Found 22nd May 2011
Youngest son will be 18 next month and as his present says he'd like us to buy him a sky dive.

Does anyone have any advice about good places, bad places, that sort of thing. I'd be most grateful as it looks pretty expensive and we'd like to make it a day to remember.

We are in London/Kent area.. Thanks all.

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I'd say from an aeroplane would be a great place to start.

Carley

I'd say from an aeroplane would be a great place to start.



A parachute on his back usually helps aswell.

never really fancied jumping out of a perfectly good plane...

Original Poster

Aeroplane, check
Parachute, check

You wouldn't catch me doing it, but from what I have gathered from those who do, the best way is to do a one day AFF course, where, after 6 hours or so of ground tuition, you get to jump by yourself (2 instructors jump with you). It costs about £350 and that's not all that much more than a single tandem jump.

I don't know about good airfields/organisations in your region. Dunkerswell has a good reputation in the SW - you could ring them and ask if they know of a place near to you.

Groupon have deals sometimes - check for your city.

Tell him to join the Parachute Regiment, he'll get paid to jump out of aircraft and he'll also get to defend this magnificent isle as part of the deal.

Something I've always talked about doing but never got round to it, probably never will now either

dcx_badass

I recommend doing it over Lake Wanaka next to the Lord of the Rings … I recommend doing it over Lake Wanaka next to the Lord of the Rings mountains, that's where I did mine, it was about £120 and was awesome.



how much did the whole trip cost though !! lol - don't think they're after spending that much !

it's like if i was gonna do a bungee jump .. it'd be off the bridge in NZ ... not like i'm exactly gonna hop on a plane just to jump off a bridge in the near future

why not suggest him doing a jump for charity. They usually do something where if you raise so much (the one i looked at was £400) you can do the jump for free and a big chunk goes to your chosen charity. the pack i ordered for info was skyline events, they have locations all over the country, but there may be ones that are more convenient for you.
Its just an idea anyway, u could still pay for it yourself if you wanted and he could raise money as a surplus for the charity, if he wants to do the jump regardless he could use it to some other advantage aswel.

skylineparachuting.co.uk/sky…wh1
Edited by: "tatemze" 22nd May 2011

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I did my 4 jumps from Biggin Hill, but the company went into liquidation on the day I was going for my 5th. Probably the nearest for you now will be Headcorn.

Is he going for tandem or static line single?

Not too sure I'd want a cheap deal on a parachute jump...oO

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greg_68

Not too sure I'd want a cheap deal on a parachute jump...oO



its not for the OP.X)

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WoolyM

http://www.bpa.org.uk/where_can_i_jump




Said the nearest (and pretty much only option now) would be headcorn!

headcornparachuteclub.co.uk/

That said, I did my initial training (never got to jump) at some place near Salisbury. (From memory it also had a racing track and was later famed for a learner parachutist coming down on top of a helicopter about to take off!)

OP if its a tandem jump, this place (from Woolys link) has a tandem jump for £200

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guv

I did my 4 jumps from Biggin Hill, but the company went into liquidation … I did my 4 jumps from Biggin Hill, but the company went into liquidation on the day I was going for my 5th. Probably the nearest for you now will be Headcorn.Is he going for tandem or static line single?



From what we have discussed so far I think we're looking at a tandem jump.
Not knowing too much about it, it appears that you are in the air for longer, from higher, but of course you have to do it with someone else.

Biggin Hill would have been perfect, shame.


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greg_68

Not too sure I'd want a cheap deal on a parachute jump...oO



No, nor would I, that's why I asked for advice rather than a deal.

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guv

Said the nearest (and pretty much only option now) would be … Said the nearest (and pretty much only option now) would be headcorn!http://www.headcornparachuteclub.co.uk/That said, I did my initial training (never got to jump) at some place near Salisbury. (From memory it also had a racing track and was later famed for a learner parachutist coming down on top of a helicopter about to take off!)OP if its a tandem jump, this place (from Woolys link) has a tandem jump for £200




Looking at this now, thank you very much.

Thanks all for your help, it's much appreciated.

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xxhellyxx

From what we have discussed so far I think we're looking at a tandem … From what we have discussed so far I think we're looking at a tandem jump.Not knowing too much about it, it appears that you are in the air for longer, from higher, but of course you have to do it with someone else.Biggin Hill would have been perfect, shame.



Id think the tandem jump would be the better option. You dont really get any feel of freefall on a static line and apart from the initial "jump", its where the buzz is. Once the chute is open, its just a peaceful, quite descent until ground rush!

I dont know of anyone saying they'd wished they'd never done it.

greg_68

Not too sure I'd want a cheap deal on a parachute jump...oO


For Sale - one parachute, one previous owner, small stain.

