Your Complete Playa del Carmen Skydiving Guide, Including Which Company to Use

Have you ever dreamt of skydiving over the Caribbean Sea?  If so, why not cut through the clouds at terminal velocity in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!   The captivating birds-eye view over turquoise water mesmerized me.  And the calm landing on soft beach sand evoked joyous laughter.  Below please find my complete Playa del Carmen skydiving guide, including which company to use.

Your Complete Playa del Carmen Skydiving Guide Including Which Company to Use

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. For my 41st birthday, I treated myself to my first time jumping out of a plane - ever!
Playa del Carmen Skydiving. For my 41st birthday, I treated myself to my first time jumping out of a plane – ever!

7 TIPS FOR SKY DIVING IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

1 – Jump Only with SkyDive Playa 
2 – If you are Afraid of Jumping, Visit iFly First
3 – Understand the Statistics
4 – Jump with a Friend
5 – Know the Requirements for Skydiving in Playa del Carmen
6 – Familiarize Yourself with the Schedule
7 – Remember to Stay Calm while Skydiving in Playa del Carmen

1 – Jump Only with SkyDive Playa

SkyDive Playa possesses over twenty years of sky diving experience in Playa del Carmen without a single accident.  Plus you jump in tandem with a licensed staff by the United States Parachute Association (USPA).   In fact, the instructor that accompanied me jumps five to ten times a day.  Needless to say, SkyDive Playa meets the experience and professionalism required for this adventure sport.

They are located on 15th Avenue near the airport in Playa del Carmen.  At present, jumps cost $250 USD, or only $4,300 pesos for locals with proof of residence.  If you would like to record the venture on video that costs only $100 USD more.  Really for the price and quality, finding a comparative alternative is relatively impossible.

SkyDive Playa contact information:

Phone: +52 (984) 873 0192 / +52 (984) 873 1015 |  +52 1 (984) 187 4868
Website: https://www.skydive.com.mx/EN
Office:  15th Avenue in front of the airport, Playa del Carmen

Skydive Playa map in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Skydive Playa map in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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2 – If you are Afraid of Jumping, Visit iFly First

Since I was extremely frightened of jumping out of a plane, I wanted to first try it on the ground.  So I visited an iFly facility in Dallas.  There I was able to encounter the sensation of skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel, without having to jump out of a plane.

The instructors at iFly resolved all of my concerns about skydiving. For example, I most dreaded experiencing the feeling of falling while leaping from an aircraft.  However, they explained that this sense is insignificant since you are already moving at 60 knots on a plane.

Next, the wind tunnel exactly mimics the activity of skydiving without the element of adrenaline.   Literally the wind was so strong it caused my back to ache.   Truthfully, I did not love the experience.  However, if I hadn’t flown at iFly, I probably wouldn’t have made the plunge at 10,000 feet.

iFly Contact Information:

Contact Form: https://www.iflyworld.com/contact-us/
iFly Locations: https://www.iflyworld.com/find-a-tunnel/

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. While I was dropping I had a hard time breathing. Perhaps it was nerves, the wind or a combination of both. But if I ever jump again I have to learn how to overcome this obstacle.
Playa del Carmen Skydiving. I had a hard time breathing while in free fall. Perhaps it was nerves, the wind or a combination of both. But I have to learn how to overcome this obstacle if I ever jump again.

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3 – Understand the Statistics

According to the US Parachuting Association, there are an estimated 3 million jumps per year with a fatality count of only 21.  That’s only a 0.0007% chance of dying while skydiving.  Indeed you are more likely to die in a car crash than from jumping out of a plane.  Fundamentally skydiving is a very safe adventure sport.

In terms of speed you travel at 193 kmh (120 mph), which is known as terminal velocity.  That’s 1.6 kmh (1 mile) every 30 seconds!  Without a doubt it’s the most nimble I’ve ever hauled outside of a moving vehicle.

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. Once the chute opened, I knew I could relax. Then all the fears I had evaporated and the stress left my body in the form of laughter.
Playa del Carmen Skydiving. I knew I could relax once the chute opened.  Then all fears  evaporated and the stress dissipated in the form of laughter.

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4 – Jump with a Friend

I invited my friend, Chris, to skydive with me.  Although it was my idea to jump, it was his presence that convinced me not to back out.  While he remained calm and collected on the plane, fear and emotion consumed me.

If I had flown solo, I might have let apprehension cloud reason.  It’s very likely I would have returned to the ground on the plane rather than piercing through the clouds.  But watching him jump out of the aircraft before me motivated me to follow suit.   Additionally it provided someone to commiserate with after the undertaking.

