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Skydiving > After your skydive

Last updated on 7th December 2010

Once you've completed your skydive it's likely that you'll be hooked. It this is the case and you're interested in doing another skydive then please get in touch.

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Skydiving > Clothing

Last updated on 7th December 2010

Goggles, helmets and gloves are all provided. A large selection of jumpsuits of varying size are available at most airfields.

The jumpsuit you will be given is worn over your normal clothing. Air temperature decreases the further you go up. In the winter, or when it is cold at ground level, it will be colder at full altitude, and so lots of thin warm layers are a good idea. In the summer, or on a warm day, you can jump in just a t-shirt and shorts underneath your jumpsuit.

Generally speaking, you should wear loose fitting, warm comfortable clothing. Flat soled shoes, trainers or other securely fitting shoes should also be worn. You should not wear tight fitting or restrictive clothing. Tight jeans are normally a bad choice.

Ear plugs are not provided and so if you wish to wear ear plugs then please arrange and purchase these individually and at your expense prior to the day of your skydive.

Hair

If you have long hair then please bring hair bands to tie and secure your hair as appropriate. You will be able to tuck long hair into the back of your jumpsuit or under your helmet.

Naked/Underwear Skydive

It is sometimes possible to do a naked/underwear skydive although it will be rather cold at full altitude. If you wish to do a naked skydive then we must first seek approval from the airfield and find a willing instructor. Please contact us if you wish to do this.

Fancy Dress

It is sometimes possible to skydive in fancy dress however the outfit must be in no way restrictive or loose. Dressing up as a super hero with a cape and foam inserts for fake muscles is a definite no. Please contact us with further details of your intended outfit if you wish to do this.

If you wish to wear a t-shirt over the top of your jumpsuit then this can sometimes be arranged. Holes will need to be cut in the back of the t-shirt to allow the harness clips to clip on to the harness worn over the jumpsuit. Please speak to your skydiving instructor on the day of your skydive if you wish to do this.

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Skydiving > Fear

Last updated on 7th December 2010

The view from 10,000ft+ is like looking at a map - it's not like standing on top of a building where you can see the height of everything around you. This allows many people who are scared of heights to successfully skydive with us every year with some people doing it in a specific attempt to overcome their fear.

However, if you are too nervous/scared to skydive then you will remain on the aircraft with your instructor and you will land in the aircraft. You will forfeit any monies paid for your skydive. You will not be pushed out of the aircraft and no one will force you to jump.

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Skydiving > Friends, Family and Spectators

Last updated on 7th December 2010

Information for getting involved as a group.

Spectators

Friends and family are welcome to come to the airfield to watch you complete your skydive (or you could get them to sign up too!). Please make them aware that due to weather constraints we cannot let you know what time you will complete your skydive and so they could be waiting all day if the weather is not jumpable.

Spectators will be able to watch and photograph your skydive from the spectators area. Spectators will only be able to photograph you as you are coming in to land as camera lenses are not strong enough to be able to see you during freefall.

Children

Children must be supervised at all times whilst on the airfield.

Animals

Animals, excluding assistance dogs, are generally prohibited. You should check with the airfield directly if you wish to take an animal along to the airfield.

Skydiving with others

Whilst we can't make any guarantees, we will, where possible, do our best to arrange for friends, teams or other groups of people to be on the same flight as one another. You will not be able to be with your friends during freefall.

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Skydiving > Height & Weight

Last updated on 7th December 2010

Height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI - the ratio of height to weight) restrictions apply to all types of skydiving. Each airfield and each type of skydive have different restrictions in place. The relevant restrictions are outlined on the relevant page for each location.

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Skydiving > Insurance

Last updated on 7th December 2010

All of the skydives available on our website include the mandatory PDF Third Party Legal Liability Insurance and Death and Critical Injury Insurance provided by the British Parachute Association as well as PDF Personal Accident insurance (unless otherwise stated).

You are strongly advised to thoroughly read through the insurance policy and the insurance provided may not be sufficient for you.

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Skydiving > Medical Consent

Last updated on 7th December 2010

You are required to complete a Declaration of Fitness form prior to your skydive and to take the completed form along to the airfield with you on the day of your skydive.

You do not have to be particularly fit to do a tandem skydive, a higher level of fitness is required for a Static Line Skydive or an Accelerated Freefall Skydive, but there are some medical conditions that require medical consent. If you suffer, or have ever suffered, from one of the listed medical restrictions or if you are 40 years of age or over then medical consent is required:

Epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, recurrent blackouts or giddiness, disease of the brain or nervous system, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, dislocated shoulder, recurrent weakness or dislocation of any limb, diabetes, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, previous fractures, back strain, arthritis and severe joint sprains, chronic bronchitis, asthma, rheumatic fever, pneumothorax, liver or kidney disease, anaemia, thyroid, adrenal or other glandular disorder, chronic ear or sinus disease or any condition which requires the regular use of drugs. Regular or recent blood donation.

