Tandem Skydiving Videos – Everything You Wanted To Know!

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you’re the kind of person who likes to do their research before jumping into anything (pun totally intended)! In this article, we’ll be sharing details revolving around tandem skydiving videos. We’ll cover the following:

  • Tandem Skydiving Videos – Is it Worth It?
  • The difference between Handcam videos and Outside Video
  • Pros and Cons of Handcam and Outside Video
  • Common Tandem Skydiving Video FAQs

Tandem Skydiving Videos – Worth It?

Firstly, let’s acknowledge the conflict of interest in doling out this advice. As a skydiving center, we obviously sell skydiving videos, so it would be natural for us to recommend purchasing a skydiving video. We try to keep it real by giving out great info, so let’s lay out the considerations: Budget versus Value.

Budget vs Value – Adding a media package will increase the price of your skydiving experience. Here at Skydive Carolina our video prices are as follows:

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Video Services

OptionCost
Stills Photography
Package includes 30-60 digital photos that will be sent to you via email following your skydive on a Dropbox link, Price includes tax
$99.00
Video
Package includes a fully edited video that will be downloaded as an MP4 file and sent to you via email on a Dropbox link. Price includes tax.
$99.00
Video & Stills
Package includes an edited video and 30-60 digital photos sent to you via a link to a Dropbox link. Price includes tax.
$119.00
Social Media Package
Package includes 30-60 photos, fully edited video & 1 video clip for social media sent to you via a Dropbox link.. Price includes tax.
$129.00
The Ultimate
Edited video and 30-60 photos sent to you via a Dropbox link. PLUS a DVD of your jump and the 1 minute video clip for social media. Price includes tax.
$139.00

Adding a media package digs deeper into the pocketbook, but if you were to survey the majority of our guests through the years, they would say it’s completely worth it. The reason people say this is because making a tandem skydive is unlike any other experience on the planet. Amusement park rides don’t compare to jumping from a plane from 14,000 feet! Skydiving is often considered to be a major life experience that involves facing a challenge, working through fear, and experiencing great accomplishment. Making a skydive is empowering and having this documented is completely worth it. Adding a media package makes for an expensive day but the value of having your skydiving photos and video is priceless. Aside from seeing an explosion on Instagram, and gaining the admiration of your friends, you’ll look back on your skydiving footage and smile as you recount the special day.

Based on feedback we’ve received since 1986 when we first offered video on VHS, we recommend that everyone gets tandem skydiving photos and video of the experience – the value far outweighs the expense!

Difference Between Handcam Skydiving Videos and Outside Video

Before the introduction of the GoPro, there was only one way to have your skydiving experience captured and that was by hiring a videographer or a “camera flyer” to jump with you and document the entire experience. Today, the most popular media package sold at the majority of skydiving centers around the world is by using a handcam. The reason for this isn’t because the skydiving photos and videos are better, but because it’s more efficient and profitable for the skydiving center. A handcam (most often a GoPro) is worn by the tandem instructor on her wrist allowing for one less seat to be occupied on the plane by a camera flyer. That additional seat can be used by another tandem student or licensed skydiver to generate more revenue and the tandem instructor can make more money per jump by capturing the photos and videos themselves.

Skydive Carolina is one of the few skydiving centers in the US that offers outside video services because we think the pros of outside tandem skydiving video and photography shot by a camera flyer outweigh the pros of handcam.

type of person that skydives

The Pros and Cons of Skydiving Handcam & Outside Camera

Footage shot from an outside camera flyer is superior to photos and videos shot from the handcam of a tandem instructor. The primary reason for this is “hairy arm syndrome.” In other words, with handcam, you’ll always have the tandem instructor’s arm in the shot. Having the tandem instructor’s arm in the photo isn’t a deal-breaker, but it’s our feeling that if a guest is paying $100+ for a media package, it would be preferred to not see the arm of the tandem instructor in every photograph.

Below: an example of a handcam photograph – note the hairy arm.

tandem skydiving

Another negative about handcam is that it’s one dimensional – it’s always a tight shot of the subject and doesn’t offer much perspective spatially. With outside video, the camera flyer can capture the skydive from an infinite amount of angles from above, below and all sides. One of the most impressive photographs during a skydive is the exit shot and these always look the best from the lens of a camera flyer.

