Published: May 7, 2016
Tandem Skydiving: Top 10 FAQ's Answered
We do have a faq's page, but there's a particular set of questions we receive more often than most, so we thought we'd address those in more detail here.
Do you have to be 18 years of age to skydive?
Unfortunately, yes. All of our guests must be 18 years of age on the day of their skydives. Even if a parent gives consent, it is still not permitted.
Why is there a weight limit?
Our tandem parachutes are designed and built to fly safely with two individuals suspended below them. These parachutes usually range between 300 and 400 square feet and do have a maximum suspended weight allowance. We are not permitted to skydive with anyone over 240lbs.
In some cases, we may deny individuals if weighing less than 240lbs based on body shape or fitness level. These decisions are always made based on safety. For example, if a person is 5'2" and weighs 235lbs, this may disqualify the individual as the ratio of height and weight is a factor.
If you are unsure about your weight, please feel comfortable in calling us. We'd be happy to speak with you about it.
How long should I expect to be at the skydiving center?
From check-in to landing, the entire process usually takes between two and three hours. However, skydiving is at the mercy of weather which can cause delays and additional operational logistics. We ask our guests to plan to be at our facility for five hours to allow for any delays.
Will I feel that "roller coaster drop" in my stomach?
This is the cool part about skydiving; you won't feel your stomach drop as felt on a roller coaster.
At the crest of a hill on a roller coaster, you are traveling at about one mile an hour. As the train gathers speed down the hill, you'll feel your stomach 'drop' which most people don't enjoy. Skydiving is not like this. Because you're leaving an airplane that's already traveling at 100+ mph, the 'drop' feeling exists for about one to two seconds and then it's gone. You won't even notice it. From there, it's the most incredible sensation!
Is It Okay If We Bring Spectators?
YES! Skydiving is a big event, and we have an area for spectators to relax and enjoy watching you getting geared up and watch you land.
Bring out food and drink, but please note alcohol is not permitted. We are operating on a municipal airport, not a private airfield. Even if not participating in skydiving, alcohol is not allowed on the premises.
Is Skydiving Scary?
It is, and it's not. The fear in skydiving is the fear of the unknown and of course the apprehension of jumping from an airplane. It makes no sense to do this!
The irony is that once you leave the safety of the airplane, your fear is transformed into exhilaration. Because you don't feel like you're falling (it feels more like floating or flying) it's a joyful experience that you'll love! You'll notice that everyone is smiling and having a great time during the experience.
Can I Bring My GoPro?
GoPro and other small cameras are not permitted at Skydive Robles because of multiple safety concerns.
Should a small camera become untethered or break free from its mount during the skydive, it has the potential to injure people or damage property on the ground. This risk is unacceptable.
Also, our guests take an active role during the skydive which includes a stable exit, correct body position in freefall and participation for a safe landing. We wish our guests to focus on their role during the jump without being concerned about the camera.
Lastly, the United States Parachute Association (USPA) mandates that no skydiver with less than 200 jumps is permitted to jump with a camera.
Guests are welcome to bring their cameras to capture photography from the ground, but cameras will not be allowed on the aircraft.
What If I Want To Get Certified?
If you desire to become a licensed skydiver, we recommend the AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) program. AFF is the most modern method of skydive training used in the world today.
The program begins with a six-hour ground school followed by your first skydive that afternoon. The ground school teaches correct body position, handling emergency procedures, canopy flight patterns, and landing procedures.
At the end of class, it's off to 13,000 feet. Don't worry; you're not completely solo, but you will be wearing your own skydiving rig. Two instructors will be falling with you assisting you during free fall using hand signals to give you feedback on body position. You'll deploy your parachute and then the ground crew will help you with canopy flight using a radio.
The AFF program is designed to add skill and confidence throughout the program after every jump. The ultimate goal is to graduate from the AFF program, becoming a solo skydiver.
Can You Be Too Old To Skydive?
Age is not a limitation, but health and fitness can be. We treat elderly guests on a case by case basis. If unsure, please give us a call to speak with us or make an appointment to come by and discuss whether a skydive can be done safely.
Is the experience between an 8,000 foot and 13,000-foot skydive that much different?
We offer an 8,000-foot option to suit the varying budget requirements of our guests. The truth is all skydivers wish to jump from higher altitudes. It's not that the thrill is any more exhilarating from 13,000 feet, but dropping from a higher altitude allows for longer free fall time which means more fun.
First class all the way! The team at Skydive Paso Robles exceeded my expectations beyond the actual skydive!
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