First Time Skydiving, Tandem Skydiving Guide

At Piedmont Skydiving, we specialize in creating unforgettable experiences for first-time tandem skydivers.

The Ultimate Guide to your Skydiving Experience

If you’re a first-time skydiver, you probably have a ton of questions about the process. How do you prepare? What’s it like? Is it scary, safe, expensive? This guide was created to give you peace of mind and get you excited about this incredible adventure!

We’ve done our best to answer any questions you might have in this guide, but if there’s one we missed, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer it right away! Want to view the virtual tour? Click here!

About Tandem Skydiving

First and foremost, you won’t be in this alone. To skydive for the first time, you must be with a tandem skydiving instructor. That means that you won’t actually be the one doing the work. It’s the job of the tandem instructor to keep you stable in the air, pull the parachute at the right altitude, and steer you back for a soft and safe landing.

If you’re looking to level-up and skydive solo, you’re looking for something called an Accelerated Freefall Program. These programs are designed to get you certified to skydive by yourself. Even these programs, however, must begin with a tandem skydive.

Skydiving Requirements for your First Skydive

The first step to a successful skydive is to make sure that you can skydive in the first place! Almost anyone can skydive, but there are a few requirements that exist for the safety of both the skydiver and the instructor.

You must be at least 18 and weigh under 230lbs to skydive at Piedmont Skydiving

For the safety of both the instructor and the student, we require that all skydivers must be at least 18 years of age and weight under 230lbs. Passengers over 200 lbs. may also be required to be physically fit in order to jump. We require a photo ID to prove your age.

2020 Tandem Skydiving Prices

At Piedmont Skydiving, we’re proud to be one of the most affordable options for Tandem Skydiving on the east coast!

Tandem RatesCost
Monday – Wednesday$189
Thursday$199
Friday$209
Saturday – Sunday$219
High-Altitude (17,500ft | Click Here for more info)$379
Recording OptionsCost
Photos – Includes 150+ high-quality photos of your skydiving experience. Delivered directly to your email inbox and easily sharable to social media!$99
Video – Includes a 4 to 6 minute edited high-definition video of your skydiving experience. Delivered directly to your email inbox and easily sharable to social media!$119
Video and Photos – Includes a 4 to 6 minute edited high-definition video AND 150+ high-quality photos of your skydiving experience. Delivered directly to your email inbox and easily sharable to social media!$218 $119
Video and Premium Pictures + Social Media Package – Includes a 4 to 6 minute edited high-definition video AND 200+ high-quality photos of your skydiving experience AND 45 second Instagram Edit, 60 second unedited freefall video. Delivered directly to your email inbox and easily sharable to social media! $238 $139

For more pricing info (including discounts, group rates, and more), visit our Pricing Page

The Piedmont Skydiving Experience

While we know how exciting this adventure is, we also know how scary it can be for first-timers, especially when you have no idea what to expect. Check out some of the videos that our awesome customers have posted to get a better idea of what the experience will be like!


Frequently Asked Questions

At Piedmont Skydiving, our goal is to make your adventure as carefree and exciting as possible. We don’t want you to worry about anything, so we’re here to take care of everything. Below you’ll find answers to some of our frequently asked questions about skydiving. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email or phone! Find our contact information here.


Our Location

Piedmont Skydiving
500 Airport Road
Salisbury, NC 28147-8921

Located in Central North Carolina, just 35min from Charlotte and Winston Salem, and 45min from Greensboro!

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