Almost everyone can do a skydive

The tandem jump is the simplest introduction into skydiving. No experience, medical declaration or high level of fitness is required. A little daring and motivation is all it takes.

During an introductory talk one of our instructors will explain what awaits you. Then you board the aircraft and are hooked onto your instructor. At an altitude of around three kilometers the door is opened and together with the jumpmaster you will fall at a speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour.

2 types of Tandem skydive

We offer two differrent types of Tandem (parachute) jumps. The ‘Standard Tandem Skydive’ and the ‘Extreme Tandem Skydive’. For both types of jumps it’s possible (and recommended) to have a camerajumper record your adventure on photo ánd video.

The difference between the ‘Standard Tandem Skydive’ and the ‘Extreme Tandem Skydive’ can be found in the jump altitude. On a standard tandemjump we exit the airplane at 9000 feet for a freefall of circa 30 seconds, the part of the experience it’s all about. On an Extreme tandemjump we take you all the way up to 13.000 feet for an exhilarating 60 seconds of freefall until we open the parachute.

one of the best experiences of your life

During this absolutely impressive experience you can enjoy a magnificent panorama. Literally the whole island of Texel is below you.

After half a minute an extra large parachute will open overhead.

The canopy will transport you and the tandem master back to Texel soil.

The landing will be done by us, perfection guaranteed and right in front of the spectator area.

As you’re gently being reconnected to terra nova you’ll find yourself forever changed by the experience.

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How does it work?

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Step 1

Arrival & check-in

If you’ve already made a booking:

We’d love to welcome you at our front-office at your appointment time. There we’ll check your booking, your weight and your ‘waiver’ (please see the booking confirmation email).

If you don’t have a reservation:

When you decide to just walk-in (without a reservation / booking) we’ll try to see if we can accommodate you that very day.

2 examples

Tandemjump with blue skies

A fine example of a jump made on a day with clear blue skies and a few small puffs of cloud.

In this clip you can clearly see the camerajumper exit the airplane first to capture the entire freefall on photo and video.

Tandemjump with clouds

On this day the Island was covered with lots of clouds. From the ground everything looked grey and gloomy. The clip shows you that the best part of the Tandemskydive takes place above the clouds where it’s just you, your tandeminstructor and the sun.

Also, take note of this jumpers glasses. You can jump when wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Step 2

Altitude & Photo / video

Standard altitude or Extreme altitude?

At the front office, you can upgrade your altitude from 9.000 ft. to13.000 ft. Only for true daredevils!

Haven’t booked your photo / video package yet?

If in doubt whether to let a camera jumper jump with; do it! 

After you land the images are processed and edited straight away. What you’ll get:

  • a video edit of the freefall
  • a video edit of the entire experience, from start to finish
  • a video edit of the highlights, made to share on Instragram or Facebook
  • all the images

You’ll receive the link to your personal download page via email. Usually after 2 to 4 hours. On rare occasions it can take up to 24 hours before everything is processed and edited.

These are probably the most extreme and beautiful images you will ever have of yourself. It’s a once in a lifetime chance.

What does a camera jumper do exactly?

On the occasion of his 10.000th jump, one of our camera jumpers was the subject of a recording during his jubilee jump. This video gives a clear image of a camera jumper’s work.

Step 3

Planning & instruction

On to Manifest

After all administrative steps have been taken, you will proceed to the manifest.

At the manifest, the exact planning will be shared with you. You will be provided a locker for your valuables and a jumpsuit to wear over your regular clothes.

Instruction & suiting-up

One of our instructors will do a tandem briefing with you so you will know exactly what will happen.

And finally, you will get a tandem harness which will be adjusted to fit you. In the plane, you will be attached to your tandem master through this harness.

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Step 4

Getting in… & getting out!

This is where your adventure starts!

And then, you suddenly find yourself between the tandem masters, camera jumpers and other jumpers for a one way up to the skies.

Your tandem master will introduce themselves to you. If you booked a photo/video recording, the camera jumper will have started shooting images. It’s pretty normal if your heart is starting to beat a little faster already.

