skydiving faq

Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions about the ins and outs of skydiving, so we’ve put together a Skydiving FAQ’s page here.

If there’s anything you want to know that we’ve missed, just give us a shout and we’ll fill you in!

How much will my jump cost?

The price we charge includes your flight, your training, the jump itself, BPA membership for a year and third-party insurance to £5,000,000 is just £290.00. For details of all the types of jump and wind tunnel experience available, go to the Skydiving menu tab at the top of the page.

Are there any restrictions?

There are weight / height limits for each type of jump. Check here

Can I jump with a disability?

Certain disabilities don’t necessarily need to stop you from skydiving, but every situation is unique. Call us on 07944 078 433 to discuss with one of our instructors and we’ll be able to advise you.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Skydiving like most aviation sports is governed to a degree by the weather. To keep to British Parachute Association (BPA) rules and regulations, we have to operate within strict safety limits with regards to cloud cover and wind speeds.

If the weather isn’t suitable for skydiving,  you’ll be able to re-schedule your booking for another time when it suits you. We always advise clients to choose their nearest skydiving centre whenever possible, just in case a repeat trip is required.

Refunds are not given if the weather is unsuitable on the day. See our terms and conditions page for more details.

How long will I have to wait to jump on the day?

We realise, it’s helpful to know when you are likely to jump, especially if you have friends and family coming to watch you jump. Some centres will be able to give you approximate time slots, however please be advised that weather conditions can affect these times.

If your supporters are travelling separately, we usually advise that they aim to arrive 1 hour – 1.5 hours after your designated arrival time.

If you’re doing a Tandem jump, plan for it to be an all day activity.

All centres have catering facilities and we can give you information on the local amenities to keep your supporters entertained should there be a wait.

If you are doing an Accelerated Free Fall (AFF ) course, you will have a minimum of 6 hours of ground training to complete first before your jump. Depending on the weather and time of year, you may get the opportunity to jump the same day. However you should plan for this to be a 2 day activity.

What height will I jump from?

Tandem and AFF jumpers exit at a minimum of 10,000 feet and at some centres you will fly as high as 13,000 – 15,000 feet, depending on local air traffic control restrictions and the cloud base.

Do I need insurance?

The cost of your course will automatically cover you for the BPA 3rd party insurance up to £5,000,000.

For a summary of the policy including details of the personal accident benefits, please refer to the latest BPA Insurance Summary Document.

If you wish to take out additional personal injury cover, see below links to a couple of insurance companies that will provide this cover, however we are not authorised to make any recommendations and we have no direct ties with either company:

www.daredirect.com 01494 887900

www.sky-cover.co.uk 0844 892 1515

How safe is skydiving?

Your safety is our one and only priority. We only operate from centres which are affiliated to and work in accordance with the BPA rules and regulations.

All instructors are BPA qualified, are extremely experienced and are current in accordance with the annual renewal policy. The equipment used is of top quality and is maintained to meticulous standards.

Training is to the highest standards and, in the case of AFF which involves solo descents, you must pass a written exam before being allowed to jump. The plane is operated in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority. We only jump when the weather conditions are suitable and safe to do so.

Remember that your instructor has a vested interest in getting you back on the ground safely – usually they are strapped to you, so their well-being as well as yours is dependant on their skill and experience!

Equipment

All equipment used is regularly maintained in accordance with BPA regulations and is checked before every jump.

Each course requires the use of a dual parachute system consisting of a main and reserve parachute. Safety back up systems include an automatic reserve opening device which will operate in extreme circumstances.

If you are an AFF student, you will be given a back up radio enabling an instructor on the ground to assist you during your canopy descent to the ground.

Can I breathe in free fall?

You’ll go a pretty funny colour if you don’t!  😀

You may just catch your breath a little bit on exiting the aircraft, especially if it’s really cold. However, you will be able to breathe quite normally during your descent, and the scenery is so amazing that you won’t even think about it!

Can I jump if I wear contact lenses or glasses?

No problem. You will be issued with goggles that comfortably fit over glasses and help to keep contact lenses in place.

What should I wear?

Make sure that your clothes are comfortable and loose fitting.

If it is a cold day, something warm is good and thermals are a great idea. In the summer you can even get away with just shorts and a t-shirt. You will be given a jumpsuit to wear over your clothes. The AFF courses can get quite energetic, so removable layers work best.

Comfortable shoes, preferably trainers, are good. You won’t be able to jump in sandals, open-toed shoes or shoes with hooks of any sort, because of the danger of entangling yourself with your instructor or equipment.

Will I be able to jump with my friend?

If you are part of a group and would like to choose who you share your experience with on the plane, let us know at the time of your booking, and also remind the folks at the centre on your arrival.

The centre will do their best to make this happen, however please appreciate that sometimes it is out of their control. Weight limits, the number of people requesting video, plus the plane re-fuel schedule can sometimes affect the manifest system.

If you can’t go up in the same plane as your friend, you can cheer them down as they come in to land! 😀

Can I get my skydive videoed?

If you are doing a Tandem Skydive or an AFF level 1 Skydive, why not ask for your jump to be filmed so that you can capture the memories to share with family and friends? Let us know that you would like your skydive videoed at the time of booking. 

You may also be able to decide on the day. The cost of video including camera stills varies from centre to centre, and is payable direct to the centre on the day of the skydive. We will notify you of the cost when we send you your confirmation documents.

Please be advised that prices quoted are correct at the time of sending you your documents. You can change your mind on the day of your skydive.

Can I take a Go Pro on the jump and film the skydive myself?

We are often asked whether you can take a Go Pro or other small camera devise on your skydive.

Unfortunately, these cameras can be an entanglement hazard and so you will not be allowed to take one with you on the jump.

It is worth noting that any footage taken using such devices would not be of the same quality as the footage gained by a professional videographer accompanying you on your skydive.

Ask us for more details on video + stills packages at the time of booking.