You have the option of taking a tandem jump. This is particularly useful for those who are new to skydiving, but the group organises classes so that all those who want to take part can be fully prepared. All instructors are qualified to teach jumping and all visitors are in save hands. The aircraft used for the jumps are from the Civil Aviation School of Peru although on occasion craft may be borrowed from other organisations.
The first thing to do is to register for the basic skydiving class. This is a full day and you get both theory and practical training, during which you are shown all the equipment and how to use it. Handouts are used so that students can take away the information and study it before being assessed by the teacher-instructors. During the course of the week, the student will need to obtain a student license but guidance on how to do this is provided at the time of the basic course. Following successful completion of two examinations, the student will be able to do a jump with a static line. The first jump does not involve the need to use a parachute at all, as the system is automatic and guidance is given over a radio to help jumpers to land safely. You will not be able to jump unless you can prove that you have experience or you take the course first.
Those who do not feel comfortable jumping alone may want to consider the tandem jump as there are also few restrictions in terms of age and physical condition. You jump from a height of 4,000 metres and potentially reach speeds of up to 250 km/h. You freefall for around 2,500 metres before the parachute opens.
As there is so much to consider if you want to go skydiving in the Andes, you will need to make sure that everything is booked before you arrive in the country, otherwise you may be disappointed. Some tour operators and adventure holiday groups may be able to make these arrangements as part of your initial booking, and this can often be a good option as you will be with like-minded people. It should be noted that if you make your own arrangements for the classes then extras, such as transfers and travel to and from your hotel, will not be included. You must be at least 18 to take part in skydiving, although some minors may be able to do a tandem jump if they have parental consent.Skydiving in Peru’s Andes