Tandem Skydiving FAQ
If you’re getting ready to make your first skydive, you probably have quite a few questions! If you’re considering jumping with us, we encourage you to read through the tandem skydiving FAQs we’ve compiled below. Reviewing this information will help you feel more confident and relaxed about your upcoming experience and will ensure that you’re ready both mentally and physically on your big day!
If you need further clarification or would just like to speak with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call at 520-682-4441. Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Q: Should I eat before?
A: We recommend eating a light meal beforehand. Avoid eating heavy foods or anything that might upset your stomach.
Q: Do people get motion sickness?
A: Nobody has ever gotten sick in freefall. People susceptible to motion sickness may feel queasy once the parachute opens. If you have any concerns, take your regular motion sickness medications prior to your jump and inform your instructor.
How do I know if skydiving is really for me?
If you feel butterflies in your stomach when you think about jumping out of an airplane, skydiving is definitely for you!
Is skydiving safe?
Skydiving is like any other extreme sport: there are inherent risks and avoiding them requires careful training and execution. Failure to follow that training can lead to serious injury. Skydiving is as safe as individuals make it. On our part, we provide the latest equipment, highly experienced staff, a comprehensive training program, and a lot of back up systems.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, fully transferable, refundable (within 30 days, minus a $15.00 processing fee) gift certificates are available for any amount. We guarantee this will be a once in a lifetime present that will never be forgotten. They have a 2 year expiration date.
Do you have group rates?
Yes. Please click here to see our group rates and specials.
How long is the training?
Our instructional class lasts for 20 mins.
What will the skydive feel like?
There is no roller coaster feeling when you jump out of the airplane. The sensation of freefall is more like flying than falling, and is intensely exciting and liberating. The parachute flight is quiet and inspiring; however, if you like roller coasters, ask your instructor and he/she can kick your canopy ride up a notch!
How long will the skydive last?
It takes 20 minutes to climb to altitude, you will freefall for about one minute and you will fly your parachute for 5 to 7 minutes.
How fast do you freefall?
The average size person freefalls at a speed of 120 mph. The heavier the person, the faster the freefall. The descent rate under parachute is about 1,000′ per minute.
What is the landing like?
Most landings are quite soft with many people doing stand-up landings. Sometimes, especially on calm days, the forward speed of the parachute will provide you with a “sliding” landing. Your instructor will ask you to pick up your feet so that he may touch the ground before you.
What kind of parachutes will we use?
At Skydive Marana, we use only the very best equipment. All our parachute systems are equipped with main and reserve ram air (square) canopies. Square canopies are superior to older style round canopies in their opening reliability, maneuverability, accuracy, and landing performance.
What if the parachute doesn’t open?
Although it is very unlikely that your main parachute will fail to open properly, it can occur and this is a common question. On every jump, we are equipped with a main and a reserve parachute as a backup. In addition, all of our reserve parachutes are equipped with an Automatic Parachute Deployment system (commonly referred to as a CYPRES or AAD). This unit will automatically deploy the reserve parachute should the jumpers be unable to.
Are there physical requirements?
We have taken people with many different disabilities. We have some of the most experienced Tandem Instructors here at Skydive Marana. If you have a special requirement, please contact us so we can discuss your particular situation. In most cases, we can make your dreams of flight come true! If you have a special medical concern, please contact your doctor.
Is there a weight limit?
Yes. Our weight limit is 220 lbs. due to the reserve parachute limitations
Is there an age limit?
You must be at least 18 years of age to skydive within the United States.
How far in advance do I need to schedule my jump?
As far in advance as you can, especially if you have a large group that wants to jump with you. However, if you get the urge at the last minute, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll do our best to fit you in.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a valid government issued photo ID. You will also need to wear gym shoes. And by all means, bring lots of family and friends to cheer you on!
What type of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Sorry, no checks
How long will it take?
Plan on spending a 2 hours, unless you are part of a big group, in which case plan on spending half a day. Skydiving is dependent on weather factors so don’t make any plans for after your jump unless they can be postponed if necessary. Weather conditions and schedule permitting, you can easily train and jump the same day- or even make a second and third jump!!!
What if the weather forecast is bad?
Don’t assume that the weather is going to be bad and that you won’t get to jump. Forecasts are generic, and historically have been inaccurate. We have jumped on many days when, according to the forecast, we were not supposed to. If you have any weather concerns, please feel free to call us the day of your jump to check on the weather conditions in Ft. Atkinson.
VIDEO & PICTURES
If I have a GoPro camera or a similar small camera, am I permitted to bring this with me on my jump?
No outside cameras are permitted on the skydive due to safety reasons. There are no exceptions. The United States Parachute Association mandates that skydivers have a minimum of 200 jumps prior to taking a camera into freefall.
Can I get video of my jump?
Yes you can get video or stills or we have a primer package that offers both.
Can we get one video for our whole group?
No, the time/distance gap between jumper exits precludes a camera person from being able to film more than one student at a time.