The Total Jump Experience (TJE) is the most versatile way to learn how to jump out of an airplane independently, at a low threshold.

You will first learn to control your canopy and to safely land it. These jumps are called Static Line jumps. Upon successfully completing your first five jumps of the course, you are therefore automatically rewarded with your Static Line License. This phase completed we’ll introduce you to the next element of this extensive course: the free fall.

At this point, you can choose to make the free fall yourself (you’ll jump with two of our expert instructors simultaneously), or to experience the free fall through a Tandem Skydive jump.

And when that sparks your ambition, it’s good to know that at this point, there are only 6 AFF levels remaining between you and your independent free fall license.

The Total Jump Experience is the ideal stepping stone towards a skydiving career.

intensive training

During the course you’ll learn everything you need to know to safely exit the airplane and make a safe and soft landing.

The course is quite intensive as there’s a lot of ground to cover.

We’ll spend a lot of time on how to exit the airplane, how to fly/ steer the parachute and on how to fly to your landing area and perform a safe touchdown.

The reserve-parachute procedure will also get a lot of attention.

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How does it work?

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and theory

During your introduction we’ll show you around the centre and make sure you know what’s where.

You experience the dynamic atmosphere our sport has to offer; boardingcalls over the PA system, skydivers gearing-up and getting ready to jump and other that have just jumped packing their parachutes. Of course the three turbine airplanes will make themselves heard as well.

After the introduction you’ll proceed to groundschool where we’ll go over all aspects of your static line jumps in detail.

5 x staticline

to your licence

Depending on the weather conditions you’ll get to perform your first static line jump. On this jump you’ll leave the airplane at about 3500 feet (1.2 km) where the parachute will automatically be deployed by a (static)line that is attached to the airplane.

Over the following days you’ll do 5 of these staticline jumps. After the fifth jump you’ll have earned the Static-Line Licence.

You’ll now be licenced to exit the airplane by yourself to perform staticline jumps.

finish with AFF OF TANDEM

The Total Jump Experience is completed by experiencing a freefall jump.

You can either choose to ride along as a passenger during a tandem skydive or to learn how to perform a complete freefall skydive yourself during the first of the 7 AFF jumps.

If you choose to do the AFF jump you’ll enjoy an advanced groundschool that focuses on the freefall component as you’ll already be able to handle the parachute deployment and flight.

A lot of attention will be given to the reserve procedure, specifically for situations that you might have to deal with during freefall.

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aff jump

level 1 of 7


Before the AFF jump you’ll be provided with additional groundschool on the wednesday or thursday.

You’ll learn the correct way to exit the airplane, how to position your body during freefall and the various hand signals your instructor will use to communicate with you during freefall.

The AFF jump is performed from 13.000 feet (circa 4 km.), the freefall will take about a full minute before you deploy your parachute at about 5000 feet (1.5 km).

before you know it you’ll be leaving an airplane like this
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just enjoy the ride

If you choose to end the course with a tandemjump you’ll only need a short 15 minute preparation before you’ll be ready to jump.

Securely strapped to one of our instructors you get to enjoy beautiful views from high above the Island. The jump will be from 9000 feet (circa 3 km.) and you’ll experience freefall for about half a minute.

The canopy flight takes about 5 minutes and this time you’ll land right in front of the hangar, instead of on the student landing field. Friends and family can see the landing right in front of the spectator area.

This jump is all about you enjoying yourself, totally carefree as your instructor will do all the work.

A perfect introduction

Whether you choose to do an AFF jump or a Tandem jump after completing the 5 Staticline jumps we’re sure it’ll be the perfect ending to the perfect start in your skydiving career.

Obviously we hope you’ll continue to put your new found skills to work and will enjoy the sport of skydiving to the fullest.

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TJE course prices

Experience everything that skydiving has to offer

If you’re not entirely sure if you’ll enjoy the (solo) freefall this course is the perfect way to get into skydiving as you’ll master flying the parachute first and then get to decide how you’ll choose to experience the freefall.



If you’d like to enroll in this parachuting course there’s a few conditions to take into account.

