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Frequently Asked Questions…

You probably think you’ve got the ONE question that we haven’t been asked….well over the years you will be surprised at what people find to worry about. Here we have put together a collection of our most frequently asked questions. If you’ve got one that isn’t listed here then you can contact Airborne Adventure before your skydive or ask your instructor on the day! It’s YOUR experience and very personal to you. Our aim at Airborne Adventure, is to make sure YOU enjoy it as much as possible!

Here are a few questions  that you may have on your mind with some helpful and honest answers…

How fast do you fall and will I be able to breathe?
You can expect to reach 120mph in freefall. You will be able to breathe and you will not require oxygen as we are only climbing to 12,000ft

What if the weather is too windy or cloudy?
Skydiving in the UK can be a bit of a challenge due to the unpredictable weather. There are limits that we have to remain within for wind speed, and skydivers must be able to see the ground from the plane, so certain weather conditions such as high winds and cloud cover could make it unsuitable and unsafe to skydive. Watch the weather report the day before and if you are travelling some distance then it is best to call the dropzone for further advice. Sometimes the dropzone may have to re-book your skydive date. If you are learning to skydive and attending a course then arrive at the agreed time for your ground school training.

Will I get cold, what do I wear?
In the early Springtime and late Autumn, the temperature at altitude can be a little chilly. You will be provided with a warm neck snood and gloves in addition to your jumpsuit. You may wish to wear a couple of thin warmer base layers underneath this.

What happens if something goes wrong during the skydive?
Skydiving in the UK is a very safe and controlled activity. The chances of something going wrong is absolutely tiny, however your instructor will be very experienced and capable of dealing with any problems that may occur, no matter how small the chance may be. If you are a static line student you will be taught drills to deal with malfunctions and nuisance factors. Skydiving has a very good safety record for an extreme sport and safety is our prime concern at all times.

I wear glasses/contact lenses – will I be able to jump?
Yes. The dropzone will provide adequate goggles to cover glasses and close fitting goggles for contact lens wearers.

I have a medical condition/disability – can I still jump?
Disabilities or medical conditions should not be a barrier to participation, however some conditions may prevent you from jumping if it increases your chance of injury. On the Student Tandem Parachutist Medical Information and Declaration there are notes regarding the restrictions in place for certain conditions where skydiving is not suitable. However if you would like to discuss this with an instructor contact Airborne Adventure on 079000 666 17 or email ann@airborneadventure.com

What Insurance cover do I need?
Your skydive is covered by third party insurance through the British Parachute Association. This insurance is valid for one day and can be used again within 12 months of your jump date. For personal accident insurance cover, this can be purchased to cover your tandem skydive for an additional £29 for one jump – click here for details.

What if I think I’m too heavy?
Due to British Parachute Association guidelines and for safety reasons there are limits on weight restrictions 15 st for males and 13 st for females.  As long as your height is in proportion to your weight, if it is not excessive, some exceptions can be made. The final decision falls with the instructor. If you think you are over these limits contact Airborne Adventure on 07900066617 for advice or use the contact form.

What are the age restrictions?
If you are aged 16 or 17 years you will need a parent or guardians consent to skydive. There used to be an age restriction where anyone aged 40 or over had to have a medical declaration stamped by their GP. From 8 April 2016 this changed and anyone aged 16 or over can self declare their fitness to participate. There are still health restrictions and these are detailed on the new form. If you have a conditions listed then you use another form to get medical clearance from a GP to participate. We want to be sure you are prepared physically for what you are about to experience. No shortcuts!  The old Form 115, where already issued, will remain valid for the duration of its validity. All the forms can be accessed on the skydiver documents page

I would like to learn to skydive on my own – what do I do next?
You will need to decide if you would like to follow the RAPS progression system or the Accelerated Freefall  (AFF) route. Both have their own advantages and one may be more suitable than the other depending on your needs and circumstances. Read more about each of these options by clicking on the link.

I want something different during my tandem skydive

Requests for dropping ashes for memorial jumps, wearing fancy dress (or no dress!), holding banners up and wearing charity branded clothing can be arranged on an individual case by case basis – you can ask us…if it can be done and it’s safe, we will try to accommodate….


Not seen the answer you’d like? Call now on 079000 66617 or email ann@airborneadventure.com or use the contact form