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Skydiving.com is committed to providing you with the best skydiving experience possible. We have partnered with over 100 skydiving centers across the United States to ensure we have a location that will offer the experience that you are looking for. There is nothing like your first skydive, and the feeling never retires. There is also nothing like diving over your favorite locations in the U.S. At Skydiving.com, we connect you with dropzones that give you a skydive deserving of a lifetime memory.

Below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions that will satisfy any curiosities that you have about skydiving. If you have a question you can’t find an answer for, you’re encouraged to contact Skydiving.com to inquire about the partner in your area or in the city that you wish to jump in. Our highly knowledgeable reps will be able to answer any area-specific questions, equipping you with the information you need to make informed decisions about what will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting experiences in your life. The great thing about skydiving is it detached from everyday life. You can jump by yourself or with a group, regardless you are privileged to forget about anything that awaits you on the ground for those blissful few minutes and just enjoy a life experience. Then you can give the gift of skydiving to someone you feel needs the experience.

Whatever your reason for visiting us today, we are here to connect you with the skydiving experience that will change your life. Whether you are someone who has never jumped before or you have and want to do it again, there are options for you. There are also options for experienced skydivers that haven’t jumped in a while or those that simply want to take their certification to the next level. Our goal is to help you reach your skydiving goals so you can love the sport the way it is meant to be loved.