  • Minimum age
    You need to be at least 16 years old. If you’re not 18 years old yet then we’ll need a signed declaration of consent from a legal custodian.
  • Maximum weight
    Including shoes and clothing your weight may not exceed 100 kg. If your weight is slightly more; please contact us..
  • Passport photograph
    You need to bright a passport photograph on your first day of the course.
  • Medical declaration
    To enroll in any parachuting course (such as AFF, FJC, TJE or MSQ) you need to provide a medical statement declaring you fit for the course.
    Please take note:
    The document is only valid if and when signed by a medical doctor and with the doctors personal stamp applied (the stamp should at least state the doctors identification number). Download a medical declaration form here.


An overview of items to get in order as soon as possible:

    A bit obvious maybe, but the first step is to enroll for the course itself.
    Paracentrum Texel owns and operates it's own hotel where many of our students stay for the duration of their course. The hotel is situated very close to the airport; ideal for those looking for a cosy stay at Texel's lowest rates.
    The hotel offers simple, clean and very hospitable service, especially geared towards serving skydivers.

    When you stay at the hotel and show your confirmation email you receive a free Skuumkoppe (Texel's famous local beer) and a 'bittergarnituur' serving (fried finger food) per night. Book via the website or by phone (+31222311466).

    Make sure to get your medical declaration in order as soon as possible. Most GP’s are willing to provide their patients with this document but sometimes we do hear of GP’s that aren’t comfortable to sign one.
    In such an event you’ll have to revert to a sport medical institute. Please take into account that a waiting period could be applicable. Without a medical declaration you can’t jump.
     Download a medical declaration form here.
    If you don’t have one available; don’t forget to have one made to take with you to Texel. 
    You don’t have pack and bring anything exotic as far as shoes and clothing goes. Clothes that enable you to move freely, for instance if you were to go for a run, is fine. The same goes for foorwear. Simple sneakers are perfectly suitable for jump activities.
    Just make sure your shoes don’t have hooks (old fashioned army boots) that can snag a line and that your toes are covered (so no flipflops).
    After booking your course via the website you’ll receive an email that holds a link to a ‘waiver’ / ‘release of liability’ document. Please read and then sign the document before arriving at the Paracentrum.
    If you’re between 16 and 18 years old we’ll need a signed agreement from your legal custodian(s) that states that you’re allow to parttake in the course. Better not forget to bring it!

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions checkout the most frequently asked questions below or checkout the frequently asked questions page.

Courses: general

How do the courses differ?

The AFF-course (Accelerated Free Fall) is the most common teaching method to learn how to jump fully independent out of an airplane. This includes the free fall, as well as the knowledge how to handle the parachute and the landings. If you successfully finished this course you may jump independently (solo) as a sports-parachutist.

The FJC (First JumpC ourse) is an amazing opportunity to get a taste of Skydiving. In this course you will be busy with learning how to handle the parachute. After one day ground instructions, you will be jumping out of the airplane with a static line attached to the airplane. Hence, you will not feel the free fall yet,but know how to fly under a parachute. After 5 static line jumps you will have earned your static line brevet (and also your Wing).

The TJE (TotalJumpExperience) is your chance to learn how to fly under the parachute, by doing one day ground instructions and 5 static line jumps, followed by a first AFF jump, in which you will experience the free fall. This means after this course you only need another 6 AFF jumps to be an independent (solo) parachutist.

What do you need for the first course day?

On the first day of your course you will need:

  • Your medical examniation paper *
  • Two passport photos
  • If applicable: your voucher
  • If applicable: your payment confirmation
  • Casual/ sporty clothing
  • Solid shoes (without open heels or high-heels)
  • Enough water & sunscreen

* The medical examination needs to be signed by a doctor, with his stemp and his BIG number.

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What can I do to prepare myself?

Well begun is half done:

  • Make sure you are on time fir the registration. The courses start at 9am. Depending on your travel distance, it might be good to arrive a day earlier, since you also need to take the times of the ferry into account. This way you will be fit and well rested on your first day of the course.
  • Wear solid shoes!

Not sure whether jumping out of an airplane is the right thing for you?

Try a tandemjump with us, you will make the first experience of the exit out of an airplane, the free fall, steering a parachute and landing back on earth. Most of our course participant have been infected with the stoke for parachuting after a tandemjump!

Do I really need a medical examination paper?

Yes. Without a medical examination you are not allowed to participate in any of the jump courses we offer (e.g. AFF, FJC, TJE).