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Handcam does have one major pro in its favor that outside video can’t offer and that’s footage from flying under parachute.

Below are examples of outside photography taken by a camera flyer:

scariest part of skydiving tandem skydiver jumping out of plane

wind conditions for skydiving

is skydiving scary

bachelor bachelorette party idea skydiving skydive carolina

Tandem Skydiving Photo and Video FAQs

If having to choose between video only or stills only, we recommend choosing photography. With over 60 high resolution photos to choose from, you can print the photography to display at your office or home and they are great for social media and sharing with friends.

If coming in a group, can one videographer capture both my friend’s and my tandem video at the same time?

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible because tandems don’t leave the aircraft at the same time. Each tandem pair leaves the aircraft with 5 to 10 seconds apart to create enough separation so that parachutes aren’t opening up too close together causing a safety issue.

If I own my own GoPro can I wear it during my skydive?

Unfortunately, no. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) mandates that no person with less than 200 jumps is permitted to skydive with a camera. Flying with a camera is considered to be a safety issue for inexperienced skydivers and tandem guests alike because cameras are a distraction. Tandem guests have a responsibility during the skydive – it’s why tandems are known as tandem students and not tandem passengers. Tandem students play an active role during the skydive and being distracted by one’s own camera can create safety issues.

Can I select the music for my skydiving video?

In the glory days of Napster, Limewire and CDs, most skydiving centers would give out a music menu for guests to select the music for their skydiving videos. Unfortunately, those days are now over due to smart algorithms that can read mp3s to identify if music has been copyrighted. This is certainly great for musicians, but not so great for those wanting to select the music to their skydiving videos.

How long does it take to receive my skydiving photos and video?

At Skydive Carolina, all guests receive their photos and video approximately 30 minutes after their skydives.

Do I have to make my decision about purchasing skydiving photos or videos at the time of booking?

No. At Skydive Carolina you can decide whether you’d like to add a skydiving media package at check-in on the day of your jump.

Is there a time of day when skydiving photos and videos look best?

Yes – usually during the early morning or late afternoon. Of course, sunny days are better than cloudy days!

Do the camera flyers take any ground photography or is aerial photography the only kind of photos provided?

We happily take ground photography of our guests with their spectators and friends before the skydive and of course we take many photos in the field after landing.

What happens if there is a camera malfunction during the skydive?

Unfortunately, this does happen on occasion and guests are given a refund!

How long does Skydive Carolina save skydiving photos and videos?

Generally, the media department (Xtreme Media Services) keeps footage up to 30 days in case USBs or DVDs are lost or become corrupted.

We hope you’ve answered all of your questions! If you have more, please feel free to reach out to us or visit our FAQs page for all things related to tandem skydiving! If you’re ready to skydive click the button below to begin your journey!

Tandem Skydiving Videos – Everything You Wanted To Know!

If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that you’re the kind of person who likes to do their research before jumping into anything (pun totally intended)! In this article, we’ll be sharing details revolving around tandem skydiving videos. We’ll cover the following:

  • Tandem Skydiving Videos – Is it Worth It?
  • The difference between Handcam videos and Outside Video
  • Pros and Cons of Handcam and Outside Video
  • Common Tandem Skydiving Video FAQs

Tandem Skydiving Videos – Worth It?

Firstly, let’s acknowledge the conflict of interest in doling out this advice. As a skydiving center, we obviously sell skydiving videos, so it would be natural for us to recommend purchasing a skydiving video. We try to keep it real by giving out great info, so let’s lay out the considerations: Budget versus Value.

Budget vs Value – Adding a media package will increase the price of your skydiving experience. Here at Skydive Carolina our video prices are as follows:

