Types of First Jumps

You have three options for your first jump:

Static Line

Evan Graves doing a Static-Line Jump
Evan Graves does a Static-Line Jump

This is our cheapest and most popular option. You will go through 4 hours of ground school in the morning, and then make your first jump that same afternoon. You will have you own gear and jump from a Cessna-182 fom 4500 feet. The parachute is attached to the airplane by a ten-foot cable, which automatically opens the parachute when you reach the end of the cable. You will then be guided safely down to the ground by radio. Once you have done made you first static-line jump, you will do a few more with the static line, and then progress to pulling your rip cord from higher and higher altitudes. Watch this video of some Falling Illini static-line skydives.

The cost for the first jump is $159.00.

The cost for each jump after that (until you get your license) is $49.00, or $39.00 each if you buy 5 at a time.

Accellerated Free Fall (AFF)

Aaron AFF Level 1
Aaron VanDevender does his AFF Level I dive.

With this method, you begin at 13500 ft (as opposed to 4500 ft with a static-line jump). You have your own parachute and are accompanied by two instructors who hold on to either side of you and make sure you are stable. If necessary, either one of them can pull your ripcord if you are unable. This method allows you to experience freefall sooner than a static-line progression, but it is more expensive (as it requires more instructors).

If you are wanting to make an AFF jump, I will need to know in advance. Archway Skydiving Center can be busy and requires reservations in order to do AFF. At least a weeks notice will help.

The cost for the first jump with AFF is $299.00.

Tandem

Pace VanDevender doing a tandem with Jason Papke
Instructor Jason Papke takes a student for a tandem dive.

During a tandem skydive, you are attached to the front of an instructor. You jump from 13500 ft, the same as AFF, and experience about a minute of freefall. We encourage tandem students to get a skydive videograhper to accompany them on their jump, to record the experience. A tandem only requires about 30 minutes of ground training, and is not considered part of a training progression. Many students do a tandem for their first jump, but if you want to continue on and obtain a license, you need to switch to either the AFF or Static-Line programs. Here is a video that will give you a better idea of what tandems are like.

If you are wanting to make a Tandem jump, I will need to know in advance. Archway Skydiving Center can be busy and requires reservations in order to make Tandems. At least a weeks notice will help.

The cost for the tandem jump is $179.00.