As you progress through the parachute training system you can start free fall skydiving from your Ninth jump, gradually jumping from higher altitudes. All your skydives are on your own, i.e. solo. However you will be supervised by a PASA rated skydiving Instructor on exit and on later descents an instructor will follow you out of the aircraft to observe your exercises.
The Solo – sometimes called “static line” – is the most cost-effective way to experience the thrill of skydiving. It is generally a whole-day excursion, with training (about Six to Eight hours) and your jump happening on the same day, weather permitting.
You arrive at the drop zone (the standard term for a skydiving area) for class registration. If the weather is good, there’s a decent chance that you’ll get to see other jumpers flying through the air before your class starts.
Please be prepared to be here as late as dark. Although you may be jumping well before sunset, the weather and other factors can sometimes have students jumping close to then.
We teach the course on scheduled days and times, so please check when the next available course date is. Reservations and deposits are essential! We Require a R500 non-refundable deposit per person to secure your spot, on the course.
What You Need
– Proof that you’re at least 18 years old. You will require parental consent if you are under the age of 18.The minimum age is 16.
– Running shoes with decent support.
– Maximum weight 100kg’s.
What You Learn
Your class instructor will teach you everything you need to know to make that big leap of faith with confidence. You spend some time learning the general theory behind skydiving, but most of the day is spent rehearsing the physical skills you’ll need: exiting the aircraft, arching and counting until your main parachute opens, flying your parachute home, and landing gently. You’ll also work hard on what to do in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your main parachute and you need to use your reserve. The whole class takes about six to eight hours on average.
When You Get to Jump
Once the class is finished, weather permitting, your class will start gearing up for the Jump. Generally, we normally manage to get the whole class in the air before we have to stop jumping at sunset. Even if you don’t get to jump the same day, that’s okay – you just come back on a day with decent weather any day we’re open in the next thirty days, and we’ll try again. If it has been more than thirty days since your training, you will need a quick refresher course. Contact us for more information and pricing on a refresher course.
The Jump Itself
When it is your turn, a staff member will help you gear up and make sure your parachute system is safe. Then it’s off to the plane with your instructor and as many as four other students.
Then it’s the ten-minute climb to the jump altitude of 3,500 ft. Time to savour the trickle of adrenaline, while remembering that your class has taught you everything that you need to know to make your jump, and you know how to handle any unusual situations.
Your turn. Your instructor beckons you forward, and tells you to get into position. Then, “Get ready! GO!!” and you’re off, falling away from the aircraft, looking up at your instructor, and focussing on your arch and count. A few seconds later – that can feel like no time at all, or a lifetime – you feel a firm tug, and your parachute blossoms gently over your head.
You get to play a little with your parachute and enjoy the scenery again while you steer yourself back to the landing area. The buzz from the adrenaline at this point is pretty powerful, and you get a couple of minutes during your peaceful ride down to relish the feeling. Then, with coaching, you bring yourself to a gentle landing back on the drop zone.
You gather up your equipment and head back to the skydiving building, where you can come down a bit from the high and watch the video of your jump taken from the plane. If you’d like a copy as a memento, they are available at a reasonable cost.
Perhaps the best part is telling your friends, co-workers, family, or classmates all about it.
Successful completion of the first static line jump qualifies the jumper to perform further static line jumps.
Booking is essential! Please contact Chris on 072 303 9140, email@example.com to find out when is the next available course date.