Make Your Dreams Stories.
At Edmonton Skydive, we help turn your dreams into enviable stories. On that memorable day, this might be how your story plays out:
As you prepare to board the airplane, your left-brain rationale and logic send urgent messages to stop. But, there’s something greater, something deeper, that propels you to take your seat. Excitement and curiosity are stronger forces on this day.
The airplane rips down the runway and before you know it, you’re fully committed. You feel the air cool as the airplane climbs to jump altitude. You want the ride to be both faster and slower. You’ve managed your emotions well on the climb up, but before you feel fully prepared, the red light by the door illuminates. That’s all you can see in this moment. And beyond comprehension, someone opens the door of this perfectly good airplane that’s currently four kilometers above the Earth’s floor. You take a deep breath to slow things down. And then, the safety of the red light turns into the excitement of a green light. A human bombs out the door. Your heart rate jumps 10 beats/second. Your brain is having a difficult time processing the fact that a rationale person has just jumped out of an airplane and you’re about to follow him.
Not a single thought, other than what is about to happen is passing through your neural transmitters. And then, you find yourself standing on the edge of a perfectly good airplane 14,000 feet above the ground. Before you have time to think “what am I doing” you’ve exited into a 100km/h airstream and that question has answered itself. As you accelerate to 200km/hour, everything slows down. Dopamine and serotonin flow through your body like a raging river. Your breathe deepens, vision widens, smile gets bigger and your perspective on everything changes. You understand what it feels like to fly.
We’re stoked to offer you the very most this experience has to offer. Edmonton Skydive does the highest tandem skydives in Western Canada which means you’ll get more freefall than any other skydive center. Jumping from 14,000 feet translates into more than 60 seconds of 200 km/hour freefall. From our extra high jump altitude, you’ll get a true appreciation of the expansiveness of the Alberta prairie land. Prepare yourself for a life defining adventure in which you get to realize your dream of flying.
Experience Human Flight
We’re glad you made you’re way here, whether it’s to check off a major bucket list item, fulfill a childhood dream, celebrate a special occasion or simply to experience human flight.
Edmonton Skydive uses the tandem skydive system for first time jumpers. This approach pairs extremely experienced, professional and specifically trained, skydive instructors to take student flyers on a freefall jump in the safest, most controlled environment for skydiving. The instructor is attached to the student, from inside the airplane until back on the ground, using four connection points on the student’s harness. Tandem skydiving is the fast track approach. It is the only method that enables first timers to experience all aspects of skydiving with limited instruction.
Your instruction includes proper freefall body position enabling your body to manipulate wind and gravity. Even though almost everyone can try skydiving, only a small, elite percentage of people have joined the human flight club.
What to Expect
You should expect the most exhilarating and life defining experience. For some people, skydiving is a once in a lifetime activity, and for others, it becomes their life. We consider it an absolute privilege and honour to guide people through the experience. We’ve built our culture, experience, facilities and staff to ensure that this is not only your best skydiving experience, but one of your best life experiences! You should expect to feel that vibe and energy through our entire team.
First, and foremost, your safety is paramount above all else. We do not discount safety. That means we use the newest, state of the art, equipment. We buy new parachute systems every two years to ensure that you and our instructors are jumping the most advanced and well maintained gear in the industry. All of our operational decisions are made with your safety as the primary consideration.
Edmonton Skydive is an ultra progressive skydiving school. We’re focussed on not only creating the best new skydivers but also changing the skydive industry. What that means for you is a super positive vibe at the skydive center, surrounded by people that have devoted their life to fulfilling their passions. Expect to experience a national leader in the skydive industry. We’ve hosted two of the last three Canadian Skydiving National Championships. We host the biggest names in the skydiving industry, create some of the world’s never been done before skydives and most unique skydiving events.
We realize that some people want to take the experience to the next level. We’re the only skydive center in the country that offers unique opportunities and first class options. We offer special services such as our Black Car Service, special video packages and higher flyer perks.
How it All Goes Down
Skydiving is essentially two sports, freefall and parachuting, combined. A Tandem Skydive is the best way to experience all aspects of skydiving. You’ll be securely attached, by a four point harness, to a professional tandem instructor. Your instructor will assist in freefall, open the parachute and help safely guide you back to the landing area.
The Tandem Skydive Experience
You’ll arrive at Edmonton Skydive and check in at our front desk. Then, you’ll register, complete your paperwork, and review and select video and/or pictures packages.
Tandem skydiving is very easy and requires very little training. First you’ll watch a short training video giving you an overview of your jump. Then we’ll introduce you to your tandem instructor. He’ll provide supplementary training by reviewing techniques in the video and practice training on the ground. This includes aircraft seating, climbing out and exit, freefall body position and landing procedures, so you’ll know what to expect in the air.
3: Gear Up
A Edmonton Skydive staff member will fit you with a tandem skydive harness. It is adjusted for your comfort and safety. It has four attachment points and together they are stress tested to withstand 15,000 pounds of tensile force.
4: Ride to Altitude
We fly the fastest skydiving airplane in the country. It’s a short 8 minute ride to 14,000 feet. During the flight you’ll have great views of the Alberta prairie land. Your instructor will also review your jump and perform multiple safety checks.
Once the plane is at jump altitude, the door will open and you will exit the airplane secured to your tandem instructor. You might be a bit nervous when the door opens, but once you jump, you’ll be loving every second of freefall bliss. Your instructor will open the parachute at 5000 feet above the ground and then the next step of your adventure will begin.
6: Parachute Flight
Once the parachute is open, your descent slows significantly. It almost seems like you’re floating. It gets relatively quiet. It’s time to catch your breath, but just for a moment, because there is more fun to be had. The parachute ride can either be gentle and peaceful, or an adventure packed aerobatics ride. Or it can be a bit of both since it lasts for about 5-7 minutes.
Tandem parachute landings are generally very smooth and gentle. The procedure involves lifting up your legs so the tandem instructor can touch down first. You’ll typically slide across the grass on landing.
8: Post Jump
That amazing experience just came to an end and now it’s time to process it all, and most likely, think about doing another jump. We’ll escort you back to our facility where you will be helped out of your harness and review your video and pictures.