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Niagara Central Airport
435 River Road, Hangar #1
Pelham, Ontario, L3B 5N6
dz@niagaraskydive.com

1-866-564-JUMP
905-735-JUMP

24/7 WEATHER LINE
289-821-3233

FAQ

If you have any additional questions or concerns that we did not answer here, we encourage you to give us a call, or send us an email. Our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to field all questions for you.

Why should I choose Niagara Skydive Centre?

Niagara Skydive Centre is Ontario’s Tandem Specialist. We are a full-time skydive centre operating 7 days a week, with professional instructors and commercial pilots on duty every day. Our facilities include a 16,000 sq. ft. indoor hanger and packing area, as well as two fully paved runways, which allow us to operate our aircraft when our competitors cannot, usually due to soft grass fields. Our jumpers are all Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) and/or United States Parachute Association (USPA) certified for added piece of mind. We are also the only skydive centre in Ontario that includes an aerial tour of Niagara Falls on all jump flights to altitude! At around 6,000 feet, we are directly over Niagara Falls, and you get to witness a view of the Falls that very few people get to see! If you purchase a camera package, your photographer will get footage of the Falls from the aircraft as well. The scenic portion of our jump flights, around Niagara Falls, are weather and ATC restrictions permitting.

What are your days of operation?

We are a full-time dropzone, and are open 7 days a week May through October, including weekends and holidays. Our first time slots are at 9:00am daily, and we take reservations for every hour on the hour until 5:00pm during the summer months. During the autumn, we take reservations every hour on the hour until it gets dark. The time will vary depending on the time of year.

How do I get there?

We're within easy driving distance from most of the GTHA and Buffalo/Niagara regions! We're also close to major bus terminals, and are within Uber's Niagara service area. Whether you plan on driving, or taking public transit, we've put together a Transportation & Directions page to help you plan your trip. This information can be found by following these links:

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Is public transportation available?

Public transportation is available, but not directly to or from the Niagara Central Airport. The closest stop connecting the rest of the Niagara Region (including the Niagara Falls Tourist Area), along with the Greater Toronto Area, is the Welland Terminal, located at 160 E Main Street, Welland. Both Niagara Region Transit and Megabus service this stop. Taxis or Uber can then be used to connect to our location. We've put together a guide with the most commonly asked-for public transit information, including links to schedules, to help you plan your trip. This information can be found by following this link:

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Is food available at the airport / dropzone?

There is limited service at the Niagara Central Airport. The Niagara Central Airport Authority maintains a self-service snackbar at the airport, with coffee, tea, pop, water, chocolates, crisps, and baked goods such as cookies and muffins available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own snacks and/or lunch, we have plenty of public picnic space available!

How do I make a reservation? Do I need to pay a deposit?

You have two options:

1. Book online.  It's easy, secure and fast!

2. Give us a call at 1-866-564-5867, and we’d be happy to assist you. What we require at the time of booking is the number of people who will be jumping, the day and time of the jump, as well as a credit card number (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). You will be charged a $50 deposit per person, plus tax. 

Do I need to make a reservation to skydive, or can I just show up?

We strongly recommend that you call ahead and make a reservation for your intended date/time. Although walk-ins are welcome, you may have a long wait if you show up on a busy afternoon. Those with reservations get priority over walk-ins. Making a reservation books you a specific time slot, meaning that (barring unforeseen circumstances or weather delays) you will be able to jump.

What is Online Check-In?

Our online check-in platform, powered by Smartwaiver, allows you to complete all of your pre-jump paperwork from the comfort of your own home, saving you time when you arrive at the dropzone. Everything is paperless, and you do not have to print off or bring anything with you after completing online check-in.

If you would prefer to check-in in-person at the dropzone, you're welcome to do so, and can fill out your electronic paperwork using one of our check-in consoles at Manifest.

I have a reservation, but I need to cancel it. What are my options?

