Commonly Asked Questions about the Sport of Skydiving
At Parachuting.com, we want you to be informed on all of the important details about skydiving as a sport. Skydiving is often misunderstood, thought to be dangerous, and our customers have a lot of questions for us. To give you the best information possible, we've taken these questions and compiled them into a frequently asked questions list for skydiving. Though some of the most common questions are listed on this page, yours might not be spelled out. If that's the case, give us a call at 1-800-672-8942! We're happy to answer new questions, and yours might end up listed on this site!
Is Skydiving Safe?
Skydiving is safe if you pay attention and follow all the rules, regulations, and remember what you have taught. It is an extreme sport, so of course it has its risks. However, there are very few skydiving accidents in the United States. Our instructors are certified through the United States Parachute Association (USPA), and all students receive the instruction needed for their type of parachute jump.
FAA certified parachute riggers, in accordance with FAA regulations, inspect all of our parachutes regularly. All reserve parachutes are inspected and repacked every 120 days.
How old do I have to be to skydive?
In order to skydive, you must be 18 years of age or older. Even if you have a parent's signed consent, you still may not skydive until you are 18.
During an Accelerated Freefall (AFF), at what speed will I be falling?
During an Accelerated Freefall (AFF), you will freefall at approximately 120 miles per hour, an estimated 1,000 feet every six seconds. It's quick!
Is there a skydive waiver that I will have to sign?
All skydiving companies require that all jumpers sign a liability waiver, stating that the company is not responsible for what happens to you under certain conditions when you skydive.
Do I need to wear special clothing for a tandem skydive?
No special clothing is required for a tandem skydive. A tee shirt and jeans are suitable. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, be sure to tell your instructor as you will need to wear goggles to protect your eyes during the parachute jump.
How long are the ground school lessons for tandem skydiving?
The ground school lessons for tandem skydiving take under an hour. The main emphasis is on basic aeronautic understanding. The instructor, who is attached to the novice jumper, is always in control of the skydive, the parachute opening, and the landing, so very little is expected of the first time jumper in this circumstance.
How many days are required to become a certified skydiver when I take the Accelerated Freefall training?
Once you complete all of the lessons of the AFF course, and once your instructors are satisfied that you are fully competent, you will be certified upon completion of the last level. Once certified, you are allowed to skydive solo any time you wish. If there are seven levels, one per day, you can become certified in several weeks.
What are the requirements to become a licensed skydiver?
To become a licensed skydiver, you must complete 25 parachute jumps competently and be adjudged knowledgeable of all licensing technical requirements.
Are many people afraid to take their first parachute jump?
Everyone has some level of fear or apprehension before they skydive, including experienced jumpers. We were not born with wings, so jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet is not natural to the human species. Fear is a survival instinct and can truly work to make you safe in the most risky situations. Don't worry about being afraid to skydive. It is natural. The more you skydive, the more control you will have over your fear.
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