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. The staff member pointing at the camera taught his son to skydive at the age of eight. Now the son works on the ground crew on the beach where we landed.
Playa del Carmen Skydiving. The staff member to the right who is pointing at the camera taught his son to skydive at the young age of eight. Now the son works with the ground crew on the beach where we landed.

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5 – Know the Requirements for Skydiving in Playa del Carmen

Jumpers need to weight less than 100 kilos (22o pounds).  This ensures optimal performance of the parachute, harness and the staff member strapped to your back.  These limits really are made for your safety, helping to certify a comfortable return to terra firma.

Furthermore, I was instructed to avoid wearing a collared shirt which would flap annoyingly in the wind.  If glasses are required, secure them firmly with a strap around your neck.  Basically, stay clear of anything that might fall off like flip flops or a flimsy watch band.  If anything drops, it cannot be recovered in the ocean.

Lastly, make sure to eat normally.  Skydiving, although safe, is thrilling, exhilarating and potentially stressful.  You are going to need energy to deal with the complexity of emotions involved out of plunging from a very decent airplane.

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. As we hung in the air, the staff unclipped a few things which caused me to drop a bit. Although this scared me a bit, it did make me more comfortable, giving me a bit more room to move.
Playa del Carmen Skydiving. As we hung in the air, the instructor loosened a couple of clips, causing me to drop slightly. Although this scared me, it did allow me to move a little bit more, adding more comfort to the venture.

6 – Familiarize Yourself with the Schedule

Kindly arrive to Skydive Playa fifteen minutes before your scheduled jump.  This provides ample time to sign away all liability on the required waivers.  Next, I watched an all too brief demonstration on proper jumping and soaring procedure.  Basically this involves arching your back, lifting your head up and bending your legs.  However, I wonder how many remember these steps when hurling one’s self from haunting heights?

After the mini demo, exit outside, cross the street to the airport, pass security and board the turbo prop.  Following take off, travel for fifteen minutes up to 8,000 feet.  This is when you turn around and get on your knees so the staff can strap themselves into you.  And once you soar up to 10,000 feet, it’s time to throw yourself into the turquoise abyss.

As for the plunge, you free fall for roughly forty-five seconds to 6,000 feet.  At this altitude the chute opens, allowing you to leisurely cruise for the next seven minutes.  Lastly, you land on the soft white sand legs up on your rear on the beach in Playacar.  From start to finish, about ninety minutes transpires.

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. As we came in for the beach landing, I could not stop from laughing. It was so much fun, plus the reaction helped to relieve the stress I had been feeling previously.
Playa del Carmen Skydiving. As we came in for the beach landing, I could not stop from laughing. It was so much fun! Plus the reaction helped to relieve the stress I had previously endured

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7 – Remember to Stay Calm while Skydiving in Playa del Carmen

Several times on the plane I almost suffered from panic attacks. First, I felt terror after I boarded the aircraft.  Then at 6,000 feet I felt another episode creeping into my composure.  Lastly, at 8,000 feet I experienced pure dread.  When the instructor asked if I was ok, I responded grimly with “No!  I’m not sure I can do this.”

Perhaps my ashen complexion gave myself away.  Or maybe it was the terrified look in my eyes.  Either way, the staff asked me if I wanted to cancel my jump.  Trapped in indecision, I refrained from responding.  On the one hand I knew I could not cancel.  I would regret the decision for years to come.  On the other panic had gripped my psyche.

As I watched my friend, Chris, get buckled into his jumping companion, I began to walk through the motions in a trance like state.  I closed my eyes and allowed my mind to go blank.  It aided in detaching my brain from the reality of what was befalling around me.  Now I understand more how victims of trauma can cope with experiencing such horrific events.  Your body and mind relaxes even in the face of something scary.

Fundamentally, the scariest part of sky diving is the anticipation experienced on the ground and on the plane.  Once I jumped, all fear evaporated.  Plummeted through the clouds at terminal velocity thrilled and excited me.  So much so that I would repeat the endeavor again.

 Watch this Video of Me Skydiving in Playa del Carmen!

Playa del Carmen Skydiving. I purchased the video package and received 2 videos within
fifteen minutes of landing. One is a short version seen above. The other is
the full length one which is 8 minutes in length.

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Hi, I’m Matt.  In 2008 I quit my job, sold everything and drove from Boston to Mexico to start a business.  Now I live and work in the Carribean, and spend my free time traveling the globe.  Learn more.

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2 Comments

  1. Kailash Sahu
    February 4, 2019 / 12:27 am

    Absolutely fantastic! Wow… what an experience. The whole team are so professional and friendly.

  2. Vinod Balchandani
    February 13, 2019 / 1:00 am

    really good one.

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