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.
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.
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!