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First Jump FAQ

Is there an age limit?
Yes. You must be at least 18 yrs old to skydive. For legal reasons, there are no exceptions to this rule, even with parental consent.

Is there a weight limit?
Each student weighs in as part of the check-in process. There is a $20 additional charge for tandem students over 200 pounds, with a maximum weight of 220 pounds. For Solo First Jump students the maximum weight is 220 pounds. This maximum includes the clothing you’re going to jump in.

Why is there a weight limit?
Weight limits are based upon the the reserve canopy's maximum wing loading, a value calculated by comparing the student's weight (and, for Tandems, the weight of the instructor) to the square footage of the reserve parachute. For safety reasons, this wing loading value must not exceed the manufacturer's recommendations for that parachute.

What should I wear?
Dress comfortably for the current weather conditions, keeping in mind that the temperature at altitude is typically colder than it is on the ground. In the wintertime, it can be much colder. In the warmer months, blue jeans or shorts are just fine. Make sure you wear tennis shoes or sneakers. We don't allow you to jump in sandals, boots, or shoes with heels. We will provide your jumpsuit and everything else you need. Glasses are no problem, we have special goggles that will fit over them.

How long will it take?
Tandem : It typically takes about an hour to complete the ground school, and then 2-4 hours afterwards to make your jump. These specifics vary wildly depending upon class size, weather, and other factors. Plan on being here for at least half the day. We do everything we can to get you in the air quickly, but--until we learn how to control the weather--it's often out of our hands!

Solo First Jump: The ground school is usually from 4-6 hours. It will take 2-4 hours after that to make your jump, depending upon class size, weather, and other factors. Because you will be flying your own parachute, you are more weather-dependent than Tandem students. You should plan on spending your entire day at the dropzone.

Can I get a video of my skydive?
Absolutely! Many first-time jumpers choose to have their experience captured on video, to relive again and again. You can add a DVD and high-resolution Photographs to any of our Basic Packages for an additional charge. We will also post the video on our video page so you can share with friends or family, no matter where they may be. Be sure to mention this when you make your reservation.

What do I need to bring?
A valid drivers license or other government-issued photo ID that verifies your age. You'll also want to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and a pair of sneakers or sport shoes.

What if the weather is bad?
Ground school will be held rain or shine. We do not cancel training due to weather. Often we jump at least part of the day. Keep in mind the weather at Skydive Dallas is often very different than the weather in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In the event that the weather precludes your skydive, we will reschedule the jump here at the dropzone, after you have completed your training.

I'm sitting around waiting for the weather to clear. What's there to do?
If inclimate weather rears its ugly head, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained while you wait. To name just a few: free wireless internet, ping pong, foosball, skydiving videos, and satellite TV. If you bring along a Hacky Sack, we guarantee you'll NEVER be without friends and something to do during a weather hold.

At what altitude do we jump?
Our typical jump altitude is 13,500 feet (over two and a half miles). Occasionally, high-altitude cloud cover will force us to jump from a lower altitude, but our Tandems and Solo students will always get at least 10,000 feet. You’ll spend about 60 seconds in freefall, then a peaceful canopy ride lasting approximately three to five minutes.

How fast will I fall?
You will fall at roughly 120 miles per hour. And you won't get a speeding ticket!

What will the skydive feel like?
Many people say that it feels like flying. It’s very intense, exciting, and liberating! However, there is no falling sensation as with a roller coaster.

What is the landing like?
Most landings are quite soft. Modern parachutes are highly maneuverable, collapsible wings and fly very much like a glider.

Do I need reservations?
Yes. All of our student skydives are by appointment only to ensure that we are adequately staffed to meet your needs. We are happy to make your reservations over the telephone. Call us at 1-800-SKYDIVE (if you have a Dallas/Fort Worth phone number) or directly at (903) 364-5000. Gift certificates and all jump tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable.

Can family or friends come watch?
Of course! We have an observation deck, picnic tables, and even an on-site café if they get hungry. If you bring children, make sure that there will be someone available to watch them at all times. Skydive Dallas is an adult playground, and children must always be under adult supervision.

Can I camp out or spend the night at the Dropzone?
Certainly. We'd love to have you! Skydive Dallas has a free, first-come, first-served bunkhouse with 12 beds. For those who prefer the outdoors or the privacy of their own tent, we also have a designated camping area. Our bathrooms and showers are available 24/7 and we have toiletries available in the Pro Shop in case you forgot your toothbrush.

Do you accommodate jumpers with Special Needs?
Skydiving is a sport and physical limitations can pose difficulties for newcomers. However, we have a highly experienced staff and have been able to accommodate many people with disabilities--both as Tandem passengers and as Solo First Jump/AFF students. The bottom line is this: if you have a special requirement, pick up the phone and call us. We will do everything we can to make your dream of flight come true! (In some cases, we may require a release from your doctor)

Can I jump with my friend(s)?
Usually. We can almost always get at least two Tandem students on the same load. In some cases we can get more, but we can't guarantee it. Your odds of this will usually be better on the weekends when we are busier and have more instructors available. We can never promise anything more than two at a time. On weekdays we may not be able to promise that.

For Solo First Jump students this is more difficult to accomplish because of the number of instructors involved and because of the discrepancy in classroom times. However, we can try to schedule them so that they might at least be able to watch each other's jumps from the ground.


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