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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we are asked regularly. Have a look and see if yours is here too. If not, do feel free to give us a call on 01948 841111 if you need help.

 

When is the best time of year to jump?

Sadly, about the only thing we can’t control is the weather and, as you’ll know, in the UK the weather can be unpredictable even in the height of summer. We’ll only jump when it’s 100% safe, so sometimes a jump may need to be rescheduled. 

How can I jump for free?

Strictly speaking, you can’t, but you can take your costs out of the funds raised and the rest goes to the charity of your choice. The amount you would need to raise to do that is up to the charity.
 

If you have set up a Just Giving or similar account, all the money goes directly from there to the charity. In that case, if you want to take your costs out of the funds raised, you will have to agree to do this with the charity before you start, or collect some of the sponsorship money in cash, using the conventional sponsor form.

Either way whoever is sponsoring you needs to know that you are taking part of the proceeds to pay for the jump. You can either approach the charity in question for a sponsor form or we can print  this generic sponsor form for you

Can I have my parachute jump videoed?

Absolutely! You won’t want to miss a minute of your fantastic adventure and a video is a great way of reliving the memories. A video service is provided for Tandem jumps. Please contact us on 01948 841111 for details.

When should I arrive and when do I actually jump?

For Tandem Skydives – 

We’ll give you an arrival time which you should check in by. It’s very important that you arrive on time, please.

After you have completed the essential paperwork, a Tandem Instructor will spend about 20 minutes giving you your training session. If you are late, it could have a knock-on effect by extending the scheduled jump time and the Tandem Instructor has a very tight schedule that includes briefing, jumping and packing his parachute for the next jump.

Other factors that could potentially affect the scheduled jump time include, change in weather, coordinating a videographer, the plane and numerous other things.

 

For Static Line Solo Courses – 

The course starts at 8:00 AM and lasts for about 8 hours. Your jump will be made on the same day as your training, weather permitting, usually between 5:00 pm and sunset.

There are many variables we must deal with to provide an ultra-safe skydiving environment. Sometimes circumstances may change unpredictably,  necessitating last-minute changes to the jump schedule.

Therefore we can never guarantee that anyone will definitely jump at a given time.

 

What if I am late?

Please do try to arrive on time or, better still, be a little early.

If you are here to do a Tandem Skydive and you arrive late, you may put the jump times behind schedule. That means you could lose your time slot and be put back in the queue.

If you are here to do the Solo Static Line Course, unfortunately you will lose your deposit and the course will carry on without you. We have to be strict with this one as you must complete the entire course right from the beginning.

 

What do I do when I get there?

All students have to sign in at the reception area. This is located in the left portion of the building. A member of staff will note your arrival and process the relevant paperwork as necessary.

Can I bring people to watch?

Yes, of course you can bring spectators! You must have an audience for your incredible adventure!! We have a special spectator area, a clubhouse and a canteen/cafe picnic area.
 

Is there a Cafe?

Yes, we have our very own Check Canape, providing a scrumptious selection of hot and cold beverages, light bites, snacks and ice creams.

Is skydiving safe?

Skydiving is like all sports – it’s as safe as you make it and we make it VERY safe. Our first consideration is for your safety and we don’t compromise that for anything. Have a look at this information from the British Parachute Association too.

 

What about Aircraft Safety?

Again, your safety is our overriding concern, but there are some rules for you and your visitors to follow:
  • All spectators must stay away from the aircraft at all times
  • Students, when it is time, are to stay close to their Instructor, who will guide them safely to the aircraft
  • Always approach the aircraft from the rear
  • Never approach the aircraft from the front
  • Do not touch the propeller

What if I Cancel?

Unfortunately, all fees are non-refundable.

Can I smoke?

Smoking is permitted in certain outside areas and not allowed in others. We’ll let you know which is which if you’d like to smoke. We have to be ultra-careful – parachutes are made of nylon and burn easily.

Can I drink alcohol?

We don’t allow the consumption of alcohol on the airfield at all while parachuting is in progress.

Weather?

We will not jump in unsafe weather conditions.
You can never rely on the weather forecast entirely. If the weatherman says it will be partly cloudy, it also means it is partly sunny. 
 
Also “Cloudy” doesn’t indicate how high the cloud is. If the cloud base is 10,000 feet, then both Tandem and Static Lines can jump. If the cloud base is only 4000 feet, then only Static Line Students can jump and not the Tandems.
If the weather is too bad to jump, (too windy, low cloud, rain), unfortunately, we will have to reschedule you, but be aware that one moment the weather may look hopeless and the next it might be jumpable.
The call is yours on whether you want to wait and see or come back another day. The weather is just about the only thing we can’t control.

What do I wear?

Wear loose, comfortable, non-restricting clothing suitable for the season and flat shoes or trainers on your feet that won’t fall off in freefall.

Don’t wear boots or jeans.

Goggles will be supplied that fit over glasses and contact lenses.

 

Can I bring my Dog or Cat?

Please don’t! Active airfields are not suitable for pets.

Tel: 01948 841111

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