How can I make my first jump?
We offer 2 methods of first jump training, Tandem or the Accelerated Freefall method. For Tandem information click HERE. For Accelerated Freefall information Click HERE.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the time of year. Sweat shirts and sweat pants work best for colder weather and shorts and t-shirts are good for summer. A good pair of tennis shoes work best for foot protection.
What are your hours of operation?
We are open most week ends and holidays from 8 AM to sunset all year long.
What are the age requirements?
18 is the minimum age. There is no maximum age, legally speaking. We have taken people for a tandem skydive in their seventies and eighties who had a wonderful time. They were in very good physical health for their age.
Is there a weight limit?
Yes, for tandem the maximum weight is 230 pounds. For AFF the weight limit is 225 pounds.
How do I get there?
Directions can be found by clicking HERE.
Why do you include video on all of your Category B through F student jumps but not the first AFF or Tandem skydives?
Video is a fantastic training aid for skydiving. It is impossible for freefall Instructors to see everything that is happening during a skydive. The student benefits and learns
faster by watching exactly what happened during the skydive. Also, it helps our business when people show their video to friends and family who then want to come out and skydive! We used to include video on all skydives but now it is an option on the first jump so that our customers (you) have a choice. Video is HIGHLY recommended! You only make one FIRST jump and it should be caught on video so you can save it forever!
Are the landings rough?
The ram air parachutes used today allow for soft landings as the rule instead of the exception. AFF students are taught how to do a Parachute Landing Fall in the event that they misjudge their landing flare and land harder then usual. Tandem students are taught to hold their feet up for the landing and let the instructor touch down first.
WPSA continuously replaces our parachutes to ensure that the gear is always
performing like new. Parachutes land better when they are newer and in good
condition. Cycling our gear with new systems ensures you will always be flying a
parachute in excellent condition..
Does the weather have to be nice?
The skies generally need to be clear or partly cloudy. If the clouds are solid jumps can be made from 500 feet below the cloud layer so in order to make a tandem or AFF jump that would mean that the cloud layer would have to be at 11,000 feet or higher. The temperature needs to be above 30 degrees on the ground in order to have a relatively comfortable skydive. Any colder and it makes for a very chilly skydive! Winds need to be 14 MPH or less for AFF students and 20 MPH or less for Tandem students. For more info on weather click HERE.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes, for groups of 6 to 10 people we offer a $10 discount per jump. For 11 or more we offer a $20 discount per jump. Click
HERE to get the number to call for more information about group scheduling. We accept cash, Visa and
MasterCard for payment. Sorry, no checks!!
Is skydiving dangerous?
There is a risk of injury or death while participating in skydiving. There were
3 million parachute jumps performed Nationwide in 2004 and there were 21 people killed skydiving in
2004. 19 of those fatalities were licensed jumpers outside the control of a
skydiving instructor or school. Many were caused by skydivers attempting things
outside of their skill level. In other words they were trying to run before they
learned to walk. There has never been a skydiving fatality at WPSA, but there have been a
few student injuries over the years. We take every step possible to ensure that you will have a safe and enjoyable experience skydiving with us at WPSA! We follow all of the rules and guidelines established by the United States Parachute Association, which have proven to keep the risks of skydiving to a minimum. All of our Instructors
have been certified through a USPA Certification course to prove they have the necessary skills to work with student
skydivers. While we work hard to remove as much risk as possible, the risk is
there. That said, we have provided thousands of people with an injury free
skydiving experience, and will continue to work hard to see that every single
skydive results in nothing less than a great experience.
Can I bring my friends and family to watch?
Certainly, we welcome anyone who would like to come out with you to share in your experience and cheer you on!
How fast do you fall?
A typical freefall speed for an AFF or Tandem student is 110-120 MPH. But there is not a sensation of falling during the entire skydive. It feels more like you are floating or that it is just windy! You really have to experience the sensation first hand! An accurate description is difficult to make to those who have not yet made a skydive.