Tandem Skydiving FAQs

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Have questions about skydiving? We’ve been skydiving Charlotte for 30 years, so chances are we’ve got the answer to your skydiving question!

Below you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about skydiving. Please be sure to read all of the skydiving FAQ s below prior to your arrival. It will ensure that you get the most out of your skydiving Charlotte experience. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us – we’d be happy to speak with you!

FACILITIES

How Do I Find Your Location?

Our physical mailing address is 1903 King Air Drive, Chester, SC 29706

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Are pets allowed at the skydive center?

No. Pets are not permitted at the skydive center at any time.

Is there a place where we may purchase food at Skydive Carolina?

Yes. We do have a snack bar (Dale’s Dive-In) offering cold cut sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and other fixings along with cold soft drinks and water. Food for vegetarians is limited and we recommend vegetarians pack a lunch. Please note the snack bar accepts cash only and does not offer debit or credit card services.

GENERAL PREPARATION

What should I wear?

Dress so that you are comfortable for the temperatures on the ground. If it will be a warm day, then tee shirt, shorts and tennis shoes will be best. If it’s going to be a chilly day, then jeans, a long-sleeved tee shirt and tennis shoes are recommended. If it’s particularly cold then we recommend long-johns or Under Armour wear (works particularly well). We will be providing you with a jumpsuit to put on over your clothing, so please do not wear anything too bulky (heavy jackets). Tennis shoes or ‘sneakers’ is recommended for footwear. Boots are not recommended.

Should I eat before I jump?

On the day of your jump – you’re going to have a lot of nervous energy – but understand this – skydiving is not like being on a roller coaster. You do NOT feel as if you are falling nor are you aware that you are traveling at 120m.p.h. So eat normally.

Is there anything I should bring?

Individuals planning on making a jump will need to be sure to bring a government issued form of photo identification (a driver’s license or passport is acceptable). Additionally, there will be lots of skydiving happening including world record holders and national champions, so be sure to bring your sunglasses – you’ll be looking up at the sky a lot!

Why will I be at Skydive Carolina for between 4 and 5 hours?

Skydive Carolina is fortunate to fly a large, 22 passenger aircraft that takes passengers up to 14,000 feet allowing for the absolute best skydiving experience with a large door for easy exits and the longest possible free fall time without the aid of oxygen. Because of the major expense of operating a large aircraft, heavy volume is required to fly this aircraft. The design of our booking schedule is to allow for customers to be with us for between 4 and 5 hours. The wait time is created by having to pack parachutes for both tandem parachutes and videographer parachutes alike. Much is happening behind the scenes, so please be patient and stay relaxed for the experience of a lifetime. Wait times are greatly reduced for those scheduled early in the mornings (8:00 and 9:00am).

Should I arrive earlier than my scheduled time?

No. Arrival time is your booking time. You will be at the DZ for approximately 4-5 hours. Please prepare for this as there is some down time between your training and actually boarding the plane. There is much happening behind the scenes by-way of re-packing parachutes etc. Please be patient and prepare for one of the best experiences of your life!

If I have friends and family coming to watch, what time should they arrive?

Unless your booking time is for either 7:00 or 8:00 o’clock in the morning, we recommend that spectators arrive approximately an hour and a half after your scheduled booking time. Please note that all children 12 years and under must be under adult supervision at all times.

The weight restriction is 225lbs, how strict are you on this weight requirement?

We are very firm on our weight requirement. This weight requirement includes shoes and clothing that you will be wearing for the jump. Individuals who are close to this weight will be asked to stand on a private scale at the time of check-in.

Should I tip my instructor or videographer, what is standard procedure?

We recognize that skydiving is an expensive activity – tips are never expected, but always appreciated!

VIDEO & PICTURES

What are the details of the Video & Photo packages?

The videographers of Xtreme Video Services are literally the best in the world and will capture every aspect of your skydive. All videos are copied to a USB thumb drive and you will receive a fully edited finished product within 30 minutes after your skydive. The highlights of your video include – meeting the instructor, getting geared up, boarding the aircraft, an interview half-way to altitude (7,000 feet) and of course the moment of being in the door at 14,000 feet and every part of the free fall experience. Pricing for video services is $99 for video only or still photography only. The price for both video & still photography (on a USB) is $119. Also offered is a DVD and USB digital photography package for $129. This package includes a souvenir 4GB USB Memory stick with both your video and photography plus a DVD.

If there are two of us, can we hire one videographer to capture both of our jumps?

This is not possible. Each tandem pair exits the aircraft with about 5 to 10 seconds of separation out the door to ensure that parachutes will not be deploying in close proximity of each other. Because of this separation it is not possible for a videographer to fly from one tandem group or another.

If I have a GoPro camera or a similar small camera, am I permitted to bring this with me on my jump?

The United States Parachute Association (USPA) mandates that all skydivers must have a minimum of 200 jumps in order to skydive with a camera. Anyone with less than 200 jumps is not permitted to take a GoPro or any other camera with them on a jump without meeting this criteria.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my jump and how does it effect my reservation?

All payments are non-refundable, but are transferable and are valid for one calendar year. In the event that your skydive will have to be rescheduled, you will have up to one calendar year to reschedule. If you have a long drive and it appears that the weather will be inclement, all are encouraged to contact Skydive Carolina at 803.581.5867 to check on the status of the weather.

What does Skydive Carolina consider bad weather?

Conditions that effect the postponement, delay or cancellation of a tandem skydive are as follows:

  • Heavy Clouds – if cloud conditions are thick not allowing jumpers / instructors to see the ground from the jump altitude, then jumping is discontinued. The exception to this is if the cloud cover is above an altitude of 10,000 feet.
  • Rain – Jumping in the rain can be an unpleasant experience. We do not operate when it’s raining.
  • Wind – If ground winds are in excess of 20mph or if upper altitude winds are excessively high.

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