Skydiving FAQ

Skydiving FAQ

Your Questions Answered

Interested in skydiving near Pretoria or Johannesburg? Have questions? No worries! We've got answers.

We want you to feel comfortable and confident when you arrive for your skydive, so we've compiled the answers to our guests' most frequently asked questions here.

If you have any additional questions or can't find the answer you're looking for, please feel free to contact us - we'd be happy to speak with you!

General Questions

Do I need to pre- book my Tandem Skydive?

Yes pre- booking is essential, we are very busy and do not want you to be disappointed if we are fully booked on the day.

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How long does the Skydive Take?

We require you to be at the Drop Zone 1 hour before your jump time. You will fill in your indemnity form and have a 15min briefing before your jump. The flight to altitude takes around 20min. Once you have jumped out of the aircraft you will free fall for 25-30 seconds, then the parachute will open and you will be under canopy for 5-7 minutes. If you have taken the video and photos package please allow 30-45 minutes per person after your jump for us to edit your video.

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What must I wear?

Please wear comfortable shoes that will not fall off during free fall and casual clothing. Skydive Parys will supply you with jumps pants which you can out over your jean/shorts. It can get cold at altitude especially during winter so we suggest you bring a warm top with you.

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Is there a weight limit?

Yes we have a weight limit of 100kgs.

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Are there any physical requirements?

You are required to lift your legs straight up in front of you for landing. So please insure you are physically able to do this. If you have any chronic health issues we recommend you consult with your doctor first before your Skydive or contact us to discuss your condition.

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Is there an age limit?

Young and old can participate in Skydiving as long as you are physically fit and healthy. We have a recommended age limit of 16 years but we can take younger passengers as long as the child fits safely in the harness and has parental consent from both parents.

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How fast do we freefall?

You will freefall at speeds of between 200-220km per hour.

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If I have my own Go Pro or other camera, can I jump with it?

Unfortunately we do not allow you to jump with your own Go Pro or camera. Safety first. In our experience cameras distract the Tandem passenger from performing the tasks required of them in the Skydive.

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What if I wear glasses or contacts?

We will supply you with Skydive goggles that can go over glasses and contacts.

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If I have a disability can I Skydive?

We have taken many people with disabilities and you should be able to Skydive with almost any disability. You would need to consult with your doctor first and our safety officer on the Drop Zone will decide if you can Skydive safely or not.

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Can we have one video for all of us in our group?

No the video is taken of each individual person. The Tandem master films his passenger only.

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What if the weather is bad on the day of my jump?

Skydiving is weather dependent and safety is our first priority. We will assess weather conditions on the day and our safety officer will make the call on whether it is safe to jump or not. If you cannot skydive due to weather conditions we will reschedule you for another date and if you cannot for some reason reschedule we will refund you. Call us before you leave home if you are concerned about the weather on the day of your jump.

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Is there a credit card facility at the Drop Zone?

Yes we do have a credit card facility.

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Can we picknick or bring our own food and drinks?

We do not allow you to bring your own drinks onto the premises. Skydive Parys has a Fully Licensed and stocked cash Bar. For your food requirments, Montgolfiers Restaurant is situated at our Drop Zone. Montgolfiers Restaurant 27 76 268 0461

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Time Delays?

We try our best to run on time but please be aware that there are many factors which influence our Skydives running on time, such as Air traffic, weather, Aircraft technical issues etc.

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What happens if the parachute does not open?

In an unlikely event that the main parachute does not open properly there is a reserve parachute in the top of the container that is packed by a certified parachute rigger. All our parachutes are also equipped with an AAD (automatic activation devise) in an unforeseen circumstance where the tandem master is not able to deploy the parachute, this devise will automatically deploy the reserve parachute.

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How do I become a Skydiver?

Check out our Learn to Skydive page. You will be able to read all about our Static line and AFF courses.

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Can my friends and family come watch and take photos?

Yes your friends and family are welcome to come and support you on the day of your jump. There are areas on the Drop Zone that are prohibited to spectators so please look out for the signs demarcating the prohibited areas.

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Can I drink alcohol before I jump?

No we do not allow you to drink before your jump as your safety is important to us and we want you to enjoy your experience to the fullest.

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What will the skydive feel like?

The sensation of freefall is more like flying than falling. The parachute flight is quiet, inspiring and awesome!

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Will I be scared?

It's part of our human nature to be wary of the unknown, so you will definelty feel a feeling of excited anticipation before your jump. This is a perfectly normal part of the skydiving experience. Our experienced tandem masters will put you at ease and during your jump you will feel a thrill that is indescribable. Enjoy your jump!

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