Is Getting Tandem Skydiving Video Worth It?

Ok. We know what you’re thinking, of course they’re going to pitch us getting the tandem skydiving video for my tandem skydive. Well, you’re right, but maybe you can give us a chance to tell you why it’s worth it. 

Can I Bring My Own Camera to Video My Skydive?

Unfortunately, the short answer is no. It is a hard no because of safety. Here at Skydive Chicago, you aren’t a passive passenger going for a ride. We ask you to be an active participant on the jump – hence we call you a tandem ‘student,’ and given objectives for your experience. 

Skydiving photographers capturing a tandem skydive at Skydive Chicago

Skydiving is an extreme and dangerous sport. It is important that you are focused on the jump and not distracted by a camera and trying to ‘get the shot.’ Not only for your safety, but your instructor as well. 

Our national organization, the United States Parachute Association also has something to say about wearing a camera on a skydive as well for the reasons we just stated. They state: 

  • Tandem Instructors must at least have 200 tandem jumps prior to jumping a camera
  • No Tandem Instructor or student may use any extendable or fixed pole camera mounts attached or handheld
  • They also recommend that a licensed jumper have 200 jumps and training prior to jumping with a camera that is heavily enforced by skydiving centers

At the end of the day, this is all for safety for you, the instructor and the sport. 

Skydiving photographer capturing a tandem skydive on exit at Skydive Chicago

Biggest Regret

We come here to share the wisdom, not just try to upsell. And the wisdom is that we (the office team, instructors, reviews, and our own experience) often hear the biggest regret is not getting the tandem skydiving video. 

The video captures not only the once-in-a-lifetime event, but also the little moments… getting ready, laughing with friends, walking to the plane, the plane ride up, then the epic moment at the door, stepping to the edge to jump, the unforgettable freefall, and the landing.* 

Everyone has a unique story to tell, and the video helps tell that story that you can share it with friends, loved ones and to the social media world. It’s a wonderful way to relive those special moments over and over. 

Skydiving: Selfie media package at Skydive Chicago shot on a Go Pro

Media Packages

We won’t spend too much time here. The LINK HERE can showcase the different packages we offer. We do want to say we understand that some of you may be on a budget so we offer a variety of ways to capture your experience and different price ranges. But… we’ll say it it again, it’s definitely worth the extra money to for the tandem skydiving video!

We are excited you are doing your due diligence in preparing to skydive. If you’d like, we have a few other great articles to help. But if you’re like many of us and are ready to book, click the link below! WE can’t wait to welcome you to this awesome community and indescribable sport! 


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