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Remember that childhood wish you had that you could fly like a bird? Well, a tandem jump with Skydive Algarve comes pretty close. And a free fall "Skydive" above one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe is a very original way to appreciate the scenery.
Skydive Algarve, located just outside the village of Alvor at Portimão municipal Aerodrome, offers assured and professional expertise to novices who wish to experience the thrill of skydiving with a tandem skydive, as well as courses and events for experienced divers.
For an amazing and exhilarating adrenaline rush, the Tandem Skydive is hard to beat. Tandem jumping is the best way for novice jumpers to quickly experience the rush of free fall and parachute jumps. Very little is required from the novice jumper - the instructor is in control of timing, harness, parachute and landing, ensuring safety and maximum enjoyment.
Once you have made the momentous decision to jump out of an airplane, the advantages of doing so in the Algarve are many. The weather - clear blue skies and super visibility. The scenery - Skydive Algarve's Dropzone is near Alvor, a lovely little fishing village and home to an amazing beach, protected wetlands and beautiful coast, so the flight prior to your jump actually becomes a panoramic scenic flying trip along the Algarve coastline. The costs - Tandem jumping with Skydive Algarve is significantly cheaper than in most northern European countries.
Following a briefing and instruction session with Skydive Algarve's coaches at their base and prachute centre, it's time to take to the air in the Dornier aircraft. The amazing views will help calm those nerves as you near the jump spot. At about 14.000 feet, with the Algarve spread out beneath you, you will climb out of the plane, safely harnessed to your instructor, and experience an adrenaline rush like no other. The actual freefall lasts around 60 seconds but those memories last a lifetime. With a whoosh, the parachute opens and you fly down to earth, enjoying 7 or 8 minutes of floating freedom. And if your want a video memory of your jump, Skydive Algarve can provide an outside video and photo package filmed by an external cameraman so you can take the memory of the most exhilarating experience of your life home to show your friends and family.
Tandem Jumping is an activity that anybody is good health can enjoy. The body weight limit is 95 kgs (15 stone) and the lower age limit is 16 years (under 18s need to complete a parental consent form). There is no upper age limit - in fact, a recent Tandem Jumper with Skydive Algarve was celebrating her 80th birthday! however jumpers over 70 need to present a signed medical form. All equipment and training is provided by Skydive Algarve. They can also offer photos and videos, edited directly after your jump and burned on DVD.
The parachute centre and Drop Zone for Skydive Algarve is run by the Swallows family - well known and very respected operators of Skydive Hibaldstowe for 20 years and Skydive Spain for 10 years.
A Skydive Algarve Tandem Jump makes a fantastic gift - from parents to older children, for couples, for friends.
Tandem Skydive Experience - Price is €219 pp including instruction and equipment.
Tandem Skydive Experience Package with photos - Price €294 pp
Tandem Skydive Experience Package with photos and external video - Price €314 pp
Don't forget to bring photo ID with you to pass thorugh the Aerodrome security.