Most people can skydive. However, the weight limit for AFF and Static Line jumps is 15 stone. Depending on the jump centre, the weight limit for Tandem jumps is between 14 and 18 stone. The weights indicated must be in proportion to the overall height of the person jumping.
The person carrying out an AFF or Static Line jump needs to be in good health with average fitness. This does not apply so much when doing a Tandem Jump. For example, we have carried out Tandem jumps with many people who blind or a wheel-chair user.
If you are over 40, you will be asked to complete a British Parachute Association (BPA) Medical Form 114a for Static Line and AFF and 115(i) for Tandem Skydivies which your doctor will need to stamp before being able to jump. This form can be downloaded here or it can be sent to you with the information pack.
If you are under 18, you will be required to complete a British Parachute Association (BPA) Consent Form 106 that will need to be signed by a parent/guardian. If you have a medical condition then your parent/guardian will also need to sign Form 114a 115(i).
British weather being what it is you can never guarantee that a skydive will take place on the day you booked it. For Tandem Skydives, we will give you the option to call early on the day of your jump for an accurate weather check. If the weather is very poor we will re-book the jump on a day to suit you.
For AFF or RAPS courses, the weather will make no difference as you will need to attend and undergo the ground school tuition regardless of cloud cover. Do not pay too much attention to the weather forecast on TV as it can be very unreliable!
The centres that operate on a full-time basis, i.e. 5-7 days per week, and run turbine aircraft, are able to charge less due to the number of people they can accommodate at any one time. This means they can charge a lower cost per head for their jumps than smaller centres that only open two days a week.
Another important factor in getting value for money, is the Exit Altitude from a plane. Most small centres normally drop from 10,000 ft with a 30 seconds free-fall, whereas the larger centres drop from 12,000 to 15,000 ft with a 40-45 seconds free-fall. Ultimately, this means you will get 30+% more time for your money if you drop from a larger centre. This saving only applies to Tandem skydives and AFF courses which happen to be more popular at the moment. There is no difference in free-fall time to Static Line / RAPS courses. Also weight limits are differ between centres due to the type of equipment and aircraft used at that particular centre all details for each centre can be found on the locations pages.