Tandem FAQs

Skydive Hibaldstow FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

When Are You Open?

Skydive Hibaldstow is open almost every day including Bank Holidays and Sundays:

Low season: October – February: 5 days : closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Mid-season: March/ April/ May/ September : 6 days : closed Tuesdays
High Season: June, July & August : open 7 days a week

Our Booking Office is still open until Christmas Eve, so you can still call, email us, or book your jump online.

Can I Bring Friends, Family and Pets to Watch?

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.

Access Statement

Please open up the document below to view our Access Statement which gives information regarding our buildings, services, facilities, public transport options and other details to help customers and visitors determine whether the Skydive Hibaldstow dropzone meets their access needs, and to best plan a visit to us. 

Is There Food Available?

We have a fantastic cafe selling hot drinks and food called Dine Zone. You can find out more here.

SKYDIVING QUESTIONS

What Does Skydiving Feel Like?

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.

How Safe is Skydiving?

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:

  • We are affiliated to the British Parachute Association (BPA), the most safety conscious skydiving association in the world.
  • Our Chief Centre Instructor (CCI) is also an Examiner and helps to develop new standards in safety and the progression of the sport.
  • Every person who jumps on one of our skydiving courses is equipped with a main and reserve parachute, helmet, altimeter (all AFF & Static Line students) and fully automatic opening device should the student not open their parachute.
  • Regular checks and maintenance servicing of our parachuting equipment by a qualified BPA rigger.
  • 4 Levels of checks before you make each parachute jump – when the parachute is packed, when the student puts it on, a check from the instructor on the ground and another check before they leave the aircraft
Can I Breathe in Freefall?

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.

What If My Parachute Does Not Open?

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.

What If I'm Scared of Heights?

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.

What Happens If the Weather Is Bad?

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.

What Should I Wear For My Skydive?

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.

PRICES & BOOKING

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices vary according to the type of skydiving course:

Which Course Should I Choose?

Which parachuting course

How Do I Book My Skydive?

You can book your UK skydiving course over the phone or online.

  1. Firstly, you will need to make sure that you fit within the restrictions for the course you are taking. Please have the names, ages, weights and heights of all the jumpers in your group ready. To secure your place on a course we require a non-refundable deposit of £50 per person. We accept most forms of debit (and credit card with a 3% fee), bank transfers, postal orders and cash.
  2. If you book over the phone (01652 648837) one of our team will take all the details and confirm available dates. The booking is finalised with a deposit or full payment taken over the phone.
  3. Alternatively, you can enter all your details into our online booking system and your debit or credit card payment will be securely processed by PayPal (please note you do not need a PayPal account to use this)
  4. You can also email us or chat with us on Skype. Our Skype user name is Target Skysports Office.
  5. Once you have booked a confirmation letter will be sent to you by email, or if you have purchased a skydiving gift voucher then it should arrive within a few days by First Class post.
Do You Offer Gift Vouchers?

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.

Parachuting voucher sample

What Time Should I Arrive To Make My Skydive?

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.

Cancellation, Refund, Transfer Policy

Refund policy: All deposits paid are non-refundable. All monies paid on arrival at the dropzone become non-refundable. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Once you have attended the airfield, we regret that you cannot change the location under any circumstances.

Tandem Skydivers: Should your skydive not take place due to weather or any other reason then you may reschedule for a mutually convenient date and you have 12 months within which to return and jump at no extra cost.

Whilst your payment will remain on account indefinitely, should you return after the 12 month period then an insurance renewal fee of £35 will be charged (subject to change annually).

Should you be unable to participate due to health or other reasons and we agree an alternative person may replace you, then an administration fee of £15 plus £35 to cover new insurance will be charged.

Vouchers: Vouchers may be extended for an additional 12 months at a cost of £25. We reserve the right to charge any increase in jump cost in addition to this fee. Vouchers may be transferred to another person within the validity dates free of charge.

If you wish to change the name of a voucher or replace a lost one, a £15 admin fee will be charged for re-issue.

If you are unable to jump due to a medical condition then unused vouchers may be refunded within the validity dates on production of a doctor’s note. The first £50 of any voucher forms the initial deposit and is non-refundable, plus an administration fee of £15 will be added.

Expired vouchers may not be refunded. This does not affect your statutory rights.

AFF course date change and cancellation policy: Due to the intensive and personalised nature of the AFF course places are limited to 4 per instructor. Therefore please contact us immediately by phone on 01652 648837 if there is a problem with your course date. Whilst we do our best to accommodate our customers’ needs, we reserve the right to apply the following charges:

  • Less than 14 days notice : £30
  • Less than 7 days notice : £50
  • Less than 48 hours notice / no show on the day: £75

In order to book a new date for your course, the relevant charge must be paid in advance.

Please note that it is the students responsibility to inform us of any changes to your personal details (age/weight/height/medical conditions). If you are outside the restrictions for the course on arrival and are unable to participate then we reserve the right to charge for the course.

AGE, WEIGHT & HEALTH

What If I Have Asthma?

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.

Disabled Skydiving & Parachuting

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:

  • Blind
  • Deaf
  • Quadriplegic
  • Paraplegic
  • Suffer from Multiple Sclerosis
  • Have lost a limb

If you have a disability, please call and speak to our Chief Instructor on 01652 648837 or email info@skydiving.co.uk.
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.

Phil Smart skydiving

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.”

Health or Age Restrictions in Skydiving?

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:

VIDEO & PICTURES

Can I Get a DVD and Photographs Taken?

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.

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