TANDEM SKDYIVE FAQs
WHAT IS A TANDEM SKYDIVE?
A tandem skydive is a high altitude jump where you are securely attached to your tandem instructor. He/she is responsible for controlling the freefall part of the skydive as well as the flight under the parachute, leaving you free to enjoy the thrill of the experience!
WHAT IS A SANTA SKYDIVE?
A skydive is exactly the same as the tandem skydive except you will be supplied with a Santa costume to wear and skydive with lots of other Santas! This is a great way to get into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.
WHAT DOES THE EXPERIENCE INVOLVE?
The course is designed to be completed within half a day, where possible, however on busier days (usually weekends in the summer) there may be a short wait to do your jump. This will be avoided if possible but please allow time for delays on the day. Your skydive experience will consist of:
IS IT SAFE?
The sport is naturally extremely safety-conscious so all tandem parachute systems come with a back up reserve parachute and a computer operated device that will automatically deploy the reserve parachute if the manual deployment method is unsuccessful. Tandem parachutes are designed for two people and are thoroughly tested and maintained. All parachute jumps at UK Parachuting are conducted in accordance with safety limitations imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority and the British Parachute Association.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
The maximum weight restriction is 15st 7lb, the maximum height is 6ft 3” and your weight should be in proportion to your height. The minimum age is 16 years (parental consent required for under 18’s), and a medical form signed and stamped by your doctor is required if you are 40 years of age or over.
HOW DO I BOOK?
WHAT IF I DON'T RAISE ENOUGH SPONSORS?
Firstly, don't panic! When booking your skydive, you should try to allow yourself enough time to raise the minimum sponsorship needed. If you are approaching your skydive date and you don't think you will have enough raised, please call us to discuss. We may be able to offer alternative ways to raise the extra funds you need. If this is not possible, we will be able to help you change your skydive to a later date.
There are lots of fundraising tools around to make it easier to raise sponsors and hit your fundraising target. We suggest setting up your own online fundraising page using JustGiving and send the link to family and friends using email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media outlets available to you. This will allow your friends and family to sponsor you while on the go, or from the comfort of their sofas.
CAN I GET MY EXPERIENCE ON DVD?
The airfield can arrange a freefall cameraman to record the entire experience (at an extra cost of £90-125). This is booked and paid for by you on the day of your skydive. You will receive a fully edited DVD that will provide a lasting reminder of your unique experience.