Medical consent can be obtained from your doctor or other health professional. Your doctor should complete the relevant section at the bottom of the Declaration of Fitness form - a separate “doctor's note” is not sufficient. Your doctor may require you to book an appointment in order to carry out an assessment and a fee may be charged. If you are 40 years of age or older then you require medical approval regardless of your health or level of fitness.

Downloads

PDF British Parachute Association (BPA) Tandem Fitness Form (for Tandem Skydives)

PDF British Parachute Association (BPA) Solo Fitness Form (for Static Line and Accelerated Freefall skydives)

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Skydiving > Parental Consent

Last updated on 7th December 2010

The minimum age to do a skydive is 16 years of age. If you are below 16 years of age then you are not able to do a skydive. If you are 16 or 17 years of age then your parent or guardian must witness your Declaration of Fitness form by signing and printing their name. Your parent or guardian will also need to accompany you on the day of your skydive.

Downloads

PDF British Parachute Association (BPA) Tandem Fitness Form (for Tandem Skydives)

PDF British Parachute Association (BPA) Solo Fitness Form (for Static Line and Accelerated Freefall skydives)

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Skydiving > Photos and Videos

Last updated on 7th December 2010

You can arrange for your (tandem) skydive to be filmed by a cameraman who has a camera strapped to the side of his / her helmet. If you want your skydive to be filmed then please request this when you arrive at the airfield as you are unable to book or pay for a tandem video prior to the day of your skydive.

The price of having your skydive filmed varies at each location. Some locations provide photos as well as video but an extra fee may be charged.

The duration of the video depends on the altitude from which you leave the aircraft. Usually the video of your skydive will last around 5 minutes. This will include an introduction, ascent on the aircraft, exit, freefall, opening of the parachute and landing.

Spectators will be able to watch and photograph your skydive from the spectators area. Spectators will only be able to photograph you as you are coming in to land as (most) camera lenses are not strong enough to be able to see you during freefall.

You are unable to take a camera (or any other equipment) with you for use on the aircraft or during your skydive. As an inexperienced skydiver this would be extremely dangerous and is strictly prohibited.

 

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Skydiving > Safety

Last updated on 7th December 2010

We could not successfully operate our business if the skydiving centres we use did not adhere to a strict set of safety practices. All of the skydiving centres we use are affiliated to the British Parachute Association (BPA), the most safety conscious skydiving association in the world. Some element of risk will always be present in any activity and this risk must be accepted by all participants.

All of the equipment used is maintained and serviced by qualified BPA riggers. Equipment is checked in several stages before your skydive: when the parachute is packed, when the parachute is put on, a check from an instructor on the ground and another check before you leave the aircraft.

In the very rare occurrence that the main parachute fails to open correctly your instructor will take the necessary steps and will open the reserve parachute if required.

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Skydiving > Silly Questions

Last updated on 7th December 2010

We have genuinely been asked these questions :)

Why/How do you go up when you skydive?

They don't. This misplaced belief comes from people who've watched skydiving videos where the cameraman and jumper are falling at the same relative speed (normally around 125mph). When the jumper deploys their parachute they slow down rapidly, while the cameraman continues to fall at a faster speed. This accounts for the separation between the jumpers.

When you jump out of the aircraft and you are floating, how do you decide to come down?

You don't “float” during a skydive - you fall. The “coming down” decision is made for you by gravity.

Does the aircraft have to stop for you to jump out?

No. Whilst a car has to stop in order for the passengers to exit the vehicle safely this is not true for a aircraft whilst it is in the air. The reason a car has to stop is because otherwise the passengers will exit the car and hit the ground at speed. When a aircraft is in the air the exit altitude is several thousand feet above the ground and so this is not an issue.

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Skydiving > Types of Skydive

Last updated on 7th December 2010

The different skydives we offer.

Tandem Skydive

Tandem skydiving is the most popular type of skydiving. Very basic training (about 30 minutes in length) is given prior to your skydive and no previous experience is necessary. You are connected via a harness to a highly experienced tandem skydiving instructor and taken to approximately 12,000ft (2.3miles, 3.7km).

The instructor takes control of the entire skydive from exiting the plan, freefall, opening and piloting the parachute, and finally to landing. A tandem skydive last for approximately 20 minutes from take off to landing with approximately 45 seconds spent in freefall and around 5 minutes spent under the parachute.

If you require a female tandem skydiving instructor for any reason then, given enough notice, we will try our best to arrange this for you. Female tandem instructors are very few and far between but if we are unable to arrange a female instructor then you will be informed.

