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Durham Tandem Skydive Experience

Tandem Skydiving Experience with Skydive Academy at Peterlee's Shotton Airfield in Durham - enjoy 40 seconds of free fall with a parachuting experience from 12,500ft - controlled by an instructor.

Price for 1 participant

A Durham tandem skydive offers an unbeatable combination of adrenaline pumping fun and picturesque countryside beauty, that allows you to cross a BIG one off the bucket list - and in serious style!

As one of the closest airfields to Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Gateshead, Skydive Academy is perfectly placed to offer some truly incredible views of the North East - along with some breathtaking thrills as you plummet back to earth at 120mph! With 40 seconds of free fall and around 6-7 minutes of open canopied parachuting back to earth, Durham skydiving is one of the North East's best way to combine high octane thrills with a completely unrivalled scenic tour!

Your tandem skydive in Durham will begin with a registration session at Shotton Airfield reception, where you can ask questions and sign the documents. Then, you'll begin the theory with a video brief and a practical demonstration on the mats - learning where to tuck your limbs and head throughout the jump. Once fully theorised, you'll don the safety equipment and make your way to the runway to be strapped to the instructor - before climbing into the back of the Turbine Cessna Grand Caravan - ready to fly up to a jump height of 12,500ft. Once up there, the first skydiving instructor will open the hatch and begin the first of the jumps! Sat between the legs of your instructor, you'll await your turn to shuffle up to the open hatch where you can dangle your legs, take a good look at the picturesque countryside below - and make the most extreme journey back to earth! On the instructor's call, you'll roll forward and begin 40 seconds of free fall, before the instructor deploys the parachute and you start around 6-7 minutes of parachuting back to ground level.

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Weight: 15 stone
No maximum age limit.

Prior to the jump, all skydivers are required to complete a BPA (British Parachute Association) medical declaration of health form - which must be witnessed. For under 18s, this witness must be a parent or guardian.
Please download the form, here.

Any jumpers who do not meet the conditions of the declaration of health will be required to complete the BPA Request for Medical Advice form - this is to be signed by your doctor prior to the jump. Failure to complete this will prohibit you from skydiving.

If you are disabled this does not mean you cannot skydive!
You should allow a whole day to complete a Durham tandem skydive.

Although the training takes around 20 minutes, flying up to 12,500ft around 20 minutes, free falling for 40 seconds and parachuting lasts for 6-7 minutes; you should still account for a whole day - as the weather conditions and the time your skydive flight is booked on for ensure the whole experience will usually take longer.
Friends and family are welcome to watch your tandem skydive in the North East, and are encouraged to bring a camera so as to capture the excitement on jumpers' faces.

Skydive Academy is based at Shotton Airfield, which has many features for spectator & skydiver comfort on the day, including a clubhouse that hosts a canteen, a bar, overnight facilities, car parking, toilets and more. This will come in very handy during the cold winter months, with shelter and a hot beverage!

Skydive Academy can accommodate up to 50 skydives a day, so group bookings are welcome. Depending on availability of instructors, 6 people can be lifted in one plane at one time, but smaller groups are also possible. 

Tandem skydiving at Peterlee's Shotton Airfield is available 7 days per week - subject to availability.

In the summer, Skydive Academy is open from 8.30am until 8.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays. On all Wednesdays (except those directly after a Bank Holiday), the drop zone operates from 1pm.

The centre may also be closed during a few midweek dates in May, June & July - when the staff are training and conducting aircraft maintenance.
You should wear comfortable, casual clothes that suit the weather for your tandem skydive in Durham - as you will be wearing the safety equipment supplied by Skydive Academy.

This equipment includes a jump suit, a cap, goggles & gloves.

It is advisable to wrap up warm for your skydive in the cold months, as both standing around at the airfield and the subzero temperature at 12,500ft can be mightily chilly!
Tandem Skydiving in Durham is affected by the weather conditions.

If the wind, rain or snow on the day is restricting the ability to skydive - including the visibility of the ground from 12,500ft; you may be required to wait around at Shotton Airfield until the weather clears.

If it is not going to clear sufficiently on the day, you can rearrange your skydive for a more convenient date.
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