Once you’re prepared for your jump, you’ll wait for your “load” to be called.
This is the way the drop zone keeps track of how many times the jump plane flies up to jump altitude, and how many jumpers are on each load. When it’s your turn, your TI will come to you and walk you to the plane.
With your instructor keeping you safe from the propellers, you’ll be directed to stairs that lead into the airplane door, or you’ll climb into the door itself if it’s a small airplane.
Depending on the size of the airplane and the number of people jumping that day, your ride to altitude can sometimes be a tight squeeze, or very roomy.
Regardless, your tandem instructor should make sure you are comfortable.
He/she will also most likely point out the altitude as you ascend and ask you questions and thoughts for your skydive video.
You will be able to feel the energy level in the airplane change as you near altitude.
Fun jumpers, who are usually sitting closest to the door, will begin checking their gear and getting into position to open the door.
Your TI will do exactly as you’ve practiced and slide together with you so he/she can connect the 4 points of your harnesses together.
The straps will be pulled and tightened until there is no space between you and your instructor. Once your instructor has guided you to put on your goggles, you’ll begin scooting towards the door together.
If you are not the first tandem pair to exit, you’ll even get to watch another tandem passenger take that leap into the sky!