A Guide to Group Tandem Skydiving at Skydive Chicago

Skydiving is often described as an experience like no other—an adrenaline-pumping thrill that leaves you breathless and exhilarated. And what better way to embark on this adventure than with a group of friends, family, or colleagues? Skydive Chicago offers the perfect setting for group skydiving, with its professional instructors, state of the art facilities, and training tandem skydivers for an unforgettable experience. Here’s a comprehensive guide to preparing to group tandem skydiving for a day of high-flying fun at Skydive Chicago.

Moment before getting on the plane to skydive in Ottawa, IL

Planning Your Day

  • Booking: Start by booking HERE well in advance to reserve your group tandem skydive. You’ll feel like a star of your group to book early to ensure availability and allow you to coordinate logistics smoothly. Consider appointing one person (or ‘volun-telling someone 😉 ) as the point of contact to streamline communication.

  • Arrival: Plan to arrive at the drop zone (that’s the ‘fancy’ term 10-15 minutes prior the reservation in to complete necessary paperwork, receive training, and gear up. Be sure to wear whatever is comfortable for the day, bring your photo ID, and be sure everyone in the group is at least 18 years of age and not weigh more than 250 pounds. The center typically operates from sunrise to sunset, so you can maximize your time in the skies.

  • You can read more about Health & Age Requirements here

  • Training: Safety is paramount in skydiving. Your group will undergo a training session conducted by experienced instructors. This includes learning about equipment usage, body positioning during freefall, parachute deployment, and landing techniques.

  • Flight: Once everyone is briefed and geared up, it’s time to board the aircraft. Skydive Chicago offers large aircraft that fits big groups for the ascent to altitude. Enjoy the anticipation as you climb higher into the sky.

  • Jump: As the aircraft reaches the designated altitude, it’s time to jump! Feel the rush of wind as you exit the plane, freefalling through the clouds at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Your instructor will ensure will help guide the descent, and entire experience.

  • Landing: After the exhilarating freefall, your parachute will deploy, and you’ll glide gently back to earth. Enjoy the serenity of the descent as you take in the stunning scenery below. Your instructor will assist with the landing, ensuring a smooth touchdown.

  • Celebration: Once everyone in the group has completed their jumps, it’s time to celebrate your accomplishment! Share stories, photos, and high-fives as you relive the adrenaline-fueled experience.
First time group skydiving getting ready to jump at Skydive Chicago

We also have a cafe on-site that offers delicious dishes and drinks as well as a gift / pro shop that you can check out memorabilia to commemorate your skydive! For our skydiving guests we also offer tent camping, RV parking in our campground that has a shower house and a swimming pond onsite! Check HERE for reservation details! 

Group Discounts and Special Offers

Skydive Chicago offers special discounts for groups, making it an ideal choice for celebrations, team-building activities, or simply a day of adventure with friends. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more, providing significant savings on individual jump prices. Be sure to inquire about group rates when booking your adventure.

group tandem skydiving at skydive chicago

FAQs for Group Skydiving


Will our tandem skydiving group be split up for the jumps?

  • Depending on the size of your tandem group and aircraft capacity, it may be necessary to split up into smaller groups for the jumps. Rest assured that every effort will be made to accommodate your group’s preferences and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to jump together.

What should we wear for skydiving?

  • Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather conditions, as you’ll be spending time both on the ground and in the air. Avoid loose or baggy clothing that may pose a risk during the jump. Skydive Chicago will provide you with all necessary skydiving equipment, including jumpsuits, helmets, and goggles.

Is prior skydiving experience required for group jumps?

  • No prior experience is necessary for tandem skydiving, where you’ll be attached to an experienced instructor throughout the jump. Tandem skydiving is suitable for first-timers and allows you to experience the thrill of freefalling under the guidance of a professional.
first time skydiving group posing for their picture at skydive chicago


Skydiving at Skydive Chicago offers an unparalleled adventure for groups seeking excitement and camaraderie. With breathtaking views, expert instructors, and group-friendly policies, it’s the perfect destination for your next group outing. So gather your friends, family, or colleagues and prepare for a day of soaring high above the clouds—a truly unforgettable experience awaits!

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