Skydive Kansas


Why we have Tandem: this method for introductory skydiving was never intended as an amusement ride. Hear Ted Strong, inventor of Tandem Skydiving, say it in his own words. THIS is Skydive Kansas philosophy: training, education, fun, guidance, mentorship, vision... We encourage and train people to take responsibility for themselves. We give our FIRST JUMP TANDEM STUDENTS an altimeter so you can see your altitude, a ripcord so you can pull your own parachute open, and the toggles so you can steer your parachute to the ground and land with us!
"Why do TANDEM TRAINING instead of just a tandem ride?"

You wouldn't even THINK about flying a plane by yourself the first time you go up, even after hours of ground training!  When you learn to drive a car, they don't just talk to you a while then hand you the keys! With our tandem/assisted freefall program, you have an experienced instructor right there until you have skills to be on your own.  But at the same time, you want to grab life by the horns and experience as much as you possibly can! Do as much as you are capable of doing! EXACTLY why Tandem Training is perfect for you! We don't offer just tandem "rides" where you are strapped to "some guy" and they do everything for you. No, this is Choose your own Adventure! We take your training seriously and involve you right from the start... but at a pace you can handle! Our approach is that your tandem instructor is like a life jacket. You can still be as involved as you want to be on your skydive: you can pull the ripcord & help steer and land.

Doing a tandem jump allows you to experience every part of skydiving before you spend a lot of time, effort, and money.  Training is less than 30 minutes.  And you get over 30 seconds of freefall time on your first tandem!

What about safety?  When you go with a tandem instructor, they have a vested interest in how the skydive turns out.  At Skydive Kansas, you have a qualified, experienced instructor right there with you to teach you and guide you.  Safety comes with excellent training,  excellent gear, and excellent procedures... and we have all of these!  You participate fully in your tandem skydive and are given tasks to accomplish. We give you excellent information and practice before your jump, so you are fully prepared to do your part in a skydive: you are not just along for an amusement ride! Think of your instructor as a lifejacket: When you are wearing a lifejacket, you can still swim!

The best part is, if you like your tandem experience and want to become a licensed skydiver.... your jump counts towards your training and your license! 

If you have more questions about tandem and your training, give us a call. We can even give you a preview of the training so you can have all of your questions answered!

"How much does it cost?"

Minimum age requirement:
18 years old

(we require photo ID)
Maximum weight limit: 220 lbs.
(we will weigh you)

Cost: by simply scheduling yourself ahead online and paying the balance in cash you can get some great DISCOUNTS!   CHECK IT OUT!
For subsequent jumps, check out the cost of getting your license.

(First jump refers to first at Skydive Kansas; prior jumps elsewhere do not qualify you for the second tandem price, but will count towards your license)

"How does it work?"

Your first jump at Skydive Kansas is a tandem or "buddy" jump with one of our highly experienced, certified instructors--each of them have over 1,000 skydives!  This popular type of training offers the student the full view of the sport of skydiving.  After about 30 minutes of training, you and your personal freefall instructor will begin your skydive between 10 to 12,000 feet and freefall for about 45 seconds! ("How long does the whole experience take?") You will be harnessed together under a parachute built for two. With an open parachute by 4,500 feet, you and your instructor will enjoy a 5 to 7 minute glide back to earth where you can assist with steering and landing with precision accuracy! If you choose, you can have video and photographs of your freefall!
Looking for a group discount? We offer a discount for referring your friends, but you can also get individual discounts! We also can offer some little extras for your group. If you want to make more than one jump, check out our student progression! If you want to purchase a jump as a gift or surprise for a friend, you can buy or print a free gift certificate ONLINE!  Extra prices apply for video and photos.

All jumpers must be
at least 18 years old
weigh less than 220 pounds.

You can schedule and save money with a $40 not refundable deposit which is only transferable to a different date if weather does not permit the skydive. You may transfer a deposit to a different person, but you may not use multiple deposits towards only one person. 

You will lose your deposit if you do not show up at your scheduled date and time, are not 18 years of age or older, or weigh over 220 lbs.  You do NOT have to put a deposit down in order to skydive.

"What have previous customers said?"

These are actual quotes from customers after their first jump tandem with us.  Written original source on file at drop zone.

