Skydiving FAQs

Skydiving FAQs

Is Skydiving Safe?

Skydiving is a high-speed sport that does have risks which are typically associated with jumpers who make mistakes with safety procedures and personal judgment. This is why it’s important to follow the regulations of the facility, complete any necessary training, and skydive with an experienced center.

What is a Tandem Skydive?

During your first skydive you will be performing the jump with an experienced United States Parachute Association certified instructor. This form of skydiving can also be used as the initial training for the Accelerated Freefall Program.

How Can I Learn How to Skydive?

After you complete your first Tandem Skydive you will be completing the First Jump Course training which takes approximately 4-6 hours. Throughout this course you will learn how to exit the plane, the proper freefall positions, how to deploy your parachute, and landing procedures.

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What Should I Wear to Skydive?

You should arrive for your skydive in comfortable clothing and preferably in sneakers. Open-toed shoes, sandals or flip flops are not permitted. Bring a hair tie to hold back long hair and leave any jewelry at home and empty your pockets!

What are the Physical and Age Requirements for Skydiving?

Due to USPA (United States Parachute Association) regulations, you must be at least 18 years or older to perform any type of skydive and will be asked to provide valid government-issued photo ID. It’s recommended that skydivers be in good shape and not have medical conditions such as heart issues, respiratory illness or a history of fainting. Also, it’s rare that any drop zone will allow you to skydive if you’re greater than 220 lbs.  We can accept up to 250 lbs, but there are additional fees associated and you must be height/weight proportionate.

What Can I Anticipate the Landing to be like?

Typically most students can land standing up on their first jump. This is due to the aerodynamics of the canopy which allows for a smooth tippy-toe landing.

Does the Weather Affect my Skydive?

Yes it does; we do not allow our students to skydive when there are excessive amount of rain, clouds or wind. Please be advised that weather can cause unexpected delays in your skydive and safety is our main concern.

Will there be Pictures of My Skydive?

At Virginia Skydiving Center we offer Tandem Skydive packages that come with video and photos. For more information about pricing and what’s included in each package please click here.

Can I bring my Own Camera on the Skydive?

No, in an effort to create the safest skydiving experience, the USPA has mandated that any skydiver with less than 200 jumps is prohibited from wearing any sort of camera gear.

How Long Does the Skydive Last?

Typically the freefall will last 60 seconds followed by 5-7 minutes under the parachute.