The medical examination can be done by any general practitioner and usually does not take any longer than 5 minutes.

Attention: The medical examination is only valid if stemped and signed by the general practitioner.

Sportjumpers who have not finished their A-Licence need to refresh/ renew their medication examination every two years.

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What is the minimum age and the maximum age to take part in a course?

The minimum age for sport jumpers is 16, which means that also participants may not be younger then 16. Nonetheless, till your 18th birthday you need the written allowance of your parents or legal guardian to participate in a jumping course.

Parachuting is a very age-diverse sport. Many jumpers keep jumping till age 60, 70 or 80.

However, to start jumping out of an airplane is different then being experienced and continuing throughout his/ her life. The most important fact is your physicalhealth. Hence, please inform us if you are older than 50 years. We will then talk with you and see what options we can offer, especially since safety of all our participants is the most important to us!

What happens if I cannot make all jumps in one go?

If you cannot finish your course in one go (e.g. because of bad weather conditions), then you have the chance to finish it within one year.

However, play attention to the following rules:

  • A harness-test is valid for 3 months. If you do not have a valid harness-test anymore you need to do a new harness-test. (This is the case for all sportjumpers who do not have a finished B-License.
  • The ground-course is valid for 6 months. Hence, if you have not jumped within these 6 months, you need to participate again in ground-instructions.
  • In order to participate in a Dutch jumpcourse you need to be insured via the Dutch jumpers association (KNVvL). This insurance is valid for 1 years and needs to be possibly re-freshed if you finish your course much later in time.

These rules are applicable to all our courses offered.

An important fact that is also good to know: Paracentrum Texel is daily open from April till October!

How long will my insurance be valid for?

When you book your course you'll automatically be signed up as a trial member at the Dutch National Parachuting association (KNVvL). Parachute jumping activities insurance is included for all members. The insurance policy is valid for a year.

TJE (Total Jump Experience)

What can and can't you do once you're a TJE graduate?

Als je de Total Jump Experience succesvol hebt afgerond heb je 5 staticline sprongen gemaakt. Daarmee heb automatisch je staticline brevet verdiend. Met een staticline brevet mag je wereldwijd staticline sprongen maken op dropzones die middels deze techniek parachutesprongen aanbieden.

Wat de Total Jump Experience opleiding uniek maakt is dat je nadat je de staticline sprongen gemaakt hebt een vrijeval sprong maakt. Als je ervoor kiest om niet een tandemsprong te maken maar de AFF1 sprong dan mag je na het afronden van de opleiding de resterende zes AFF sprongen maken.

After doing the staticline jumps, can you choose to do a AFF or Tandem?

Yes, that's exactly it. The staticline jumps only deal with the portion that has to do with flying the parachute as the parachute opens automatically when you exit the airplane.

By choosing for either an AFF jump or a Tandem jump you get to experience a jump with a freefall component.

  • AFF 1 jump:
    You get to do a solo skydive with 2 instructors where you'll experience 60 seconds of freefall until you open the parachute. From that moment on you'll be on familiar territory as you already know how to fly and land your parachute.
  • Tandemjump:
    You get to do a tandemjump from 9000ft where the instructor will do all the work. All you have to do is enjoy the jump.
Is it smart to first practice in a windtunnel?

In a windtunnel you learn how to move your body in freefall. So if you plan to do the AFF jump after completing the 5 StaticLine jumps this could be beneficial. Indoor skydiving in a windtunnel is something that's a great experience in any case.

How many days does the course take?

The weather is really the determining factor here. Students need ideal wind/ weather conditions for their jumps. If the weather is ideal you can expect to be finished in about 4 days. But please plan for as much as 7 to provide a few backup days in case the weather isn't good enough for you to jump.

Can I combine taking this course with a holiday on Texel?

Yes you can! On the days that you'll be jumping you don't have to spend the entire day at the dropzone. There's plenty of time to enjoy Texel and all that the Island has to offer.

What if I can't do all jumps?

Sometimes people can't do all the jumps in the course. For instance if they have to leave before the weather turns for the better. In that case you can return on a weekday to do a Static Line jump -during the summer months-. Please contact us if you want to come back to do a jump.

If you haven't jumped in two months or more you'll have to complete groundschool again to be legal to jump. So don't wait to long if you still have one or more jumps to do.