Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to breath during free fall?

Yes you will! As a matter of fact, you won't even think about it.

What will the landing be like?

With our equipment, it's the equivalent to hopping off a 1-2 foot high step.

What happens if the parachute doesn't open?

In this very unlikely event, there is another "reserve" parachute in the container which will be deployed.

Will I be scared?

Maybe, maybe not. You will certainly feel a surge of excitement and anticipation before the jump - this is normal. During the jump itself, you will probably feel a thrill like you've never felt before! Enjoy it!!

Can I get a video of my jump?

For an additional fee, all jumps can be videotaped. And we will put it on a really cool DVD .

Can I jump with a group of my friends?

Yes! We take classes of up to 15 people.

What are the age requirements?

You have to be 18 to make a skydive.

What are the physical requirementsand restrictions?

Someone who experiences fainting spells, blackouts, or has a weak heart should not be jumping.  Someone with respiratory illness may have a problem due to atmospheric changes at altitude.  The better your physical condition, the more you will enjoy the experience.  This being said very few people have medical or physical conditions which actually preclude jumping.

Weight restrictions:

• Up to 200lbs
Almost every DZ should be willing to let you jump.

• 200-230lbs
The majority of DZ's should be willing to let you jump. Being in relatively good shape is a plus. Beyond about 230lbs, most reserve canopies are no longer strictly legal for you to use.

• 230-250lbs
Some DZ's may take you, but will likely insist that you be in good shape, i.e. not a couch-potato. You must recognize that there is a greater chance of injury, particularly if you are not somewhat athletic.

• More than 250lbs.
Very few DZ's will be able to let you skydive. They are likely to use converted Tandem gear. Without this type of equipment, you will need to be in excellent physical condition, and be willing to accept a greatly increased chance of injury in case of a bad landing.
Please note that these are only guidelines. Call us for more information.

Do you need a license to be a skydiver?

No and yes. The Federal Aviation Administration has no licensing requirements for skydivers. However, most commercial drop zones in the USA are regulated by the United States Parachute Association. The USPA is an organization that oversees sport skydiving in the United States. Among other things, they require skydiver licensing (through USPA's own licensing program) at USPA member drop zones. One of our goals is to help you become a licensed skydiver.

How much does it cost to skydive?

Experienced jumpers who own their own gear pay anywhere from around $17 per jump (less when a you advance purchase a large block of tickets).  For their money, they receive around 10,000 to 10,500 feet of altitude, sometimes more, sometimes less (you pay for the trip up, not the trip down).

How fast do you fall?

When you leave the aircraft, you are moving horizontally at the same speed as the aircraft, typically 90-100MPH. During the first 10 seconds, a skydiver accelerates up to about 115-130MPH straight down. (A tandem pair uses a drogue chute to keep them from falling much faster than this). It is possible to change your body position to vary your rate of fall. In a standard belly-to-earth position, you can change your fall rate up or down a few (10-20) miles per hour. However, by diving or "standing up" in freefall, any experienced skydiver can learn to reach speeds of over 160-180MPH. Speeds of over 200MPH require significant practice to achieve. The record freefall speed, done without any special equipment, is 321MPH.  Obviously, it is desirable to slow back down to 110MPH before parachute opening.

Once under parachute, decent rates of 1000ft./min. are typical. A lighter student with a bigger canopy may come down much more slowly, and, obviously, a heavier person may have a somewhat faster decent. Experienced jumpers' canopies descend (in normal glide) at up to 1500ft./min. During radical turns, the decent rate can go well over 2000ft./min.