Skydive

Study in the week, jump out of planes at the weekend! Come and join our playground!

 

 

Never Skydived Before? No Problem!

We will turn you into fully fledged skydivers and have 2 great ways to do this!!

 

Static Line Parachuting

Also known as RAPS (Ram Air Parachute System) is a system where you start jumping at low altitude and gradually get higher with each jump, initially on what we call a static line which opens your parachute for you. This will cost you £170 for the initial groundschool and 1st jump. 

Subsequent jumps cost £46-£67 (depending on altitude), including kit, and you can become a fully qualified solo skydiver in as little as 16 jumps.

Ground Training 

During your ground training on both courses, you will learn:

  • How your parachute equipment works.
  • How to board and exit the aircraft.
  • How to give the correct body position for a safe, stable exit.
  • How to identify the airfield, fly and land your parachute. 
  • How to deal with novel situations and emergencies. 

Course Progression

The program starts with one day of ground training. You will then be ready to take to the sky and complete your 8 categories.

  • Cat 1-2 - Minimum of 2 jumps: This consists of one day of ground training and 2 solo jumps from approximately 3,500ft, where you will learn a good exit and body position. You will fly a parachute back to the parachute landing area (PLA) and land.
  • Cat 3 - Minimum of 3 jumps: These jumps will be the same as previously, whilst also demonstrating you can deploy your own parachute with a dummy handle. 
  • Cat 4 - Minimum of 3 jumps: Your first freefall jumps with no static line. This time there is no dummy handle, this is for real! You will deploy your parachute yourself after delays of 3-5 seconds.
  • Cat 5-6 - Minimum of 4 jumps: Freefall time increases to 10-15 seconds, and you start to use an altimeter. 
  • Cat 7-8: Minimum of 3 jumps: Exiting from up to 15,000ft practicing freefall manoeuvres such as backloops, turns and tracking (moving forward in the air). Once this has been demonstrated you will have your license!
  • Note that the amount of jumps it takes to progress is dependent on students' abilities. 

 

Accelerated Freefall

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Also known as AFF, is simply the modernised way of learning to skydive. You will complete one day of ground training, then complete your first jump from 15,000 feet with two instructors either side of you, to pull your parachute. This will cost you £320 for the initial groundschool and 1st jump. You will then progress until you can skydive without an instructor, pull your own parachute and carry out freefall manoevres. 

This course has 8 jumps, each one requiring you to demonstrate different skills to the instructors. Once these are completed successfully, there are further 10 consolidation jumps, where you simply jump on your own and practice your awesome new skills and freedom in the sky. 

Ground Training 

During your ground training on both courses, you will learn:

  • How your parachute equipment works.
  • How to board and exit the aircraft.
  • How to give the correct body position for a safe, stable exit.
  • How to identify the airfield, fly and land your parachute. 
  • How to deal with novel situations and emergencies. 

Course Progression

The program starts with one day of ground training before you can take to the sky to complete your jumps. Instructors will coach you through the British Parachute Association Accelerated Freefall System to graduation in a minimum of 18 skydives.

  • Level 1 - Jumping from 15,000ft with wo instructors holding you on either side. You will demonstrate a stable body position, monitor your altitude and pull your own parachute, then land it yourself. 
  • Level 2-3 - Still with two instructors, they will start to let go of you in freefall until you're skydiving by yourself. 
  • Level 4-5 - Now you only need one instructor with you, and you will learn how to turn and control your heading (direction).
  • Level 6 - You will be exiting without an instructor holding you although they will still jump next to you. You will learn backloops and tracking (moving forward in the air). 
  • Level 7 - You will show all the skills you've learnt; turns, backloops and tracking. 
  • Level 8 - This consists of jumping from 7,000ft with a short delay before pulling your parachute, to simulate an unplanned exit. 
  • Consolidation Jumps - Minimum of 10 - Here you can jump out without an instructor at all and have freedom to try things in freefall. After these are completed you will be a license skydiver!

 

Solo Skydive Restrictions

For learning to solo skydive the minimum age is 16 years and the maximum age is 55 years and maximum weight is 15 stone (95kg). 

If you have any medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, epilepsy, fits, recurrent blackouts, heart or lung disease, mental illness or asthma) or will be aged between 40 and 55 on the day of your first jump, you must consult your GP to sign and stamp the BPA medical form 114-A(i) "Solo Student Parachutist Declaration of Fitness". These forms are available on request, or will be sent to you with confirmation once a booking has been confirmed. 

You are also restricted to skydive if you have donated blood in the last 6 months. 

 

Experienced Jumpers

We have not 1, not 2  BUT 3 SKYDIVING RIGS that you'll have full access to use once qualified, saving £15 per skydive, which means you'll be able to jump for as little as £20 per jump!!!

 

Socials

The club runs regular fun socials with other skydiving clubs across the South West and local skydivers, which have included local pubs in bristol, Airkix, ice skating and lazer tag. We also attend BCPA (British Collegiate Parachute Association) skydiving events at various airfields around the country, throughout the year, where we get to meet fellow skydivers from other universities. We also offer discounted trips to indoor wind tunnels - these are a great way to develop your freefall skills throughout your training, as well as having a lot of fun!

You can also attend at least one abroad trip for a minimum of a week. In the past these trips have taken us to Europe and America. These are run by the BCPA. Watch the video below for a taster of the fun you could have on the ground and in the sky!

 

Hoodies

Order them with your groundschool to recieve yours in the first batch order. Size will be requested at checkout.

 

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Proud to Present our 2018-19 Committee

President: Bethany Denner
Vice President: Jack Phillips 
Treasurer: Luke Smith
Equipment & Safety Officer: Molly Dack
Events & Fundraising officer: Charlie Nurse
Participation & Equality Officer: Matthew Harmon