Life sometimes forces us all to change our plans, and we entirely understand if you need to change or cancel your appointment. You are permitted to reschedule, or cancel, your appointment at any time, so long as you give us at least 48 hours notice. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, or simply do not show up for your appointment, any amount that has been paid as a deposit becomes non-refundable.

How far in advance can I make a reservation for?

The earlier you know, the earlier you can book. We take reservations far in advance of intended dates, and the sooner you book with us, the better your chances are at getting the date/time that works best for you.

How can I pay for my skydive?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Interac (Debit) and Cash for payment. We require a $50 deposit per person, plus tax, when making a reservation, and you will pay for the balance of your jump upon arrival at our dropzone. You can use a separate payment method when you arrive, it doesn't have to be the same card you used to pay for the deposit. All amounts paid are fully-refundable up until 48 hours before your reservation. Weather-related cancellations are handled separately, and are free to be rescheduled or canceled without penalty, even on the same day if it's because of bad weather.

I don’t want to jump alone. Can I bring friends with me to skydive?

Of course, the more the merrier! Groups of all sizes are welcome at our dropzone, and we offer preferential skydive rates for groups of more 5 people or more. We also offer incentives for group organisers. Give us a call to find out more!

What are your group rates?

For groups of 5-9 people, we offer a discount of $10 off per-person. Groups of 10 or more people get a discount of $20 off per-person. These discounts are applicable to both the tandem, and solo skydive options. Organisers of Tandem and PFF skydive groups with at least 5 people jumping will also receive a complimentary video of their skydive, which is a $125.00 value.

Are all skydive experiences available 7 days a week?

Tandem skydives are available 7 days a week, with reservations taken daily starting at 9:00am and time slots available every hour on the hour. The First Jump Course (FJC), which is the required ground school for the IAD Solo and PFF jumps, is offered exclusively on Saturdays, starting at 9:00am. Although you can complete IAD Solo and PFF jumps during the week, appointments are required, and space limited for PFF.

Can skydives be purchased as a gift?

They definitely can! We can issue gift certificates for tandem, or solo skydives, skydives including photo and/or video packages, or for a specific dollar amount. Gift certificates can be sent via post, or emailed to you as a PDF document.

Are spectators welcome?

Absolutely, you can bring as many people to watch as you want! We have plenty of indoor and outdoor space for spectators to relax and watch, as well as picnic space too.

Will I be able to see Niagara Falls?

Yes, except in cases of bad weather, or if unforeseen air traffic control restrictions are in place. Otherwise, all of our flights to jump altitude fly directly over Niagara Falls at around 6,000 feet.

Are there any age requirements for skydiving?

Yes, all skydive students must be at least 18 years old on the day that they would like to jump. Unfortunately, a parent cannot give their consent for a minor to jump. That being said, there is no maximum age limit, and those who are still young at heart can absolutely jump! We even offer discounts for seniors who would like to go skydiving.

Are there any physical requirements for skydiving?

There are a few, but they’re very straightforward. You must weigh less than 235lbs (106kg) - keep in mind that your weight for skydiving also includes your clothing and shoes. You also need to be able to “arch,” which does require a certain degree of stretching, as well as be able to lift your legs up for landing, as if you were sitting in a chair. If you can do both, you’re physically ready to skydive!

I have never jumped before and don't know which type of jump I should do. What are my first timer options?

If you have never gone skydiving before, you can only book the Tandem Skydive. Once you've completed a Tandem Skydive, you can then continue on into one of our Solo Progressions.

This is my first time jumping. What will my Tandem Skydive training consist of?

For the Tandem Skydive, your ground training will focus on three key positions: the exit from the aircraft, freefall, and landing. You will practice how to position yourself in the aircraft, how to properly arch while in freefall, as well as when and how to lift your legs for landing. Your tandem instructor will first demonstrate these positions, and then rehearse them with you.

I've completed my Tandem Skydive and am interested in continuing with a Solo Progression. What will my training consist of?

