Age & Health Restrictions
If you are over 50, or have had previous health problems or injuries, we require a statement from your doctor stating that you’re in acceptable shape for parachuting. If you are under 18, we will require your parents to attend the training course and sign a consent agreement. Minimum age is 16; maximum age is 63.
During the summer, first-jump courses can be arranged for weekdays. The training and jumps can all be done on the same day with a small group of 2 to 5 people. Weekend courses often have more people so we cannot do all the training and jumps in one day and still provide high quality individual attention. Our usual schedule calls for some training Friday evening and the rest on Saturday morning. The jumps start on Saturday by early afternoon (weather- permitting) and take more than an hour per student. Students should plan to be available to jump on Sunday or return some other day, as time and weather will not allow everyone to jump on Saturday.
You should dress appropriately for the weather. If it’s warm, we recommend a t-shirt and shorts or light pants. If it’s cool, bring a sweater and a pair of sweat pants or track pants. We don’t recommend jeans or other snug pants as they can restrict your movement. You will be provided with an appropriately sized skydiving jumpsuit. These suits are intended to provide a certain freefall speed and generally are not big enough to allow baggy or bulky clothing underneath. If the temperature at jump altitude is at or below freezing, we have some gloves you can borrow. As for footwear, we recommend running shoes. Landing a modern parachute is not like a walk in the park or the beach or the office. Fortunately it’s not like landing a round military parachute either. Walking shoes, moccasins, sandals and boots with heels or steel toes are not acceptable. Instructors are concerned about being accidentally kicked during the exit or freefall so we really don’t recommend you wear boots!
Courses usually start in late April and are available most weekends (and some weekdays) until late October. We do sometimes jump here over the winter but it is sporadic and infrequent due to the weather.
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