Last time I went parachuting there was a blind man sat next to me on the plane, complete with guide dog. I asked him if he was really going to jump & he said yes, in fact since he had lost his sight parachuting was the biggest thrill that he could get in his life. I asked him when he knew he had to pull the ripcord & he said "When the lead goes slack". Boom boom!

guv

Id think the tandem jump would be the better option. You dont really get … Id think the tandem jump would be the better option. You dont really get any feel of freefall on a static line and apart from the initial "jump", its where the buzz is. Once the chute is open, its just a peaceful, quite descent until ground rush!I dont know of anyone saying they'd wished they'd never done it.



the people who wouldnt do it again would be on the jumps that went wrong, and well they wouldn't be able to complain

Edited by: "golemsmate" 22nd May 2011

golemsmate

the people who wouldnt do it again would be on the jumps that went wrong, … the people who wouldnt do it again would be on the jumps that went wrong, and well they wouldn't be able to complain



I am glad I did it but I wouldnt do it again. To be honest I only went the first time due to peer pressure and then continued for a few jump to attempt to beat the fear. But it beat me in the end. I used to get nightmares before I was due to jump.

guv

Id think the tandem jump would be the better option. You dont really get … Id think the tandem jump would be the better option. You dont really get any feel of freefall on a static line and apart from the initial "jump", its where the buzz is. Once the chute is open, its just a peaceful, quite descent until ground rush!I dont know of anyone saying they'd wished they'd never done it.




I've done one, i wouldn't say, i wish I'd never done it, but I'd say i won't do it again. TBH it was not the thrill i expected. I'm no thill junkie, but it was sort of boring, and over quick, i think it was waiting days for the weather to be right for it all to be over in what felt like minutes.

The initial point of going out the plane was good. The rest was ok.
Tried a few things, my fav so far has to be scuba diving

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woolyM

I am glad I did it but I wouldnt do it again. To be honest I only went … I am glad I did it but I wouldnt do it again. To be honest I only went the first time due to peer pressure and then continued for a few jump to attempt to beat the fear. But it beat me in the end. I used to get nightmares before I was due to jump.


On my 3rd jump the chute didnt open properly. (it was a bit like a baloon - until wind forced it open and sent me spinning. I chuckled when I looked up and saw it in a sort of, oh well it was fun while it lasted.)

I was back up in the air about 4 hours later for my 4th. It was kind of strange thinking back and I'd be the first to admit it was a weird reaction. But panic just didnt happen. No idea why, clearly it wasnt funny, but i can only assume it was nerves.

guv

On my 3rd jump the chute didnt open properly. (it was a bit like a baloon … On my 3rd jump the chute didnt open properly. (it was a bit like a baloon - until wind forced it open and sent me spinning. I chuckled when I looked up and saw it in a sort of, oh well it was fun while it lasted.) I was back up in the air about 4 hours later for my 4th. It was kind of strange thinking back and I'd be the first to admit it was a weird reaction. But panic just didnt happen. No idea why, clearly it wasnt funny, but i can only assume it was nerves.



Hubby told me that it's very usual for the 'ropes' (whatever they are called) to be tangled and all sorts of other stuff. That tangling happened on his first jump (a few !! years before yours LOL) - I would have screamed and failed! If I'd have been there on the ground,watching, I'd have screamed and fainted

Not so much nerves per se as neurotransmitter chemicals, I would say.



Edited by: "chesso" 23rd May 2011

Re tandem jump - a thrill but a very expensive one and a one-off as it doesn't count as experience towards doing any further jumps . ....Judging only by experience of son No. 2.

I have always wanted to do a skydive in New Zealand.
If you organised that I'm sure your son would put you in a really nice old peoples' home when you are old and doddery X)

Is your son going to university?
If he is then if he enjoys his birthday skydive then some universities have skydiving societies - I nearly joined one but wimped out and didn't have the time or energy to commit which is a shame.

xxhellyxx

No, nor would I, that's why I asked for advice rather than a deal.



K

kittycherrycola

K



It took you over 4 years to come up with that? (_;)

I still have the same views as 4 years ago X)

arcangel111

I still have the same views as 4 years ago X)



Haha, it's pretty fun. I've done it once and I will be doing it again when I have chance X)

My step son is an instructor for the RAF, we went to visit him in Cyprus. He asked if I wanted to come up in the plane whilst he chucked the new recruits out. When I got to the airfield he said i wasn't able to sit in the back with the guys and I would have to sit up front with the pilot. What a fantastic day I had, in the co-pilots seat, head phones on listening to all the NATO chatter.
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