Static Line Skydiving

Static Line Skydiving is a type of skydive where your parachute is deployed by a fixed cord. Approximately 9 hours of training is required before doing a static line skydive - the skydive usually takes place the day after the training, but no previous experience is necessary.

You exit the aircraft from approximately 5,000ft (0.9miles, 1.5km) and approximately 4 seconds spent in freefall before the static line deploys your parachute. The static line is a fixed cord, one end of which is attached to your parachute whilst the other end is attached to the aircraft. The static line is around 15ft (5m) in length and, as it pulls tight upon exiting the aircraft, it opens the parachute regardless of actions taken or not taken by you.

Once the parachute is deployed you put your training to use by piloting the parachute to the landing area.

Static Line Skydiving allows you continue skydiving in order to become a fully qualified skydiver.

Accelerated Freefall Skydiving (AFF)

Accelerated Freefall skydiving is a type of skydive whereby you wear your own parachute and you are not attached to an instructor. After you have undertaken a full day of intensive skydiving training, you are able to skydive from full altitude, usually around 12,500 ft (4km), with the assistance of two skydiving instructors who skydive in the air with you.

The instructors are not attached to you as in a tandem skydive but are instead holding on to grips on the legs and arms of your jumpsuit. You open and pilot your own parachute. AFF skydiving is suitable for, and popular amongst, first time skydivers and it requires no previous experience.

General

The feeling of freefall is similar to the floating sensation you have in a swimming pool coupled with strong winds brushing past you. Skydiving does not give you the same sensation of going over the edge on a roller-coaster. Skydiving is relaxing whilst also being the biggest exhilaration you can imagine.

As a beginner skydiver you will have very few movements to make however you will be taught all of the movements required in your training. Experienced skydivers are able to perform very complex, intricate and artistic moves whilst skydiving and many competitions are scored on the accuracy and speed of these movements. During a tandem skydive your movements will be controlled by the instructor.

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Skydiving > Various Medical

Last updated on 7th December 2010

We've addressed a number of medical related skydiving concerns here.

Breathing

You can breathe during your skydive. Even though you will be falling at up to 120 mph, it is easy to breathe. The wind which enters your lungs does not enter at full speed as it is slowed as it passes through your nose and mouth. The maximum height that the skydiving centres fly to is 15,000ft where there is plenty of oxygen available.

Asthma

Asthma can be a restricted medical condition, but the need to obtain medical consent depends on the severity of your asthma. You will skydive from an altitude where the air pressure will be lower than that at ground level and so it may be slightly harder to breathe. If you are in any way unsure please consult your doctor. A guide to skydiving and asthma is available here: PDF British Parachute Association (BPA) Asthma advice.

Hearing

Whilst in freefall the noise of the air rushing past your ears prohibits you from hearing anything else including your instructors voice. This noise does not appear particularly loud and is often unnoticeable during your skydive as your other senses take in the full experience. Once the parachute has opened you are able to speak freely to your instructor and can hear other sounds around you. Impaired hearing is no barrier to tandem skydiving.

Some skydivers do experience their ears “popping” during the ascent in the aircraft due to the decreased air pressure. During the skydive, as you descend to higher pressured air, your ears should return to normal. It may be the case that you need to take action to “unpop” your ears once you are on the ground. This is usually done by pinching closed your nostrils whilst trying to exhale from your nose.

Sight

All skydivers wear clear plastic goggles so that they can fully enjoy the view. On a clear day you will be able to see for several miles during your skydive. If you do wear contact lenses or glasses then these should be securely attached and worn under the goggles provided. Blindness or impaired vision is no barrier to tandem skydiving.

Physical Disabilities

If you have a physical disability or if you are a wheelchair user then this does not necessarily mean that you are unable to skydive. Medical consent is required before you skydive and extra steps may need to be taken at the airfield. Many of the instructors have experience of skydiving with people with physical disabilities. Please also contact us to make us aware of any special arrangements that must be put in place.

Dental

If you have recently had any dental work, including a filling, then you should obtain medical consent from your dentist.

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Skydiving > Weather

Last updated on 7th December 2010

Skydiving is a weather dependent challenge and some weather conditions may prohibit you from completing your skydive. Prohibitive weather conditions include strong or gusty wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog and low cloud. To avoid a wasted journey you are encouraged to call the airfield on the morning of your skydive to check the local weather.

Due to this weather dependency we are unable to guarantee that you will skydive on the date you have booked. If the weather prohibits you from skydiving then you will be able to reschedule your skydive for a mutually convenient date but you are unable to get a refund. You may be given a deadline by which you must return to complete your skydive but you will be informed if this is the case.

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