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The cost can vary depending on the location, time of year, group size and discounts available. You can call one of our agents to obtain pricing specific for you experience at the dropzone near you.
You need to bring a valid driver’s license, state ID or passport. You can’t skydive without having a valid ID. You can’t use your student ID, work ID, or social security card. If you are from out of the country, you can use your ID as long as it is a valid government ID or passport.
Yes, most planes can accommodate large groups. While the type of plane is a factor, make sure you schedule far in advance to ensure your entire group can jump on the same load. You can talk to our representatives to find a facility near you or in the area that can accomodate your group.
No. Nobody with the exception of the skydiving staff, pilot, and individuals jumping may be on the plane. Family and friends are welcome to wait for you to land at our drop zone. Typically, the dropzone is outfitted with either a waiting lounge with comfortable seating arrangements or a viewing area for family and friends to watch you land.
Reservations are needed to ensure availability. It not only makes it easier on us, but easier on you. You wouldn’t want to make plans to jump, drive out to the dropzone only to find out the day is completely booked. Give us a call to make reservations for you and/or your group at a dropzone near you.
Make your reservation through Skydiving.com the second you know you want to jump, especially if it is a special occasion and you have a specific date in mind. Choose a date and reserve your spot. Each dropzone is different and, depending on the time of year, may be booked up well in advance. While some dropzones can squeeze you in with little notice, it is a good rule of thumb to call at least three weeks out from the desired date. Don’t wait to the last minute. Call today and jump!
Again, rescheduling policies depend on the facility, but typically you must call 72 hours in advance to reschedule. Simply call us up, tell them you need to reschedule and we will do our best to change your jump to the date you would like. Remember, skydiving tickets with Skydiving.com are valid for two years.
No, facilities are ready for you at your check-in time. If you arrive before then, you will simply be waiting longer than you have to. Do not confuse your check-in time with your jump time, check-in time is typically one hour before you jump to ensure you have time to settle in, sign the required waivers, run through the quick training and get geared up.
We don’t take safety concerns lightly, and that includes inclement weather. We will not do anything to jeopardize the safety of our customers. If weather conditions are unsatisfactory on the day of your jump, you have two options. Wait it out to see if it will pass, or reschedule for another day.
Skydiving is a weather dependent sport. Wind is definitely a factor, nevertheless mild winds can be a minor inconvenience or even put the jumper at a slight advantage. If winds are 15 mph or greater, then it can become difficult to correctly steer the canopy and judge the landing. Aggressive winds that rapidly change direction can cause problems with the canopy as well which can make for a rough landing. The wind must be in a specific range deemed safe by dropzone management for a jump to be carried out.
Being on stand-by is typically related to weather conditions, although it can be a result of a busy jump schedule, aircraft maintenance or refueling. If the jump is put on standby, it means weather conditions are being monitored. As soon as they improve, jumping can continue.
If the weather is beautiful, and the wind isn’t noticeably strong, there is no reason to call ahead. However, it is a good practice to go ahead and call to ensure jumping is on schedule. If it is raining or very cloudy, you can call the jump facility to make sure the jump is good to go. The weather can change at any moment, and the facility stays on top of weather changes in order to try to keep jumps on schedule. The closer you call to the time of your check-in, the more accurate the weather decision for your time slot.
Yes, you can jump on a cloudy day. In fact, one of the most amazing experiences you can have when skydiving is falling through the clouds below you. Remember not to confuse a normal cloudy day with storm clouds.
Climate conditions do change with altitude, normally it will be much cooler than ground temperature. However, the adrenaline and excitement wipes away all other stimuli in the moment, especially during freefall.
Yes, most dropzones, especially southern skydive centers, operate year round. This is a requirement for AFF students and skydivers with their A-License, given they must jump every 30 and 60 days respectively. Just make sure you bring gloves and dress in layers.
Perhaps the answer to this question lies in why you visited this site. Skydiving is an opportunity to forget about everything else, to enjoy the little things in life. To feel your adrenaline pumping, to view the world from a different perspective, to cross something off your bucket list, to experience the only true meaning of freedom. It’s the opportunity to do something extreme.
The weight limit to dive depends on the location and type of jump. While most locations adhere to a strict 225-pound limit for tandem dives, the AFF course may have a lower weight requirement because a tandem rig will no longer be used. You can call one of our agents to check on the weight limits for the dropzone near you.
You must be 18 years of age or older to skydive. Other than that, you can be physically able, 100 years old and still throw yourself out of a plane.
Many people that jump say they are afraid of heights. Many use skydiving as a way to conquer their fear, and they have a blast. One reason why skydiving helps with this is that you are so far above the ground that everything looks like it is static. There is really no way to see how one object relates to another. It’s not like seeing the ground from the top of a building. If you ask any skydiver, they will tell you that anyone who was initially afraid of heights is ultimately happy they jumped when they reach the ground.
The first jump is always a Tandem skydive. You’re strapped to the front of a certified instructor who guides you through the jump, canopy ride, and a smooth landing.
You can wear your prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses under the safety googles the jump facility provides.
Yes, you need to remove anything that you could lose with the exception of contact lenses or eyeglasses that are protected by the safety goggles. Earrings, necklaces, rings, watches, bracelets, and hair accessories could become loose and get caught. Your pockets also need to be empty, so it is best to leave the valuables at home. Skydive.com partner facilities can’t be responsible for any items that are lost or stolen.
Your instructors will do everything in their power to prepare you for the jump. This includes making sure you have no doubts before you get on the plane. Of course, you don’t have to jump if you decide you don’t want to. However, the facility can’t guarantee a refund if you change your mind.
It is very unlikely that you will pass out during the jump. This experience is pure adrenaline, so your high heart rate in addition to the overall experience will most likely keep you conscious. It is recommended to eat a light meal in order to keep blood sugar levels regulated and stay hydrated.
Skydiving is a surprisingly safe yet, unsurprisingly, exhilarating, activity. Just like with any extreme sport, there is a risk of death or serious injury. All Skydiving.com partners take safety seriously. The practices that they utilize are the result of years of research. This is why there is a safety course on the ground before a jump ever occurs. Even the most experienced skydivers follow a specific safety protocol before jumping because of the risks, but skydiving accidents are very far and in between. In fact, the odds of being in a skydiving accident are similar to the odds of being struck by lightning.
You will have to sign a release, covenant-not-to-sue-agreement, and indemnification before you make the jump.
You definitely don’t want to jump on a full stomach, but you don’t want to jump on an empty one, either. A light snack will suffice so that you are the most comfortable at the time of your jump.
You can bring your service dog, as you are permitted to do so under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, your dog will need to be left in a designated area while you perform your jump.
You can if you want to. This isn’t a requirement. The main goal of your instructor is for you to have a safe and good time. Never feel obligated to tip your instructor or anyone at the facility. However, tipping can be a good way to show your instructor that you appreciate the care he or she took to make sure you had a fun and safe jump. It is good to know that instructors receive just a small portion of the fee you pay for the skydive. The rest goes toward the gear, facilities, and the airplanes and what they need.
Planes do need unscheduled maintenance occasionally. Although our partner facilities do everything to avoid this, there are times it can’t be avoided. When that’s the case, either another plane will be used or the jump can be rescheduled for a date that works for you. This is a rare occurrence, so you shouldn’t worry too much about this happening.
You can skydive again the same day as long as the schedule and weather permits. Even if you haven’t reserved another jump, you can if there is an opening to do so.

