WHICH DROP ZONE IS SAFEST?
No organization rates the relative safety of skydiving schools, but USPA Group Member skydiving centers have pledged to follow USPA Basic Safety Requirements, including providing USPA-developed first-jump courses, using current USPA-rated instructors and providing USPA-required skydiving equipment.
Safety is something that concerns every skydiver and is one of the most important topics in our community. Don't leave your questions unanswered. Be aware of the non-USPA drop zone claiming they have the 100% Safety record!!!
DO I NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION?
Yes, all jumps are normally by reservation. This is for your benefit. So if you'll call us with as much advance notice as possible, we'll hold open the best time slot for you. That way we're ready when you walk in the door.
REFUND POLICY. What if I cannot keep my appointment?
You can always call us 48 hours ahead and reschedule for another day.
We understand than things can change unexpectedly. So if you have to cancel your reservation, for a full refund, make sure you call us at least 48 hours prior. For groups of 4 or more, please call us at least 72 hours before your appointment.
WHAT IS A TANDEM JUMP?
It's skydiving with your instructor. The 5,000 tensile lb. harness you will be wearing is directly connected to the parachute system and the Jump Master with 10,000lb strength Harness rings. From exit until landing, he is there to walk you and talk you through your first jump. He'll tell you what to do and when to do it, or if you want, he'll do everything for you. Your Jump Master is your personal "One on One" coach. We feel it's the safest and easiest way to learn skydiving.
WHO WILL MY JUMP MASTERS BE?
All of the Jump Masters at Skydive Southwest Florida have at least 1,000 jumps, some as many as 6,000+, and many years of experience. All are licensed, certified, and trained by the United States Parachute Association, the equipment manufacturers, and the FAA.
WHY CAN'T I GO BY MYSELF?
While it is still legal to jump by yourself the first time, we feel a Tandem jump is safer. You don't learn to scuba dive, or to fly a plane by yourself, you don't even learn to drive a car by yourself, so why would you want to jump by yourself? Free falling at 120 mph looks easy on TV, but there's a lot more to it; so you should know what you're doing on your first jump; or be with someone that does. We're not interested in "Guts, Glory and Egos", we're only interested in safety. We do offer Accelerated Freefall training... Call for details!
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE?
We land our parachutes right here at the airport, so your friends can watch. We have refreshments at our office, and we're close to the restaurants and motels in town.
IS IT SCARY?
Of course. It's not everyday that you jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Only insane people aren't scared. But we jump with more than a thousand first timers each year. We know how you feel, we remember our first jump. We know how to treat you and how to teach you. So when the airplane door opens up, and you feel your heart in your throat, and your adrenaline starts pumping, just tell yourself, "That's why I came here, to get the thrill of a lifetime, I'm meeting my challenge."
WHAT WILL THE FREEFALL FEEL LIKE?
There aren't any words to describe it. It is a sense of weightlessness and wind. There is no sense of falling or speed. You will not "leave your stomach behind" like a roller coaster. It will feel like you're floating in your back yard swimming pool, but with a lot of wind hitting you.
HOW LONG IS THE DIVE?
The ground time is about 1 hour including the training, practicing, and the gearing up. The airplane ride is about 15 minutes up to the top floor, 10,000' AGL or above. After we exit, the freefall can be up to a minute at 120mph. We'll pull the ripcord by 5,000' AGL and steer the parachute down and around for 5 to 7 minutes of quiet, peaceful, soaring and gliding. From start to finish, you'll be done in about 2 to 4 hours.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Running shoes, tee shirt, shorts, maybe a sweat shirt if it's cool. NO boots. NO sandals. NO tight jeans. Dress casual and comfortable for the weather.
WHAT IF THE PARACHUTE DOESN'T WORK?
All of our parachutes are inspected and packed under the supervision of our own FAA rigger. But if it happens, we'll use the reserve parachute, that's why it's there. Skydiving CAN injure or KILL you. So you MUST be at least 18 years of age to sign our waiver release forms.
CAN I JUMP WITH MY FRIENDS?
Sure, that's usually not a problem. By calling and reserving early enough in advance normally assures this if possible.
CAN I HAVE MY JUMP PHOTOGRAPHED AND VIDEO TAPED?
You can get all the experience recorded on a DVD, including your training, freefall, parachute flight and of course landing. Then we'll take the raw footage, edit and dub it, and add special effects and CD music for a very nice mini-movie of your first jump. It is an option, but about 80% of first timers purchase it.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO WE USE?
All our parachute rigs are equipped with a square main and reserve parachute and an emergency parachute opener. The parachutes are double sized for two people and up to 425' square, giving us soft openings and soft landings. The emergency opener (AAD) is a $1,500 computer that is designed to deploy our reserve parachute for us if there is a problem.
WHAT IF I CHICKEN OUT?
Only one in 5,000 first timers totally chicken out. But if that happens to be you, so what, you are the customer, you don't have to jump. No, we will not push you. If you want to jump it's the greatest thrill on this planet. If you don't want to, no problem.
WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?
It's very seldom that we have to cancel because of clouds or rain. Sometimes, if the wind starts blowing over 20 mph, we may have to cancel. But that's usually a temporary problem, and just as quickly as the wind picks up it can decrease. There are very few days where we can't take you on a skydive due to weather. If you have any doubt about the weather just give us a call because in Florida the weather can be great just a few miles away.
WHAT CAN I SEE UP THERE?
We're jumping from over 2 miles high. If your eyes are open, you can see the Gulf of Mexico, and just about all of South Florida, the Naples/Fort Myers shore-line on a clear day. No where else can you see all of these sights. IT'S AWESOME!!!
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
Yes, all jumpers must be members of SW Florida Skydive Club (FREE 30 days temporary membership with your first tandem), be over 18 years old, under 250 pounds and in good physical condition. Person over 230 lbs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. An additional fee of $25.00 for people over 230 lbs will be charged.
If you have any other physical challenges, please call in advance.
Remember, your safety is our main concern.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
No. Also, please note that in Florida it is illegal to leave an animal in an unattended vehicle, even with the windows cracked.
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Gift Certificate Terms & Conditions:
- Must be at least 18 years old, less than 230 lbs and in a good physical condition.
- Location: SW Florida Skydive Club - 36886 Washington Loop Road - Punta Gorda, FL 33982
- You must redeem your certificate before the expiration date specified. After the expiration date, you are no longer able to redeem it for its stated value, however, you are eligible to use the amount paid for as a credit This value, also called face value or base value – never expires, according to applicable law.
- Not refundable. Not redeemable for cash, can be transferred to another person if needed.
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