Together, you walk to the aircraft and get in. Within 10 minutes, you will be at the jump altitude. Your tandem master will connect you to himself, slide towards the door and before you know it, you fall down with 200 km per hour.

One of the most special experiences in your life time.

The best view of Texel

“It is difficult to describe what it feels like when, for the first time in your life, a parachute opens above your head. What you experience when you see the Wadden Sea and the island from the best possible perspective. It is literally indescribable.”

Step 5

Landing & coming back down

An indescribable experience

The free fall and gliding under the parachute over Texel are incredibly special. First, 30 or 60 seconds full of adrenaline in free fall followed by the serene calm of the parachute flight.

You look over the whole island and the Wadden Sea. An experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

About 20 minutes after you took off in the plane, it is time to land with the parachute. Landings are almost always soft as a feather and clearly visible for the public.

By the time you realise what you have just done, your certificate and/or photo/video recording will be ready for you.

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Tandem skydive prices

When we know how many tandem passengers we can expect, we can schedule our flights more efficiently. Therefore, we reward our online bookings with lots of discount!

If in doubt about ordering a photo/video package we can only say; if in any doubt; go for it. These are probably the most beautiful images of yourself in your life time…

Standard tandem only
€ 199,-
Basic option without Photo / Video.
Ground instruction
Jump from 9000 ft
Certificate
 
Weekdays discount

By jumping on a weekday you’ll receive a €10,- discount on the weekend price of €209,-

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Extreme Tandem Only
€ 274,-
Seek out the edge of the breathable atmosphere; you can only go higher with oxygen tanks. Highest tandem skydive of the Netherlands!
Ground instruction
Jump from 13000 ft !!
Certificate
 
Weekdays discount

By jumping on a weekday you’ll receive a €10,- discount on the weekend price of €284,-

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most people have a lot of questions regarding their first skydive. Which isn’t all that strange at all. Fortunately, most people generally have the same questions that we’ve listed here. There’s also a page on this website dedicated to all our Frequently Asked Questions.

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How old do you have to be to do a Tandem Skydive?
There's no strict legal age limitation for doing a Tandem Skydive. We do adhere to the following to determine of we can jump with someone: Minimum age requirements:
  • Does the jumper physically fit a (children) harness ?
  • Does the jumper fully understand what a Tandemskydive is?
  • Does the jumper really want to jump?
  • Is a parent or legal guardian available to sign the Legal Waiver for Minors?
Maximum age requirements:
  • Can the jumper lift his/her legs sufficiently to execute a safe landing?
  • Is the jumpers physique sturdy enough (read: not too fragile) to make the jump?
As a general rule of thumb you can assume that in order to be able to jump you'll have to be at least six years old and not require a 'walker' to move around by yourself. Tandem skydive liability release (waiver)
Do you need to follow a course before you can jump?
No, you do not need any completed courses or any kind of skydive experience to be able to jump in a Tandemskydive (this is only needed for AFF or a FJC). Nonetheless, you will get short instructions right before the jump. This will:
  1. prepare you, so that you know what will happen and what to expect
  2. add to your own experience, so that you fully understand what you need to do during flight and jump.
The instructions are simple, easy to remember and take about 10 minutes of your time just before your Tandemjump.
What do you need to take to your Tandemjump?
If you are 18 or older: absolutely nothing (to increase the fun-factor family and friends are always welcome). If you are under 18 you need to be accompanied by your parents (at least one parent or a legal guardian). Your parents need to officially approve to your Tandem parachute jump and need to sign your "reliability release waiver", before getting into the airplane.
From which height do you jump out of the airplane?
You will exit the airplane at a height of 9000 feet, which is approximately 3 km above the ground.
Where do you leave your stuff, while jumping?
Tandem passengers can leave their personal belongings and valuables in lockers on the dropzone. You can lock them with your personal numeric code, with which you can also open it again. So no worries, your belongings are absolutely safe, while you get your adrenaline-shot.
Can you breath during the free fall?
Yes, you will be able to breath during free falling. Some people may experience it as "harder" to breath, but this is usually due to the adrenaline felt in the moment.
Is it going to be cold up in the sky?

