Along with the surge in popularity of traveling is the increased interest in extreme sports, especially among younger travelers – and it’s easy to understand why. That rush of adrenaline while riding the waves or free-falling from heights is just too hard to resist!
I’ve always loved heights so, of course, I tried out skydiving as soon as I found a skydiving buddy. It was exhilarating! If you want to try it but have no idea how much does skydiving cost or where you should do it, then this article is for you. Read on and plan your skydiving trip!
I’m not going to lie to you about this one. Skydiving is really an expensive sport, but for good reason. Considering the high risk that goes with skydiving, it is imperative to take a lot of safety precautions. The training and safety gears will take up most of your expenses.
I’m all for traveling on a budget, but when it comes to skydiving, I can assure you that the experience is well worth the expenses. Besides, once you get the hang of it, you can start skydiving without a buddy or an instructor.
The price of your skydiving stint will depend on a number of factors. The most significant ones are the following:
If you are skydiving by yourself, then you would have to take several hours of training first before you would be allowed to skydive on your own. The training time varies, but it can take up to six hours on the average.
Alternatively, you can skydive by tandem, which is skydiving attached to an instructor. No training time is required other than the customary briefing. When skydiving by tandem, your instructor will control everything, so you can just enjoy the free fall.
If you plan on taking up skydiving as a long-term hobby, then it’s best to buy your own gears. Surely, this would be a large expense right off the bat, but it would be a good investment in the long term.
If you are not planning on making a hobby out of skydiving, however, then it would be best to just rent out equipment. Not only is this cheaper than buying your own gears, but it will also save you the trouble of choosing the right equipment.
Naturally, you would have to spend more if you plan on skydiving abroad. If you want to save, start with a local or, at the very least, a nearby skydiving spot, especially if you’re only a beginner.
Once you get a grasp of skydiving, you might want to venture to more challenging spots and even go abroad! Rates tend to be higher during the weekends or long breaks, so you might want to go during off-peak season or during the weekdays.
Skydiving packages tend to be cheaper in the long-run, so if you’re serious about skydiving, you should avail of the package. If you just want to try it, however, then the best option is for you to pay for a one-off skydive.
Tandem skydiving typically costs around $200 to $230 per jump, depending on the time and location. If you go as a group, however, you could avail of group discounts.
If you plan on skydiving several times, then you might want to avail of a jump package. This would typically cost $800-$1000, depending on how many jumps are involved. Note that this is an all-inclusive package, so you wouldn’t have to worry about gear, packing, or instruction.
For the certified skydivers out there, good news! Skydiving is a lot cheaper for you. if you have your own gear, a jump would cost you a mere $20 to $30 dollars. No equipment of your own? No problem! You can just rent gear for around $50. You can even take a refresher course for $80 to $90.
Skydiving is by no means a cheap hobby, but it is definitely one of those things you have to try at least once in your life. Nothing compares to seeing a place from above. It might seem terrifying at first, but don’t knock it until you try it!
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