Skydive Taft

Tandem Skydiving Training in California

Tandem skydiving allows first-time jumpers to experience the thrill and excitement of the sport without the preparation and knowledge required for a solo jump. It only takes a brief training after which you will freefall harnessed to a highly skilled instructor from over two miles above the Earth, reaching speeds of up to 120 miles an hour. At the safe altitude of 5,000 feet the instructor will deploy the main parachute. If you choose, you can activate the parachute yourself, and then take in the view of the San Joaquin Valley on the tranquil ride down.

Your USPA certified tandem instructor will wear a special glove equipped with two cameras, one for video and one for stills, with a special lens to capture the up-close footage of you in freefall. You will be able to share your reactions and expressions of your greatest adventure with everyone!

We dub, edit, and add music to personalize your video right after you jump. You will leave Skydive Taft with your own personal USB thumb drive of your video and digital photos for you to keep. Please notify us at the time of your jump if you would like our skilled instructors to capture your skydiving experience forever.

Basic Tandem Skydive
Basic Plus (tandem w/ handcam pictures)
Standard (tandem w/ handcam pics & video)
VIP (tandem w/ handcam and outside pics & video)

All prices are per person (includes sales tax).

Because of our friendly staff and generous facilities, we are one of the favorite places to skydive in California. Our dropzone covers a vast area to accommodate everyone.

Our hanger is equipped with heating and cooling systems. There is a lounge area, with several couches so that you may rest comfortably before jumping. There are large televisions mounted in the lounge area so that you may watch your skydiving experience caught on video.

There is a large, shaded picnic area, equipped with misters to keep you cool in the summer. There is also a BBQ for the use of our customers and their families so that the whole family can make a day out of your skydiving experience.

You’re having such a good time jumping, which usually happens, and you don’t want to leave - spend the night! We have large areas for RV camping over night. There are showers and bathrooms available.

We take pride in making sure our skydivers have a good time and we try to provide the proper amenities and professional service to make your California skydiving experience one you won’t forget.

Check out some of the most frequently asked questions our newbie and even experienced skydivers have. If you are learning how to skydive in California, then this is the page for you.

We'd love for you to learn to skydive with us at Skydive Taft! If there’s a question that isn't answered on this page, then give us a call at 661.765.JUMP (5867) or email us at .

Located in Taft, CA, we offer some of the best sight lines while skydiving in California. From the ocean and the mountains, it’s a thing of beauty when you’re gliding back to the ground under your parachute.

How long will my jump take?
Plan on the whole day for AFF jumps. Plan on 1-4 hours for tandem jumps.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, well fitting (closed-toe) gym shoes, and casual, loose fitting clothing. Jeans are okay. Sweats or shorts, according to season. We furnish you with a jumpsuit, goggles, gloves and all equipment necessary to make your skydive.
Is there an age limit?
Yes. You must be 18 years or older. No upper limit as long as you're healthy!
Are there weight limits?
Yes, 240lbs for tandem jumps and 230 lbs. for AFF jumps.
There is $20 fee if you are over 200lbs, and $30 fee if you are over 230lbs (for tandems)
What if it rains or is too windy?
AFF students will complete the classroom portion of their training, regardless of the weather. Tandems are simply rescheduled for another date.
I received my training and did not get to jump due to weather. When can I jump?
Anytime during our normal business hours or by appointment.
When is Skydive Taft open?
We are generally open from 8am until sunset, Friday to Sunday. We are occasionally also open during the week, so please call and check!
Can I get licensed?
Yes, Skydive Taft will train you from your first jump through your expert license.
Do I need a reservation?
Yes, call Skydive Taft anytime to make a reservation at 661.765.JUMP. We require a $50 deposit per person. We accept debit, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Can my friends and family watch me skydive?
Yes, we land right on the airport and have an area where they can watch you land.
Do you have a picnic area?
Yes, we have picnic tables along with a BBQ that you may utilize.
Do you have camping facilities?
Yes, we have a place to set up tents, to park RVs (no hookups) and shower/bathroom facilities.
Are pets allowed?
Yes, but they must be on a leash.