Price: £199 weekdays - £249 anytime
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a tandem skydive is unlikely to be forgotten! Many do sponsored tandem jumps for charity or simply just for the thrill of falling at speeds in the order of 120-180 mph.
Courses are normally scheduled on weekends late January through mid December as scheduled on the booking Calendar, and during British Summer Time (late March to late October) on public holidays and other mid week days as detailed on the booking Calendar.
On the day
Registration, Documentation and Training can take in the order of 1½ -2 hours on a weekend but on mid week operating days this might be accomplished in just 10-20 minutes including the showing of a demo DVD
On completion of training each instructor can, given good weather, take participants on Tandem Skydives at a rate of 1 participant per each remaining hour of the day. According to demand we may schedule in 1 instructor mid week, and 2 to 5 on weekends.
Participants, their friends & family should not rule out the possibility that adverse conditions may delay or postpone their jumps so requiring additional attendance at the Centre to jump - poor weather on the first visit is no guarantee of good weather on subsequent visits.
(Statistics indicate that 50% of participants jump on their 1st booked date, 25% on their 2nd, 12½% on their 3rd and 12½% have to book 4 or more dates in order to complete their jumps. That is the nature of skydiving and it should be noted that no refunds are offered to those unwilling to reschedule to alternative dates)
A queuing system operates at the Centre with those first to arrive at the head of the queue normally being the first to jump once trained, and conversely those last to arrive at the end of the queue normally being the last to jump. Whilst some participants are being trained opportunities to join the head of the queue (such as the first 2 Tandem slots mid week, or possibly the first 6 on a weekend day) are normally allocated to some who are already trained and are ready to jump, those who perhaps on an earlier date could not jump due to adverse conditions.
Whilst it is best to indicate a preference to us in advance you can arrange a video of a Tandem Skydive as late as the day of your course for a total cost of £99 (which gets you an edited DVD of your skydive, including pre jump footage, footage during the aircraft flight, footage of the skydive & where possible as a bonus footage of the landing. We sub-contract this service out to Phoenix Video Productions who can be contacted in advance by email at:
The way the video service works is that you pay ourselves, Skydive Academy Ltd, £44 (card or cash payment only) for the cameraflyer's parachute dropping flight up in the aircraft and you pay Phoenix Video Productions £55 (who do not accept a card payment) for the edited DVD should the video be of an acceptable standard. Should the video be of an unacceptable standard, as judged by ourselves & Phoenix, (of which less than 3% fall into that category and included in that 3% is less than 1% which fail to come out due to camera switch off in free fall, lens misting up etc) we would refund the £44 you paid us to get the cameraflyer in the air, however there would be no refund of the Tandem Fee, or provision by us, Skydive Academy Ltd, of a free 2nd Tandem experience should the video fail to come out.
All participants need to satisfy the criteria laid down in BPA Form 115, a fully completed version of which needs to be presented on checking in on the day of the course.
- Need to be 16 years older and above, 16 & 17 year olds need parental/guardian consent on BPA Form 106
- Max weight is 15st 7lbs/98kg unseen but we may accept upto 16st 7lbs/105kg after a face to face personal assessment.
- Once trained participants would normally be expected to demonstrate an arched body position.
- Participants would normally be expected to be able to maintain a legs raised position for at least a count of 5 seconds (this can be practised by sitting on a stool).
Rescheduling and Cancelation
There is no charge to reschedule 10 days or more in advance of the booked date but within 10 days of the booked date a £35 reschedule fee is charged.
Courses normally go ahead regardless of the weather conditions but should adverse conditions prevent jumping from taking place no fee is charged to reschedule to a new date. Participants are expected to allow the whole day until 8:30pm or dark, whichever the earlier, to make their jumps, those unwilling to do so will be charged £35 to reschedule into a new date.
Once a course is booked no refund can be claimed although prior to the commencement of the course a place may be transferred to another without charge. Once a booked course has commenced places are no longer transferable. Those not attending courses will loose the deposit element of £70 and face an additional reschedule fee of £35 to book a new date.
On completion of their initial training participants will be issued with a jump ticket by their Instructor which they should then hand into the Manifest Office (normally on the same day for Tandems or very often the next day for Solo SLs). In the event that jumps are postponed due to adverse conditions jumpers should retrieve their tickets from the Manifest Office in order to be able to present them on their next visit. Should jumpers thereafter be unable to present their ticket on a future date (be that through loss, damage or forgetfulness) a 10 pound charge will be levied for a replacement ticket.
We operate a ticket in (jumper ready to jump) ticket out (jumper not ready to jump) system. Jumpers leaving tickets in at the Manifest Office when they have withdrawn from jumping that day leads to confusion and delays, accordingly any jumper who leaves a ticket in when they have not jumped that day will face a 10 pound charge to retrieve their ticket on a subsequent date.
Should participants exceed a period of 3 months since last attending to jump, or should participants demonstrate a major lack of competence at any stage after completing their initial training, they will need to retake the full training syllabus again, normally by booking onto and attending another scheduled course with suitable availability. Should the latter be within 3 months of participants last attending the Centre but also within 12 months of their initial training no charge will be raised for such retraining. If over 3 months since participants last attended a fee of £50 will be charged for a full retrain. Any participants exceeding a period of 12 months since their initial training will need to attend another full course at the full course fee in place at that time.