FAQ

As soon as we have received your booking form and deposit you will receive a text, email & posted confirmation that your jumped has been booked.

We will send out a reminder text/email that you are booked in at the beginning of the week of your jump as a reminder you are booked in.

The day before your jump we will send another text and email saying either we will be open for jumping or due to the weather we are having to cancel the jumps. Please make sure we have the correct email and mobile number.

Please note if the jump has been purchased as a gift then the text and emails will be sent to the purchaser. Please make sure we have the correct email and mobile number if you wish the updates to be sent to you instead.

Your final payment for your skydive on the day is cash or postal order only. There are no credit card facilities at the airport.

You must bring the correct medical form unless already posted in. Visit our documents page to download copies of these forms from our website and make sure you have read them correctly.

If 16 or 17 remember your parental consent form and make sure a parent has also signed your medical form. Again, visit our documents page to download copies of these forms from our website and make sure you have read them correctly.

Allow plenty of time for your journey, please don’t be late.

Wear comfy clothes and trainers.

Charity donations must be a cheque or postal order only with a copy of your sponsor forms. If you are not handing in sponsorship you need to bring a letter from the charity stating you are dealing directly with them. If you have used Just Giving bring a copy of this with you on the day.

Remember there are no jump times. Please allow at least 6 hours to complete the jump. It could be quicker than that or take longer. Please explain this to your spectators.

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.

The British Parachute Association is the governing body for all skydiving in the UK. Click this link for further information http://www.bpa.org.uk/where-can-i-jump/

Our governing body the British Parachute Association gives a summary of safety in the sport. For further information click this link http://www.bpa.org.uk/staysafe/how-safe/

Deposits can be paid by cash, cheque, postal order and bank transfers. There are no credit card facilities at the airport. If you wish to pay for a jump in full this can be done by cheque or postal order only at least 2 weeks prior to the jump. Cheques and postal orders are made payable to Skydive Swansea Ltd.

If you wish to pay the deposit by bank transfer please contact us for details.

On the day of your jump the balance to pay for your skydive is cash or postal order only.

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. If they are not a charity partner 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.

We aim to be open Weekends, Bank holiday Mondays and between April and October some Fridays too.

Arrival times are:

  • Weekends & Bank Holidays 8am or 12pm. During the months of November through to February the only arrival time is 9am.
  • Fridays 11am.

We recommend morning arrival times as a first choice as it allows more time to complete the jump and remember you will be ahead of the afternoon arrivals.

The day before your jump we will send a text and email saying either we will be open for jumping or due to the weather we are having to cancel the jumps.

On very rare occasions we have sent messages out on the day of the jump if the weather has changed drastically overnight.

Please note if the jump has been purchased as a gift then the text and emails will be sent to the purchaser. Please make sure we have the correct email and mobile number if you wish the updates to be sent to you instead.

If you are booking accommodation the day before or after the jump bear in mind that this is a weather dependant sport and forecasts can change at short notice.

The Tandem Skydive from 12,000 feet has weight limits of 15 stone for men and 13 stone for ladies.

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 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. If we receive a booking form and you are 5 feet 4 or less and have put the maximum weight limit we would request you meet us prior to booking for a one to one consultation with the Chief Instructor to make sure you can adopt the correct landing position.

You may find that some other centres take heavier people but this is a risk we are not willing to take.

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 unless you have previous recorded experience on ram-air parachutes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • If you have not suffered in the past or do not currently suffer from any of the conditions listed on the TANDEM STUDENT PARACHUTIST MEDICAL INFORMATION AND DECLARATION (form 115A) you may fill in this form yourself without going to the doctor. If you are 16/17 years old a parent/guardian will need to witness this form 115A.
  • If you have had in the past or do currently suffer from any of the conditions listed you must get your doctor to sign & stamp the OTHER form called the – STUDENT TANDEM PARACHUTIST REQUEST FOR MEDICAL ADVICE (FORM 115B)

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.

It is our policy not to allow anyone who uses or relies on a wheelchair to undertake a tandem skydive.

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.

AFF Course (Solo jumps)

For the AFF Course there are two different medical forms. You will be required to fill out one of these forms.

Form 115C Solo Student Parachutist Self-Declaration of fitness to Parachute.

Form 115D Solo Student Parachutist request for Medical Advice.

If you have not suffered in the past or do not currently suffer from any of the conditions listed on Form 115C Solo Student Parachutist Self-Declaration of fitness to Parachute.you may fill in this form yourself without going to the doctor. If you are 16/17 years old a parent/guardian will need to witness this form.

  • If you have had in the past or do currently suffer from any of the conditions listed on Form 115C you must get your doctor to sign & stamp the OTHER form called the – Form 115D Solo Student Parachutist request for Medical Advice.

 

  • 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.

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.

We will try our hardest but cannot guarantee this. There are many factors that dictate the amount of people that can go up in one aircraft ride. Sometimes we do have to split groups up.

We have a viewing point for spectators to see you boarding the aircraft. For the landing it depends which landing area we are using. This is dictated by the wind direction. One area is closer for spectators than the other. We cannot allow spectators onto the airfield.

No. The use of camera equipment by tandem students is prohibited by our governing body the  British Parachute Association.

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.

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.

Currently the airport canteen is closed. At weekends there is normally a burger van on site. There is also a café opposite the airport about a 5 minute drive. You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. There are picnic tables outside and seating areas inside. Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities in the airport main building.

Dogs are welcome outside as long as kept on leads. If the canteen is open they are not allowed in the main airport building. The only exception is guide/assistance dogs.

Yes you can as long as you are within the weight restrictions of the 12000 feet jump. You would be required to pay the difference which would be £70 on the day of the jump cash or postal order only.

By booking direct with us you are cutting out the middleman so to speak so ‘no other hidden fees’ are added. The cost of the tandem skydives are at the lowest price possible already. Our prices have not increased for the last 4 years. Our prices are generally lower than other parachute centres.

Read through all your documentation prior to coming to us so there are no delays on check in on the day.

Make sure you have eaten. Many people think it’s best not to have eaten prior but it’s actually the opposite.

Be prepared to be at the centre for at least half a day or possibly longer and remember to inform your friends and family of this.

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