How old do you have to be to go skydiving?

How old do you have to be to go skydiving? The minimum age to go skydiving is 16 years old. If you’re aged between 16 and 18, you’ll need the signed consent of a parent or legal guardian. There is no maximum age to go skydiving.

The minimum age of a tandem skydiver is set by the British Parachute Association (BPA), who are the British National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting in the UK. The 16 years old minimum age restriction is part of their operational safety & training regulations. Like many other activities in the UK, the minimum age for skydiving is based upon the “mental or cognitive capacity to assess the amount of risk involved in carrying out a parachute descent” – Jeff Montgomery, Safety & Technical Officer, BPA.

Safety and managing risk are at the heart of everything we do at GoSkydive, and  like any extreme sport, tandem skydiving does have risks attached. At GoSkydive your safety is our number one priority and is put above everything else. We are fully regulated by the British Parachute Association (BPA) and we follow their guidelines. On site our Chief Instructor ensures the BPA guidelines are adhered to at all times.

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In addition we give all our jumpers industry leading pre-jump training in a simulated skydiving environment. We use the very best, industry leading parachute technology – the Sigma Tandem Parachute System, and have a core team of full time professional tandem skydive instructors who collectively have done in excess if 50,000 jumps.

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During your tandem skydive, you (the novice) are strapped to a highly experienced, professional GoSkydive instructor. Following your your freefall (typically at around 125mph!), your instructor will release and control the parachute all the way to landing.

More information about risk is given on the student declaration form which you’ll need sign prior to tandem skydiving with us. You can view the form here.

If you would like more information about safety in skydiving please visit the ‘How Safe’ section of the BPA website –  British Parachute Association – How Safe

If you’re between 16 and 18 years old you’ll need to get a BPA Membership Agreement Form and BPA Medical Information and Declaration signed by a parent or legal guardian. Learn more about your tandem skydive experience on the day, and book your jump of a lifetime today!

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How much is skydiving in the UK?

How much is skydiving in the UK? The cost of a tandem skydive in the UK is ~£199 to £318. The price of a skydive is based on the height of your jump, safety & training, the customer experience and group discounts.

From the cost of specialist skydiving gear, state of the art pre-jump training, highly experienced and qualified instructors all the way to your touchdown to the ground, a skydive is something you shouldn’t cut corners on. Learn the 4 primary things you need to consider:

(1) Height of Jump: The higher you jump, the longer you get to experience the incredible feeling of freefall back to earth! Our 15,000ft jump (the highest altitude in the UK) gives you 60s of freefall, a 10,000ft jump an unforgettable 30s and our 7,000ft jump a 10s taster.

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(2) Safety & Training: At GoSkydive, safety is at the heart of everything we do, and we take all safety precautions very seriously. From the moment you step on site, your flight, jump and landing, safety is our top priority. For you, this includes specialist simulated tandem skydiving training to prepare you for your jump – something you won’t get elsewhere.

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(3) Customer Experience: The skydiving customer experience varies greatly from centre to centre. At GoSkydive your tandem skydive is so much more than just a jump, and we hold a Visit England Gold Award for Customer Excellence in the South West to prove it. Our fully qualified and experienced instructors and the wider team are there to make sure you have the best experience possible – but don’t just trust our word for it; check out our reviews!

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(4) Group Discounts: Create a team with your friends and save on your jumps! With group discounts you can save: 2-4 jumpers (save £10pp), 4-9 jumpers (save £20pp), 10+ jumpers (save £25pp).

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Find out which jump is best for you, and book yours today!

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GoSkydive welcomes first female tandem skydive instructor

Female tandem skydive instructors in the UK are rare and GoSkydive are one of the only tandem skydive centres in the UK to offer skydives with a female instructor. Holly qualified as a tandem skydive instructor with GoSkydive after completing the GoSkydive Apprenticeship Programme. Holly had to complete more than 1,300 jumps and 8 hours in freefall to master parachute handling, freefall and camera flying. Now in her second year at GoSkydive and after completing more than 2500 skydives she is one of the most popular instructors.

Holly joins about 11 other female tandem skydive instructors working in the UK, and GoSkydive’s team of 20 instructors, who between them complete up to 150 jumps a day.

Holly was first introduced to skydiving by a friend whilst studying for a degree in sociology. After completeing her degree she chose a career in skydiving working as a freefall photographer in other dropzones around the world including Miami. In 2014 Holly returned to the UK and enrolled in year 2 of the GoSkydive apprenticeship scheme to become a tandem instructor.

