Parachuting, including skydiving, is a method of transiting from a high point in the atmosphere to the surface of Earth with a parachute. The main difference between skydiving and parachuting is that in skydiving, there is a period of freefall before the parachute is deployed, while in parachuting the deployment is immediate.

Tandem skydiving or tandem parachuting is when a student skydiver is connected to an instructor via a harness. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing.