Skydiving puts all your earthly fears into manageable perspective. It inspires such complete focus of attention, that all other worries, aggravations and frustrations are forgotten. It charges you with such energy and spirit, that vitality lost to the mundane world snaps back with invigorating speed. Skydiving inspires freedom of spirit, and attracts some of the most interesting people on earth. Plus, it's really fun to talk about!
Should I do a Tandem jump or an AFF jump?
We think that ANY skydive is a good one to do! Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) is more for those that really want to learn all they can about skydiving. Tandem jumps are more of an introduction, but they do count towards your future training. If you only plan to make one jump ever, we recommend a Tandem. If you think you might become a regular skydiver and pursue the sport, then try AFF.
Here is a copy of the AFF Course Syllabus to help you decide which type of jump is for you!
How long will it take to make my first jump?
For a tandem, plan a 1/2 day, For AFF Level I, plan a full day
How old do I have to be?
You must be at least 18 years of age with a current photo ID. There are no exceptions to this rule.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. We have jumpsuits and goggles available for you.
Can I get pictures of my skydive?
Yes, video and 35mm stills are available at an additional charge.
What will the skydive feel like?
The sensation of freefall is more like flying than falling. The parachute flight is quiet and inspiring.
How will it feel when the parachute opens?
You will definitely know that something is happening, but few people have complained of any discomfort.
What kind of parachute will we use?
The parachutes used are specially designed, large "ram-airs". A "ram-air" is a high-technology square parachute, as opposed to the old-style round parachutes.
What happens if the parachute doesn't open?
In the very unlikely event that the main parachute doesn't open properly, there is a reserve parachute in the top of the container which has been inspected and packed by a FAA certificated parachute rigger. All of our reserve parachutes are equipped with the most reliable and modern AAD (Automatic Activation Device) available, the CYPRES. We utilize this system for your enhanced safety. This is a backup system only.
How long does the skydive last?
60 to 70 seconds of freefall and 5 to 7 minutes under the parachute.
What are the landings like?
In the early days of sport parachuting, landings were sometimes quite hard. The new "ram-air" parachutes of today allow landings that feel equivalent to hopping off a step stool.
Will I be scared?
It's human nature to be frightened of the unknown. You will definitely feel a surge of excitement and anticipation before the jump... -this is a normal part of the experience. During the jump itself, you'll probably feel a thrill that you've never experienced before - enjoy it!
Do you jump in all weather?
No, we do not jump when it is raining, or extremely windy, but we still can do your training. That way you can be ready to jump right away if you have to come back another day. Weather can causes unexpected delays, so please be patient, we are trying to get you in the air as quickly and safely as possible.
Are customers expected to tip their Instructors?
No, tipping is not required, but of course, it is always appreciated if you feel they did a great job.
What are the statistics on skydiving fatalities?
According to USPA (United States Parachuting Association) in 2000, there were 3,500,000 skydives made with 30 fatalites in the U.S (and the majority of these fatalities are from experienced jumpers being too cocky in their safety). Therefore, the odds of a skydiving fatality is 1 out of 116,666 skydives. For further statistics on the sport of skydiving, check out USPA's Statistics Page. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of a fatality due to a motor vehicle are 1 out of 6,212. This shows that skydiving is 1,878% safer than driving/riding in a vehicle.