What type of jump do you recommend for a first timer?
You have three options. The most popular is Tandem Skydiving. Only a short period of training is required (approx 30 mins). You will then be attached to a highly experienced Tandem Instructor and will exit the aircraft from at least 10,000ft. The Tandem Instructor will control the descent. If you wish to learn more about the sport and be in control of your own parachute, you can either do a Static Line parachute jump (also called RAPS) from 3,500ft, or you can do an Accelerated Freefall Level 1 skydive from at least 10,000ft. The latter two require at least 6 hours ground training prior to the jump.
Are there any restrictions?
Generally anyone who is of reasonable fitness and 16 or more years old can take part. There is generally a weight limit of 15st for Tandem Jumps, but this varies slightly between locations. Please see our page on height and weight here. We have also catered for many people with disabilities - please call to discuss requirements, this may be a useful read as well.
Medical requirements for Tandems can be found on Student Tandem Parachutist Declaration of Fitness and the requirements for Static Line or AFF can be found on Solo Student Parachutist Declaration of Fitness. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us.
What height do we jump from?
You will normally jump from a minimum altitude of 10,000ft for Tandem and AFF. Many of our Drop Zones jump from as high as 13,000ft. This allows you up to 45 seconds in freefall at speeds of around 120mph. Static Line Parachuting happens at approximately 3,500ft.
How safe is it?
Parachuting and Skydiving is an extremely highly regulated sport. Click and Jump only refer customers to Drop Zones approved by the British Parachute Association (National Governing Body). All the instructors are highly experienced and hold formal BPA qualifications. The equipment used is the best available. The aircraft are operated in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority Regulations. Parachuting will only happen when the weather conditions are suitable. Your safety is our primary concern.
How much does it cost?
Please click on Locations, hover your mouse over a geographically suitable location, and the price to jump at that Drop Zone will be displayed.
What if the weather is bad?
All aviation activity is dependant on suitable weather conditions. Skydiving is no exception. Acceptable weather conditions will enable a jumper to clearly see the Drop Zone from the exit point at altitude. Wind speeds must not exceed 15 knots for Static Line/AFF students, and 20 knots for Tandem Students. For cancellations or re-scheduling due to bad weather please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
Can we jump together?
We can never guarantee this, although if you ask when you check in at the centre, they will always try and accommodate your wishes. There are several factors to co-ordinate before you can do your jump. Different centres have aircraft of varying capacity, instructors of various sizes, parachutes of various sizes etc. The aircraft can carry less people immediately after a refuel, and more people shortly before a refuel. Some people will have booked DVD for their jump, which requires an extra person on board. Such factors will determine how many people can jump together.
How long will it take?
Skydiving is not like going on a rollercoaster! There is considerable preparation to be made before every jump and many factors can affect the speed of the parachuting program. Please be patient and be prepared to spend the day at the centre. Weather conditions can have a significant impact on timings for the day. Most centres work on a first come/first served basis, so by getting there on time you stand a better chance of being first in the queue.
Can I breathe up there?
YES! Your freefall speed is about 120 mph, so it will feel fairly breezy! If you let out a scream upon leaving the aircraft ("Geronimo!" or something similar) then that will release a lot of the tension you might have been feeling, and subsequently allow you to breathe freely. If you suffer from Asthma please read this for more advice.
What if I’m scared of heights?
This is probably the most commonly asked question. Thousands of people who claim to have a fear of heights skydive every year. Skydiving is nothing like standing on the edge of a tall building, looking down. Everybody feels uncomfortable in that position. When you are in the aeroplane, you are not connected to the ground and you therefore don’t have the ‘I might fall off feeling’. Instead, you either have your own parachute, or you are securely connected to a highly qualified Tandem Instructor, so you can exit the aeroplane at a very safe altitude and enjoy the freedom of Skydiving. There is nothing else like it.
Is it hard to land the parachutes?
Modern parachutes have come a long way since the days of the round military parachutes. New innovations and technology allow us to use parachutes that are very maneuverable and easy to land. Your instructor will brief you on landing techniques to help you achieve a gentle landing.
Can I wear glasses, contact lenses or false teeth?
Goggles to fit over spectacles will be provided. Goggles will also protect contact lenses and prevent them from being displaced. Inform your instructor if you wear false teeth and he will advise you what to do.
Can I eat before I jump?
YES! It is always a good idea to eat something before your jump. Absolutely no alcohol is permitted before jumping.
What do I wear?
Most centres will provide you with a jumpsuit, although this is not always necessary. Sensible shoes (trainers) and some comfortable clothes will suffice. If it has been raining, please bear in mind you might get a bit damp on landing, so don’t wear your Sunday best!
Can I bring spectators/children or dogs?
Most centres welcome spectators and children but do not allow dogs. Centres that do will expect dogs to be kept on a lead. If you are bringing children they must be supervised at all times. Ensure they bring plenty of entertainment to keep themselves occupied. Remember, you could be there for the day.
Can I buy insurance for my jump?
Part of the cost of your jump covers 3rd party insurance, for more information please click here.
How can I skydive indoors?
Book a session at one of the UK windtunnels, where you can simulate skydiving without leaving the ground! A skydive simulator is a series of powerful fans that create a column of air that is so strong it can support your weight. Between you and the fans is a wire mesh that will keep you safe and around the edge of the simulator are windows keeping you in and allowing your friends and family to watch you.
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