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Skydiving Basics

Skydiving isn’t physically demanding, but your health should be generally good. An Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) student needs to have the upper body strength to pull the steering toggles to flare out the parachute while making a targeted landing. For many people, this isn’t an issue. It is always advised that you consult with your doctor about any concerns you may have. You can also consult with your doctor to ensure you are in good shape to skydive. You don’t necessarily need a medical exam to tandem skydive because the instructor has control. Solo diving, however, requires you to have control of your own rig.
Skydiving is considered a high-risk sport, so there is no health insurance coverage available at the skydiving facility. You can check with your personal insurance to see if you are covered. It’s possible that personal insurance may exclude skydiving, but there are some insurances that cover it.
The skydiving suit has long flaps with long pillows on the arms and legs to create drag and to help with body form control. They exist for comfort reasons. As you fall, the suit can flap at a high speed. This can be very noisy, and it could be painful without the pillows on the arms and legs.
Depending on the dropzone, aircraft and alittude you purchase, the jump will be anywhere from 8,500-18,000 feet.
The free fall lasts from 40 to 60 seconds before it is time to pull the cord to the parachute. It then takes 5 to 10 minutes to sail to the ground.
Altitude can and will affect the experience as different facilities may go to different heights. A higher jump will decrease temperature and oxygen levels, as well as prolong your free fall experience. Jumping from just a mile in a static line skydive increases the amount of time you have with the parachute. This gives you the time you need to practice your canopy skills.
You’re probably familiar with the “falling feeling in the gut” sensation when on a roller coaster or anything that drops suddenly. Skydiving is more like floating, but there is a lot of wind. The resistance is similar to what you feel when you place your hand out a window while driving down the highway. The difference is that it’s 120 mph and it’s your entire body.
Of course, this is a common misconception. While higher altitudes have thinner air and lower oxygen levels, air will always be around you and being at 14,000 feet doesn’t change a thing.
It’s not that it is impossible to talk, it’s just impossible for anyone to hear you. That means it doesn’t even pay to talk. Instructors communicate with students and skydivers with each other through hand signals and eye contact. You learn these signals during your tandem or AFF training.
Some parachute designs enable landings to feel like you are hopping out of a chair. The wind conditions come into play, but you could land on your rear in a gentle slide or you can land on your feet.
Yes, your ears are going to pop on the way down. The good news is that you can’t hear anything anyway because the wind is so loud. You may not even pay attention because of the excitement of the dive.
The plane lands away from your landing zone on the runway, the same place you take off. You don’t have to worry about crossing paths with the plane in the air or on the ground.
It takes approximately 15 seconds to reach terminal velocity. To help you understand this better, terminal velocity occurs when the drag force that pushes you up cancels out the gravity that is pulling you down. This means that there is no acceleration. This is about the first 1,000 feet of the free fall.
You only reach 1G during free fall because gravity is pulling you down. The opening of the parachute can result in approximately 2 vertical G’s.
The drop zone is a designated area where people skydive. It has always been used as a warning to other pilots in the area that the deployment of parachutes will be happening in the area.
The drop zones that provide student training are certified by the USPA. The USPA develops and monitors safety and training regulations for the sport of skydiving. It also defends the interests of the sport before the FAA and other lawmaking bodies. There is liability insurance for drop zones and students in case there is damage to property.

The USPA has had a great deal of success ensuring the integrity of its certified drop zones and the professionals that are licensed within the organization. However, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask to see the Jumpmaster or instructor’s rating card so you know whether he or she is the right person for you to jump with. The card will show the expiration date and the rating.

You can also visit the drop zone before you decide to jump. You can check the condition of aircraft, parachutes, harness, and jumpsuit and the tidiness of the facility. You also have confidence that the facility is a sound facility because it is a partner of Skydiving.com. Skydiving.com only partners with facilities that have maintained great safety ratings and customer experiences.

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Skydiving Costs

Call us at Skydiving.com to talk to us about group discounts for the partner facility of your choice.
Most likely, the facility that you choose will require a deposit or the skydive paid in full, and it is customary for it to go toward the skydive, which means the balance due will be the total minus the amount you deposited. Whether it is refundable depends on the facility and on how the cancellation policy affects the refunding of a deposit.
Yes, the cost includes everything that you need. However, extras, such as videos or photos, are added onto the cost of the skydive.

