If you have chosen a charity/cause which is not listed on our charity booking form then please check our website as it is updated more regularly. Make sure you have permission from them to raise funds for them. A letter or email from them would be acceptable when sent in with your booking form.
Skydive Swansea has weight limits of 15 stone for men and 13 stone for women for the Tandem Skydive from 12,000 feet. The Ground Rush Tandem has limits of 16 stone for men and 13 stone for ladies. The AFF course has a limit of 15 stone for men and 13 stone for ladies. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU WEIGH YOURSELF FULLY CLOTHED as weight limitations are strictly adhered to and you may be asked to be weighed on the day.
The reason why we have the different weight restrictions in place for men and women is down to health and safety. We have based our restrictions on how men and women can carry their weight differently. Statistically women tend to carry their weight around their waist and hips. We have found that in the past women over 13 stone have found it very difficult to adopt the required landing position enabling them to land without being at extra risk to themselves and the instructor. Due to us having these restrictions in place has resulted in us having a very good safety record. You may find that some other centres take heavier people but this is a risk we are not willing to take.
Skydive Swansea prides itself on a high reputation for safety and customer service. All of our instructors are highly qualified British Parachute Association instructors with a wealth of experience. We have one of the best drop zones in UK for views. Swansea Airport is located on a peninsular that is surrounded on three sides by the sea so looking down from the aircraft at 12,000 feet above the Gower is simply amazing!
Skydive Swansea is also committed to helping Welsh Charities and other good causes as well as UK National Charities raise much needed funds through individuals who want to experience the thrill of skydiving but also wish to support a charity by raising sponsorship.
Every month tens of thousands are raised by people who want to help make a difference. By booking direct with Skydive Swansea, all of your money raised after the cost of the tandem skydive goes to your chosen charity with no fee for administration or considerations for middlemen who charge fees for booking on your behalf.
We will provide you with a jump suit, hat, goggles and gloves to wear during the skydive. For your own comfort we recommend wearing leggings or tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt and sweat top to wear underneath the jump suit. For footwear, lace up trainers are strongly recommended, boots and jeans are not.
Both of these are generally fine. We have a range of goggles which can be used during your jump. Some of these are designed to fit over glasses (providing the glasses are not too big), and all goggles will protect the eyes and keep the contacts from being moved.
No parachute centre will guarantee a time because of many factors (not least the weather) that can affect the outcome of the day. You should therefore allow all day to complete the jump.
We work out the order of jumping in a specific way to do with weight, height, fuel on board, cameramen, total capacity on board, equipment and instructors available. Sometimes 2, 3 or 4 tandems are lifted at once depending on all these factors.
Be aware that once the order has been arranged on the board it can change sometimes at short notice. We will try and group you together with your friends to jump but sometimes this is not always possible. Each aircraft flight takes about 25 minutes.
The amount you pay on the day will include your BPA insurance which covers you for Personal Liability 3rd Party insurance. If you would like to have personal accident insurance we recommend you arrange this personally.
For our Tandem Skydives from 12000 feet we offer filming & photos with your own personal camera flyer or the Hand Cam filming only by your tandem instructor.
For our Ground Rush Tandems from 7000 feet we offer the Hand Cam filming option only.
More information, including pricing, can be found on our Camera page.
No. The use of camera equipment by tandem students is prohibited by the British Parachute Association. Skydive Swansea do have a pool of highly experienced camera flyers who will be able to film your skydive for you. This costs £110 and more information is available on our freefall DVD page.
There are TWO DIFFERENT TANDEM MEDICAL forms. EVERYONE doing a tandem skydive has to fill out ONE of these medical forms. Please read carefully the TANDEM STUDENT PARACHUTIST MEDICAL INFORMATION AND DECLARATION (form 115A) to see which one you need to fill out.
A LETTER FROM YOUR DOCTOR IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THE DOCTOR MUST SIGN & STAMP THE STUDENT TANDEM PARACHUTIST REQUEST FOR MEDICAL ADVICE FORM.
If you rely upon walking aids for your mobility then we will require you to attend the centre for a pre-assessment before accepting a booking.
AFF Course (Solo jumps)- For the AFF course read through the SOLO STUDENT PARACHUTIST DECLARATION OF FITNESS TO PARACHUTE/SOLO MEDICAL FORM.
Visit our documents page for further information on the medical forms.
Youngest is 16 to jump. If aged 16 or 17 a parent or guardian is required to fill out BPA Membership Agreement (also known as the under 18 parental consent form). There is no upper age limit for the tandem skydives, however if you are over the age of 60 then we will require you to attend the centre for a pre-assessment before accepting a booking.
For the AFF course you must be under 55 to start the course.
Medical forms are required to be filled in by everyone wishing to jump. Some people may require a doctor to sign and stamp the medical form. Visit our documents page for further information on the medical forms.
Skydive Swansea will look at every case individually as there are various degrees of disability. It is our policy not to allow anyone who uses or relies on a wheelchair to undertake a tandem skydive. A risk assessment will be done and instructors always reserve the right not to allow any person to jump for safety reasons. If this is found to be the case then Skydive Swansea would fully refund your booking fee. Give us a call to discuss further.
Skydiving is a weather dependent sport. Parachuting has its limitations and that is why sometimes your jump may be delayed until the conditions are suitable. If this is the case hopefully the delay will only be short and we will keep you fully informed. Winds of more than 20 knots for tandem skydives (22 mph), low cloud and rain will delay or cancel the jump. When the forecast is sunshine and showers, jumping normally takes place (in between showers). This is why it sometimes takes the whole day to complete and get everyone jumped. 15 knots is the maximum limit for AFF skydives. Please remember it isn’t the staff's fault if the weather is bad or changes, we really want you to jump as much as you do! It will be worth the wait believe us! We will contact you if the weather is too bad in advance and rebook a suitable date. Be aware that even the forecasters get it wrong sometimes!
If we are on a weather hold and then are able to jump when it clears sometimes we will not have enough time to jump everyone. This is not a common occurrence but if it happens we start by cancelling the last jump. For example if we had 6 groups we would cancel group 6, then 5 and so on if the weather dictates that.
We will send out texts/ emails to remind you that you are booked in. We typically send one at the beginning of the week and another one or two days before the day of your jump.
If the jump is cancelled we will send out a text/ email stating this but sometimes the decision is not made till late afternoon the day before.
Please make sure you have added a mobile number and email address to the booking form.
Landings have been the matter of legend since the early days of parachuting. Landings under older parachutes very much depended on good technique to experience a comfortable return to earth. Landings made with modern parachutes are significantly softer and are usually described as the equivalent of jumping off a 4 foot (1.2 m) wall. You will be required to lift your legs for a minimum of 10 seconds prior to landing so the instructor has first contact with the ground.
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