Can you breathe in freefall?
Of course you can. 'The freefall and parachute environments do not cause any difficulty in breathing; however, some students have commented that it was awkward to breathe during the first few seconds. This is caused not by lack of oxygen but by the surge of adrenaline and excitement of first jumping out of the aircraft. Sometimes when a person is startled they draw in a breath of air and hold it. When you exit the airplane you must continue to breathe in and breathe out.'
How fast will we be falling?
Typical freefall speeds are approximately 120 MPH although this can increase or decrease with body size and position.
What altitude do we jump from?
Almost 14,000 ft (4,000 m)
How early do I need to show up to do my tandem and how long will it take?
We ask that you please show at time of appointment. If you're running late please call. Plan for your skydive to be an all day event.
How should I dress?
Comfortable clothing and shoes, like workout cloths, shorts and a T-shirt is recommended; jeans are restricting to leg movement. You will be wearing a jumpsuit over your clothing. If you wear contact lenses or prescriptions glasses tell your instructor so that the instructor can fit you with appropriate goggles.
If I jump with a friend will I be able to see them?
You will most likely see them exit the aircraft from the door, however the chance of seeing them in freefall is unlikely, because of separation on exit, tandems are about a quarter mile apart.
What about your equipment?
We have the most up-to-date student and tandem parachute equipment available in the world today. The tandem parachute system is manufactured right here on the airport in DeLand at the United Parachute Technologies (formally Relative Workshop) Workshop. Skydive DeLand is the first to receive and use the latest up-to date tested and approved advancements in parachute equipment.
What’s the landing like?
Several factors come into play when we land a parachute. Most tandem parachute landings are very soft, usually times standing up nicely.
What if I’m afraid of heights?
Many people are hesitant to skydive due to their personal fear or discomfort of heights. A skydiving experience does not equate to being, for example, at the top of a ladder, bridge, or building. You are simply too high up to have a sense of height. We are literally over two miles up when we skydive. An individual would no more encounter a fear of altitude during skydiving than when flying in a jet airliner.
Can we share a video?
Two people can appear in one video on the ground preparing for the skydive and possibly for landing, but in freefall, one tandem can only be filmed by one camera.
If I am under 18 can I still jump if my parents sign for me?
Unfortunately no. The age requirement of 18 is because of legal considerations.
What if I am over the weight limit?
If you are over the recommended weight of 230 pounds, it might still be possible. Our instructors can evaluate persons close to the weight limit.
What’s the best time to skydive?
We are open 365 days a year and we jump 365 days a year, weather permitting. We recommend early morning.
If I'm jumping with a friend can we be in the airplane together?
We will make every effort for you to jump with your friends, however, this is not always possible.
How hard does the parachute open? Most of the time your canopy opening is that of a general tug.
How far in advance should I make my reservation?
We ask you make reservations a couple days in advance. Walk-ins will be accompanied to the best of our ability.
Ok, I loved my tandem, what's next?
For everyone who would like to get into skydiving we recommend the Accelerated Freefall Program (AFF) designed to introduce you to skydiving and to help you become a self sufficient skydiver.
My question wasn't answered, how do I get it answered?
We try our best to answer more of the commonly asked questions. If we missed a question you may have, then please call us @ (386) 738-3539 or drop us a line. We will be more then glad to answer it for you.