how fast is skydiving

Video Services

OptionCost
Stills Photography
Package includes 30-60 digital photos that will be sent to you via email following your skydive on a Dropbox link, Price includes tax
$99.00
Video
Package includes a fully edited video that will be downloaded as an MP4 file and sent to you via email on a Dropbox link. Price includes tax.
$99.00
Video & Stills
Package includes an edited video and 30-60 digital photos sent to you via a link to a Dropbox link. Price includes tax.
$119.00
Social Media Package
Package includes 30-60 photos, fully edited video & 1 video clip for social media sent to you via a Dropbox link.. Price includes tax.
$129.00
The Ultimate
Edited video and 30-60 photos sent to you via a Dropbox link. PLUS a DVD of your jump and the 1 minute video clip for social media. Price includes tax.
$139.00
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Adding a media package digs deeper into the pocketbook, but if you were to survey the majority of our guests through the years, they would say it’s completely worth it. The reason people say this is because making a tandem skydive is unlike any other experience on the planet. Amusement park rides don’t compare to jumping from a plane from 14,000 feet! Skydiving is often considered to be a major life experience that involves facing a challenge, working through fear, and experiencing great accomplishment. Making a skydive is empowering and having this documented is completely worth it. Adding a media package makes for an expensive day but the value of having your skydiving photos and video is priceless. Aside from seeing an explosion on Instagram, and gaining the admiration of your friends, you’ll look back on your skydiving footage and smile as you recount the special day.

Based on feedback we’ve received since 1986 when we first offered video on VHS, we recommend that everyone gets tandem skydiving photos and video of the experience – the value far outweighs the expense!

Difference Between Handcam Skydiving Videos and Outside Video

Before the introduction of the GoPro, there was only one way to have your skydiving experience captured and that was by hiring a videographer or a “camera flyer” to jump with you and document the entire experience. Today, the most popular media package sold at the majority of skydiving centers around the world is by using a handcam. The reason for this isn’t because the skydiving photos and videos are better, but because it’s more efficient and profitable for the skydiving center. A handcam (most often a GoPro) is worn by the tandem instructor on her wrist allowing for one less seat to be occupied on the plane by a camera flyer. That additional seat can be used by another tandem student or licensed skydiver to generate more revenue and the tandem instructor can make more money per jump by capturing the photos and videos themselves.

Skydive Carolina is one of the few skydiving centers in the US that offers outside video services because we think the pros of outside tandem skydiving video and photography shot by a camera flyer outweigh the pros of handcam.

type of person that skydives

The Pros and Cons of Skydiving Handcam & Outside Camera

Footage shot from an outside camera flyer is superior to photos and videos shot from the handcam of a tandem instructor. The primary reason for this is “hairy arm syndrome.” In other words, with handcam, you’ll always have the tandem instructor’s arm in the shot. Having the tandem instructor’s arm in the photo isn’t a deal-breaker, but it’s our feeling that if a guest is paying $100+ for a media package, it would be preferred to not see the arm of the tandem instructor in every photograph.

Below: an example of a handcam photograph – note the hairy arm.

tandem skydiving

Another negative about handcam is that it’s one dimensional – it’s always a tight shot of the subject and doesn’t offer much perspective spatially. With outside video, the camera flyer can capture the skydive from an infinite amount of angles from above, below and all sides. One of the most impressive photographs during a skydive is the exit shot and these always look the best from the lens of a camera flyer.

Handcam does have one major pro in its favor that outside video can’t offer and that’s footage from flying under parachute.

Below are examples of outside photography taken by a camera flyer:

scariest part of skydiving tandem skydiver jumping out of plane

wind conditions for skydiving

is skydiving scary

bachelor bachelorette party idea skydiving skydive carolina

Tandem Skydiving Photo and Video FAQs

If having to choose between video only or stills only, we recommend choosing photography. With over 60 high resolution photos to choose from, you can print the photography to display at your office or home and they are great for social media and sharing with friends.

If coming in a group, can one videographer capture both my friend’s and my tandem video at the same time?

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible because tandems don’t leave the aircraft at the same time. Each tandem pair leaves the aircraft with 5 to 10 seconds apart to create enough separation so that parachutes aren’t opening up too close together causing a safety issue.

If I own my own GoPro can I wear it during my skydive?

Unfortunately, no. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) mandates that no person with less than 200 jumps is permitted to skydive with a camera. Flying with a camera is considered to be a safety issue for inexperienced skydivers and tandem guests alike because cameras are a distraction. Tandem guests have a responsibility during the skydive – it’s why tandems are known as tandem students and not tandem passengers. Tandem students play an active role during the skydive and being distracted by one’s own camera can create safety issues.

Can I select the music for my skydiving video?

In the glory days of Napster, Limewire and CDs, most skydiving centers would give out a music menu for guests to select the music for their skydiving videos. Unfortunately, those days are now over due to smart algorithms that can read mp3s to identify if music has been copyrighted. This is certainly great for musicians, but not so great for those wanting to select the music to their skydiving videos.

