Tandem Skydiving - Your First Skydive

Making A Reservation

Your skydiving adventure starts with making a reservation. Get your friends together, pick a date, and call us at (888) 667-2259 or send an e-mail to info@NorCalSkydiving.com. You can check our various tandem skydiving packages on our Tandem Pricing Page. If you have a coupon or gift certificate, make sure you include this information in your reservation. Don't forget to choose a video option in your package so that you can share the thrills of your skydiving adventure with your friends and family and also relive the experience over and over again.

Planning Your Day

You should plan on spending around 2 hours at NorCal, more if you are coming with a big group. Note that weather can cause delays, so make sure you can stay for at least 4 hours past your reservation time. There is plenty to see and do around the airport, so we encourage people to make a day or weekend out of their skydiving adventure. See our Wine Country pages for more details.

The Day of Your Jump

See our What To Bring page for some tips on how to dress and what to bring with you.

Directions to the airport can be found on our Directions page. Don't hesitate to call us if you need help our get lost.

We'll call you if we know there are weather delays or cancellations. Note that even if the weather doesn't look so good where you are, we could very well be jumping (see the Cloverdale Weather sidebar).

Checking In

When you arrive at NorCal, the first thing to do is check in at our reservations desk. Keep an eye out for parachutes overhead! After confirming your reservation, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork, watch a safety video, and pay for your skydiving package if you haven't already done so.

Gearing Up

When it is time to gear up, a NorCal staff member will get you into a jump suit and harness that fits and get you some goggles so you can see when you are going 120mph. Don't worry if you wear glasses or contacts, our goggles work with those as well.

Meeting Your Instructor and Videographer

Once you are geared up, you'll meet your tandem instructor and videographer (if you chose a video option). Your tandem instructor will explain basic aircraft exit techniques, free fall, and landing procedures and positions, check your gear, and answer any questions you might have.

The Plane Ride

When everything is ready, you'll walk to the plane and climb aboard. The view from the airplane is spectacular, but you'll probably be too nervous to notice thinking about what is coming up next! When you reach your jump altitude, the tandem instructor will attach your harnesses together, the door will open, and out you go!


Few other experiences can even come close to the excitement of jumping out of an airplane over two miles above the earth.

There is about a minute of free fall, the closest you will ever come to knowing how it truly feels to be a bird in flight. Make sure you take a few seconds to look away from the breathtaking views all around to smile and wave at the videographer!

After the canopy is deployed there is a four minute glide back to the ground where your videographer is waiting to film your landing. You'll land right in front of the spectator area so your friends and family can watch and cheer.

After You Land

After you touch down, your tandem instructor will disconnect your harnesses and escort you off the landing area. You'll turn in your gear at the office and sign your tandem instructor's log book and get your First Jump Certificate. Don't forget to tip your tandem instructor if you had a good time.

If you ordered a video package, your videographer will create a DVD for you. You can watch it right in our office with your friends if you like.

Feel free to hang around the drop zone and watch others jump, cook up some food on our outdoor grill and have a picnic, or head off to explore Wine Country.

Or better yet, sign up for a second jump and get almost 50% off!

Bay Area Skydiving

Northern California and the Bay Area are well known for their natural outdoor beauty, and for the people like you who here, who tend to love the outdoor adventure associated with this natural haven. It should be no surprise then that of all the great ways to enjoy the fresh air of Northern California, skydiving is one of the best. NorCal Skydiving, a Bay Area skydiving experience provider, offers two ways for those of you who have always wanted to try skydiving to enjoy a rich Bay Area skydiving experience.

Northern California Skydiving - Tandem Jumping

For your first San Francisco skydiving experience, you'll go on a tandem jump. In a tandem jump, the jumper (that's you!) is attached by a harness to an expert skydiving instructor. There is little instruction required. Just an overview of safety procedures, and it's time to get into your jump suit and get off the ground! Your instructor will handle all the equipment, bringing you safely to the ground. This allows you to be fully focused on the thrill of flying through the air in free fall, feeling the wind carrying you as if pushing you back up. Our certified instructors take care of the rest. You simply enjoy the thrill of skydiving.

And on a Bay Area skydiving trip, you will enjoy all the beauty of the Northern California landscape with a view that no tourist is going to get looking out from Twin Peaks!

Northern California Skydiving - Accelerated Free Fall

Once you have experienced the thrill of a Northern California skydiving trip, you will want to go again and again. You may want to go right away into another tandem jump – and for those who do, a 20 percent discount is available for a second jump within 24 hours of the first.

If, however, you enjoyed your Sonoma skydiving experience that much, you may wish to take the next step in becoming a certified skydiver: Accelerated Free Fall. In AFF you are not harnessed to instructors. You start jumping with two instructors holding onto you. Eventually you will jump with just one instructor holding on. Over seven stages of AFF jumps, the instructors will do less and less of the work for you, until eventually you are doing it all on your own.

If you feel you would like to reach that stage, we can help you get there, but you have to take the first step: contact NorCal Skydiving and reserve your first exciting skydive today!