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Skydiving FAQs

Skydiving FAQs

Before you coming skydiving check out our list of FAQs

If you cant find the question you have please email us and we can add it to the list!

How old do you have to be to go skydiving?

In the United States the required age for a tandem skydive is 18 years old. This is set by our governing body the United States Parachute Association (USPA).

How long does it take and what time should I arrive?

The time you book is your arrival time. Plan to spend anywhere from 2 hours to all day depending on your group size. We operate an aircraft taking 2 students to altitude per load, and an average of 4 students per hour. If you are in a group of 4 or less and the weather is good we should have you jumped within 1.5 hours of your arrival.

What should i bring with me to go skydiving?

You should bring your state issued photo ID, a payment method for your balance due on the day, and cash to buy snacks, drinks and to tip your instructor. We suggest bringing folding camping chairs or something similar if you are part of a larger group or have family and friends coming to watch.

Do I need to be physically fit to skydive?

We recommend that anyone wishing to complete a tandem skydive be moderately flexible, and able to sit in a chair and lift their feet level to their hips. This ensures a safe landing.  

Those wishing to skydive that have an existing medical condition they are concerned about should consult a doctor prior to booking.  

What is the weight limit for skydiving?

The maximum Student weight for tandem skydiving here at Skydive Wisconsin Dells is 240lbs. That weight has to be proportional to height and will be determined on a case by case basis. Our equipment has maximum combined safety limitations directly stated by the manufacturer.  Depending on instructor availability we may not be able to take students over 200lbs.  Safety is our biggest focus and we will not risk someone’s health.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Conditions that effect the postponement, delay or cancellation of a skydive are as follows:

Heavy Clouds – if cloud conditions are thick not allowing jumpers / instructors to see the ground from the jump altitude, then jumping is discontinued. The exception to this is if the cloud cover is above an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Rain – Jumping in the rain can be an unpleasant experience. We do not operate when it’s raining. 

Wind – If ground winds are in excess of 25 mph or if upper altitude winds are excessively high we cannot jump for safety reasons.

While we wish we could control the weather, mother nature likes to throw us curve balls. We are an outdoor adventure sport, so we are at the mercy of what the day gives us.

If we cannot skydive we will contact you at least 2 hours in advance with the option to reschedule. If we encounter bad weather during the day of your skydive once you are at the dropzone we will wait for the weather to improve or offer you the option to reschedule.

What clothing should i wear when skydiving?

We recommend that everyone wears athletic clothing that fits comfortably under a harness and is appropriate for the weather on the ground at the time of your jump. This includes comfortable general athletic activity shoes, such as tennis shoes or sneakers. Sandals, flip-flops, open toe-shoes, high-heels, dress shoes, and boots of any kind are not permitted.

Footwear that contains any of the following is also not permitted: bungee straps, Velcro straps, hooks, or buckles. We recommend that you do not wear jeans. Belts are also not permitted to be worn on your skydive. We do suggest pants you don’t mind getting dirty, depending on the wind strength, the tandem instructor may require a sit down landing.

Can my friends and i all jump out together and hold hands like in the movies?

In short, no. Due to regulations in place for everyone’s safety, students are not permitted to ever jump together in freefall. However, students may certainly be on the same plane load as their friends or family. We make every effort to keep groups together, but we can never guarantee that groups can all go on the same plane load. Because of many factors, we cannot accommodate more than 2 students in one plane load. If we are not able to keep an entire group together, we will split it up as evenly as possible so no one ends up jumping alone. In our ongoing effort to provide you with the best possible experience, we will always ask your group who wants to be together on the same plane and which part of your group wants to jump first.

Can my friends and family come and watch me jump?

Spectators are more than welcome to spend the day at the dropzone with you!

Please remember we are an outdoor adventure sport, and we operate on an ACTIVE airport, with moving aircraft. There will be loud engines and spinning propellers. If friends and family are sensitive to loud noises we recommend they not accompany you. Children under the age of 18 must be supervised at all times by a non jumping participant. Pets are not permitted on the property. 

In the interests of health and safety poorly behaved children or adults will be asked to leave.

