Are you ready to solo skydive? Great! We’re so excited to welcome to you this amazing sport! One of the most common questions we encounter is ‘can I solo skydive for my first jump?’ Skydiving is an amazing adventure and we know for many, skydiving solo is a bucket list goal. At Oklahoma Skydiving Center, you may skydive solo, after entering our student program through the tandem progression. Let’s break it down:
Tandem skydiving was invented in 1983 by early skydiving pioneer, Ted Strong, then later Bill Booth, revolutionized the skydiving industry technology so we could introduce newbies to this incredible sport. Tandem – having two things arranged one in front of the other – is just that. You are harnessed in front of an experienced instructor who wears a parachute system designed for two people. Tandem skydiving is the most popular way to experience skydiving and here at Oklahoma Skydiving Center we welcome guests from Oklahoma City to Tulsa and everywhere in between!
We know, being attached to someone isn’t some people’s cup of tea, and others would have it no other way. At Oklahoma Skydiving Center, we believe that the tandem skydive helps prepare students for the solo skydiving experience to come. Here’s why:
We found students are more prepared and confident when entering the student program when they’ve done a tandem skydive first. It doesn’t seem like much, but there is so much more you are responsible for when solo skydiving. This first taste of flight sets up our future students for success and we can build on what they already know to solo skydiving.
Yes! We’re so excited you asked! After you do two training tandems (we refer to as Level 1 and Level 2), you will then enter our solo skydiving program – called Accelerated Freefall (AFF) – by taking the First Jump Course. (Even though your next jump will technically not be your first, it will be your first solo skydive.) The training program consists of simulated systems from canopy flight control to aircraft procedures and exits, emergency procedures, skills discussed, and more.
In the solo skydiving program you will jump with two certified instructors with one on each side. As you progress you will learn more freefall skills and canopy flight control.
Solo skydiving – in our opinion – is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences there is! Mastering a skill like no other builds confidence – you’ll notice a pep in your step and lingering conversations about this great sport. And you’ll create a wonderful community of like-minded people from all walks of life!
If you’re ready or you’d like to more about our solo skydiving program, click HERE.
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