FAQ's (Frequently asked questions)
Q. I wear contact lenses, can I jump with them?
A. Yes, for Tandem and AFF you will get a pair of goggles which protect your eyes in freefall. If you do the static line course and subsequent jumps then pre-arrange with Manifest or the Equipment Officer to get a pair of goggles to jump with.
Q. I wear glasses. Will it be a problem if I do the AFF course, tandem or static line with them? A. No problem. A larger pair of goggles is available for freefall jumps. For static line you could also use these goggles or simply tie a retaining strap or elastic to the glasses.
Q. What do I need to take with me to the Drop Zone?
A. You're going to have fun so in order to do so, be comfortable. A comfortable pair of running shoes is recommended and protective clothing if you're doing static line i.e. jeans and a sweater like a rugby jersey. If you do AFF you'll be given a jumpsuit to use, so the shoes are the most important for you to bring with. Tandem can be done in a t-shirt and shorts if you wish but remember that it may be cold at altitude in an aircraft. Afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence so don't forget to bring something warm/waterproof for after the jump. Don't forget the sunscreen - it can get very hot at a drop zone.
Q. What about head protection?
A. All students doing AFF or Static Line are required to wear a hard helmet which will be issued to you with your parachute.
Q. How much will a jump cost me after I've done the course?
A. Check out the clubs pages for pricing.
Q. How much is equipment hire at the different clubs?
A. Check out the clubs pages for pricing.
Q. How often must I jump to prevent having to re-do the course?
A. Currency is a very important safety factor in our sport and therefore it is important to jump as often as possible to remain current. Please check the safety & training section for currency requirements for detailed information.
Q: What do I get for the price of the First Jump Course?
A: Excellent training by professional instructors. PASA (Parachuting Association of South Africa) membership until you qualify for an A license, which could be after 25 jumps, if you pass all your skydives.
Q: How old must I be before I can skydive?
A: You must be at least 16 years old. Persons younger than 18 years will require written and signed consent from their legal guardian. Tandem skydivers can be younger than 18. Written consent will also be required.
Q: If I'm doing a static line jump, what height do I jump from?
A: Static line jumpers exit the aircraft at an altitude of 3500ft AGL (Above Ground Level).
Q: If I do AFF (Accelerated Freefall), how high do I jump from?
A: AFF students jump from 10 000ft AGL. The freefall will last for about 30 seconds.
Q: How long does the training take?
A: The duration of the course depends on the size of the class, but the average is around 6 hours.
Q: Is 6 hours long enough to learn how to skydive?
A: Yes. You will learn everything you need to, in order to perform a safe skydive. You will not learn everything about skydiving. This comes with actually skydiving, and spending time at the drop zone.
Q: When I leave the aircraft on a static line jump, how long does it take before I land?
A: Approximately 3 minutes. AFF students will take slightly longer.
Q: How many static line jumps do I have to do before I can freefall?
A: You will need to do a minimum of 8 static line jumps before you can progress to freefall. Obviously AFF students do freefall from their very first skydive.
Q: How long will the freefall be on a tandem skydive?
A: Approximately 35 seconds. This is followed by a canopy ride of anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes.
Q: How often do I have to jump?
A: While you are a student, at least once a month, but it is better to jump more frequently, to maintain your currency. The more you skydive, the quicker you will learn, and become more confident.
Q: What equipment do I need to start skydiving?
A: None. Clubs provide all the equipment you will need while you are a student. Once you progress off student status, you will need to consider buying your own equipment.
Q: How much will the equipment cost me?
A: You can buy good used equipment for around R7000. That includes a harness, a main parachute, and a reserve parachute. A Protective skydiving helmet will cost you around R650. An altimeter costs around R1300. A jumpsuit can cost anything from R500 to R900, depending on the type.
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