Static Line Parachuting
Static-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 two packages
- Static Line Parachute First Jump course : includes one full day of training and the first parachute descent.
- Six Jump Parachute Course : includes one full day of training and 6 static line parachute jumps after which you should be cleared for freefall jumps.
Static Line Parachuting is also an ideal activity for groups and we can offer corporate packages for team building exercises as well as groups activities for Military Preparation Courses, Explorer Scouts , Sixth Form Colleges and other organisations looking to enable young people to expand their horizons.
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.
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What does Static Line Parachuting involve?
First 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.
- Arrive 8.45am 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.
- 8.45am 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. Initially we ask students to commit to the 2-days. If for some reason your jump cannot go ahead, 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
The 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 : Ground School + minimum 2 static line jumps.
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. You should expect tojump from around 4000ft.
Category 3: Dummy Ripcaord Pulls : Minimum 3 jumps
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.
We offer a 6-jump package to take you to this point. Due to BPA safety regulations your first freefall jump must be completed within 24 hours of your previous jump.
Categories 4 to 6: It’s time for your first freefall solo skydive! Minimum Jump #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 and you have learnt to correctly use your altimeter. You should expect to complete at least 6 jumps including 1 x 3 second, 1 x 5 second, 2 x 10 second and 2 x 15 second delays.
Once you reach these longer delays you will be experiencing terminal velocity and freefalling at 120mph towards the earth.
Category 7: Minimum 1 jump
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 Handling (CH1) certificate.
Category 8: Freefall Skills - Minimum 5 jumps
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.
Apply for your skydiving A-Licence : Once you have completed all the requirements our Chief Instructor will sign your application form and you can send this off to the British Parachute Association along with a photo and £10 application fee – they will send you back a small red hardback FAI licence book into which further parachuting licences and qualifications can be added.
Kindly note that progression through the parachuting categories is entirely dependent upon the students abilities .
We want you to progress through the course, but it does require some commitment and determination on your part, especially in the face of adverse weather conditions. It is vital that you jump regularly and frequently returning to us to refresh your training at least once a month, and jumping at least once every two months. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way, but in the event that you have left a long period of time between jumps we are required to carry out additional training for which there is a charge. After 3 months you will have to re-sit the full groundschool. Full details will be provided when you start your course with us.
Static-Line Parachute First Jump courses
The inital full day of ground-training takes place on selected mid-week 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.
- Weds 30th March - places still available!
- Weds 8th June
- Weds 27th July
- Weds 26th October
Private groups of 8+ can arrange a mutually convenient date with us. Please contact us for special packages including multiple jumps or overnight accommodation.
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|
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.
Medical 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.
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 feel may be unsuitable.
All Static Line and AFF students weights and heights are checked on arrival so please ensure you have provided accurate details otherwise you may not be permitted to take part in the course.
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 so that the instructor can re-visit those areas. If you suffer from learning disabilities then please contact us in advance. Training is assessed and only students who pass both the theory and practical elements of the ground-school will be permitted to jump on their own.
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. You can find a list of local accommodation here
|Course||Price per person|
|Static Line - Groups 1 to 5 people||£195|
|Static Line - Groups 6 to 12 people||£185|
|6-jump package Groups 1 -5 people||£380|
|6-jump package Groups 6 - 12 people||£370|
|Special Group package 8+ by arrangement||£175|
|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 £20 applies to all bookings|
Groups, corporate team building and charity events
For groups of eight of more we can run dedicated courses midweek.