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Frequently asked questions about skydiving FAQ
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general information about skydiving
Useful information about tandem jump
Information on parachuting training
Question: Can everyone just go skydiving?
No, you can't just skydive like that. There are two ways to do a skydive. One is a tandem jump. With a tandem jump, you put yourself in the hands of an experienced tandem master. All other information that is relevant for the tandem jump will be provided on site.
The second variant is parachute training. At the end of this training you will receive a jumping license. With this skydiving license one is entitled to jump from airplanes anywhere in the world.
Question: What height do you jump from when skydiving?
The standard base height for skydiving is 4000 meters. However, some dropping planes only reach 2500-3000 meters. As a special highlight, some jumping sites offer jumps from 7000 meters, so-called height jumps, once a year. Thanks to the oxygen supply, these altitudes are no longer a problem when skydiving.
Question: How fast are the parachutists at 4000 meters?
How long it takes for a dropping aircraft to bring the parachutists to jump height depends on the type of aircraft and the number of parachutists. On average, the plane takes 20-25 minutes.
Question: Isn't skydiving very cold at these altitudes?
It depends. You can say that at 4000 meters it is around 24 degrees colder than on the ground. In winter this is sometimes very uncomfortable, but in summer the skydiver is happy about every cooling.
Question: How long does the freefall last?
The duration of the freefall depends largely on the speed at which the skydiver is traveling. There are different disciplines in skydiving in which the parachutist is different in speed. In formation jumping (relative work), the parachutist flies on his stomach. The duration of the free fall is around 60 seconds. The jumper is a little faster at freefly. In this parachute discipline, the skydiver only needs 50 seconds. With special suits (wingsuit) you can double the free fall time.
Question: At what height does the skydiver open his parachute?
Usually the jumper opens his parachute at a height of 1000 meters. If there is an opening problem, the parachutist has enough time to remedy this opening problem or, if necessary, to cut off the main parachute and open the reserve. For the first parachute jump with new equipment, you usually plan a few hundred meters in addition to get used to the new equipment.
Question: How long does it take for the parachute to open?
How long it takes for the parachute to fully open depends largely on how the parachute is packed. You can pack a parachute so that it opens faster or slower. As a rule, the parachute deployment process takes two to five seconds. That is about 200 meters. At an opening height of 1000 meters, the parachutist hangs on the fully opened parachute at 800 meters.
Question: Is there a special greeting for skydiving?
Yes, there is a special greeting for skydiving. Parachutists wish for "Blue Skies and safe landings" (short: "Blue Skies").
Question: What does it cost to have your own equipment?
The final price for purchasing your own equipment depends on what the potential buyer wants to purchase (brand, additional options, etc.).
However, one can assume that a complete, new system devours around 4000-6000 euros, depending on the version. A full parachute system includes a harness, a main canopy, a reserve parachute and an AAD (e.g. Cypres).
Of course, there is also the option of buying a used system. Here the prices are well below those of a new system. The price for this depends on the year of construction of the individual components, the number of jumps, the design and the general condition of the system. The price for such a used gear can be between 1000 and 4000 euros.
Question: Does the parachute training also take place in bad weather?
When it rains, a thunderstorm is approaching or if the cloud cover is closed, a parachute will not jump. Of course, you can use these breaks sensibly to solidify and deepen the theory again or to improve your skills in parachuting. If you have a long journey to travel to, it is definitely advisable to give a short call to the jump area so that you don't drive the long way in vain.
Question: What happens if I have to interrupt my parachute training?
Here it depends entirely on the duration of the interruption. If you have to pause the parachute training for a long time, a short refresher will be necessary (theoretical questions, hanging harness, jump with instructor).
Question: Is there an age or weight limit for a tandem jump?
In principle there is no age limit for a tandem jump. It depends on the jump location. Some places require a minimum age of 14 years, at some jump areas minors are only allowed to do a tandem jump with a written consent from their legal guardian. So it is best to ask at the respective jump area before the tandem jump. A solution will be found. However, there is an age restriction. The tandem guest should not weigh more than 95 kg. Here, too, the following applies: ask on the jump site beforehand before giving up the dream of a tandem jump. The height for the tandem jump should be between 1.40 meters and 1.90 meters. But that depends largely on the tandem master that you get. If you are 30 cm taller than your tandem master, this could lead to problems when landing if you have already hit the ground but your tandem master is still in the air. Ouch!
Question: Are there any health restrictions for a tandem jump?
In principle, no medical certificate is required for a tandem jump. However, you should already be in good physical condition. That means no problems with your musculoskeletal system (spine and joints) and no problems with the cardiovascular system. If you are unsure, ask your family doctor to be on the safe side before doing a tandem jump. But don't worry too much. With us at the jumping area in Gransee, pensioners have already jumped and they all came back down healthy.
Question: Do I have to be particularly brave for a tandem jump?
