First Time Skydiving

Tandem exit shot and video flyer in the plane catching the shot
Monterey Bay Coastline Sunset Views

Tandem Skydive

Your Life Changing Experience


It’s probably been on your bucket list for years. Maybe you want to celebrate an important milestone, or maybe you’re an adventure seeker like us! Whatever your reason, your first time skydiving is guaranteed to be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

If you’re ready to take the leap, you're on the right path. For over 25 years, Skydive Hollister's experienced team has had the privilege of accompanying tens of thousands of guests on their first skydive. When you jump with us, you can rest assured knowing that you are skydiving with experienced USPA certified instructors conducting every aspect of your jump with the utmost safety.

For your first time skydiving, we typically recommend a tandem skydive. Tandem skydiving allows you to experience the thrill of skydiving with no previous experience required. You'll be paired with a highly experienced tandem skydiving instructors who will take care of your entire skydive.

On your first jump, we literally have your back. Your first skydive will be a tandem jump. You will be attached via four-point harness to a professional tandem instructor. After free falling for up to 90 seconds and taking in the incredible California coastal views, your tandem instructor will deploy the parachute at around 5000 feet above the ground. The fun continues with a 5-7 minute (depending on winds) scenic parachute ride and a smooth, easy landing.

The best way to experience your first jump is through tandem skydiving. You’ll get to experience both freefall and parachute descent in the safest environment; a taste of all of the best skydiving has to offer. You are to be an active participant in the jump, flying your body through the air in tandem with your flight instructor.

Tandem skydiving is like jumping with training wheels (kind of), but instead of wheels you have an actual training person. Your first tandem skydive enables you to fully participate in the entire experience while not needing to worry about knowing everything that's going on. Your instructor provides the necessary safety controls so that you can focus on a fun, stress-free, amazing experience.

California skydiving prices vary, mostly based on altitude. At Skydive Hollister we offer three different altitudes every jump day. Tandem skydive pricing is a little bit cheaper on weekdays due to volume (we also get done earlier, so if you're pressed for time this might be for you). Briefly: 8000 feet (10-15 seconds freefall) is $139 on weekdays, $188 weekends. 13000 feet (up to 60 seconds free fall) is $169 weekdays, $198 weekends. Finally, the World's Highest Tandem Skydive from 18000 feet (up to 90 seconds freefall) is $269 on weekdays, $297 on weekends.

High Altitude Tandem Skydive


The High Altitude Tandem Skydive is the ultimate first time skydiving experience. If you're an intrepid adventure seeker, looking to push up the boundaries to encounter an uplifting, once in a lifetime adventure, then a High Altitude Tandem Skydive skydive might be for you.

During a High Altitude Tandem Skydive you and your instructor will jump from an altitude of 18,000 feet – that's over 3 miles above the ground - Jumping from this altitude will allow you to experience the exhilarating thrill of free fall for almost 90 seconds.

The preparation and training required for making a High Altitude Tandem Skydive are the same as those for a normal tandem jump. However, because of thinner air at higher altitude, you'll be breathing supplemental O2 during the last part of the airplane ride to altitude.

Included In High Altitude Tandem Skydive Experience

  • Goggles, helmet, jumpsuit and all necessary equipment.

  • Training and instruction

  • Supplemental oxygen

  • 25-30 minute airplane ride

  • Skydive from 18,000 feet (weather permitting)

  • Discount for your first AFF jump ($90 value)

18,000 ft High Altitude Tandem Jump
All the way up in the sky OVER 1 MINUTE in freefall.
$297 | $268*
13,000 ft Tandem Sky Dive
Fly high and freefall for almost 60 seconds.
$198 | $169*
8,000 ft Tandem Skydive
Quick ride with 15 seconds of freefall.
$188 | $139*
*Weekday Deal
Discount on regular prices for weekday jumps.
Media Bonus Credit
All jumps include $20 pre-jump bonus. Expires after the jump.
All options includes: Ground Training, Complete Gear, Digital Certificate.
First Responders' Discount
For the police officers, EMTs, and firefighters that we can always count on, we thank you! Valid Service ID Required on booking and check-in.
Military and Veterans Discount
Valid Service ID Required on booking and check-in. And thank you so much for your service!
Student Discount (Current Enrollment)
Valid Currently Enrolled Student ID Required on booking and check-in. Must display semester date(s).
AAA Discount
AAA Members save on skydiving in Hollister! Membership ID card required.
Group of 4-7
Discount per person.
Group of 8-11
Discount per person.
Group of 12+
Discount per person.
Discount Terms
Discounts can only be applied to full price purchases. Maximum of 2 discounts can be combined.

Media Services


Nothing beats the thrill of free falling! Trust us, we've seen this plenty of times, when you land, you’ll definitely want to relive or share your experience with your friends and family. Our media jump set-up  can help you do exactly that by capturing each second of your skydiving experience with high definition digital action cameras.

Be the HERO of your own adventure movie!

VIP Ultimate Media Combo
PRO OV + Selfie VS; or 360º Video + Selfie VS. All Views, All Angles.
PRO Video & Photos (OV)
Outside Wide Angle Camera-flyer View. Get accompanied by a "flying buddy."
Selfie Video & Photos (VS)
Wide Angle Instructor-hold Handcam. Capture your experience up-close.
Selfie Photos Only (PO)
Wide Angle Instructor-hold Handcam Photos. Get your Skydiving Selfie.
360º Video
Spherical Angle Instructor-hold Handcam. Full sky with 360º view.
Pre-Jump Bonus
All prices have $20 pre-jump bonus applied. Full-price only, after the jump.
$20 OFF



All advertised prices have a cash payment discount applied. Additional 5% applies over any other accepted payment methods.