For the Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD), your ground training consists of a 5-hour ground school course. Our First Jump Course will teach you the technical characteristics of modern ram-air parachutes, how to fly and land a parachute, the technique for exiting the aircraft, as well as emergency procedures. A Tandem Skydive is required before you complete an IAD solo jump.

 

For Progressive Freefall (PFF), your training consists of everything mentioned for the IAD, plus an additional hour of ground coaching with your PFF instructors. Following the First Jump Course, you will practice the freefall arch, as well as go over how to deploy your own parachute, and how to complete your practice pulls while in freefall. A Tandem Skydive is required before you complete a PFF jump.

What should I wear?

This is entirely up to you! We want you to be comfortable for your skydive experience, both on the ground and in the air. You are permitted to wear whatever clothing you would like, based on the weather and your own taste. Generally, we recommend that you dress in layers so that you’re comfortable with the jumpsuit that we will give you, especially since it’s considerably cooler at jump altitude versus the temperature on the ground. The only dress requirement is that you wear running shoes or sneakers. You cannot wear sandals or flip-flops.

If I wear glasses or contacts, can I keep them on for when I jump?

Yes, we will give you goggles that go overtop your glasses and contacts. If you wear glasses and don’t need them to see distances, we suggest that you take them off just so that nothing pinches your nose.

Can I do my training and jump on the same day?

Absolutely. Not only is it recommended so that your training remains fresh, but we also have everything structured so that you complete your training, and jump, within the same booking. Tandem students will complete their training and jump within about 2-4 hours. Solo and PFF students usually complete their jump(s) in the same day, however, if the class runs longer than expected, or if the weather changes during the day, some students may have to return at a later date to complete their jump(s). There is no additional charge to have jumps postponed.

How long will it take to learn to skydive?

The answer to this question varies, depending on what kind of skydive you are making with us:

For the Tandem Skydive, the entire experience will take between 2 and 4 hours, not including any ground wait time if we are forced to delay our jumps because of the weather. This time includes your registration, ground instruction, gear-up, flight to altitude, the jump itself, and your debrief. Generally, the process goes much faster on a weekday, and you are likely to complete your skydive within just 2 hours.

For the Solo and PFF Skydive, account on being with us for the entire day. The First Jump Course begins at 9:00 am in the morning, and runs for about 5 hours. Following the completion of the course, we will have students complete their solo jumps, and PFF jumps if proceeding on in the program.

As a good rule of thumb, we recommend that you set aside the whole day, regardless of which skydive you're booked for. This ensures that if there are any weather delays, you won't have any reason to worry about timing!

What happens if my parachute does not open?

Although this is extremely unlikely, there is of course that risk. This is why we always jump with two parachutes (one main, and one reserve). If, for whatever reason, the main parachute does not open, or fails to open correctly, a reserve parachute can be deployed. We also jump with onboard computers, known as Automatic Activation Devices (AAD’s), which will automatically activate the reserve parachute at a preset altitude if your vertical speed is not slowing.

Is the landing hard, or rough?

Modern parachutes fly, rather than fall, unlike conventional military parachutes. This means that your tandem master can land the parachute with a nice and gentle flare. Most landings are very smooth.

What kind of weather conditions would prevent me from jumping?

Clouds, wind, and rain all keep us on the ground. We cannot jump if the clouds are low and overcast, if the winds are gusty, or if it’s raining. Not only is it just unsafe to be jumping in those conditions, but it would also be rather unpleasant for you. We want you to fully enjoy your skydive experience, so when Mother Nature acts up, we sometimes have to sit it out.  Call our WEATHER LINE to check out the weather before you head out: (289) 821-3233

I’m ready to leave home and go for my skydive, but the weather looks bad. What should I do?

If you’re worried about the weather, give us a call first on our WEATHER LINE (289) 821-3233. Often times, the weather where you are is entirely different than what we have at our dropzone. This is due to our local microclimate, thanks to our position directly between lakes Ontario and Erie.

I am coming for my skydive later this week, and see that the forecast isn't great. Should I reschedule now?

