Welcome to Skydive Jersey
Skydive Jersey is affiliated to the British Parachute Association, and is the only beach landing drop zone in Great Britain, offering a unique opportunity.
A Tandem skydive is the popular freefall experience. After a short training session, board the plane with your instructor, to be taken 2 miles up to 10,000Ft. Securely attached, the two of you will then exit the plane, and reach speeds of 130mph for 30 seconds, after an exhilarating freefall, your instructor then deploys the parachute. A 5 minute parachute ride then follows, taking in the scenic views, before landing on the beach at the Gun Site slip, St Aubins Bay. You can also have your Skydive filmed by one our professional cameramen, to produce a DVD of the event, for your collection, and receive digital photographs of the occasion.
How much does it cost to do a Skydive ?
The cost of a Tandem Skydive this year is £330 per person. The booking form can be downloaded along with the medical declaration, from the essential documents section on the right of this page. We have also provided a sample sponsor form, most charities will provide there own upon request if preferred.
Can I get my jump filmed or photographed?
YES. We highly recommend having your skydive filmed and photographed. A dedicated cameraman will film your experience, and create a DVD for you to take home. Photographs are also taken throughout the jump. We suggest that you book your DVD when you book the skydive, so that we may allocate a place in the aeroplane for your cameraman. The cost for a DVD this year is £130 per person.
Gift vouchers are also available for the DVD and photographic package, on our web site.
Can I make a jump for Charity?
YES. Many people choose to raise money for charity whilst doing a jump. Individual charities have rules governing how much of your sponsorship money you can use, to contribute towards the cost of the skydive. Click the tab above for a list of local charities, happy for you to raise sponsorship for them, by doing a tandem skydive.
I am jumping for charity, can I have a discount please?
The majority of our skydivers, are being sponsored for their own charitable cause, this has been taken into account when reviewing our pricing policies. It would be unfair to favour any one charity more than the other, or to charge more for someone who is funding the jump themselves for the experience. Therefore we do not offer a charity discount by request. Skydive Jersey does promote charitable fund raising, as a means of helping to finance a skydive, but takes no part in promoting one particular charity over another.
How long does it take to make a jump?
The training session for a Tandem jump takes approximately half an hour. You will be advised of the training options when you book your skydive. On the day, you should allow a minimum of 4 hours, from your booking in time, to complete the event.
Where do we land ?
All Tandem parachute jumps land on the beach, adjacent to the Gunsite slipway in St.Aubins bay. Spectators are welcome but are reminded that delays to the schedule are possible. Timings are not guaranteed therefore you may consider bringing a chair and picnic while you wait.
Can I wear glasses or contact lenses?
YES this is not a problem. We can supply goggles which are designed to fit over glasses.
Can disabled people do a Tandem Skydive?
We would have to assess each case individually, but subject to a doctors certificate, and fitness, it may be possible.
Is making a Parachute jump Dangerous?
It should go without saying that making a parachute jump is not entirely without risk. However, the tight controls which are implemented to maintain safety at all BPA affiliated parachute centres do minimise this to a very small percentage of incidents. You are required to sign an indemnity waiver, accepting the possible risks before you make your skydive.
Do I need Insurance?
You are covered by BPA 3rd party insurance whilst making your parachute jump. This covers any damage that you may do to any other person or property during your skydive. Skydivers personal accident insurance is available from various companies, at an additional cost, for an individual jump, or annual cover.
Do I need to have a medical?
Up to the age of 40, a self declaration of fitness may be completed. The specific requirements to be met, and notes for doctors, are on the reverse of the relevant form F115.
If you are 40 years old or above, you must provide a medical fitness form, completed with your GP's signature before the day you intend to jump.
Please note that a doctors letter is NOT sufficient, as Form F115, is an official document.
Is there an age limit?
You can take a tandem skydive or solo parachute jump at 16 years old with the consent of a parent or guardian. Please Download consent form F106 if between 16 and 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit for a Tandem Skydive.
Are there weight or height restrictions?
The equipment used does have operational load limitations for its safe operation. For men this is 16 stones or 100Kg, For women it is 14½ Stones, 93 Kg. There are no height restrictions.
What is the British Parachute Association, BPA ?
The BPA govern British sport parachuting, they conduct audits which ensure that parachute centres operate with rules and regulations, and maintain a high standard of safety. All British parachute association instructors have attended courses organised by the BPA, to gain qualifications and the necessary skills.
What about the weather?
Parachuting is costrained by certain weather restrictions, for reasons of safety. Wind speed must be less than 20 Knots for a Tandem Parachute Jump, and if there is complete cloud cover below our operating level, jumping may be suspended. Parachutes do still operate normally in wet weather, or unusually cold conditions, but for your own comfort this is avoided wherever possible.
What happens if I don't complete the jump on the same day?
If your jump is delayed, you will be on standby for the remainder of the day, where ever possible. If the jump cannot be completed, you will be re-scheduled for another day. Vouchers are valid for one year, following each attempt to complete the jump.
How high is the jump from?
Your Tandem jump is made from up to 10,000 feet, equivalent to 2 miles high. This gives approximately 30 seconds of freefall time, before the parachute is deployed, then a further 5 minutes descending under the parachute.
What happens if my instructor doesn't open the parachute?
All tandem parachute equipment is fitted with an automatic activation device, which would deploy the parachute if you get too close to the ground, and have not deployed the parachute manually.
What happens if the Main parachute doesn't work?
Modern parachute equipment is now extremely reliable, however In the unlikely event that the main parachute fails to operate correctly, all equipment is fitted with an emergency backup parachute, which can then be deployed.
Can I freefall on my own for the first jump?
An AFF training programme is available whereby you exit the aeroplane from 12,000 feet with 2 instructors to maintain your freefall stability and ensure that you deploy your parachute safely. This gives approximately 40 seconds of freefall per jump and is an accelerated method of becoming a qualified skydiver. Accelerated Free Fall is a world-wide recognised system, which is catered for in this country but has a high cost due to its relatively costly teaching methods. We do run courses, which are a week or ten days in length, to France, Spain, or the USA when we have enough interested candidates. A package is created with everything required to becoming a qualified skydiver. Contact Skydive Jersey for further details.