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Static Line Parachuting

Static line jumpingStatic-Line Parachuting is an alternative method of getting qualified to the Accelerated Freefall course. One full day of ground-training is all that is required to carry out your first solo parachute jump from 4,000ft.

Your parachute opens automatically by a 'static-line' which is attached to the aircraft (so there is no freefall involved initially). You can then fly and land the canopy yourself.

As you progress through the parachute training system you can start freefall skydiving from your sixth jump, gradually jumping from higher altitudes.

All your skydives are on your own, i.e. solo. However you will be supervised by an BPA sky diving Instructor on exit and on later descents an instructor will follow you out of the aircraft to observe your exercises.

We offer the Static Line Parachute First Jump course (previously known as RAPS) which includes one full day of training  and the first parachute descent.

If you would prefer to learn to skydive using a more intensive training method then why not take a look at Accelerated Freefall. Or if you're not sure that a solo jump is right for you then try a Tandem Parachute Jump first.

SL parachuting video
Watch a Static Line video

What does Static Line Parachuting involve?

Exiting the aircraftFirst Jump course (2 days):
Before you can jump you need to take part in an intensive day of ground-training with one of our BPA qualified instructors. Courses are taught in groups of up to 12 people and are ideal for groups of friends, corporate, team building or charity events as well as individuals.

Day 1:

  • Arrive 8.30am for registration
  • 9am Your course starts with a Dropzone orientation

During the day you will learn:

  • How your parachute equipment works and how check and fit it.
  • How to board and exit the aircraft.
  • The correct body position to make a safe, solo and stable exit
  • How to recognise the airfield and land your parachute.
  • How to deal with any unforeseen situations or emergencies.
  • There will be a break for lunch around 1pm
  • The course will finish between 5 and 7pm with a written test.

Day 2:

  • 8.15am refresher training with your instructor
  • Get kitted up and enjoy the short ride ride up to 4000ft
  • Exit the aircraft
  • Fly your parachute for around 5 minutes and then land back on solid ground.
  • Meet with your instructors to debrief the jump and collect your SOLO parachute jump certificate.

The ground training can be both mentally and physically tiring and it's best to start fresh in the morning. You should stay overnight or come back soon after your initial training. For safety reasons we require you to return and jump within two months of your training.

If you do not live locally, then we strongly recommend staying onsite or nearby rather than driving a long distance before your course starts. List of local accommodation.

The Full BPA Parachuting progression system
Static line attachementThe BPA system is organised into Categories 1 to 8 and require a minimum of 18 jumps to be completed.

All parachute training is given by British Parachute Association Instructors teaching to BPA standards and is included in the price of the skydives.. Because you are building on what you have already learnt in the initial ground school, the training for each of the new jumps takes less than an hour and so you can now make several jumps per day, weather permitting.

Categories 1 to 2: The training day prepares you for the first jump. A Static-Line is used on exit to deploy the main parachute automatically, but allows you to demonstrate a good exit, body position and safety count as you leave the aircraft.

Category 3: The parachute is still deployed by a static line but now 'dummy ripcord pulls' are used to simulate a freefall exit and canopy deployment by practicing opening your parachute with a 'pretend' ripcord. Once these simulations have been demonstrated successfully and consistently, then your instructor will approve your first freefall skydive.

Categories 4 to 6: These skydives involve freefalling and opening the main parachute at a predetermined time after leaving the aircraft (known as a delay). The first freefall delay is three seconds, after which both in time and exit altitude increase with each successful performance until a 15 second delay is reached.

Once you reach these longer delays you will be experiencing terminal velocity and freefalling at 120mph towards the earth.

Category 7: Starting with controlled 360 turns, manoeuvres in freefall are now introduced. Around this point, you'll receive further canopy control training helping you achieve your Canopy Handlin (CH1) certificate.

SL jumperCategory 8: Once you can maintain and change your direction in freefall you can start having some real fun in the sky jumping from full altitude of 15,000ft. You will learn new skills including how to exit the aircraft in an unstable position and recover, dive exits, tracking (moving forwards) and track turns.

Qualification jump: In order to be awarded an A-Licence as a British Parachute Association qualified skydiver, you will need to complete the final stage qualification jump. You must perform every manoeuvre on a single skydive from 15,000 feet showing control, precision and awareness throughout.

Static-Line Parachute First Jump courses

Training usually takes place once a month on specific dates.
The  parachute jump itself will take place on the  following morning weather permitting, or you have one month within which to return and complete the jump.

if these dates are not suitable for you, or if you have a group of 4 people or more then please just get in touch and we can look at alternatives.

