What to Expect When You Tandem Skydive at Jumptown

What to Expect When You Tandem Skydive at Jumptown

Published: May 26, 2016

What to Expect When You Tandem Skydive at Jumptown

Welcome to Jumptown! We are America's oldest commercial skydiving center and the premier drop zone for the Boston area, especially when it comes to tandem skydiving. As a first timer, we know you're nervous and you have high expectations for the experience! Our goal is to exceed your expectations and part of that is preparing you for what's to come.

Arriving at Jumptown

You're going to be nervous. It's a given, so embrace the nerves! Once you turn into our driveway, your heart will be really pumping, especially if you see skydivers landing as you arrive. The reality of you jumping from a plane is getting real! Take a deep breath, it's going to be exciting!

Once you've calmed your nerves, make your way over to 'manifest.' Here we'll get you registered (don't forget your ID) and have you fill out paperwork that may leave you freaking out! We often joke that the paperwork is scarier than the skydive as it clearly states the risks involved with jumping. If there was ever a reality check of what you're getting ready to do... this is it!


girl preparing for first time tandem skydive

Once the paperwork has been taken care of and you've willingly handed over your money to jump, it's time for training. Training lasts approximately 40 minutes. The training will cover the basics of the equipment, how to enter and exit the aircraft and cover what you need to know for both the 60-second free fall and landing procedures. You will learn that you have a role in this... this is more than a ride!

Time To Skydive!

Once out of training, you're now on the official manifest to jump. Chances are your instructor is in the air with another student, so pay attention to the announcements being made over the loudspeaker. You'll hear your name when it's time to skydive.

Once called, you'll meet up with your instructor where it's time for gear up.

PRO TIP: If you need to use the bathroom, do so before you're geared up!

Once in your jumpsuit and harness, it's time to head out to our beautiful aircraft. Jumptown flies a Twin Otter which is considered to be the gold standard for skydiving operations. The flight to 13,000 feet (exit altitude) takes about 15 minutes. At around 9,000 feet, your instructor will be attaching himself to you as you're minutes away from leaving this perfectly good airplane!

If you've chosen a video/photo package, your camera flyer will climb out ahead of you and hold onto the outside of the plane to get a good shot of you on exit (with the plane in it!).

PRO TIP: Be sure to get photos and video. If our guests ever regret anything, it's not getting photography of this amazing experience!

You will freefall at around 120mph, for up to 60 seconds. At approximately 6,000 ft., your instructor will deploy the parachute. You will fly around for 3-5 minutes under canopy before touching down in the dropzone landing area.

young man makes first jump from plane at Jumptown

After Your Jump

After landing in full view of any friends and family, you will have a moment to catch your breath and thank your instructor.

Once you've returned your skydiving equipment, you are free to go. However, we strongly encourage you to stay a bit and watch others land, while reflecting on your incredible achievement.

We guarantee that your first tandem skydive with Jumptown will be truly unforgettable - so come experience the best that Boston area skydiving has to offer (if we do say so ourselves).

Ready to Go?

Book your tandem skydive online today, or get in touch to speak to a member of our staff.


DVD & Stills

All the staff were professional and reassuring and they made us feel very comfortable!

» Sharon and Lauren Parker