You don't jump out of a plane every day. A little courage and fun in adventure are part of it. You are sure to be excited before the tandem jump. But you also know it from exams: when it starts, the worst nervousness is already over. It is the same with a tandem jump. Once you've got off the plane, you're just amazed! The advantage of a tandem jump is that you can enjoy the free fall even without prior knowledge. So give yourselves a jolt!
Question: How much time do I have to plan for my tandem jump?
How much time your tandem jump will actually take cannot be said in general terms. Before the tandem jump, you will receive a briefing on the ground in which the tandem master explains the equipment and the jumping position. This briefing usually lasts 20-30 minutes. In theory, it can then blow up. But as with almost all sports that take place outdoors, the weather makes the rules. If dark clouds appear over the jump area, a short break is taken. You should keep half a day free for a tandem jump.
Question: What clothes should I wear?
For your tandem jump you should wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. At most jump sites you will get a station wagon before your tandem jump, which you can pull over your personal belongings. Everything else, such as headgear and diving goggles, is almost always the place to jump.
Question: Can I wear contact lenses or glasses for the tandem jump?
A pair of glasses or contact lenses are not a problem at all during a tandem jump. Most jump areas have quite large goggles, under which your glasses fit loosely.
Question: What happens to my tandem jump when the weather is bad?
Unfortunately, the weather cannot be influenced. Today the sun is still shining beautifully and tomorrow it will be raining all the time. If you are unlucky, every jump site will surely arrange a new date for your tandem jump. So you are not taking any chances. What is considered bad weather? Rain, a closed cloud cover and an approaching thunderstorm.
Question: Can I take friends on the plane?
Many jump sites offer so-called co-flights. The guest flies on the co-pilot seat. Of course you can't talk like that, because the jumpers sit behind you on the ground with their backs facing the direction of flight. Such a flight is always an experience, especially the descent! Try it out ...
Question: Do I have to do the tandem jump if I feel unsafe on the plane?
Nobody is forced to jump in tandem, that's for sure! If you suddenly feel uncomfortable or do not want to get out of the plane at all, your wish will of course be respected. You will then land normally by plane. However, it is quite normal to be nervous before jumping. So give yourself a jolt and experience a very special adventure!
Question: What height do I jump from and how long does the tandem jump take?
Most tandem jumps are performed from a height of 4000 meters. At some jump sites this can sometimes be less, depending on the dropping plane. If you jump from 4000 meters, the free fall takes around 50 seconds. The glider ride takes another 5-7 minutes.
Question: Can I breathe normally in freefall?
Of course, you can breathe normally even in freefall. Sometimes tandem passengers hold their breath shortly after exiting because of the tension and then think in retrospect that they couldn't breathe. But don't make the mistake of breathing through your mouth. Through the large opening, your lungs suddenly fill with air. Of course, this makes it harder to keep breathing normally. So my tip to you: breathe through your nose! In the end, you can do it automatically with breathing, you don't have to think about it too much.
Question: I would like to have my tandem jump filmed. Is the?
Of course you can. You don't jump out of a plane every day. So I always recommend a tandem video. This video of the tandem jump is always a pleasure to watch. Just ask on the jump area if a video is possible. To do this, a video jumper will jump out of the plane with you. The camera is attached to his helmet. Some jump sites also offer so-called cell phone cams. Your tandem master has a camera attached to his wrist and is filming you directly in freefall. Very special recordings are possible with the Handy-Cam. There is also no need to be a video jumper here. Such a tandem video costs around 70 euros.
Question: What if I feel sick while jumping in a tandem?
In freefall, hardly anyone gets sick from experience. This can happen earlier on a parachute. If this happens to you, just let your tandem master know. He will then land as quickly as possible and not do any wild maneuvers with the parachute.
Question: What happens if the parachute does not open?
Each parachute system includes two parachutes - the main parachute and the reserve parachute. Should the main parachute fail to open, it will be cut off and the reserve parachute opened, where you can safely land. A tandem master is an experienced skydiver and is very familiar with the equipment and knows what to do in such a situation.
Question: How hard will the landing be?
Nowadays, modern flat parachutes are used for jumping, which can be slowed down to a minimum. Depending on how optimal the wind is, you can land comfortably while standing. Most of the time, however, you end up on your bum. It doesn't really hurt if you adopt the landing posture discussed earlier.
Question: What does a tandem jump cost?
A tandem jump usually costs from 170 euros. During the week, a tandem jump is usually cheaper.
Question: I really enjoyed the tandem jump. I want more! What's next?
If you liked the tandem jump so much that you want more, you can now start parachuting. You can find more information here.
Question: Which training is better - AFF or automatic?
In general, it is difficult to say exactly which training method is the better. But the fact is that the AFF training is the more modern and leads to the goal much faster than is the case with the automatic. Many students imagine free fall under skydiving and want to experience it. With automatic training, however, the student approaches the free fall very slowly, so that one or the other can become frustrated. This is where AFF training has its clear advantages. The student jumps from 4000m on his first jump and thus experiences the feeling of free fall extensively. Furthermore, he is accompanied by 2 or a teacher, who intervene in the event of difficulties and correct posture errors immediately. The advantage of automatic training seems clear at first glance - the price. However, it is not taken into account that this method requires far more jumps to obtain the license and that the savings from the past are almost revised. Nowadays, the AFF method is predominantly used for training.
