First Time Skydivers
Tandem Skydiving

Tandem skydiving is the safest way to experience your first jump. Fully secured in a tandem harness with your jumpmaster at the controls, you’ll feel the thrilling sensation of the 120 mph freefall. Then, as you make your way down to land under canopy, you’ll be amazed at the most spectacular views of California’s central coast. Find pricing info, FAQs and what to expect on the day of your tandem skydive below
First Time Skydiving

What’s Included

  • 10 to 15 Minute Training Session
  • Skydive Gear for Your Jump
  • First Jump Certificate
  • Second Jump Discount Coupon
  • Skydiving in California checked-off your bucket list!


The Ultimate Experience


90 Secs of Freefall
Oxygen Supplement

Regular Price

Gift Certificate Price


The Standard Jump


60 Secs of Freefall

Regular Price

Gift Certificate Price


The Economy Jump


20 Secs of Freefall

Regular Price

Gift Certificate Price




Photo or Video
of Your Jump



Photo and Video
of Your Jump

Actual times may vary based on conditions at the time of jump
A $20 surcharge will be added for walk-ins without a reservation. 

Photo & Video Packages


HD Video AND Photos

Delivered via email
(or get a thumb drive for $8 additional)


HD Video OR Photos

Delivered via Email
(or get a thumb drive for $8 additional)


Group Discounts

Discount per Tandem Jumper

10+ Jumpers paid full, in advance
20+ Jumpers paid full, in advance
25+ Jumpers paid full, in advance

Skydiving FAQs

How safe is it to skydive?

All jumpmasters are U.S.P.A. rated; all aircraft and pilots are F.A.A. certified. We will not take you in the aircraft unless you and the jumpmaster are completely satisfied. All rigs have automatic activation devices. Any statistics can be obtained from WWW.USPA.ORG or call 1-800-371-USPA (8772).

What is physically required to make a skydive?

Good physical health is always a plus in any sport. You cannot jump within 48 hours of Scuba diving or within 24 hours after giving blood. If you are taking prescription drugs for an illness, you are required to have a doctors certificate stating that no adverse effects will result from making a parachute jump.

Over the years, we have introduced Tandem Jumping to paraplegics, quadriplegics and one of our instructors taught a blind person! We have had people over 80 years old. So bring your grandmother along, she might end up jumping too!

You must be at least 18 years old. There are special restrictions if you weigh more than 200 pounds.

How old do I have to be to skydive?

You must be 18 years of age or older on the day of your jump and bring a valid government ID with you the day of your jump; no exceptions. This is a United States Parachute Association (USPA) requirement.

Sudden drop myth?

As you exit, a cushion of air created by the forward speed of the aircraft, supports your body as you accelerate to terminal velocity! There is no sudden drop feeling associated with freefall. It’s more like a floating sensation as you have no other objects to relate to except blue sky; get more info.

Do I need to make a reservation?

We require a $50 non-refundable deposit per person to make a reservation, walk-ins are accepted only if we have space available. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express cards and Cash, sorry no checks. Deposits may be paid by check as long as we receive it two weeks prior to your appointment date. We are open 7 days a week, weekends being the busiest.

What should I wear?

Loose fitting clothes and athletic shoes are ideal. Dress for the weather on the ground. We supply everything else for your skydive.

How much time should I expect to spend?

Prepare to stay for half a day for your Tandem Jump.

After the jump?

You will receive a certificate signed by your jumpmaster. After watching your High definition Video or Pictures on your very own Skydive Santa Barbara 4GB flash drive and reliving the thrill of your first skydive, drive home carefully. The feeling of excitement will last for hours, if not for days.

If you can’t find the answer here don’t hesitate to call us at 805-740-9099.

The Day of Your Jump

1. Check In

tandem skydivers getting checked in
  • Check in at front desk
  • Watch waiver video
  • Sign waivers
  • Pay any balance due
Allow 60 minutes

2. Training & Gear Check

first time skydivers gear check
  • Watch training video
  • Meet your instructor
  • Receive training
  • Get fitted for gear
Allow 60 minutes

3. Airplane Flight

tandem skydivers in the plane on their way up
  • Board the fastest Cessna Caravan in California
  • Enjoy the Spectacular Ocean Views
  • Final Adjustments & Safety Checks
  • Review Jump Procedures
7 - 10 Minutes

4. Freefall

tandem skydivers jumping out of the plane
  • Exit the Plane with Your Jumpmaster
  • Feel the Speed of 120 mph Freefall
  • Jumpmaster Deploys the Parachute
  • Parachute Opens at ~5000′
30 - 90 Seconds

5. Under Canopy

tandem skydivers under canopy
  • Under Open Canopy
  • Revel in Stunning Central California Coast Scenery
  • Try Turns, Spins (optional)
  • Descend to Drop Zone
  • Prepare for Landing
4 - 8 Minutes

6. Post Jump

tandem skydivers landing
  • Scream, Shout, Jump Up & Down!
  • Receive Your Certificate
  • Receive Your Second Jump Coupon
  • Receive Your Photos/Videos via Email
  • Book Your Next Jump!
Joy May Last for Days

Embrace the Adventure… start training for the thrill of a lifetime!