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When you take your first sky diving course the feeling will be completely different to what you were expecting. In freefall, the feeling is similar to the floating sensation you have in a swimming pool. Some customers are scared that there are similarities with sensation of going over the edge on a roller-coaster. This is not the case. Skydiving is an exciting and exhilarating experience and one you will not regret.
We could not successfully operate our business if we did not adhere to a strict set of safety practices. Skydiving has far less injuries proportionally compared to other adventure sports such as skiing, snow boarding, white water rafting, rock climbing, etc.To give you an idea of how safe parachuting actually is, here are a few points:
Prices vary according to the type of skydiving course:
This is a very commonly asked question. Answering this is simple, parachutes are designed to open, however if the main parachute does not open fully or correctly, there is a secondary reserve parachute which acts as a backup. On the Static-Line (SL) and Accelerated Freefall (AFF) courses, you will be taught how to operate these. On the Tandem course, your instructor would carry out these emergency procedures.The reserve parachute is packed by our rigger who is a specialist and is certified to do so. In addition, there is also an Automatic Activation Device (AAD) which will open your reserve parachute at a lower altitude. AAD's are there to act as a backup to the Tandem instructor and AFF / SL student.
You can book your UK skydiving course over the phone or online.
Yes skydiving gift vouchers are available with pre-payment and are an ideal Christmas or birthday present. Vouchers can be issued for all types of sky diving courses that we offer. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be extended for an additional fee if necessary. To redeem a voucher simply call or email us and arrange a jump date.
Contrary to some opinions, you can breathe during your skydiving experience. Even though you will be falling at up to 120 mph, it is easy to breathe. The wind which enters your lungs does not enter at full speed. It is slowed as it passes through your nose and mouth. Lastly, we skydive up to a maximum height of 15,000ft where there is plenty of oxygen available.
Yes you can. We offer video DVD and still photographs for our Tandem and AFF packages. The price is £95 per person payable on arrival.At Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire. we offer a £5 discount if you pre-book your DVD and photos along with your skydive and pay a deposit of £20.
In our experience, many of our customers have been frightened of heights. This has not stopped them from enjoying our sky diving courses. Target Skysports instructors are trained to make you feel at ease. They will tell you what is expected of you during your jump and help you to enjoy the experience.Some parachutists have even begun the sport to overcome their fear of heights. Back to the top
If your asthma is under control you should be able to do a parachute jump, however we ask that you get a BPA Fitness form signed and stamped by your doctor and bring this along with you on the day.You can take your normal medication before and after the jump. It is even possible to take your inhaler on to the aircraft within a pocket on your clothing. Please advise us when you book your skydive if you have asthma.
Skydive Hibaldstow has been pleased to help numerous customers with varying levels of disability skydive with us and the 2011 Emmerdale sky dive was filmed at Hibaldstow airfield using our own instructors.Over the past few years we have offered our Tandem Courses to those who are:
If you have a disability, please call and speak to our Chief Instructor on 01652 648837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.In all cases, a BPA fitness form will need to be signed and stamped by your doctor and we may ask to see you in person before your jump. Kindly note that a lower maximum weight limit of 12 stone may apply to those who have limited mobility.
Testimony: Phil Smart proves that disabled skydiving is not only possible but enjoyable. He has now completed over 20 tandem skydives.Phil Smart started jumping in 1998 and has done 20 tandems to date. He is paraplegic but this has not stopped him getting the bug for jumping. He has learned how to do 360 degree turns and even do some tracking (forward movement) with his instructor."I would describe skydiving as a ride of a lifetime, a real rollercoaster ride. I have done 20 jumps now and it is my ambition to build a large formation of people around me on my next jump."
Once you have qualified as a skydiver under the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) scheme you will receive your License A. This shows that you have passed all the basic requirements to allow you to do freefall skydiving. Providing you are a current skydiver and can show your documentation, there should be no reason why you cannot skydive in other countries.If you have qualified at our centre, we will be happy to give references over the telephone to other centres should you encounter any problems.
We would like as many customers as possible to take part however there do exist some age, weight and height restrictions to parachuting. These restrictions vary depending on which course you have chosen so please see the relevant page:
The BPA was founded in the early 1960's as a result of the growth of civilian parachuting from military circles after the World War II. As our national governing body, they strive to reduce injuries & fatalities, progress & promote the sport and set standards for safety at their affiliation centres.Skydive Hibaldstow is an affiliated member of the BPA and works closely with them to ensure our customers enjoy their high standards.
