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Progressive Free Fall and Instructor Assisted Deployment FAQ
I'm nervous, what if I panic or forget what to do during the skydive?
It's normal to be nervous during your first skydive as well as during your progression through
training. Although each person handles stress it in different ways, most everyone experiences nervousness to
one degree or another. It is perfectly normal and it will decline as you become more familiar with the sport and
your skills increase. The more you learn and understand, the easier it will become.
For your first 3 jumps you have two instructors at your side throughout the entire skydive and they will be certain that you are confident and capable before they advance you to more complex manoeuvres. If you forget a manoeuvre or lose stability during freefall they are right beside you and will direct you with hand signals and/or hold onto you to help you to become stable again.
Although it is very unlikely if you do "space out" during freefall then the instructors will be there and pull your parachute for you. In the extremely unlikely event that they are not beside you every student rig contains a device which will automatically deploy the parachute for you if you fail to do so.
How hard is it to land properly and in the right place?
You will not have any problem finding your way "home". When you exit the aircraft, your
exit spot has been coordinated with the location of the airport and the prevailing winds. You will find yourself
under an open canopy with the dropzone within easy flight. Your instructors will communicate with you via a one-way
radio attached to your harness and they will coach you in making the proper turns to approach the landing area for
an accurate and safe touchdown.
As you approach the ground they will give you verbal guidance regarding setting your position to land and your landing technique. You won't feel like you are up there alone.
Prior to your first skydive you will receive plenty of instruction concerning proper landing technique and it is really one of the easier things to learn when you begin skydiving. Many first jump students land in a standing position on their first jump and while others find themselves landing in a sitting position but their landings are generally soft ones accompanied by lots of laughter and the excitement of having completed their 1st skydive.
What if the canopy doesn't open?
We use only the most advanced "State of the Art" equipment available. The rig that you will use contains two parachutes: one main and one reserve parachute. Both the main and reserve parachutes are rectangular, known both for their reliability and soft landings. Although the main parachute is highly dependable and is carefully packed, all skydivers are reassured by the presence of their second parachute, the reserve. Your reserve parachute, which is packed and periodically re-packed by a certified rigger even when unused, is designed to provide the highest level of reliability possible. During your ground training you are taught to recognize and react to a parachute malfunction and learn the procedure for deploying your reserve parachute. If for any reason the main is not deployed then there is a device on every student rig (called an Automated Activation Device or AAD) which will automatically deploy your reserve parachute for you.
How qualified are your staff?
All of our Instructors and Jump Masters are also individually licensed by the CSPA, and all have
achieved the highest ratings awarded. We have collectively taught thousands of students safely, and have
many years of experience, more than 1000 jumps each, and collectively well over 20,000 skydives between us.
CSPA/FAA Parachute Riggers maintain all of our equipment, and along with the pilots and mechanics who maintain
Our professional and friendly staff will make your skydive unforgettable! They are seasoned instructors who know how to answer your questions and will go out of their way to be sure you enjoy everything about your first skydive. They WANT you to be successful! Remember, it's all about having FUN!
When I finish the course do I start skydiving on my own?
You can start skydiving on your own as soon as you have completed all of the Solo requirements. In addition to the 7 levels for PFF / 18 levels for IAD there are at least 3 additional jumps needed.
What can I do once I get my solo license?
The solo license allows you to jump anywhere in Canada and at several in the US by yourself.
You will, however, want to obtain your A license which is the first internationally recognized level of licensed skydiver (licenses range from the A license to the E license). The requirements to obtain your A license include performing coached jumps with qualified and rated coaches, learning to pack your own parachute, completion of a at least 25 jumps (including your PFF/IAD training skydives) and a demonstration of your abilities in freefall, in the aircraft and under canopy. Once you have demonstrated the required proficiencies you will be qualified to receive your A license.
As you spend more time skydiving your skills will continue to advance entitling you to the higher license ratings.
One of the most interesting aspects of skydiving is that you will never stop learning. Seasoned skydivers with thousands of skydives are still striving to improve their skills and to learn new and different skydiving disciplines. Skydiving offers virtually unlimited challenges such as: 4-way, Big-way formations, free flying, sit flying, accuracy, canopy formation, and lots more. You will never get bored and you will never cease to discover new excitement with each new skill you master.
How long will the class be and when does it start?
IAD/PFF students must be on the drop zone promptly at 8:00 am. Students late for the ground school class may be admitted, but will remain after the end of the class to catch-up on missed training, and will complete their jump after all others in that class have done so. The class usually takes about 5 hours for IAD, 6 for PFF, not including a 30-60 minute break for lunch (depending on class size and how quickly things are moving along). School is usually out by 2:00 - 3:00 pm. We will try to get all students in the air in a timely matter, but it can take some time. Feel free to invite family and friends with cameras along to watch. We welcome all spectators. If you are unable to stay to do your jump the same day then you can reschedule (at no extra charge) for any day we're open within 60 days after you take the course.
How long will I need to be there on the day of my first jump?
You should plan to be there for the full day, from 8:00 am to dusk. Factors that will dictate how long you will need to wait are mainly class size and weather. If there are too many clouds, too high winds or rain then students cannot jump. Since we can't control the weather it's very hard to predict how long it will take. If you cannot jump that day or must leave early then we will make arrangements to either have you as one of the first jumpers or you can come back any weekend within 60 days (weather permitting) to do your jumps then.
How much is it to do an additional jump the same day?
For IAD students the subsequent jumps are $92 each; PFF student jumps are $265 for levels 2 and 3, and $185 for levels 4-7. There is a PFF discount available if you purchase levels 2-7 after you've completed level 1, email us for details.
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