FAQs | Skydive Dubai
1. Is the trek difficult ?
1. How much does it cost to go skydiving in Dubai ?
2000 Dir hams. You can check their website for latest price and offers.
2. What are the age requirements ? Do I have to be at least 18 years old or older in order to skydive ? Can I still skydive if I’m less than 18 years old as long as I have parental consent ?
The United States Parachute Association (USPA) Basic Safety Requirements (BSRs) and the regulations of the parachute manufacturer, United Parachute Technologies (UPT), mandate that anyone wishing to perform any type of skydive must be at least 18 years old or older. No one under the age of 18 years old is permitted to perform any type of skydive regardless of parental consent.
3. What are the physical requirements ? Is there a weight limit ? If so, what is the maximum weight limit ? Are there any height restrictions ?
In general, the prospective jumper should be in reasonably good physical shape, this ″is″ a sport after all. Skydive Dubai has a maximum BMI limit of 30.
4. How long does each step of the whole experience take from start to finish ?
It will take anywhere between two to three hours on average from the scheduled check-in time to the time you get your photos and videos, assuming there are no delays of course. Plan for at least four to six hours at the drop zone just in case there are any unforeseen delays that do occur that may cause them to make you wait a little longer before the jump.
Below were the timeline of events that occurred with me:
Reached 2 hours before my reporting time of 10 am.
Check-in: Measuring my BMI and paying the remaining amount - 20 minutes
Reading and signing the waiver : 10 minutes
Waiting for your instructor and camera person : 30 minutes.
Getting introduced to your instructor and a short interview: about 5 minutes
Wearing my harness and undergoing some body positioning drills with other instructions : 10 minutes
Waiting to board aircraft: about 20 minutes
Plane ride to 13000 ft: about 20 minutes
Free-fall: about 60 seconds
Parachute ride: about 4-5 minutes
Getting geared down: about 5 minutes
Waiting on video/photos to be edited and burned onto USBs : about 60 minutes
Total time assuming perfect operation with no delays: about 2-3 hours
5. What does the training consist of ?
Tandem jumps are meant to offer an introduction to the sport. They allow the newbie to take a ride with an experienced jumper. A tandem jump requires from 15 to 45 minutes of ground preparation. It consists of an experienced jumper called a ″tandem master″ and the passenger. The passenger and tandem master each wear a harness, however only the tandem master wears the parachutes. The passenger’s harness attaches to the front of the tandem master′s harness and the two of them free-fall ″together″ for 60 seconds, open together, and land together under one Really-BIG-Parachute.
You will be made to go through body positioning drills and the landing technique. There is nothing else you do as a passenger. Everything is done by your tandem master. From 'pushing' you out of the plane to deploying the parachute to landing. All you have to do is get buckled up to your master, catch your breath and jump and enjoy the ride. It is like strap yourself with the instructor, get thrown out of the plane, land safe, dust off your clothes, pat yourself on the back and go back to your normal life types. As simple as that.
6. Is there anything I need to bring ?
There are a few things that you must bring with you when you arrive to jump at Skydive Dubai. Take your online booking form of payment and pay any remaining balances or surcharges. Second, you must have a valid state-issued photo ID, a passport should suffice. Check their website for more information.
7. What should I wear ?
It is recommended that you wear athletic clothing that fits comfortably under a harness and is appropriate for the weather on the ground at the time of your jump. Do not wear jeans. Belts are not permitted. Wear comfortable general athletic activity shoes, such as tennis shoes, gym shoes, or sneakers. Sandals, flip-flops, toe-shoes, high-heels, dress shoes, and boots of any kind are not permitted.
7. What about the weather? What if it rains? Can I still skydive if it is raining? What if it’s cloudy? Can you jump through clouds?
Skydiving is a weather dependent sport, like most outdoor activities. Anything more than the permissible limits will hamper your jump.
8. What does free-fall feel like? Will I get that stomach drop feeling like I get on a roller coaster?
Free-fall is not the “roller coaster drop” feeling most people expect it would be. It is a sensation of floating, with an intense pressure of air against your body.
9. How high do I go up and jump from ?
You jump from a height of 13,000 ft.
10. How fast will I fall ?
When you exit the aircraft, you are already moving at the same speed as the aircraft, typically 90 to 110 MPH. During the first ten seconds, you will accelerate up to about 115 to 130 MPH straight down. A tandem pair uses a drogue chute to keep them from falling much faster than this.
11. What is opening and flying the parachute like ?
The opening “shock” of the parachute is much like jumping feet-first into a pool of water. The opening takes about two to five seconds and is not comfortable. The "shock" is more like a surprise. You instructor will open without any signs of informing you.
12. What if your parachute doesn’t open ?
Haha. Clearly, this is the most Frequently Asked Question. By law , all intentional parachute jumps must be made with a single harness, dual parachute system with both a main canopy AND a reserve canopy. In other words, you have a second (or spare) canopy in case the first one fails to open properly. There are also additional safety features employed to ensure canopy deployment such as Automatic Activation Devices (AAD), Reserve Static Lines (RSL), and Sky Hooks which add still more layers of safety.
13. How hard is the landing?
Butter smooth. Okay wait, Not that smooth. Most tandem jumps slide in softly on their bottoms with a force similar to sitting on a hard-cushion sofa. You will need to have your feet parallel to the ground while landing.
14. Is skydiving safe?
Skydiving is a high-speed aerial sport that exposes its participants to the real risk of injury and death. Analysis of skydiving accidents show that most are caused by jumpers who make mistakes of procedure or judgment. Contrary to popular belief, very few skydiving accidents or injuries are caused by random or unexpected equipment failure. Those skydivers who are trained well, who stay current and who take a conservative approach to the sport are involved in very few accidents and suffer few — if any — injuries. You will be made to sign a legally binding assumption-of-risk agreement. The document makes it clear that the sport has its risks and that the jumper is electing to jump in spite of those risks.
15. Do your ear drums pop on the way down?
16. What if your parachute doesn’t open ?
Very simple. You will die.
17. Why should I jump ?
Why should you breathe?
18. How is the staff at Skydive Dubai like?
The staff was very professional and they knew exactly what they were suppose to do. This made, not just the jump, but the entire experience leading to it, just incredible. I thank the entire team at Skydive Dubai; especially my instructor JP and videographer Brittany for this amazing experience and for making me feel super safe.