Parachute Questions

The parachute cord is usually pulled around 5,000 feet. When making a jump from 14,000 feet, this means free falling for 9,000 feet, which lasts about a minute.
If the parachute fails to open, there is a reserve parachute that is packed by a USPA certified rigger. All of our rigs consist of a parachute, reserve chute and an Automatic Activation Device (AAD) which will activate forcing the deployment of the reserve chute in the case of an emergency. Before you begin jumping on your own, you will be trained to recognize when the main parachute isn’t deploying and what needs to be done to deploy the reserve parachute.
How often reserve parachutes are deployed depends on the facility and how many jumps occur there on any given day. If the facility is busy, you may see a reserve parachute deployment. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the main parachute failed to deploy. This has more to do with some skydivers using the reserve to curb their doubts. They take it for granted instead of saving it. The truth is that modern parachute systems are highly reliable, so the reserve is most likely not needed as much as it’s deployed.
The truth is that you have a better chance of winning millions of dollars in the lottery than this happening. There is always the remote possibility that this could occur, but it is beyond unlikely. You are more likely to spend the remainder of your days jumping out of planes and loving it.
When the parachute deploys, it feels like a little jolt that is the equivalent of slamming on car brakes. The opening can take up to 5 seconds, but it isn’t harsh at all. If you have a square parachute, it is simple to maneuver so you can steer yourself to the ground. The steering lines are attached to the left side and the right side of the parachute at the rear. You have controls for each hand. One of them steers the parachute.
The parachute deploys in stages so you aren’t decelerated too quickly. From the ground, it can look as if you are violently being pulled upward, but you remain relatively comfortable.
The small parachute that drags behind the main one is the drogue chute. It is frequently used in student training to prevent you from moving toward the ground too fast.
When you are learning to become a licensed skydiver, learning how to pack the parachute is part of the curriculum. It is important that you become competent in all areas of skydiving. As a first-time or beginner jumper, you don’t have to pack parachutes.
In a Tandem dive, flaring is when the instructor pulls down the right and left steering toggles. These toggles are attached to the brake lines on the parachute. This allows the parachute to catch more air, which makes you land much softer than you would if the parachute didn’t have more air in the cells.
The Federal Aviation Administration regulates U.S. parachuting. The FAA allows self-monitoring when it comes to operational requirements and training. This is because skydiving is a sport that is similar to rock climbing and SCUBA diving. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) has created basic Safety Requirements, and all of its affiliates have pledged to follow those standards. All of Skydiving.com’s partner locations follow these regulations. Everything from drop zone requirements and equipment to wind limits is covered.

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Tandem Skydiving

Tandem skydiving involves being attached to the front of a trained instructor. It is the recommend and often required first skydiving experience a beginner will have.
Yes, all Skydiving.com instructors have the required licensing and certification to perform Tandem skydives. Their training is very thorough. Some of them have multiple licenses, and they are members of multiple parachuting associations. Their memberships and years of experience are good indicators of their expertise.
When performing a Tandem skydive, you wear a four-point harness that has two side buckles and two shoulder buckles. The harness is also firmly attached to your instructor. Before beginning the jump, your instructor will check the system to make sure it is secure and that you are comfortable and feel safe.
You don’t have to bring anything other than comfortable shoes and clothing, a valid government-issued ID and your excitement.
The United States Parachuting Association (USPA) says you don’t, but most skydiving facilities and Skydiving.com want you to complete a specific number of Tandem jumps before beginning solo training, also known as Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) training. Tandem skydiving gives you a chance to experience the entire jump with very little responsibility. The instructor is the one responsible. It is dangerous to jump without having any experience jumping, piloting the canopy, and landing.
No, you don’t have to complete a skydiving course to do a Tandem skydive. You will go through a short training session on the ground that lasts up to 20 minutes. During this brief training, you will be advised of the principles and rules that you must keep in mind during the flight to 12,000 to 14,000 feet and the exiting of the plane. You will also learn about proper body position, what to expect when the parachute deploys, and how to land.
A Tandem skydive lasts approximately 10 to 25 minutes. During your trek to the ground, you will see an amazing view of the landscape. The canopy ride to the ground can take 5 to 15 minutes of the experience.
No, you don’t have to have a medical exam, nor do you need to necessarily pass a medical exam. However, you do need to let your instructors know if you have any minor health conditions, such as a fracture or back problems. Some facilities may require a note from your doctor saying it’s OK to skydive. This is especially true if you have any cardiac or pulmonary conditions, nervous disorders, fainting spells, blood pressure issues, shortness of breath, kidney disease, diabetes, or any health problem that could potentially pose an issue during the dive. A doctor statement is the best way to know that things should be fine.

