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How Much Does It Cost To Skydive? (Price Breakdown & Ways To Save!)

Amanda Ryan

Amanda Ryan, Updated September 17, 2022

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Skydiving is a fantastic experience. Yes, it’s a scary adventure, but one that leaves us relishing the adrenaline rush of every moment. So you’ve decided to go skydiving for the first time and wonder what it takes. One of the first things to consider is how much the whole skydiving experience will cost you. 

Depending on different factors, skydiving costs range from $250 to $300. This price range covers the cost of buying you a tandem jump out of an aircraft attached to an experienced and certified instructor. It also covers the price of all the gear and equipment you’ll need throughout the dive, especially as a first-timer that wants a memorable experience. 

If you’re looking to enjoy your skydiving experience, you’ll need the right skydiving gear and equipment. These equipment come in different forms, from the obvious ones (parachutes) to the insignificant ones like vests and goggles. Each of these pieces of equipment can add to the total cost of your skydiving experience.

So, you’ll need to consider your gear and equipment while calculating the total cost of skydiving, whether it’s your first or tenth time. This article covers everything that affects the price of skydiving.

What’s Included in the Price of a Skydive?

Before pulling out your credit card to pay for a tandem skydive, you want to know what exactly you’re paying for. Skydiving is composed of many parts, and you’ll need to cover the cost of each part for a safe, comfortable, and fun skydiving experience. 

We know you’re curious to know the skydiving necessities and how they sum up the total cost. Here’s a quick breakdown to help you know where your money goes.

1. Gear and Equipment Needed for Skydiving

Skydiving is an extreme sport involving a high degree of risk. So, you’ll need to have all the right equipment and gears on before attempting it.

Fortunately, most skydiving organizers include all the safety gear you’ll need when calculating the cost. So, whether you’re skydiving solo, with an experienced jumper, or in tandem, you’ll get an estimate that covers it all.

These companies spend so much to purchase the equipment and to keep them to a suitable standard for your dive. So you should expect to pay a substantial amount for them. The equipment required includes harnesses, helmets, parachutes, and jumpsuits.

2. A Highly Experienced, Professional Skydiving Instructor

Whether you’re skydiving for the first time or not, you’ll still need a knowledgeable instructor to put you through basic and advanced instructions.

Most skydiving companies ensure that they employ an instruction team that has earned their chops in the sky over the course of many jumps. These instructors typically also have the correct paperwork to prove it. 

Getting such a level of professionalism costs money. The companies would only recover the money they spend hiring the best by dividing it into little chunks. These little chunks are added to the cost of each skydiving experience. 

While inquiring about the cost of a dive, note that the company will add the cost of hiring a professional instructor to put you through.

3. Aircraft and Facilities

Let’s face the fact: anything related to aviation comes with an incredibly expensive price range. Skydiving companies often pay through their noses to buy and maintain safe and reliable aircraft.

Beyond that, they must work to keep the pilots and passengers safe, which means additional expenses on safety facilities. 

These expenses automatically translate to a higher cost of skydiving on the skydiver’s side. Don’t be surprised when you see these things in your skydiving cost breakdown.

4. Jump Altitude

Depending on your jumping location, your skydiving company may give you the option to purchase lower or higher altitudes. Higher altitude jumps come with higher price tags in exchange for more freefall time. 

Your choice here will typically boil down to the motivation behind your diving experience. Skydivers doing it for the adrenaline rush may choose higher altitudes, allowing them to experience more. 

5. Professional Camera Flyer

Although this one is optional, most people still opt for it because it helps them capture all the memories they’ll want to relish forever. If you’re considering this option, rest assured that it’ll quickly add to the overall cost of your skydiving. 

Most companies have photographers and videographers specially trained for this. These professionals will typically dive with you, capturing every moment. You can always opt against it, but know it’s something you want. So go on and capture your most beautiful moments at a little extra cost.

How To Reduce Skydiving Cost

We get it – $300 may seem like a lot of money. But if you look at the experience and everything you’ll need to make it enjoyable, you’d see that it’s just the right price. 

