We understand it could be useful to know what time you will be jumping but as we get people in the air in the order they arrive and check in, and at times the weather can stop us, it is impossible to give even an approximate time. The best advice is to allow the whole day in case there are a lot of people in front of you in the queue or the weather is against us.
If you are booked on the solo training course rather than a tandem then your jump will be at the end of the day (weather and time permitting – it can run onto the next day)
What if the weather is bad on the day? +
We are restricted by certain weather conditions for reasons of safety and comfort – if it is too windy or the cloud is too thick we won’t be able to jump. As we are close to the coast the weather can be very changeable and often the forecast can be wrong so it is usually worth sitting it out. Although on the day if we genuinely believe it won’t go ahead then we will advise you. If the weather does mean your jump doesn’t go ahead, all you have to do is arrange another date.
Is it safe? +
All of our instructors are highly trained and qualified under the British Parachute Association and are also carefully selected to give the highest standard instruction at Skydive GB. The equipment used is regularly inspected and serviced and repacked by qualified packers only. The aircraft is regularly maintained in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority regulations and all of our pilots are highly trained commercial pilots. All of this happens under the watchful eye of the Chief Instructor (who is also a Vice President of the British Parachute Association). It is however impossible to say there is no risk at all, as with most things in life, but we do everything we can to minimise and manage the risk.
How long does the training take? +
The training for tandem skydiving isn’t too intensive and usually takes around 20 minutes. For the solo jump course the ground training takes most of the day with regular refreshment breaks.
What clothing should I wear? +
Skydiving is a physical activity so loose fitting comfortable clothes and a pair of trainers (with eyelets, not hooks) are recommended. In can be cold at the jump altitude so bringing a warm top is also recommended. We provide jumpsuits, gloves etc so there is no need to bring your own.
Can I breathe in freefall? +
Yes. You can breathe normally in freefall although sometimes the change in temperature and the fact you’ve just left an aircraft some way above the planet can take your breath away – we will advise you in the aircraft to take a couple of deep breaths when the door opens to get acclimatised to the temperature change.
Will I be able to jump with my friend? +
If you inform check-in when you arrive you would like to share your experience with a particular person then we will do our best to accommodate. Please be aware that we cannot always facilitate this for logistical reasons among others.
Are there any refreshment facilities? +
There is a cafe on site serving hot and cold food/drinks. Currently the bar is only open once all jumps have been completed, i.e the end of the day. Remember, if you are jumping you must not consume any alcohol before you jump.
Is insurance included in the cost? +
Third party liability insurance of up to £5M is included as part of becoming a provisional member of the British Parachute Association. It does not cover personal accident insurance and if required can be taken out separately from several companies who specialise in extreme sports cover.
Can I get my jump recorded? +
We provide a DVD/photo service for an additional £95 for which you will get a dedicated camera flyer who will go up in the aircraft with you and jump out with you. You will be able to take the photographs away with you on the day on a CD and your edited DVD will arrive in the post – usually within two weeks – and will include an interview before the jump, footage from the flight, the freefall itself and the landing.