Skydiving Licensing & AFF

Ground school is where you learn everything that you need to know about safety so you can safely skydive. This includes learning about your equipment, how to control your body when you free fall, hand signaling, emergency procedures, and how to control your parachute and the landing. You need approximately 6 to 8 hours of ground school. Ground school is valid for 6 months, so you need to ensure you get your certification within that 6-month period.
To become a certified skydiver, you need to take the Accelerated Free Fall training (AFF) course. This course is how you learn to become a solo skydiver that can skydive without the help of an instructor. Every jump that is made has a certain set of objectives that must be completed. Fortunately, you can complete this training in just a matter of days. To remain current in your certification, you have to complete at least one jump every 30 days.
After you have completed a specific number of Tandem skydives, you can begin AFF training so you can earn your A-License. AFF is the primary method of training that the United States Parachuting Association (USPA) supports. The first few AFF jumps involve instructors holding your harness to help you learn about safety and stability. You will learn how to control your jump, operate your parachute, and land safely. Once you have mastered the basics, you can learn about maneuvering during free fall. Once you have completed 25 jumps, you can earn your A-License through the USPA.
Typically, you make at least one jump per day, but you can take more depending on the training program and on how many people are in your group.
If you go beyond 30 days without making a jump, you must complete one jump with an instructor before you can jump solo again. If you go ahead and complete your A-License, you can go 60 days between jumps. You can perform these jumps at any of the Skydiving.com partner locations.
To get your A-License, you will need to complete 25 jumps, complete specific review items, do a few jumps with a USPA coach, and complete 10 landings within 25 meters of your target landing area.
The cost of the course is going to vary by facility. You can contact our representatives to learn more about the costs associated with the skydiving facilities near you or at the location at which you wish to learn.
Skydiving.com invites you to start jumping at a nearby facility as soon as possible. There are experienced instructors at our partner locations. If it has been a long time since you jumped, you can do recurrency jumps. Contact one of our representatives, and we can help you work out the details so you can get back into this great sport.

Static Line Training

Yes, this is called static-line parachuting. The jump is carried out from 4,000 feet and only requires one day of ground training.
Static line parachuting is a type of solo dive. However, a static line is connected to the aircraft. This allows you to fly and then deploy and land the canopy on your own. There isn’t really much of a freefall with this type of jump.
As you progress through the training, you can start free falling starting with your sixth jump. As you get better, you can start to jump from higher altitudes. All skydives are done by yourself, but you will be surrounded by instructors when you exit the plane and when you make your descent. The instructor observes your movements and methods.
Yes, you still have to do 25 jumps using the static line training method to obtain your A-License. The training you choose has no bearing on the requirements.

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Photo and Video

Our Skydiving.com partners have videographers and photographers that jump with you to record your experience. There are different packages available so you can commemorate your jump the way you want to. Students can’t bring their own camera on a skydive due to Basic Safety Requirements that are set by the United States Parachute Association (USPA). People with less than 200 jumps aren’t allowed to wear any camera gear. This is because cameras can snag against the parachute, preventing it from opening. This can create a major hazard for an inexperienced jumper.
The cameras vary by facility, but they are of high quality. One of the most common cameras used is the GoPro. All cameras produce high-definition video that takes you back to the experience. Every time you watch your video, you will see exactly what you saw as you were falling toward the ground.
You can be together if you are doing a solo skydive that allows you to come together. If you are doing a Tandem jump, you and the members of your group will be approximately a quarter mile apart from one another during free fall. The videographer is unable to fly between two Tandem students and obtain video of both. This means each Tandem student must purchase his or her own package. However, others from your group may be on the video while all of you are on the ground and while exiting the airplane.
Videos and photos are typically ready soon after you have landed, usually within an hour unless otherwise specified by the facility.
Absolutely! It’s important that your photos and videos are shareable so that you can show your friends and family your awesome experience. Video footage will give them a good idea of how thrilling skydiving can be and may even inspire them to give it a try.


The experienced staff and safety record at our partner facilities are just two reasons to learn to skydive at a Skydiving.com partner facility. Every staff member is carefully screened and has the experience and the credentials to teach you how to skydive. Every instructor has to provide proof of certification and must attend any annual training and remain compliant with all safety requirements and laws.

Every step is taken to make sure the skydive is safe and fun. The aircraft at each facility is carefully maintained to ensure a safe ride to the top. It’s about the experience and giving you a great one in the safest way possible. Whether you dive just one time or plan on becoming licensed, there is a something to fit everyone.

Skydiving.com is able to connect you with a facility near you or in the city where you want to skydive. Our partner locations are the best of the best with USPA licensed and certified instructors that exercise the highest safety standards.
If you want to give the gift of skydiving to a friend or family member, we do offer gift certificates that you can use at partner facilities. This is a great way to jump with those you love or give them an experience you feel they need. You can call us and talk to one of our representatives about gift certificates.
Yes, you can acquire a gift certificate that includes the video package. This is a great gift for someone you love and allows him or her to relive the memory over and over.