Skydive Netheravon is the trading name of the Army Parachute Association, as the home of Army Parachuting we’ve been in operation at our Netheravon airfield for over 50 years. We are the largest and busiest drop zone in the UK doing an average of over 30,000 skydives each year and are recognized as a premier skydiving facility for both students and experienced jumpers. Our facilities are the best in the UK, we have a fleet of three state-of-the-art Cessna Caravan aircraft, a café, bar, pro shop, grassy picnic areas and the largest landing area in Europe. Call 01980 678250 to make your reservation with us.
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You have three options. The most popular is a Tandem skydive which requires only a short period of training (approx 30 mins). You will then be attached to a Tandem Instructor and will jump from the aircraft at up to 13000ft. Your instructor will control the freefall and canopy descent. If you want to learn more about the sport and take control of your own parachute, you can do either a First Jump Course (Static Line) from 3500ft or an Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Level 1 jump from up to 13000ft. Static Line and AFF require a minimum of 6 hours ground training before jumping and allow you to progress towards obtaining your skydiving license.
|AFF course||£1400.00||£1000.00||Excludes BPA membership|
Due to the amount of instruction the course is priced as above, it consists of a minimum of 6 hours of ground school and your 8 levels of AFF. If any rejumps are required an additional cost will apply. All jumpers are required to have BPA membership which is mandatory to jump in this country. This covers you up to £2,000,000 third party liability insurance.
Skydive Netheravon and the Army Parachute Association are not-for-profit organisations, with close ties to the British Army they exist to provide discounted facilities to Service personnel. Prices for civilian jumpers reflect the actual cost of providing the facilities and are the same, if not a little cheaper than most other drop zones in the UK.
You may pay for your jumps for each level at a set cost, different levels have different costs, please ask for details depending on your requirements.
A minimum of six hours of ground school followed by jumps that day, these are weather dependant.
For AFF, the maximum height you will be jumping from is 13000ft.
In the unlikely event that the main parachute fails to open properly, there is always a second, or reserve parachute packed in the system which will be used if necessary. On a tandem skydive your tandem instructor will handle this process should it be needed. On an AFF jump you will be trained on, and be responsible for, performing this procedure if necessary. All main parachutes are packed by qualified staff, all reserve parachutes are packed only by BPA certified riggers who have received certification from the BPA to inspect, pack and repair parachutes. Every reserve parachute is unpacked and meticulously inspected and re-packed every six months, whether they have been used or not. Skydive Netheravon has full time BPA certified riggers on our staff.
We use only modern “square” parachutes at Skydive Netheravon and this type of parachute allows excellent manoeuvrability and tip-toe landings! On a tandem skydive you and your instructor will land your ‘parachute built for two’ together on our grass landing area. On an AFF jump you will wear a radio transmitter and receive verbal instructions from the ground to help you land.
Skydiving is an extremely well regulated sport – all the instructors are very experienced and hold British Parachute Association (BPA) qualifications. The equipment used is the best available and is maintained to very high standards. The aircraft used operate under Civil Aviation Authority regulations. Skydiving will only take place when the weather conditions are suitable.
Lots of people who say they have a fear of heights quite happily jump out of a plane every year. Skydiving is nothing like standing on the edge of a tall building and looking down – anyone would feel nervous in that situation! When you are in the aeroplane you are either wearing your own parachute or are firmly attached to a Tandem Instructor giving you all the security you need.
Two million pound’s worth of third party insurance is included in your first jump with the Army Parachute Association. If you wish to purchase additional personal medical cover we would suggest www.extremeplus.co.uk.
The minimum age for skydiving is 16 with parental consent. For AFF the maximum age is 55.
Absolutely! Relax and breathe normally, it’s just air up there!
You will need some refresher training depending on how long you have left it and depending on how much training the instructor feels you need to be able to carry on with the training safely.
You will need a refresher training session before the first jump of every day during the AFF course.
Yes, however we will need to carry out some refresher training to ensure that you have been taught everything that our students get taught and are familiar with our drop zone and safety rules.
Yes – spectators are welcome their details need to be included on the Netheravon Guest Proforma which needs to be with us at least 7 days before your jump. And don’t forget photo ID for all people aged 16 and over in your party.
In order to access Airfield Camp Netheravon, you need to download and complete the Netheravon Guest Proforma and send it to us via email, fax or post at least seven days before your jump. When you arrive at the camp, you will need to book in at the guard room and show photo ID (a picture driving licence or passport will be fine) for each person aged 16 or over in your party.
We have a basic bunkhouse (first come, first served) and a campsite. Information about local accommodation can be found at the Salisbury and Stonehenge tourist information website: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk and select 'Amesbury Stonehenge' to find accommodation local to the drop zone.
We operate on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 8am until dusk and Wednesdays and Fridays afternoons from 12:00 until last light throughout the year.
Cafe facilities are available providing hot and cold drinks and snacks during day time hours.
Under MoD rules, regrettably visitors’ dogs are not permitted on the airfield.
We can’t guarantee this as aircraft loading depends on many factors, but if you ask when you check in at the parachute centre, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Trainers, or other securely attached footwear, and comfortable clothing is ideal. Please avoid boots with hooks. We do provide jumpsuits although these are not always necessary in warmer weather. Bear in mind you may get a bit damp on landing so don’t wear your Sunday best!
Be prepared to spend the whole day at the parachute centre. Many factors affect the speed of the parachute program and the loading of the aircraft. We are also very dependant on the right weather conditions for jumping. You select which time to arrive at the parachute centre when booking and the nearer you arrive to that time, the better the chance you’ll be at the front of the queue for your batch.
All aviation activity depends on the right weather conditions and Skydiving is no exception. We must be able to see the ground from the aircraft before jumping out, and the wind speed must be 15 knots or less for AFF students. If the weather conditions are unsuitable on the day of your jump you will be able to rebook. Please see the terms and conditions for full details of how to do this.
The consumption of alcohol is prohibited prior to jumping and alcohol may not be consumed on the airfield until you have completed your tandem skydive. Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused their jump and will forfeit any monies paid.
Once you have been trained if bad weather prevents you from jumping please speak to our staff to rebook your jump for another day. Before you turn up you may find it helpful to check the weather forecast, we’d suggest the Met Office site.