Tandem flights

If you're thinking about being part of the final flight for your loved one and want to be there at the time of release, you can. You can be a tandem passenger with a highly qualified skydiving Tandem Instructor, and accompany the final flight jump.

We know the thought of skydiving can be a daunting one, and you need to know that you can change your mind at any point up until the moment of exit. There are also some eligibility and safety restrictions you need to know before you choose this option. These restrictions are set by the British Parachute Association (BPA) and are only for the safety of everyone involved in a parachute jump.

Things you need to know

  • • You can do a tandem skydive if you're 16 years old or over, although under 18's need to complete a consent form with a medical form signed by a parent or guardian. There's no upper age limit for a tandem skydive, though anyone over 40 years old needs to have a Tandem Fitness Declaration signed by a GP (we'll send this to you as soon as you've booked with us). There's also no height minimum or limit.
  • • There are some health conditions which may cause problems in a jump, or for which you'll need your doctors approval before the jump. A full list can be found on the Tandem Fitness Declaration, and they include:
    • Epilepsy. Fits. Severe head injury. Recurrent blackouts or giddiness. Disease of the brain or nervous system. High blood pressure. Heart or lung disease. Liver or kidney disease. Chronic bronchitis. Asthma. Rheumatic fever. Pneumothorax. Anemia. Thyroid, adrenal, or glandular disorder. Chronic ear or sinus disease. Any condition that requires the regular use of drugs. Regular or recent blood donation. Previous fractures, back strain, arthritis and severe joint sprains. Dislocated shoulder. Recurrent weakness or dislocation of any limb. Diabetes. Mental illness. Drug or alcohol addiction. Pregnancy.
  • • Blindness is no issue with tandem skydiving. However, if you do wear spectacles they need to be securely attached and protective goggles should be worn.
  • • Personal weight limits apply and may vary slightly at each drop zone. This is for your safety and relates to fitting you with the right skydiving equipment. The standard weight for a tandem skydiver is 15 stone/approx. 95kg. If you are over this weight please let us know when you speak to us.

What to expect from a tandem skydive
For safety reasons, the Tandem Instructor has the final decision on your suitability to do the jump.

Now you know that you're fit and able to be part of the final flight, here's the sort of thing you can expect from a typical tandem jump experience.

Your Wings will book a tandem instructor for the date we agree, at the location you choose to scatter the ashes.

The first, most important thing you need to know is that the Tandem Instructor is fully in control of the whole tandem skydive. That's important to remember, because it's their job to manage the jump itself, leaving you to concentrate on sharing the experience of your loved one's final flight.

The second most important thing you need to know is you can change your mind at any time! We know it's nerve wracking, so we can't reiterate this enough. It's common for people to have second thoughts and doubts about a tandem skydive. It's ok to feel like that, and you can change your mind at any time – even in the aircraft, until the point of exit. If you do change your mind, please don't worry about the final flight of your loved one; it will still go ahead as planned, and you'll see the footage when you get to the ground. The only thing to know is that sadly, in most cases, we won't be able to refund the cost of the tandem jump. For more information, please take a look at our Terms & Conditions section relating to tandems.

The drop zone gives you an experienced Tandem Instructor, and it's possible there will be other tandem passengers around that day too. We'll meet you at the drop zone entrance and we'll let the instructor know you've arrived. Soon after, you'll be called in to a tandem passenger briefing session with anyone else who's doing a tandem jump on the same day. This briefing describes the experience from beginning to end and includes all of the safety drills and procedures you'll need to know. This can take up to an hour and is compulsory – if you don't attend the briefing, you can't do a tandem jump.

At the end of the briefing you'll be given a jumpsuit, hat, and goggles to put on ready for your tandem jump. At this point, your jump and the final flight will be allocated a slot. It could be anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours later. We are, of course, at the mercy of the weather, and unexpected cloud cover or increased winds can put the whole drop zone on a 'weather hold'. And that's something we just have to wait to pass.

As we get closer to our allocated slot you'll meet your Tandem Instructor. They'll get you in to your safety harness and run through the safety procedures again, making sure you're fit and ready to do it. And they'll check you're still comfortable to do the jump.

Once you're fitted in your harness and the drop zone give us the all clear to approach the aircraft, the Your Wings group will board and you'll be under the care and control of the Tandem Instructor. They are responsible for your safety. The plane will climb to approximately 12,000 feet and as we near 10,000 feet you and the Tandem Instructor will perform the final safety checks, making sure you're firmly attached and secure before exit. Once the plane's reached the right height and location, and the safety checks are confirmed, you'll make your way to the door while attached to your Tandem Instructor with the Your Wings team close by. Once everyone's ready, the Tandem Instructor and you will exit the plane first, followed by the Your Wings skydiver and cameraman. Once the group is stable and in formation for the tandem skydiver to have the best view, and the cameraman is in place, the ashes will be released onto the wind.

At about 6,000 feet, the Tandem Instructor and the Your Wings team will separate and the Tandem Instructor will deploy the parachute. You'll descend to the ground, piloted by the Tandem Instructor, and over the next ten minutes you'll have some of the most amazing views of your life.

Once you've landed smoothly the Tandem Instructor will disconnect you from the coupling harness and check you're OK. And after gathering up the parachute, you'll both head back to the main area, where you'll meet up with the rest of your party and view the raw footage from the final flight.

Is 'Your Wings' right for you?

Things to consider when planning or choosing to scatter from the sky.