However, some people still enjoy the same excitement at a lower price than the above-quoted price. You just need to learn a few cost-reducing hacks, and you’re good to go. Here are some hacks you can follow to reduce the cost of your next skydiving experience. 

Jump In A Group

Jumping in groups may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about skydiving, but it’s still a great option. Most companies offer a discount of 10-20% to group members.

So, if you want to lower costs, you can create a group of willing skydivers. Don’t forget that the discount you get will depend on the number of people in your group. 

Choose A Weekday For Your Jump

Like most recreational activities, skydiving experiences a rush on weekends and public holidays. More weekend traffic means higher jumping costs during this period. 

On the other hand, most companies offer discounts to jumpers on weekdays because of the almost nonexistent traffic. So, if you’re looking to get a few bucks off your skydiving cost, we recommend booking on weekdays.

Bring Your Equipment

If skydiving is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for you, then renting all you’ll need for it is cool. But buying some of the gear and equipment you’ll need won’t be a bad idea if you intend to do it several times in your lifetime. 

Yes, a complete kit of parachutes can be costly to buy. But if you consider its availability for the several times you’ll want to dive, you’ll realize that it’s a worthy investment. Fortunately, most of the equipment comes in different brands and prices.

Choose what suits your budget, but ensure you’re not buying substandard gears or equipment. 

Book Another Dive After Your Jump

This may sound a bit awkward, but it’s the way to go if you want lower diving costs. Skydiving is so enjoyable that you’ll always find yourself coming back again. So, while it’s true you just finished a jump, it’s an excellent opportunity to book another dive. 

Most companies will offer nice discounts for subsequent jumps if you book immediately after your first jump. You can use this opportunity to book subsequent jumps and adjust dates to suit your schedule.

Skydive In Lower-Cost Areas

Areas with lower living costs will naturally have skydiving companies offering lower prices for jumps. On the other hand, areas with high living costs will attract higher costs for jumping. 

So one effective way to lower the cost of your skydiving is to move to areas with a lower cost of living. The moving process may seem stressful, but it helps you save some of the money you would have used for your jump. 

Weight Less

Do we need to emphasize this? Most skydiving companies will charge you based on your weight. Skydivers weighing more than 200 lbs are typically charged more because of the extra fare and effort required to ferry them. 

If you’ve fixed a date to enjoy skydiving, now’s a good time to start working on your weight. The little pounds you lose may make the difference when the skydiving company calculates your fee.

Is Skydiving Worth The Money?

We get these sorts of questions every day from concerned skydivers. Whether it’s your first time skydiving or not, skydiving is worth all the money you’ll invest in it.

Remember that when paying for skydiving, you’re paying for an experience rather than a product. You want to enjoy every moment of it, and that’s why you should pay for everything that’ll enhance the experience. 

It’s difficult to explain how skydiving feels, and that’s why it’s important you feel it for yourself. The sensations are usually far more exhilarating than many people think.

Whether you’re skydiving to conquer your fear, to enjoy the adrenaline rush, or to fulfill a longtime wish, the memory of your dive is something you’ll forever relish.

Is A Lower-Priced Skydive Safe?

Straight to the point – the cost of your skydive does not necessarily impact the safety of your jump. You don’t have to hesitate to purchase a discounted ticket if you find one. However, ensure that you’re buying from a reputable skydiving company. 

Professional skydiving companies follow strict safety procedures. These procedures are set and enforced by the FAA, USPA, and cooperating dropzone. They typically have trained instructors to help you stay safe throughout your skydiving experience. 

If you’re unsure about a facility, you can always look them up on the USPA website before paying for a jump. You can also look up reviews from previous jumpers to get a clue about how they treat jumpers.

Conclusion

That’s it, a detailed look at the cost of skydiving. So far, we’ve seen that it costs between $250 to $300 to get an enjoyable skydiving experience. We’ve also seen what’s usually included in this cost and how to get a discount from any skydiving company. 

The ball is now in your court. Go out there and have all the fun you can with your first skydiving experience.

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