The temperature is decreasing around 2 degrees per 1000 feet when climbing. This means that the temperature at exit height will be 15 to 20°C colder then on the ground.

The temperature difference can only be really felt once the door opens. However, the door only opens right before exiting, which means that you will be busy with completely other thoughts and not pay much attention to the temperature around you.
How fast are you dropping/ falling during a Tandem jump?
While free falling you will excellerate to around 180km/h.
Wil je meer weten over de natuurkunde die er bij een parachutesprong komt kijken? Bekijk dan dit Youtube filmpje waar alles goed in wordt uitgelegd.

If you want to know more about the science behind Skydiving this video will help you understand what exactly will happen during a Skydive.
How long will you be free falling?
The time is dependent on you exit height. This means, you will be able to enjoy a free fall of around 30 seconds, when exiting the airplane from 9000 feet. This will nearly double to 60 seconds, if you choose to exit from 13000 feet.
Are you flying up or pulled up, when your parachute opens?
No, you are not pulled upwards. Videos may give the impression that the Tamdenjumpers are pulled up, however, this is due to the fact that the cameraman keeps falling, during the opening of the tandem.
So from the perspective of the camera, the tandemskydivers leave the frame upwards. Yet, the tandem is now only descending with a speed of 15km/h, while the cameraman is still falling with 180km/h.
How long will you be hanging under the parachute?
You will be flying under the parachute around 4-5 minutes.
Will you be allowed to steer the parachute?
Of course! The Tandemmaster will help and instruct you, but for the rest (if you want) you will be in control of the parachute.
Is it a hard landing?
The parachute will be slowed down (flare), which will ensure a soft and controlled landing.
What kind of training and experience do have the Tamdemmasters/ instructors at Paracentrum Texel?

Before a skydiver can participate in a training to become a tandem master, he/ she needs to have a minimum experience of 1000 (!) jumps.
Most tandem masters have followed previous instructor courses, e.g. Help Instructor (HI), Flying Coach and cameramen, which are all demanding trainings, where a lot of jumping experience is needed. Only after that the instructors may follow a tandem master course.

A tandem master at Paracentrum Texel has between 5.000 to 20.000 jumps on his/ her record.
What kind of clothes and shoes should you/ should you not wear?
All clothes in which you can freely move are suitable. Dresses and skirts may be a little inconvenient, since you will receive a jumpoverall (jumpsuit), which you will put on over your clothes.
This rule of thumb is also applicable for your shoes. All shoes in which you can comfortable move in are suitable to jump with. Highheels and sandals are not really suitable and may put you at risk when landing.

Therefore, sporty, flat shoes are the best choice.

Photo / Video package

What includes a photo/video package exactly?

When you book the optional photo/ video package with your tandem jump an additional cameraman/-woman will be jumping together with you and your tandam master out of the airplane.

During your jump the camerajumper will be making a full video and photos of your exceptional experience, also during the free fall. Hence, your Tandemjump will be fully documented on camera from the moment you will walk to the airplane, the exit, the free fall and eventually till you are landed safely back on the ground.

The only moment where the camera will no follow you, is while you are hanging under the deployed parachute.
20 minutes after your jump you will receive your photos and video fully edited on one of our Paracentrum Texel USB-Sticks. You can immediately check out the results in out "Blokhut" on a big screen or re-live the experience later at home.

Obviously, you may share the photos and the video via YouTube, Facebook, Instagramm, etc. - It is your content, so feel free to share and maybe tag us?

If you are interested in seeing how the job of a camarajumper at Paracentrum Texel looks like, this video will show a camarajump together with a tandammaster.

Check out an example of a standard photo and video package by clicking the buttons below.

The digital photos (usually around 50) you also can find on your UBS-Stick. These are made with an extra high-resolution camera (hence they are not just screenshots of your video).

