Tandem FAQs

Skydive Hibaldstow FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

When Are You Open?

Skydive Hibaldstow is open Wednesday to Sunday and all Bank Holidays. In the Summer months of June – August, we are open 7 days a week.

Our reception/booking office is open everyday 9am to 4pm or if you’d prefer, you can book online. 

Can I Bring Friends, Family and Pets to Watch?

Spectators are welcome, however dogs are not permitted on the airfield as we are located on active farmland. Please do not bring your dogs to the centre or leave them in your cars.

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 daily from 8am.

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 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 as well as a licensed bar. You can find out more here.

Please note you cannot consume alcohol prior to doing your jump

SKYDIVING QUESTIONS

What Does Skydiving Feel Like?

When you take your first skydiving 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, snowboarding, 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 Skydiving, the most safety-conscious skydiving association in the world.
  • Our Chief Instructor (CI) 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 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 British Skydiving 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 Accelerated Freefall (AFF) course, 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 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 for 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 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 layers 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.

What happens if i cancel my jump or my jump is postponed due to the weather?

If you cancel your jump after 14 days of purchase, you will be able to have a refund minus the £75 non refundable deposit ( £149 for AFF) . If your jump is postponed by use, due to the weather or other circumstances beyond our control, the jump can be rescheduled for up to 12 months time

PRICES & BOOKING

How Much Does It Cost?

Prices vary according to the type of skydiving 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 £75 per person.( £149 for AFF).  We accept most forms of debit and credit cards, and cash. We cannot accept American Express
  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 using your debit or credit card.
  4. Once you have booked a confirmation letter will be sent to you by email.
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 skydiving courses that we offer.

Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be extended by 6 monthsfor an additional fee if necessary. To redeem a voucher simply call or email us and arrange a jump date.  Click here for full t’s and c’s

 

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 8.00am.

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: Courses start promptly at 8.15am so please arrive by 8.00am 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

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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 British Skydiving 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 British Skydiving 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 stones 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.”

Health or Age Restrictions in Skydiving?

We would like as many customers as possible to take part however there are 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 Video and Photographs Taken?

Yes you can. We offer video USB and still photographs for our Tandem and AFF packages. The price is £120 per person payable on arrival, we offer a discount if you pre-pay your Video and photos along with your skydive.

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