Skydiving was one of the first commercial adventure activities available to the South Africa adventure enthusiasts.
Today there are clubs/drop zones in all the major cities across the country, the three biggest being in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Originally commercial jumps were limited to static line jumps however today the tandem free fall jumps are very popular for tourists and first time skydivers. Tandem Skydiving is not only a thrill but a great way to see a major tourist attraction from the air, Table Mountain being a great example.
When booking a Tandem Skydive in South Africa please make sure you are using a reliable and registered drop zone, what you need to look out for is that they belong to the sport association called PASA (Parachute Association of South Africa) This is also the body that controls all the regulations for sport parachuting.
Another option available at most skydiving clubs in South Africa is the AFF – Accelerated Free Fall course. This is a great way to get into the sport quickly, basically you spend some time on the ground learning body position and techniques then your first jump is by yourself but accompanied by two very capable instructors who follow you down until you open your shoot. Bobs your Uncle.
Herewith a list of our recommended Tandem Skydiving Operators in South Africa:
No bucket list is complete without ticking off a Tandem Skydive and where better than South Africa to do it.
As they say – BLUE SKIES!
Gauteng: As well as offering tandem skydiving, skydiving facilities in Gauteng also stock all the equipment and accessories that you may need for skydiving and other similar air-based activities. The Icarus Air Wear & Skydiving School provides instruction for first time jumpers and instructors are fully qualified. From solo jumps and static line courses to accelerated freefall and tandem skydiving, these can all be found in Gauteng.
Mpumalanga: Adventure Skydives in the Mpumalanga province is just outside Nelspruit. You will climb aboard a Cessna 206 and will fly up to 10 000ft, at which point you and your guide will jump. Jumps are offered on weekends only, and include static line courses, accelerated freefall (AFF) and tandem jumps.
Free State: Skydive Parys caters for all experience levels: tandem skydives, static line courses, accelerated freefall courses and progressive freefall training.
Garden Route: The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and there can be no more thrilling experience than that of the rush of 35 seconds of freefall over stunning Plettenberg Bay with Skydive Plett . View mountains, ocean, riverine forest and the stunning Plettenberg Bay as you sail to earth.
KwaZulu Natal/Durban: Skydive Durban offer tandem skydives over Durban’s magnificent coastline. You will exit the plane while securely attached to an instructor. After an exhilarating 35 seconds of freefall, the instructor will open his chute and the two of you will float gently down to earth. You may even fly the canopy during your descent. A wheelchair friendly stance means that those otherwise-able can enjoy this heart-racing activity as well.
Cape Town: If you are one of those people who get bored doing the same, everyday things all the time then take a leap on the wild side – literally! Just 35 minutes’ drive outside of Cape Town will have you in prime skydiving country at Skydive Cape Town. Fully operational seven days a week (weather permitting) you can enjoy tandem skydives, fun jumping, static line and accelerated freefall. All of which are guaranteed to get your adrenalin levels as high up in the sky as you are.
Eastern Cape: Grahamstown is not just home to a number of students; E P Skydivers is located there too. They invite you to experience the thrill of a tandem skydive with one of their highly experienced tandem instructors. From a height of 10 000ft the views of Grahamstown are breathtaking. After 35 seconds of freefall the instructor will open the parachute. Your descent will take about seven minutes, giving you ample time to take in the area.
One of the many benefits of a tandem skydive is that you don’t need any prior experience as the controls are taken care of by the instructor you’re attached to. So you can literally walk in, sign up; don the harness and jump, which makes for a pretty thrilling afternoon adventure activity. Check out our list of providers in your area and plan your tandem skydiving excursion today.