All skydivers are automatically provided with the mandatory third-party liability (personal liability) insurance through membership to the British Parachute Association (BPA).It is not compulsory to have personal accident insurance, but some customers choose to take out their own policy. Unfortunately, we cannot provide nor recommend any personal accident insurance, but you can contact the following companies who may offer suitable policies:Sky Coversky-cover.co.ukSkydiving abroad:If you are starting your AFF skydiving course with us in Spain then please note that BPA membership only covers British citizens.
If you require personal accident/medical cover abroad, then numerous travel insurance companies offer policies, so shop around. But we recommend you check that you are covered for solo freefall skydives (not just tandem jumps or static line) and multiple jumps (not just a one-off).
Please contact us if you need any further information and note the information given above is subject to change.
Skydiving is a weather dependant sport and we cannot guarantee that conditions will be suitable for parachuting every day. On some occasions rain, heavy low cloud or strong winds can prohibit jumping. If you are unable to skydive then we are happy to re-arrange it or a mutually convenient date and you have 12 months from your first visit to the parachute centre to jump at no additional cost. For full details please read our Terms and Conditions.
Please note that AFF and Static Line ground training takes place as scheduled regardless of the weather as all instruction is classroom based.
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There are a variety of accommodation options available if you wish to stay with us before or after your skydive.Camping: is available to regular sports jumpers and AFF/Static Line students on the large grass field at Hibaldstow dropzone. We are not able to offer camping for tandem customers. Click here for our dropzone facilities map. As well as free camping we offer free access to our shower and toilet facilities.Bunkhouse: We have a 14 room bunkhouse onsite. Each room sleeps four people in two bunkbeds (although some double beds are available) and costs £22 per night. We also offer beds in a Dormitory room at £6 per bed per night. Hot showers and toilets are free to use, but please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel as these are not provided.*NEW* four ensuite rooms now available for £35 per night with bedding included (not towels)Bed and Breakfast / Hotels: A range of good B&B's and guest houses are available in the nearby area. If you are looking for something more comfortable the closest hotels are the Red Lion in Redbourne, the George in Kirton Lindsey plus various options in the market town of Brigg.Please view our full list of local skydiving Accommodation and the Accommodation Terms & Conditions.
We provide you with goggles, headgear and a jumpsuit to go over your clothes for your first skydive. It is advisable to wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, and l;ayers are advisable as you can always add or remove them.
Flat soled shoes or trainers should be worn. Slip-on shoes, heels and boots with eyelet hooks are not suitable.
When you book a date for your skydive, you will be allocated an arrival time and this will also be printed on your confirmation email / letter.For our weekend sessions, the first arrival time is 8am. Midweek, this is 8.30am.Later sessions are scheduled according to demand with staggered arrival times. Please note the arrival time is not the time of your jump - you are booked as part of a session. Therefore there is no need to arrive before the scheduled time.Jumps are made on a first come, first served order based on your arrival time.Can I choose when I arrive? Unfortunately we do need to fill the morning sessions first, however you are welcome to express a preference.AFF & Static Line: Courses start promptly at 9am so please arrive by 8.30am to give yourself time to register and have a coffee before you begin.Please note that the solo training courses can be mentally and physically tiring and it takes the best part of the day. We advise students with long distances to travel to arrive the night before..
Skydive Hibaldstow is open almost every day including Bank Holidays and Sundays:Low season : October - February: 5 days : closed Mondays & TuesdaysMid-season : March/ April/ May/ September : 6 days : closed TuesdaysHigh Season : June, July & August : open 7 days a weekOur Booking Office is still open until Christmas Eve, so you can still call, email us, or book your jump online.
Spectators are welcome, however dogs are not permitted on the airfield. Many of our skydiving customers bring their families and friends along to watch. If you have young children, they must be supervised at all times. There is a cafe onsite serving hot and cold food and drinks, open daily. The parachute centre airfield is located on active farmland and we are therefore not allowed any dogs or other animals on the dropzone or the farmers tracks. Please do not bring your dog with you to the dropzone.
We have a fantastic cafe selling hot drinks and food called Dine Zone. You can find out more here.