The Static Line Course is your first steps on the Category System, a BPA approved syllabus for you to get your skydiving ‘A Licence’.
At Skydive GB we specialise in introducing people to the sport, and there’s no better place to do it than with the backdrop of the stunning Yorkshire Coast.
During the 6 hour (minimum) intensive ground school you’ll learn how to safely exit the aircraft, learn how to fly and land a parachute safely, understand how to handle emergencies and much more. Once you’ve completed the written examination you’ll be all set to make your very first solo parachute jump.
Once kitted up, you’ll climb to 3,500 feet with your instructor and fellow students. When instructed, you’ll exit the aircraft and thanks to the Static Line, your parachute will automatically deploy. With radio contact, you’ll descend to the Parachute Landing Area where you’ll be finally debriefed by your instructor.
The minimum age for skydiving is 16. Under 18’s require parent/guardian permission - see the restrictions tab below for further information. We are unable to provide solo training for anyone aged 55 or over.
2017 Course Dates:
5 May / 2 June / 7 July / 4 August / 8 September
Arrive by 8.30am for registration
At 9am Your course starts with a Dropzone orientation
During the day you will learn:
You will then:
The minimum age for skydiving is 16. Under 18’s require parent/guardian permission in the form of signing the British Parachute Association membership agreement and Solo Student Declaration of Fitness (Form 115C).
We are unable to provide solo training for anyone aged 55 or over.
The maximum weight for the Static Line Course at Skydive GB is 14 stone and your weight must be in proportion to your height. There is no height limit.
There are a few medical conditions which can cause issues when skydiving – these can all be found on the Solo Student Declaration of Fitness (Form 115C).
It's important that you read and understand the Solo Student Declaration of Fitness (Form 115C). If you have a medical condition listed, it doesn't mean you can't jump - you will just need your doctor to sign the Request for Medical Advice (Form 115D). Remember - we are unable to provide solo training for anyone aged 55 or over.
If you have any concerns over health and fitness please contact us for advice.
All parachute training is given by British Parachute Association Instructors teaching to BPA standards and is included in the price of the skydives. Because you are building on what you have already learnt in the initial ground school, the training for each of the new jumps takes less than an hour and so you can now make several jumps per day, weather permitting.
Categories 1 to 2: The training day prepares you for the first jump. A Static-Line is used on exit to deploy the main parachute automatically, but allows you to demonstrate a good exit, body position and safety count as you leave the aircraft.
Category 3: The parachute is still deployed by a static line but now 'dummy ripcord pulls' are used to simulate a freefall exit and canopy deployment by practicing opening your parachute with a 'pretend' ripcord. Once these simulations have been demonstrated successfully and consistently, then your instructor will approve your first freefall skydive.
Categories 4 to 6: These skydives involve freefalling and opening the main parachute at a predetermined time after leaving the aircraft (known as a delay). The first freefall delay is three seconds, after which both in time and exit altitude increase with each successful performance until a 15 second delay is reached. Once you reach these longer delays you will be experiencing terminal velocity and freefalling at 120mph towards the earth.
Category 7: Starting with controlled 360 turns, manoeuvres in freefall are now introduced. Around this point, you'll receive further canopy control training helping you achieve your Canopy Handlin (CH1) certificate.
Category 8: Once you can maintain and change your direction in freefall you can start having some real fun in the sky jumping from full altitude of 15,000ft. You will learn new skills including how to exit the aircraft in an unstable position and recover, dive exits, tracking (moving forwards) and track turns.
Qualification jump: In order to be awarded an A-Licence as a British Parachute Association qualified skydiver, you will need to complete the final stage qualification jump. You must perform every manoeuvre on a single skydive from 10,000 feet showing control, precision and awareness throughout.
If you're wishing to carry out the Solo Skydiving Course, then you need to read and fully understand this form, 115C. If you're happy, and able to agree to this then you can sign this self-declaration. Simply print, sign and bring this with you on the day of the jump.
If you are unable to agree to this, you will need to have Form 115D signed and stamped by a doctor. You can find this form below.Download
If you're unable to agree to Form 115C, then you'll need Form 115D signing by a doctor.
It doesn't mean you can't participate in the Solo Skydive Course, it just means that we need confirmation from your doctor that you're in good health and he/she is happy for you to jump.
If this applies to you, simply print, read and get it signed by your GP. Make sure you bring this with you on the day of the jump, otherwise you won't be able to participate!Download
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