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?
How can I jump for free?
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?
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.
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.
- 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
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.