So you are ready to skydive? Congratulations!
The information below should help you prepare for your visit
with us. This helps you know what to expect and what you need to
First of all, we need to make sure you meet our
requirements, which should have been explained to you before you
At least 18 years of age
230 pounds or less for tandem
225 pounds or less for accelerated Freefall
and Instructor Assisted Deployment
Reasonably physically fit
Speak and understand the English
$50 per person deposit due at time of
scheduling, the balance is paid upon arrival on the day of
No alcohol consumption for at least 8 hours
before you arrive at the drop zone
Phone 804-785-9707 or
You will need to arrive at your scheduled time,
or maybe a few minutes early. If you are making a tandem jump
you should plan to be there for at least a six hour time frame
to allow for delays. So if you show up at 10 AM expect to be
there until 4 PM. If you are making your first AFF jump, you
will need to arrive at 8:45 AM and plan to be there until
sunset that day.
Food is available in town, a few miles from the
drop zone. You can always bring a picnic lunch and plan to enjoy
the time while you are waiting for your jump or chilling out
after you have landed.
Larger groups will, of course, need to plan for
more time for everyone to finish their jump. We are often
contacted by someone organizing a group of 20 to 30 people and
the group ends up being two or three. Funny how that happens!
Apparently skydiving sounds like a much better idea in a bar at
2 AM, than when the time comes to actually make the reservation!
For that reason, we only consider someone scheduled when the
deposit has been paid. Group organizers should make sure that
each of the participants in the group have secured the
reservation with the deposit. It is often better for one person
to handle it for the entire group than to rely on individual
people to get it done themselves, human nature being what it
We often handle groups of people anywhere from
three to 40 who come together to experience skydiving together.
We normally train everyone together as one large group and then
take 3-4 people at a time, with each jump cycle taking 30-60
minutes depending on staff and aircraft availability, etc. For
those who are waiting they can cheer their friend on from the
boarding area and greet them in our spacious landing area when
they touch down. We also offer free wireless internet service
for those who would like to bring a laptop.
Group discount rates and reservation information
can be found here.
We do our best to get your jump done when you
schedule. Often times we are dealing with weather issues that
can cause delays or even make it necessary to reschedule for
another day. The AFF first jump ground training is still
conducted regardless of what the weather is doing. So if you are
scheduled for an AFF jump plan to be at the DZ at 8:45
regardless of the weather that day. If we finish the ground
training and the weather is not cooperating for the jump we will
reschedule for another day to get in the air.
If you are scheduled for a tandem skydive and
the weather looks windy or cloudy you can call us at
804-785-9707 before you leave for the DZ and we can let you know
how to proceed.
What To Wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate
for the temperature and a good pair of lace-up tennis shoes. So
if it is 50-60 degrees on the ground a sweat shirt and jeans
will work well. Shorts and t-shirts work well for the warmer
days. We will have a jump suit that covers your clothes for the
skydive. The price of your jump includes everything, there are
no hidden "Equipment" charges.
Is English your second language?
There have been many studies completed which
prove that it is difficult for someone to translate languages in
a stressful and exciting environment, such as someone making a
first skydive. If English is your second language, and you are
interested in Accelerated Freefall, we will most likely progress
you to that point through a tandem training transition. This
will provide you with the benefit of two tandem jumps followed
by an accelerated freefall skydive. The two tandem jumps will
allow you to accomplish Category A and B requirements just as
you would on an AFF jump, but you have the benefit of an
instructor with you to help with the canopy flight if it becomes