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First Jump Skydiving FAQs

In our 35+ years of hosting skydiving guests from Daytona Beach, Orlando and all over the world, we’ve answered lots of skydiving questions! To give you a better idea what to expect on your first skydive and help you prepare, we’ve put together the most common tandem skydiving FAQs below. If you have additional questions about jumping at Skydive DeLand, please give us a call at (386) 738-3539 and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.

Is there an age limit?

To skydive in the United States you must be at least 18 years old and present a valid government picture ID. If you are under 18, a parent cannot sign for you to skydive. There is no upper age limit, anyone can make a tandem skydive as long as they are healthy and have no infirmities.

Is there a weight limit?

The weight limit for a tandem passenger is 220 pounds, however there are a few factors that may allow us to take someone slightly over the weight limit. Anyone who is over the posted weight limit will need to be evaluated in person by an instructor so height and weight proportions can be taken into consideration. If the instructor feels that safety will not be compromised, you will be cleared to jump.

Can I jump with an injury or medical problem?

There are some physical limitations that may prevent you from experiencing freefall as a tandem student. If you have a physical limitation you may need to receive an evaluation from an instructor. Please seek advice from your physician for any medical concerns.

Can I jump with prescription glasses or contact lenses?

We want you to see your surroundings as you jump from over 2 miles above beautiful DeLand Florida! If you wear glasses, we will provide you with special goggles that fit over them. If you wear contacts you should be able to wear our standard goggles, but we ask that you please inform your instructor that you are wearing contact while you’re getting suited up for your skydive.

Can you breathe in freefall?

Yes! The freefall and parachute environments do not cause any difficulty in breathing; however, some students have commented that it was awkward to breathe during the first few seconds after they exited the plane. This is caused not by lack of oxygen but by the surge of adrenaline and excitement of making your first skydive! Sometimes when a person is startled they draw in a breath of air and hold it. When you exit the airplane you can breathe in and out as normal or you can scream with excitement!

How far in advance should I make a reservation?

We recommend making a reservation a few days in advance. Weekends and holidays are the busiest days and fill up quickly. Walk-ins are welcomed to the best of our ability but those with reservations will have priority.

My reservation is at 9am, when will I jump?

There are many factors in our sport of skydiving such as weather and local aviation that make it so we are unable to predict the actual time of your jump. Your reservation time is your arrival time and we ask that you allow three to four hours to complete your jump. We have a full-service restaurant on the premises as well as an observation deck with a playground to watch the skydivers while you wait.

What if the weather is not suitable?

Skydiving is a weather dependent sport. We will remain open on questionable days, tracking the weather. If the weather does not seem favorable on the day you are scheduled, please give us a call at (386) 738-3539. If we are unable to skydive, we will reschedule your skydive for a different day.

How high will I jump from and how long is the freefall?

Our tandem students skydive from nearly 14,000 feet, reaching speeds of up to 120 mph, which allows for approximately 60 seconds of freefall! After your instructor deploys your parachute, you will enjoy a three to five minute canopy flight over looking scenic DeLand Florida.

How long is the airplane ride?

The plane ride is approximately 12 minutes from the time you take off until you exit the airplane for your skydive.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing according to the weather such as shorts, yoga pants, athletic attire, etc. You will be given a jumpsuit to put over your clothing. Please wear sneakers or tennis shoes.

Can I take my camera or GoPro with me?

We follow the National Safety Standards put in place by the United State Parachute Association which state only licensed skydivers with a minimum of 200 skydives can jump with a camera. We have professional aerial photographers available to jump with you and your instructor to capture your entire experience.

My friend and I are both jumping, can we share the video package?

Two or more people can be captured in all the moments of the experience on the ground prior to boarding the aircraft, but if you would like your freefall to be captured you will need to hire your own videographer. Tandems exit the aircraft seconds apart and the videographer can only jump with one tandem pair.

If I jump with a friend will I be able to see them?

You will be able to watch your friend exciting the aircraft from the door if they jump before you, however the chance of seeing them in freefall is unlikely because of the few seconds of separation on exit. At times it may be possible to see one another during your canopy flight.

If I am part of a group, how many can go up in the aircraft at a time?

We will make every effort for you to ride to altitude with your friends and family. Please know that this is not always possible, but we strive to keep groups of four or less together.

Do you allow spectators?

Yes! We have a large observation deck that overlooks the main landing area , a playground, and a full service restaurant and bar on site.

Do you offer insurance?


Can I jump my myself?

Of course! You can enroll in the Accelerated Freefall Course ( AFF ). AFF is a progression program offering the most efficient and effective way to learn how to skydive.

Ok, I loved my tandem skydive, what’s next?

If you’ve already made a tandem skydive, the next step in your skydiving career is to complete the Accelerated Freefall course (AFF). After successful completion of the AFF course you will be cleared to jump by yourself!

My question wasn’t answered?

If we missed a question you may have, please call us any day of the week between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at 386 738-3539 or send us an email to info@skydivedeland.com.

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