How long does it take to receive my skydiving photos and video?

At Skydive Carolina, all guests receive their photos and video approximately 30 minutes after their skydives.

Do I have to make my decision about purchasing skydiving photos or videos at the time of booking?

No. At Skydive Carolina you can decide whether you’d like to add a skydiving media package at check-in on the day of your jump.

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Is there a time of day when skydiving photos and videos look best?

Yes – usually during the early morning or late afternoon. Of course, sunny days are better than cloudy days!

Do the camera flyers take any ground photography or is aerial photography the only kind of photos provided?

We happily take ground photography of our guests with their spectators and friends before the skydive and of course we take many photos in the field after landing.

What happens if there is a camera malfunction during the skydive?

Unfortunately, this does happen on occasion and guests are given a refund!

How long does Skydive Carolina save skydiving photos and videos?

Generally, the media department (Xtreme Media Services) keeps footage up to 30 days in case USBs or DVDs are lost or become corrupted.

We hope you’ve answered all of your questions! If you have more, please feel free to reach out to us or visit our FAQs page for all things related to tandem skydiving! If you’re ready to skydive click the button below to begin your journey!

What to Know About Skydiving Videos

There’s nothing quite like that first skydive, when everything is brand new and you’re experiencing something you’ve never experienced before. It’s an amazing thing to do.

It’s something you’ll want to remember forever, and to share with your loved ones, too. By choosing to get a video made of your jump, you’ll have something you can look back on yourself and that your friends and family can watch, so they can feel like they were there too!

Here’s everything you need to know about getting a skydiving video, and be sure to check out our video services page for prices and bookings.

What is a skydiving video?

A skydiving video is a video made of your jump that you can keep to remember your experience by for years to come.

A skydiving video is captured in two ways, either using a handcam, or by a freefall camera person.

Handcam videos

Handcam is the name for the small camera our tandem skydiving instructors wear on their hands.

This is worn on the left hand. It captures your face throughout the skydive and during the parachute ride too, and gives a great view of the whole thing! The angle is much closer up than the outside camera…

Outside camera (using a freefall camera person)

A freefall videographer is a skydiver whose job it is to wear a camera on their helmet and film your whole skydive for you, from a short interview on the ground to shots on the airplane ride up, your exit from the airplane and all of freefall. They’ll even grab you on the ground for a reaction shot!

The only thing you miss with an outside camera is the parachute ride, as the camera person is on a separate parachute. But the benefit is that the angle is further away than handcam, meaning you can see your whole body and the sky and ground around you too, giving a great sense of position.

How does it work?

Each skydiving video is different. With handcam, the video you get depends on you primarily, and how much you interact with the camera – and, most importantly, smile!

For outside camera, it’s a bit more creative. These are professional skydiving videographers who take great pride in their work – plus, they’re super awesome flyers themselves, which means they’ll sit right in front of you to film you as you fall, as well as flying around you to show how high up you are and to capture some of our exquisite views.

This might mean your video is a little different to your friend’s, but it makes sense, right – unique videos for unique experiences!

Can me and my friend share a skydiving videographer?

No, unfortunately not.

If choosing handcam, your instructor will wear the camera on his/her hand and only be able to capture you.

When you choose outside camera, you get a dedicated camera person who will film your experience for you. They sit in front of you in the sky in freefall and fly around you to capture the whole experience. That means they can only film on skydiver at a time. It’s also a safety requirement, as we have to have adequate distance between our tandem skydivers, which makes it impossible for the camera person to film more than one at a time.

Why choose to get a skydiving video?

The main regret we hear from our tandem skydiving customers is that they didn’t buy a skydiving video. Once you’ve experienced the jump, you’ll undoubtedly want to share it with everyone you know and post it on your social networks, but without a video, there’s no way to do that!

You’ll receive your skydiving video and be able to upload to YouTube, Facebook, Wistia etc and to share it via email or simply gather round the TV and watch together.

Do I also get photos?

Yep! Choose the handcam package with stills photos or the outside video and stills package and you’ll get both a video and photos from your jump. Bring on your next Facebook profile picture!

How to book

Booking your skydiving video/photos is simple! Check out our prices here, and book online today.

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