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Skydive Day 2019

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Where?

UK Parachuting, Ellough, Beccles, NR34 7XD United Kingdom

When?

July 21, 2019

How much?

£50 deposit (non-refundable) and a minimum sponsorship of £350

Fall 1,000 feet every eight seconds to make a difference

Enjoy breathtaking and unique views and experience the thrill of free fall, while securely attached to a highly experienced instructor, at our very own Skydive Day with UK Parachuting at Beccles Airfield this summer.

 

 

How do I book?

If you are interested in taking part, please fill out a form and we’ll be in touch.

Please read the full terms and conditions below.

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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Thinking about taking the plunge for St Nicholas Hospice Care? Here are some frequently asked questions.

Can anyone skydive?

Most people have no problems. The weight limit for AFF (Accelerated Freefall) and Tandem jumps is 15 stone and these weights must be in proportion to your overall height. You do need to be in good health with average fitness for AFF jumps. You do not need to be in excellent health to do a Tandem Jump but certain conditions may effect this so if you are in any doubt then please consult your GP.

Are there age limits?

The lower age limit for all types of parachuting in the UK is 16. Currently there is no upper age limit for Tandem Skydiving and as long as you are physically fit and healthy, you can self-declare by completing BPA medical form 115A. If there is a doubt about fitness or where existing medical conditions require the advice of a doctor then BPA medical form 115B must be used. This form, (115B) must be stamped and signed by a doctor and brought to the centre on the day of your jump. The final decision as to a person’s suitability rests with the Parachute Instructor. If you are over 16, (minimum age), and under 18, you will require parent/guardian permission. The maximum age for AFF courses is 55 years old.

Will I need insurance for my Tandem Skydive?

All parachute centres in the UK must conform to the British Parachute Association (BPA) rules. One of those rules is the legal requirement for every tandem student to be third party insured when jumping out of an aircraft.

Built into the cost of your skydive is the £30 premium making you a temporary member of the BPA and you are covered third party up to the value of £2 million.

What if I'm afraid of heights and feel nervous?

Quite naturally, you will feel apprehensive before you arrive. However, you will soon be put at ease, and your confidence will grow as you are taken through the pre-jump briefing. By the time you board the aircraft, you will feel ready!

What happens if the weather is bad and I cannot jump on the day I am booked in?

All aviation activity is subject to suitable weather conditions and parachuting is no exception. UK weather is notoriously difficult to forecast, especially more than

24 hours in advance. The normal procedure would be to assume you are going to skydive unless we contact you to rearrange. If the weather is not looking favourable, we will reschedule you to another day of your choice.

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival report to reception where you will be required to fill out some paperwork. You will watch a DVD which will let you know what to expect on the skydive. From there you will be taken into our ground training facility where you will receive a brief that will last approximately 20 minutes and will outline the procedures for the jump. We will kit you out and then you will be taken to the aircraft.

What should I wear?

Dress for comfort – you will be supplied with all of the specialist equipment and clothing that you will need. This includes a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and gloves. On the day of your jump, you should dress warmly in comfortable, loose clothing with suitable footwear such as trainers. If you wear glasses, we have googles that fit over top and will securely retain your glasses in place. Goggles will also protect contact lenses from being displaced.

Can my fan club come with me?

On the day of your jump, you are very welcome to bring your friends and family. There is a great atmosphere at the parachute, your friends and family can wave you off as you go to the plane and try to spot you as you fly.

How fast will I be falling when in free fall?

Approximately 120 miles an hour.

Can you breathe in free fall?

Yes, you can! Very rarely a first time skydiver will have difficulty catching their breath.  Asthma is a common condition and is not generally affected by parachuting. However, it is advisable that you seek your doctor’s approval if you are in any doubt.

What happens if my parachute fails to open?

All parachutists wear two parachutes when skydiving. If you are a tandem student, the instructor will carry out the reserve procedures and use the spare parachute if required. If you are an AFF student you will be taught to deal with the situation on what course of action should be taken, this is why the AFF course requires a minimum of six hours ground training before taking your first solo jump.

What if I pass out?

This would be very unlikely! However, have a bite to eat shortly before your jump to maintain your blood sugar level.

What are the freefall and landing positions?

On exit, you’ll need to be able to tip your head back and arch your back whilst tucking your legs up behind you. Your arms will need to be crossed, into and across your chest. During freefall, you will uncross your arms and bring them up in front of you. As you come into land your instructor will tell you to lift your legs, you need to be able to lift your feet up to knee level whilst in a seated position. You will be able to use the fabric on the sides of your jumpsuit to assist you.

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There’s nothing compared to the feeling of floating in the sky like a cloud