Our standard first-jump course consists of a morning of training followed by a jump in the afternoon. This is a low-cost introduction to skydiving and a common method used to make your first jump. The first jump course is $225 per jumper (subject to change). You will arrive no later than 8:00 AM on the designated Saturday morning to begin your training. Please note there is a 225 pound maximum weight for our student jumpers. You will begin the morning signing the required paperwork and have the risks of skydiving explained to you. You will go then proceed with the various areas of training. You will see overhead views of the area in which you will jump and will be introduced to the parachute and how it functions. You'll discuss the actions that you will take as a student - everything you need to know will be covered including: how to wear the parachute harness, how to board the airplane, hand signals from the jumpmaster, climb-out of the aircraft, body position and release, steering the parachute, orientation with the wind, preparations for landing, landing, how to carry the parachute back to the hanger, and what to do in the event of problems.
Your training will include basic modules explaining the parachute and will include video-recorded examples of malfunctions and what they look like. You will hang from a "mock harness" inside the hanger and practice emergency procedures. You will practice "parachute landing falls" and learn how to safely roll onto the ground upon landing. You will also practice on the ground with the aircraft and cover procedures for in-flight emergencies and exiting the aircraft. Classes often begin jumping around noon and three students will enter the airplane with the instructor for each load delivered. On each "pass", only one student will exit the aircraft. Parachutes are opened automatically upon release from the airplane via a static line system, which is a cable that will activate the parachute upon exit. Students will have a radio in the supplied jumpsuit or helmet. An instructor on the ground will guide you back to the landing area. Often, students remain at the drop zone until the entire class has jumped and may perform a second or third jump on the same day! Subsequent jumps will cost the price of parachute rental ($25 per jump) plus the cost of the airplane ride to altitude (usually $7-$11 per jump). Skydivers may return on weekends to perform more jumps and begin progression toward a skydiving license if they wish.