Your Skydive Further Explained!
your Tandem Skydive
Leave your everyday worries behind when you travel up to 10,000 feet above the beaches of Vancouver Island and the Arbutus Meadows Event Centre in Nanoose Bay. Feel the rush of adrenaline overtake you while you flip out of the airplane into a 200km/h and about 45 seconds freefall. Finally, breath in the moment and the panoramic ocean and mountain views while you steer your way back to the skydive centre.
When you arrive at Skydive Vancouver Island our team will provide everything you need to ensure a safe and memorable Tandem Skydive Experience. You will spend about 20 minutes with your qualified Tandem Instructor learning the basic body positions, reviewing any questions, and of course getting your gear on.
Once all the training requirements are complete you and your instructor will hop onto our shuttle van that will take you to the Qualicum Beach Airport. At that moment your ready to board our plane and begin the 17 minute journey up to altitude. Most often you will get views stretching from the Comox Valley through to the Cowichan Valley, and as far away as Mount Baker. While we climb over Mount Arrowsmith, you will be left mesmerized at the sight of Barclay Sound and Vancouver Island's famous West Coast.
On the final minute before your skydive, the plane door will open and you will find yourself in the moment and about to fly! There is nothing to justly describe the feeling of taking that flip out of the airplane into a 200km/h free fall and about 35 seconds later hearing the roar of the parachute opening above.
Your instructor will give you the opportunity to steer the parachute or just sit back and take in all that surrounds you as you soar through the sky. Your friends and family can all be at the skydive centre watching your experience from the moment you leave the plane to the excitement you'll share once you've landed.
Skydiving is an exhilarating, empowering, serene, lifetime experience waiting for you!
Tandem Skydive Student Safety Criteria
Tandem Skydive Students must 16 years of age or older
Students 16 & 17 years of age require parent/guardian consent
Tandem Skydive Students must complete in full Skydive Vancouver Islands Liability Waiver prior to their skydive
Tandem Skydive Students must be within the weight range criteria
Male Students must be over 90lbs (40.8kgs) and below 220lbs (99.8kgs)
Female Students must be over 90lbs (40.8kgs) and below 210lbs (95.3kgs)
If you have any questions about these criteria, or any other safety concerns with your Tandem Skydive, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will happily assist with your individual needs.
All costs pertaining to your Skydiving Experience are subject to 5% GST charges upon purchase.
Capturing Your Moment
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but we know that when it comes to capturing that moment in freefall or the smile while you steer your parachute as you watch the sun set over the ocean... a thousand words is not enough!
The best way to never forget your Skydive Experience is by capturing every moment with one of our Video and Picture experiences. We use the best equipment and produce your video in a high definition fully edited collaboration of your experience including getting ready, your plane ride up, your exit, your freefall, your parachute ride, and your first thoughts after landing. We also capture high definition pictures of your entire experience including additional scenery photos on the plane ride up. You will receive your fully edited video and pictures the same day of your skydive through a link sent directly to your phone and email! If you like editing your own video, we will provide you the raw video footage upon request.
You can view many of our Tandem Skydive fully edited videos on our YouTube Channel! You can check out some examples of the pictures you can expect to receive in the details below!
Tandem Skydive Student Safety Criteria
Tandem Skydive Students are not permitted to carry video/camera devices on them, including cell phones, during their skydive.
Your Picture & Video Additions Explained
The Selfie Cam
This is a GoPro camera attached to the Tandem Instructors wrist. At Skydive Vancouver Island, when you purchase the Selfie Cam option you will receive 200+ pictures and a fully edited personalized video.
Selfie Cam Pros:
Lower overall cost compared to ProCam (outside video)
Captures the freefall as well as the parachute ride
We don't need an extra seat in the plane for our videographer so you can go up with more friends (up to 3 tandem students depending on plane availability)
Selfie Cam Cons:
Although it is wide angle, it won't capture as much in frame as ProCam
The ProCam (Outside Videographer)
ProCam has a separate skydiver jump with you with a camera on his helmet. We call this skydiver the Videographer. This type of perspective is about 6-10 feet away from you during freefall. At Skydive Vancouver Island, when you purchase the ProCam option, we include the Selfie Cam video and pictures as well. Therefore producing 300+ pictures and a fully edited personalized video that shows both the outside and close up aspects of your skydive experience. It also allows for your time under the parachute to be filmed and captures that awesome moment coming in for landing and your immediate priceless reaction!
The exit from the plane looks great and so does the freefall
Catches the landing really well
Two camera angles (ProCam and Selfie Cam)
It's a bit more expensive
Some people find jumping with someone in front of them distracting
Due to limited room in the plane, we can only take two (2) Tandem Passengers at a time
awesome weekday savings
We offer discounted rates during the weekday (Monday thru Friday) providing you $20 off per person on any Tandem Skydive Experience you choose! That is right, you pick your experience and you save just for booking on a weekday! Weekday savings cannot be combined with any other promotional offers. However, weekday savings will be combined with our group savings. Yes, that means a savings of $40 per person when you book a group of three (3) or more family or friends on the weekdays!
Skydive Vancouver Island operates from Mid-March to October 31st every year! We are open six (6) days a week to give you to most opportunity to book your skydive experience on a day that works best for your schedule! Every Tuesday we are closed so that we can also go explore this beautiful island with our family and friends. In the months of July and August we can get really busy so we always recommend booking your skydive in advance to give you the best opportunity to get your desired day and time.
awesome Group savings
Everyone in your group will walk away relishing in the accomplishment of Tandem Skydiving from a perfectly great airplane from high above Vancouver Island, launching themselves into a 200km/hr freefall and steering the parachute back to the skydive centre. However the next best part of your story is that you saved money without giving up the options that enhance the experience, like video and pictures, and there are no hidden or unexpected costs once you booked!
Everyone in your group can choose the Tandem Skydive Experience that best captures what they would like and each person will receive $20 off their experience! Group savings start when a minimum of three (3) people book a skydive together. We love groups, small and large, and don't want anyone not feeling they didn't get the most amazing experience for them. Therefore, not everyone in your group has to commit to the same experience option! Some may want our Oceanside 10,000 Experience while others may go big with our Vancouver Island 12,500 Experience. No matter the option everyone will save money! To add even more to the savings, if your group books their skydive Monday through Friday, everyone also receives an additional $20 off as per our Weekday Savings! Seriously, it just doesn't get much better than that... well until of course you're flipping out of our perfectly great airplane on your skydive!
When you and your group arrive at Skydive Vancouver Island our team will provide everything you need to ensure a safe and memorable Tandem Skydive Experience. Your qualified Tandem Instructor will teach each of you the basic body positions, review any questions, and of course get your gear on. We will take either two(2) or three(3) Tandems up in our plane at a time depending on plane availability and capacity, so you will be able to buddy up and share the flight up with a friend! Each group per plane will take about 40 minutes to complete their skydive. The best part is the rest of the group can still share the fun as they wave to the plane as it takes off, watch with amazement while the plane is seen at 10,000 feet above the drop zone, hold their breath while they see you falling through the sky for 35 seconds, hear your screams of joy when the parachute opens, and finally cheer you on when you come in for the landing back at the drop zone! Then the process repeats until everyone has experienced their skydive!
If you want to add a BBQ or a catered meal to your event, we can help you in the planning. We also offer a private lounge that can be rented for your use!