Although the choice ultimately remains yours, we advise against rescheduling your reservation based on weather forecasts for several days (or especially weeks) in advance. This is because forecasts are merely an 'educated guess' and are likely to change.Once we get to within 2 days of your scheduled date, then we will have a more predictable idea of what the weather is going to do, though even this can still change, so always read weather forecasts objectively.

Remember, a 40% chance of rain doesn't mean it will actually rain. As we like to say, if there's a 40% chance of rain, there's still a 60% chance that you can jump, but if you stay home, it's a 0% chance.

Will you call me if my jump is postponed or cancelled because of weather?

It is your responsibility to check before leaving. Our recommendation is that you call the WEATHER LINE (289-821-3233) the evening prior to your scheduled skydive to confirm the weather forecast. We do not cancel reservations because of the weather. If the conditions are poor, you are more than welcome to reschedule to an alternate date at no cost to you.

Is there an option of having my skydive videoed or photographed?

Absolutely! Nothing boasts more bragging rights than a Facebook profile photo of you jumping out of an airplane! Our Camera Packages include both video and stills. The video is between 4 and 8 minutes long, depending on how talkative you are. It includes footage of your training, airplane ride, aerial tour of the Falls, freefall and canopy ride. As far as stills are concerned, the camera takes 2 hi-resolution pictures every second, so there are a lot of pics!

If I purchase a camera package, what am I going to receive?

All Camera Packages follow the same structure. Your tandem master, or separate photographer (depending on your choice of package), will capture footage of you starting as soon as you get your gear on. Then, as you walk to the aircraft, they will engage you in some playful conversation about your upcoming experience. Once in the aircraft, they will get some footage of the scenic flight to jump altitude, including the flight over Niagara Falls. When it's time to jump, the camera is trained on you as you excitedly exit the aircraft! Lastly, once back on the ground, your photographer will run up to you, throw you a high-five, and congratulate you on a jump well done!

The video portion of your camera package will range from 4-8 minutes in length, while the photos portion will consist of 200+ images!

How many photos can I expect to get along with my video?

Anywhere between 200 to 500. Yes, you read that correctly! In fact, you're likely get even more than that! Our cameras take two photos every one second while they’re running, and we don't pick or choose what photos we think you'll want. Instead, we let you decide what photos of you jumping out of an airplane are the craziest and best for bragging about with! You should expect to receive your photos within a day (often the same day) of your skydive, via email as a downloadable package.

I have my own action camera. Can I bring that with me on my skydive?

Sorry, but unfortunately, we cannot allow you to bring your own camera for your skydive. This is a rule that is enforced by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association, and is entirely for your personal safety. Unless you’re a fully-licenced skydiver, you cannot bring anything other than your jump equipment with you. If you bring friends or family to watch, they are more than welcome to take photos from the ground.

If I purchase a camera package, how will I receive my photos and video?

All of your multimedia will be sent to you by email as a series of downloadable links. Within 24 hours of your skydive, you will receive your 1st email, which will contain the following:

  • Mobile Sneak Peak (MP4)
  • DSLR Stills (Web sized)

Within roughly 5 days of your skydive, you will receive your 2nd email, which will contain the above links, plus the following, to complete your camera package:

  • DSLR Stills (Full Resolution)
  • RAW Video (Unedited)
  • Mobile Movie - Smartphone Edition (Your fully edited skydive experience, optimised for mobile devices and social media sharing)
  • Full Quality Movie (MP4)

In all emails that you'll receive, files that are available for download will display "NOW PLAYING" while files that are still being processed will show as "COMING SOON."

What email address will you send my camera package multimedia downloads to?

We use the email address that you provided when you completed your Smartwaiver electronic check-in form - this is the form that you filled out yourself by clicking Online Check-In here on our website, or by using one of our kiosks at the dropzone. Please make sure that the email address you provide is one that you know is active and have access to. Although we can change your email address after submission, this will cause delays in getting your download emails sent to you.