Tandem FAQs

Why The Army Parachute Association?

The Army Parachute Association works to the exceptionally high safety standards of the British Army as well as those of the British Parachute Association.  Our facilities cater for for the tandem student and also their supporters and have a spectator area very close to the tandem landing area.

Location?

We are in central Wiltshire, not far from Salisbury. Click Here to find out more.  There is ample free parking at the Army Parachute Association.

Cost?

2015 Rates

A deposit of £50 is required at the time of booking.  We accept most major credit and debit cards and payment can be made on-line or by telephone.  The balance is required on the day of the skydive prior to your training.

Tandem Skydive £225
Groups of 10+ £200 per tandem
DVD & Photographs £125

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Age Limits?

The minimum age for skydiving is 16 with parental consent. There is no upper age limit for tandem students although if you are 40 or over you will need to sign a Tandem Declaration of Medical Fitness (you can now self certify if fit and healty).  This can be found and downloaded from our Forms Page.

Fitness?

Anyone who is of a reasonable standard of fitness, weighs no more than 16 stone or 102kg and who is at least 16 years old can take part in a tandem skydive. The Tandem Declaration of Medical Fitness can be downloaded from the Forms Page. Students can self-certify if fit and healthy or signed by a doctor if any pre-existing medical conditions require it.  Everyone planning a tandem skydive must complete this form.

We can also cater for people with a range of disabilities. This is done on a case by case basis after consultation with our Chief Instructor.

Is it safe?

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.

Scared of heights?

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 firmly attached to a Tandem Instructor giving you all the security you need.

How long will it take?

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 dependant on the right weather conditions for jumping.

Bad weather?

Safey is our main concern and we will not jump if weather conditions make your skydive unsafe.  British weather is very changeable and we constantly monitor it.  Our chief instructor checks the forecast a day in advance of jumping.  If you cannot jump because of bad weather we will reschedule your jump for another day.

Insurance?

Five 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.sky-cover.co.uk

Can I use my own gopro camera?

BPA regulations state that camera equipment may not be carried by students doing a tandem jump.

If you wish your jump to be filmed, you may book one of our trained camera flyers who will capture every moment of your jump from start to finish.

Glasses, Contact Lenses or Dentures?

We have goggles that fit over glasses and also for contact lens wearers. If you wear dentures, or anything else that could become dislodged while in freefall, have a chat with your instructor about it before you jump.

How high?

For a Tandem skydive the maximum height you will be jumping from is 13000ft.

Landing?

We use only modern 'square' parachutes at Skydive Netheravon and this type of parachute allows excellent control! On a tandem skydive you and your instructor will land your 'parachute built for two' together on our grass landing area.

Jumping with friends?

We pride ourselves at Skydive Netheravon in accommodating groups. We have large aircraft and lots of instructional staff and can usually accommodate your wishes to jump as a group. There numerous loading factors that will affect how many people can go in the plane at once so please call us if you want to jump as a group and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

Pictures taken of my jump?

Our highly experienced camera flyers are available at the drop zone and we can arrange for your Tandem skydive to be filmed for an additional fee of £125
Yes, spectators are welcome, their details need to be included on the Netheravon Guest Proforma which can be downloaded from our forms page. This must be completed and brought with you on the day of your skydive. You will be asked to submit this form at the airfield gates. Don't forget photo ID for all people aged 16 and over in your party.

Getting there?

In order to enter Airfield Camp Netheravon, you need to download and complete the Netheravon Guest Proforma and bring it with you on the day of your jump. You can find this on our Forms Page. When you arrive at the camp, you will need to book in at the guard room, hand in your Guest Proforma and show photo ID (a picture driving licence or passport will be fine) for each person aged 16 or over in your party.

Accommodation?

We have a brand new bunkhouse that is bookable for visitors and a free campsite that is located close to a shower/toilet block. Campervans/motorhomes are also allowed. 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.

Opening hours?

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?

Cafe facilities are available providing hot and cold drinks and meals during opening hours.  There is a licensed bar for members

Dogs?

Under MoD rules, regrettably visitors dogs are not permitted on the airfield.

Clothing?

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!

Alcohol and Drugs

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.

Rebooking

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 would suggest the Met Office site.

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    Abi Harley

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