Skydiving FAQ

Got Questions? We've Got Answers!

Skydiving can seem like a pretty overwhelming experience, especially if you're doing it for the first time. We know you probably have a lot of questions: what should you wear, when should you arrive, what should you expect on the ground and in the sky? We've answered these questions and more for you in our Skydiving FAQs below.

We're a friendly team so if we've missed anything, get in touch - we're ready to answer your questions about skydiving Fresno and Santa Barbara!

General Questions

What should I wear?

Dress in casual seasonably comfortable clothing like pants and a t-shirt, sweater or sweatshirt - layers! Closed-toe lace-up shoes are required.

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Booking Questions

Is there a weight restriction?

Yes, we can take someone up to 240 lbs. It is possible for special accommodations to be made. Please contact our office with any questions.

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Are there any age limitations?

You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid ID. We've had many active seniors celebrate their birthdays with us well into their 70's and 80's.

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Tandem Skydiving Questions

How fast do you fall?

Freefall averages about 120 miles per hour or 200ft/second.

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How long is the freefall experience?

The amount of time varies based on your altitude, but you can expect your freefall to last anywhere from 25 to 60 seconds - believe us, it's a very long time when you're headed toward the earth at 120 mph!

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Can I breathe in freefall?

Yes - however the excitement may leave you breathless!

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Are the landings hard?

Normally there is less impact in the landing than jumping off a chair. Our instructors will determine whether to land sitting or standing depending on winds and the tandem student.

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What altitude do you jump from?

We offer three altitude packages - 8,000, 10,000 and 13,000 feet. Click here to see prices for the various jump altitudes.

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What if my parachute doesn’t open?

By FAA regulation, all intentional parachute jumps must be made with a single harness, dual parachute system with both a main and a secondary, or reserve, parachute. Basically, if one doesn't work, you have another one. The reserve parachutes are inspected and repacked every 120 days by an FAA-certified rigger whether they've been used or not. Student main parachutes are packed by a rigger or are packed under direct supervision of a certified rigger. In addition, all are equipped with an AAD ( Automatic Activation Device ) which will deploy if the chute hasn't been opened during freefall as determined by altitude.

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Is skydiving scary?

It is normal to be apprehensive about jumping from an airplane. The ride up is typically where most students feel the greatest anxiety, but few jumpers report feeling anything but thrill once they've left that door!

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Should I tip my instructor?

Tipping is not required, but greatly appreciated! It's customary to tip your instructor after your jump to show your thanks for the entire experience (and safe landing).

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How experienced are the instructors?

Our instructors are all USPA qualified and have between 700 and 13,000+ jumps, with over 40 years of combined experience.

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The instructor was very kind, welcoming, full of energy and very fun to dive with. I would definitely come back for it.

» Katrina H.

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