacing a Water Heater Cost
Nitrous oxide
Paid: 727.00
My oral surgeon wanted to charge me $727 for nitrous oxide I opted for the needle and he was extra rough on me I think he was mad because I wouldn't spend the money... [more]
-Nathan e dodge
Sedation Dentistry Cost
Clearing Forest of lightly wooded brushy area. no tree cutting
Paid: 1100.00
Hired to clear 2-lots 98.24 length by 62.5 width and 3rd lot 56.5 width by 110.99 length. He started clearing borderline path all around property to work his way to center of property. Debris was burned (none was hauled away)... [more]
-Margie brown
Land Clearing Cost
Cost
Paid: 300.00
WHY is it so expensive---my sibling is on Social Security... [more]
-
Medical Marijuana Cost
Sunroom Patio Enclosures
Paid: 56000.00
14x16 gable roof 3 season room 4 season was $75,000 includes new deck gable roof shingled with skylights... [more]
-ROBERT PETERS
Sunroom Cost
20% Rear, 35% Front, 70% Windshield + "Free" Sunroof
Paid: 500.00
Got a few quotes around town. This place low balled me to get me in the door, but I already knew I'd want more premium grade tint. Office was friendly and explained my options well... [more]
-Butchy45
Window Tinting Cost