Book Now for 2015 - places still available

  • October : Saturday 17th
  • October : Wednesday 28th October - only £165 midweek

At Skydive Hibaldstow we want as many people as possible to experience freefall, however for solo skydiving in particular there do exist some restrictions:

  Min Age Max Age Fitness form 114-A Signed by Doctor Max Weight Body Mass Index
Static Line Parachuting 16 with parental consent 49 Age 40 to 49 (or with medical conditions at any age) 15st / 95Kg Must be within recommended BMI

BMI chartWeight
The maximum acceptable weight for solo skydiving (both AFF and Static Line students)  is 15 stone / 95kg fully clothed, however as well as being under this overall weight limit - 

All students must be within their recommended Body Mass Index (height:weight ratio).

Check your own height against the table to right to see the maximum acceptable weight.

Exceptions may sometimes be made for those with a good level of fitness with a high BMI due to muscle mass, however assessments are made on an individual basis at the Chief Centre Instructors discretion.

A reasonable level of fitness is also required. 


  • Overall age range 16 - 49.
  • Age 16 – 17: The minimum age for solo skydiving is 16 years. A parental/guardian signature of consent is required on three forms (the centre membership form, the BPA fitness form and the BPA membership agreement) which will be provided upon booking.
  • Age 16 – 39: Will be required to sign a BPA Solo Student Declaration of fitness form 114-A on arrival. Those unable to sign the form due to medical conditions or injuries must bring a copy signed and stamped by their doctor instead.
  • Age 40 - 49: The maximum age we accept for solo skydiving courses is 49. Those aged 40+ must bring a fully completed BPA Solo Student Declaration of fitness form 114-A signed and stamped by their doctor along on the day of training.

Parachute landingMedical conditions and notes
Please bear in mind that the full day of ground training does require students to be able to concentrate in a classroom environment for long periods of time as well as understand and apply basic principles. The written test section of the groundschool is designed to highlight any elements that a student may not have fully understood. If you suffer from learning disabilities then please contact us in advance.

We regret that certain medical conditions may prevent you from taking part in a skydive. These include -  epilepsy, some cardiovascular and neurological conditions, some forms of diabetes and recurring injuries such as disclocations. A full list with notes can be found on the back of the medical form. You can also contact the parachute centre on 01652 648837 if you have any questions.

You can download a copy of the BPA Solo Student Declaration of Fitness form 114-A. Kindly note that we cannot accept letters or notes from doctors – this particular form must be used.

Full list of restrictions

Your Safety
Skydive Hibaldstow is a British Parachute Association affiliated dropzone and we demand the highest standards from our instructors and staff. Our primary concern is for your safety and we reserve the right to refuse training to anyone we consider unsuitable.

All students weights and heights are checked on arrival.

Please also note that all Solo training is assessed and only students who pass both the theory and practical elements of the ground training will be permitted to make a solo skydive.

Course Weekend Cost (per person)
Static Line - Groups 1 to 2 £195
Static Line - Groups 3 to 4 £185
Static Line - Groups 5 to 9 £175
Static Line - Groups 10+ £165
Static Line Course - Midweek
(selected dates only or for groups of 4+ people)
Continuation jumps (after first jump) £40
Continuation jumps (block of 10) £370
Onsite accomodation - shared dorm room £6* per bed per night
Onsite accommodation - private room £22* per room
*An additional refundable key deposit of £10 applies to all bookings

Groups, corporate team building and charity events
For groups of four or more people we can run dedicated courses midweek.

Additional costs
RAPs classroom trainingThe First Jump course includes:


  • One full day of ground-training.
  • The first static-line parachute jump.
  • Provisional membership to the British Parachute Association.
    (valid for 1 year or until you progress onto freefall)
  • All kit and instruction.

What is not included:

  • Personal accident / medical insurance.
  • Retrain fees if you do not return to 'refresh' your training once a month and complete your first jump within three months of your initial training.
  • Subsequent jumps which cost £38 each; or you can purchase a block of 10 jumps for 350.

After Your First Jump Course
Once you have completed the first jump course, all subsequent parachute jumps are directed with your instructor. This allows you to skydive whenever you have time and the weather is favourable. You simply need to stay within the 'currency' requirements that will be explained to you during your training and outlining in your course handout.

Skydive Hibaldstow Airfield Opening times 2014

Jan/Feb/Mar/Oct/Nov/Dec Open 5 days a week (closed Monday&Tuesday)
April, May & September Open 6 days a week (closed only on Tuesdays)
June, July & August Open 7 days a week
Christmas Closed from Monday 16th December 2014 re-opening Sat 11th January 2015

How to book
Static line group eventWe will need the following details for every jumper to ensure they are within the restrictions:

  • Name
  • Age, weight & height
  • Contact mobile phone number & email address
  • Preferred jump date and an alternative
  • Payment of the non-refundable deposit of £75 per person.

You can book by:

  • Phone – call and speak to one of our skydiving advisors on
    01132 505 600.
  • Book Online and your payment will be securely processed.
  • Email our Booking Office and we can call you back or send you a secure online paylink