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

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.