“It really is an honour to share the special experience of tandem skydiving with someone – especially when it is their first time, and often will be their only time doing one” said Holly. “It’s brilliant that I can call it my profession.” Holly qualified through the British Parachute Association approved GoSkydive Apprenticeship programme – the first of its kind in the world.The programme offers candidates the opportunity to train and qualify in the adrenaline-filled industry.

During the two-year programme apprentices can fully qualify as freefall video and still photographers. They’ll then go on to become fully qualified tandem skydive instructors.Gordon Blamire, the founder and managing director for GoSkydive, added: “Being a tandem skydive instructor is such a fulfilling job — you get to give people unforgettable memories while doing what you love on a daily basis. Holly will be a great asset to our team and we look forward to seeing her put her training and qualification into action with lots of Tandem Skydives this summer.”

To find out more about GoSkydive’s apprenticeship programme go to GoSkydive.com/apprenticeships

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ISSA World Series Champion

ISSA World Series: Speed Skydiving 4th Round, Dunkeswell, UK. 30 June – 02 July 2017

Our man max is now the International Speed Skydiving World Series Champion – here’s his personal account of the competition.

The last round of the ISSA World Series was held here in the UK and hosted by Skydive Buzz, down in Devon with a fast aircraft and a warm welcome. We had a pretty good turnout, with fourteen competitors from five countries – UK, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and Italy. Unfortunately our fifteenth competitor, Gerda Klostermann-Mace from Germany had to withdraw due to an injury so this left only one female in the competition, our own Lucy Westgarth from the UK.

The scheduled start for Friday morning was delayed due to low cloud which persisted all day. No jumps, but lots of tea was drunk and cake eaten. It all got going on the Saturday morning though, with a practice round for everyone and then straight into the competition. I turn out a speed of 484.87kmh, not bad but not the 500+kmh I’m capable of. However, the sudden upset is from Matt Byrne, one of our UK entrants. He’s done some speed skydiving in the past and has hit some pretty fast times in practice recently, but not in competition. Matt posts a speed of 548.77kmh, which places him firmly in the ‘500 Club’ and what a way to arrive! That’s the fourth fastest speed ever recorded in competition, and dangerously close to my British record.

The pressure is on and over the next six rounds I’m chasing Matt hard. My speeds are more consistent but not as fast as I usually am. Is the air slower in Devon? I only score one round over 500 (505.82) which helps me to catch up and at least I’m comfortably clear of Mike Lovemore, who’s owning third place. The final round comes on the Sunday morning and I’m in second place still, but Matt is only a couple of kmh ahead of me, so the final round could change everything.

And so it does! Matt scores an O.B. (out-of-bounds) jump which is his third for the meet and that means his five best scoring rounds include a couple in the low 400s which offset his fastest jumps. On the other hand I post a respectable 492.53kmh, which is not the fastest I’ve been but consistency wins the day. My total score is the highest. 2469.82kmh to Matt’s 2416.39kmh, making it a comfortable win, averaging out at 493.964kmh.

Prize giving follows a couple of hours later and I walk away with a huge silver cup for winning the round, but most importantly the gladiator sword which is the trophy for winning the series. It’s been a great competition, I won three of the four events and only came second by a very small margin in the other, so I’m really pleased with my performance. Next up is the European and World Cup of Speed Skydiving held next month in Saarlouis, Germany alongside a whole bunch of other skydiving disciplines also competing for their European and World Cups. It should be fun for the speeders as most of the usual suspects will be there so I need to go even faster!

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What is Freefall?

We’ve come to realise that try as we might to not use industry specific language we sometimes fail and it seems that when we talk about ‘Freefall’ people are often unclear as to what that actually means. So what is freefall? Freefall is the state that a tandem skydive pair are in when they first exit the aircraft. So once the aeroplane has reached the desired jump altitude (height from the ground) that we are wanting to skydive from the tandem pair exit the aircraft – they are then in a state of freefall until the parachute is deployed by the tandem instructor. The pair are literally falling freely through the air at speeds of approximately 125mph.

The freefall is the skydiving part of the experience and the length of time that the experience lasts depends on the altitude that you are jumping from. The parachute is deployed at 5000ft so the ‘freefall’ or skydive lasts for the time it takes to fall from the jump height minus the parachute deployment height. So jumping from 15,000ft minus 5000ft when the parchute is deployed gives you a freefall distance of 10,000ft which on average takes about 60 seconds to cover. Jumping from 10,000ft would give you a distance of 10,000ft to cover taking about 30 seconds.

To calculate the speed that you would freefall at you can use our freefall calculator (refresh after each calculation)

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