Photo/Video Example 1 Photo/Video Example 2

General

What will the weather be on the day of my jump?

This is always a very difficult question. Predicting the weather exactly is simply not yet very well possible. Especially if we look further than a few days ahead.

Luckily, we usually have quite a good idea of what we can generally expect. For this, we use the same information sources as people who do not fly and/or jump. See the links below to check the websites yourself.

When you call us to ask what the weather will be like, we will look at these websites.

Because we are located on an island, the weather is often extra difficult to predict. On the Wadden islands, weather can change very quickly, which makes it extra hard to predict.

One day in advance, at the end of the afternoon, we can have a reasonably good indication of whether we will be jumping the next day. But we are only sure right before boarding the aircraft.

Windfinder.com Buienradar.nl Yr.no
What weather isn't suitable for jumping

In short:

  • too much wind
  • precipitation
  • thick cloud layer too close too ground

Limitations for a tandemjump are more lenient than for the jumps made by students in a parachuting course.

If you're in doubt whether your jump can proceed call us the day before in the late afternoon. At that time we'll have the best / most accurate possible answer for you.

What's the best time of year to jump?

There's not really a best time of year to jump as every jump is an unforgettable experience and every jump is different.

You can jump on a day with clear skies and high temperatures but also on a day that's very cold with snow covering the Island. It's down to personal preference what you'll enjoy more.

Can I jump if my weight is over 100kg

If your weight including clothing and shoes is over 100kg (but no more than 115kg) you maybe able to do a tandem skydive with us.

It's not a given though that we can stretch the weight limit for you though, there's a few factors involved that have to be just right:

  • The windconditions have to be optimal. Not too strong, not too soft and from a certain range in winddirection.
  • The jumper needs to have enough muscle in their upper legs. For jumpers with big upper legs and little muscle mass it can be quite painful to be suspended in the harness. 
  • The jumper should be able to lift their legs for 10 seconds to an angle approaching 90 degrees. This is necessary during the landing.
  • On the jump day there needs to be an instructor who is willing and able to jump with additional weight load.

If you think you meet the criteria stated above you can probably still experience the tandem skydive. But please be aware that there's a fair chance that you won't be able to jump, for instance if the weather conditions aren't suitable.

Can I wear glasses or contacts when I jump?

Definitely, but there's a disclaimer. When we're in the airplane flying to altitude your instructor will fit you with special jump goggles. If you wear contact lenses (no difference between soft and hard lenses) they practically always stay in place.

If you wear glasses we'll provide you with oversized jump goggles that fit over your glasses. It's possible though that these goggles come off in freefall. It's extremely unlikely but it's happened before. If that were to happen on your jump the jump will still be safe but you'll likely lose your glasses/ contacts.

So it's at your own risk but the risk is extremely small.

What if I'm afraid of heights?

A fear of heights is often listed as the reason not to jump. Fortunately that's not how this condition works! 

As the airplane climbs so quickly you'll quickly be above the threshold altitude where your brain can register the changed perspective and translate that to a sense of altitude. Especially since you'll no longer be standing an a ground-connected structure.

There's a lot of examples of professional skydivers that suffer from fear or heights and still jump on a daily basis.

Will I need a medical check / certificate?

No you won't, not if you plan to do a tandem skydive. You will need one when you plan to do a course to learn to jump solo.

Is skydiving dangerous?

No, the statistics are definitely on your side. Driving your car to the airport is a multitude more dangerous. But keep in mind, although the changes of you hurting yourself are extremely small, skydiving is still an extreme sport with inherent risks.

Are you affiliated with a skydiving organisation?

Yes Paracentrum Texel is a member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart (KNVvL) organisation as well as the USPA.

All our instructors are certified under the strict KNVvL regulations.
Can I bring my dog?

Sure, you dog is very welcome as well. We have water drinking trays available on hot days.

There's a few house rules:

  • The dog must be leashed at all times
  • An adult must always supervise (the leash should be held at all times)
  • Any mishaps are your to cleanup