"Hi! My friend and I jumped with you guys yesterday... I would like to thank you for your up beat attitude and excitement for us as we boldly ventured where only 1% of the world's population decides to trek. For us, it was unfathomably exciting, and I want to thank you for cheering us on. I hope everyone you've met takes the time to thank you because you truly deserve the gratitude. I cannot stress enough the great impression you've left on my friend and I. once again, Jen, Turk, Rick, Justin, Emily, Kermit and anyone I was not fortunate enough to meet, thanks."
- Mark Joseph Young, Wayne, Nebraska, first jump January 2007

"Jen, Thanks for your expertise and patience on my tandem jump with you... it was a great [74th] birthday."
- Donald Burlew, Topeka, Kansas, first jump October 2006

"Thanks to all at Skydive Kansas. My tandem jump was having a hard time finding the words to describe of the best moments of my life..everyone at Skydivekansas made me and my pal Colleen feel at ease..great place..even greater people! WOOHOO!!! ... Thanks Again.!!!!!!!
- Deb Whaley, Gardner, Kansas, first jump June 2006

"I really enjoyed jumping at your DZ last weekend! My friends were really impressed with your hospitality and so was I. I'll be back again someday! We all had a great time!"
- Bob Howard, State of Nebraska, USPA Licensed Skydiver

"Jen, I want to thank you and your staff. Your entire staff were polite, kind, and a lot of fun. They all made me feel at ease. Mr. Hubbell was amazing! From the moment I met him, I never doubted that I was completely safe. As I told Mr. Hubbell, after skydiving I now know why God rewards angels with wings. I am eager to jump again. I also want to go to ground school and make the required jumps to get my license. Again, thank you!"
- Rossanna Waggle, Topeka, Kansas, first jump August 2004

"I wanted to say thanks for the great experience on Saturday. There was no way I could have been prepared for the amazing rush of skydiving! You and Bill made sure the experience was everything it could have been and I look forward to coming back out for another time around! Thanks again!"
- Shelli McNabb, Topeka, Kansas, first jump August 2004

"Thank you very much for giving me a thrill of a lifetime. I very much enjoyed and loved the experience of skydiving. I just can't wait to go up again. I am still watching the video over and over again, and am constantly amazed at the quality of the pictures and video, and the instances that they remind me of. Skydiving is all I am thinking about these days. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- Shahzad Qadri, Overland Park, Kansas, first jump July 6, 2002

"Just wanted to drop a short note to thank you for the fun on Saturday. Great teachers for my first tandem jump. It was an incredible experience and I hope to do it again someday. Thanks for making it happen ..."
- Todd Fleischer, Topeka, Kansas, first jump July 6, 2002

"Thanks for helping make my first jump such a trip! I'm sure I will do it again...the pictures are all terrific & I love the video. Money well spent...To quote Jim, 'Now I know why birds sing!'"
- Sharon Kephart, Liberty, Missouri, first jump June 23, 2002

"Thank you for an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. I framed my certificate already and I can't wait to try it again. Thanks!"
- Christina Mier, Lawrence, Kansas, first jump July 16, 2000

"I just wanted to thank you for the great jump last Sunday. What a thrill. I've always wanted to skydive---and now I have! The pictures are great!"
- Brenda Ruhlman, Topeka, Kansas, first jump August 15, 1999

"Hi! The pictures are great! I have played the video for about 20 people so far. I think I could watch it 100 more times before the thrill wears off."
- Sana Beall, Topeka, Kansas, first jump July 30, 2000

"I just wanted to drop a note and tell you thanks again for such an awesome experience at skydiving. I absolutely loved it and hope to be back again. It was the best birthday I have ever had and you helped make it that way. Maybe life does begin after 40! The pictures and video turned out great!"
- Jan Vaughan, Wamego, Kansas, first jump September 25, 1999

"I had a great time. Thanks for an unforgettable experience!"
- Kathie Whittington, Osage City, Kansas, first jump August 20, 2000

"Hey guys and gal! Thanks for the time of my life on Sunday. I was impressed with your professionalism. You are the bomb! I'll be back for my second jump before you know it. Thanks again."
- Quentin Haines, first jump July 26, 1998