Question: Why is AFF training so expensive?
The cost of an AFF training is around 1500 euros. This includes theoretical training and levels 1-7 (repetitive jumps are charged extra). Compared to the course price for conventional training (automatic), which costs around 500 euros, AFF seems to be very price-intensive. Where does this high price come from? The reasons are obvious when you look at the content of the AFF training. The student does not jump out of the plane alone, but is initially accompanied by 2 specially trained jumping instructors, later only by one. These teachers provide valuable help and intervene in an emergency. This is the decisive difference to the automatic rate and this explains the price difference.
Question: How old do I have to be for parachute training?
The minimum age for parachuting training is 14 years. However, the prerequisite for this is the signature of the legal guardian. There are no upper limits. Those who feel physically and mentally fit can also go skydiving.
Question: Do I have to do a tandem jump before parachuting?
No, a tandem jump is not a requirement for parachute training. However, a tandem jump cannot do any harm. How else do you know beforehand whether skydiving is really for you? The costs for a started and then canceled parachute training are certainly higher than the costs for a tandem jump. Many skydivers got into skydiving through a tandem jump.
Question: Do I need a doctor's certificate for parachute training?
Yes, you need a medical certificate for parachuting training. However, that sounds more spectacular than it is in reality. You simply take this certificate with you to your family doctor and you will go through it together. With a bit of luck, it won't take half an hour. To download the medical certificate for skydivers, just click here.
Question: How sporty do I have to be for parachute training?
You don't have to be an athlete to skydive. However, a certain level of physical fitness cannot hurt, as with any other sport. When skydiving, however, it is an advantage if you can achieve a reasonably sensible hollow back. This makes the first jumps in parachute training much easier. But even without a super hollow back you will manage the training.
Question: What does AFF actually mean?
AFF means “Accelerated Free Fall”. Translated, this means “accelerated free fall training”.
Question: What is an AFF trial course?
A complete AFF training is not exactly cheap and if you are not quite sure whether skydiving is really something for you, you can book an AFF taster course.As with the full AFF course, the first two days of this introductory course are theoretical training. If everything goes smoothly, you jump the first level from 4000 meters on the second day. This jump is identical to the first jump from the full AFF course. If, after this trial course, you are finally sure that you want to skydive, you can have this first jump credited directly, so you don't have to repeat it (unless there is too long a period between the trial course and training). So you better decide quickly!
Question: How long does the entire parachute training take?
As always, the weather plays a crucial role in skydiving. If that doesn't happen, you can have your skydiving license in your pocket in a week. But you should plan more time than a week. During the week in particular, there is not so much going on at many of the jump sites. As a result, the drop plane does not take off as often. At the weekend there is sometimes so much rush that you can't be in every load. So you cannot plan the time required exactly.
Question: What do I have to wear to jump? What do I get?
For parachute training, comfortable and loose clothing that is easy to move in is appropriate. Normal sneakers are recommended for the feet. Everything else, such as a freefall combination, helmet, jump goggles and altimeter, is usually provided from the jump area.
Question: When can I jump alone?
It's actually pretty quick. The actual AFF training consists of 7 levels. If you have successfully completed these 7 levels, you take on the so-called solo status. From now on you can jump out of the plane by yourself. But only on the training jump area and with a jump sequence briefed beforehand. After all, these jumps serve as preparation for the upcoming test jumps.
Question: When do I get my skydiving license?
To obtain the parachutist license, 23 free fall jumps, the successfully passed theory test and two successfully passed test jumps are required. The level jumps jumped at the beginning are of course one of the 23 jumps. The theory test consists of 50 questions from the areas of aviation law, free fall, meteorology, technology, behavior in special cases, aerodynamics and human performance. There are around 1,000 questions to learn. That sounds bad at first. Since you also have to do with the content of the questions in practice, they actually learn quite quickly.
Question: Can I use my own parachute for parachute training?
The parachutes in training sometimes differ from the private parachute systems. Therefore it is unlikely that you will be able to use your own system during parachute training. But if you already have a helmet, etc., you can of course also use it during your training (in solo status).
Question: What happens if I don't finish my training on time?
If you don't get your license by the end of the season, you will likely have to wait until the next season. As this is quite a long period of time, a refresher will be necessary. How it looks exactly depends on your jump location. These can be a few questions about theory, an exercise in the hanging harness or a jump with a teacher (even though one was already in solo status).
Question: What does the full parachute training cost up to the license?
The price is of course made by your drop zone. The complete AFF training usually costs 2,500 euros. In addition, there are the fees for the medical certificate (20-50 euros), the issuance of the license (75 euros) and possibly rental fees for the parachute.
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