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On the day
Registration, Documentation and Training can take in the order of 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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 normally with those with the lower ticket reference being manifested first. Where possible we do try and group participants with friends and family, but this can't always be guaranteed.
The rules within which we operate, as set out by the BPA in the Operations Manual, are quite specific and do not permit student parachutists, either "Solo Student" or "Tandem Student" Parachutists, to jump with cameras.
Filming of Skydives is undertaken by Licensed Skydivers using specifically approved Camera Mounts & Cameras, normally either mounted on a Licensed Skydiver’s Helmet, Chest, Arm, Hand or exceptionally another part of the body – this may be either by a Solo Skydiver (referred to as "Outside Cam") or in the case of some Tandem Instructors on their arm or hand (referred to as "Handcam"). Whilst we can undertake to have a Skydive (as opposed to a Static Line jump) filmed we cannot at the time of booking undertake as to whether this will be done by "Outside Cam" or "Hand Cam" – each has benefits over the other – and it depends how the rota of jumps and personnel falls on the day, which in turn is dependent upon several other factors.
Whilst it is best to book in advance, it may be possible to arrange a video of a Tandem Skydive as late as the day of your jump for a total cost of £99 which will get you an edited DVD (a movie) of your skydive; where possible the footage might additionally include pre jump footage, footage during the aircraft flight, footage of the landing & after landing. Given that Tandem Parachutists exit in order of 300 feet apart resulting in both vertical & horizontal separation practicalities dictate that one camera can only film one Tandem Parachutist in free fall, although other jumpers might be filmed within the aircraft and after landing. Not all our cameraflyers jump with cameras capable of simultaneously taking video & photographic footage, and some will only jump with one camera, a video camera, – accordingly we do not undertake to provide photographic (stills) footage, although if photos are taken by a cameraflyer they are normally provided free of charge on a CD Rom to a student parachutist paying for an edited DVD (Movie). We sub-contract the production of Videos out to Phoenix Video Productions who can be contacted in advance by email at:
Payment for the edited DVD is made in two parts, firstly £44 to Skydive Academy Ltd in advance (by card or cash payment only) which effectively books the video, and after the jump payment to Phoenix Video Productions of £55 (who do not accept a card payment). Should the video be of an unacceptable standard, as judged by ourselves & Phoenix, you would not have to pay the balance of the £55 fee to Phoenix and we would refund the £44 you paid us in advance of the jump to secure the provision of the video service, however there would be no refund of the Fee paid for the Tandem Skydive, or provision by us, Skydive Academy Ltd, of a free 2nd Tandem Skydive 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.
Any participants aged 40 years or older are required to have BPA form 115 endorsed by a doctor.
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.
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 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.