You are more then welcome to purchase or bring your own refreshments and snacks, however:

Alcohol & Smoking ARE NOT PERMITTED at ANY TIME on the airport property. 

Can i have a drink or smoke to steady my nerves before i go skydiving?

 We are not kidding, we HAVE been asked this question more than once!

We will NEVER take anyone skydiving that is under the influence of any intoxicating substance. Alcohol consumption must have been finished at least 8 hours prior to your arrival to the dropzone.

Skydiving is an extreme adventure sport. Not only is it dangerous and illegal for skydivers to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it will also vasty impair your enjoyment of your experience. ANYONE appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at any time will be promptly removed from the training session or operational area and asked to leave the airport property.  NO EXCEPTIONS, NO REFUNDS. 

DON’T DO IT YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.

I have my own Go-Pro can i bring it on the skydive with me?

When you come skydiving you are designated as a skydiving Student, NOT a passenger! Under no circumstances are students ever permitted to bring any type of camera on a skydive. The Basic Safety Regulations (BSRs) mandated by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) prohibits anyone with less than 200 skydives to wear any camera gear on their person or equipment.

Anyone wishing to skydive with a camera is required to have at least a Class C skydiving license. This is due to the additional hazards and complications that may occur on a skydive as a result of having a camera. When inexperienced skydivers jump with a camera, it becomes a danger to themselves and their instructors for that matter. Our staff are well-trained in the use of cameras while jumping. The chances of a student being able to get any good footage on their own jump is slim to none.

So, whether you just purchased a GoPro for the jump, have mounts galore, took a video class in college, or have a friend who is a photographer, you are not allowed to take any camera on your skydive no matter how much you beg. Our instructors are paid professionals, let them do all the hard work!

What happens if the parachute doesn't open?

This is the most frequently asked question posed by all prospective jumpers. By law (FAA regulations), all intentional parachute jumps must be made with a single harness, dual parachute system with both a main canopy *AND* a reserve canopy. You have a second (or spare) parachute in case the first one fails to open properly. The reserve parachute must be inspected and repacked every 180 days by an FAA rated parachute Rigger – even if it has not been used during that time. There are also additional safety features employed to ensure parachute deployment such as Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) should no-one open a parachute by the preset altitude.

I've heard it's difficult to breathe in freefall, is that true?

If you heard this from someone who has jumped before then its because they were holding their breath, or looking straight down at the ground. We teach students to keep their chin up and look out at the horizon, smile, breathe, relax, and enjoy the view!

Can we all go on the same plane?

We operate a small aircraft, so we recommend spliting your group into smaller groups of 2. On some days we may have availability to fit 3 tandem students per plane load. However it will depend on instrutor availability on the day.

Do you sell skydiving gift certificates?

Of course! You can call or email us and we can send you a gift certificate to print out!

Does the cost of the Media Packages cover everyone in the group?

No. Video & Photo packages will need to be purchased for each person who wants them. We can get pictures of everyone together on the ground, but each person will need to have their own camera system for the freefall and canopy ride.

Do you take deposits?

Yes, we take a $50 non-refundable booking fee for each person at the time of booking.

If you fail to show, or cancel your skydive for any reason, this will NOT be refunded.

Do i have to tip my instructor?

Tipping is appreciated but never expected. If you think they did a good job you can pay them a tip in Cash or By Venmo directly once your feet are safely back on the ground.

We hope this has answered any questions you may have had in relation to your First Tandem Skydive however if you need any further clarification

please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Our Instructor Promise

Our instructors must complete a vigorous course put in place by the USPA to become accredited skydiving instructors.

It is their job to give you the safest and most amazing skydiving experience you’ve ever had.  This includes proper one on one training with you on the day of your jump, and all your questions answered before you leave the ground! We promise our instructors are here for you!

Wait Times To A Minimum

Skydiving is an exciting experience and we want to get you in the air as soon as possible!

We will do our best to cut wait times to a minimum as mentioned above, but we can only operate as fast as our airplane can climb to altitude, and how many students we have booked in for the day. We don’t want students standing around either, there’s no fun in that!