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Tandem Skydiving: Common Questions

Tandem Skydiving: Common Questions

Dec 27, 2011

Following are several frequently asked questions about first-time skydiving at Skydive Spaceland. Please call us at 1-800-SKYDIVE (or 281-369-3337) if you have any more questions, we’d love to talk to you!

Do you have group rates or specials?

Absolutely! Please see our group discounts and specials page for this information.

What are your hours of operation?

We are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. through sunset Saturdays and Sundays.

What is the age limit for skydiving?

You must be at least 18 years old to skydive and bring a valid photo ID with you.

What if a minor has parental consent?

The state of Texas requires the skydiver to be of legal age to sign an contractual document (at least 18 years old).

Is there a weight limit for tandem skydiving?

Yes. We can take tandem skydivers up to 280 pounds, but there are additional fees for people over 240 pounds (+$20: 240-259 pounds, +$40: 260-280 pounds). Tandem skydivers over 240 pounds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What should I wear to make my first skydive?

Wear comfortable, relatively close-fitting clothing for the current weather (we will put a jumpsuit on over your clothes). Here are some examples of suitable clothing:

  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Sweats
  • T shirt
  • Tennis shoes/other athletic shoes

The following clothing is not recommended:

  • Flip flops (or any other shoes that are not secured to your feet)
  • Shoes with built-up heels
  • Boots with speed lace hooks
  • Five-toe shoes
  • Any clothing that will restrict your movement
  • Any clothing that will be uncomfortable under a snug harness (i.e., very baggy jeans can bunch up)

Should I eat before skydiving?

It’s a good idea to eat a light meal or snack before you head to the drop zone.

I don’t know if I can do this without a little fortification. Do you mind if I have a beer or something before jumping?

Yes, we mind. You will not be allowed to skydive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

How long does the entire process take?

Plan on spending your entire day at Skydive Spaceland. We can usually get you skydiving in much less than a full day, but many variables (such as weather) could extend your stay with us.

Feel free to bring books, magazines, hackysacks, hula hoops, or other things to do just in case. We also offer free wireless Internet access for your convenience.

Hot Tip #1: The most efficient way to do your first jump is to schedule a class early in the day (any weather/other delays pile up throughout the day and affect later schedules more than early ones).

Hot Tip #2: Regardless of when you are scheduled to jump, your check-in will be streamlined if you have already paid for your skydive in full online or on the phone.

What if weather keeps me from jumping? Do I get a rain check or refund?

Absolutely! We do not give refunds, but we will give you a rain check if you are unable to skydive due to weather. Our rain checks are good for six months.

Can my friends come and watch?

Absolutely! We have a comfortable deck and covered picnic areas overlooking the landing area.  Find out more about our facilities…

Do you have a wind tunnel for indoor skydiving?

Sadly, no.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We take cash and most major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and ATM cards with credit card logos).

Do I need to make a reservation for a tandem skydive?

No, but as availability is limited we strongly recommend it to hold your spot. To make a reservation, please fill out our reservation form online or call us at 1-800-SKY-DIVE (Houston area) or 281-369-3337.

Is a deposit required?

No, but if you put down a $50.00 deposit per person, you will receive a  $10 discount and if you pay in full at least 24 hours ahead, you’ll save $20! Put down a deposit or pay in full online…

Do you offer video of tandem skydives?

Yes! Video is $109 per person and consists of a ten-minute DVD video of your tandem experience professionally edited to music.

You’ll also get at least 50 high-resolution digital photos of your skydive to prove you really did it! Plus you can add your video and photos to a Spaceland 4 GB Flash/USB drive for only $20 extra! Find out more about video…

Can I get the photos without the video, or vice versa?

No. Your videographer will capture both at the same time, so our costs and your price are the same either way. You might as well enjoy both! :)

I’m skydiving with a friend or family member. Can we share a video?

Not quite. A videographer can only film one tandem pair in freefall. So your videographer can get some footage and photos of both of you on the ground and in the plane if you’re on the same flight, but he/she can only film one of you in freefall.

Do I have to reserve my video ahead of time?

It never hurts to let us know you want video early (especially if you’re paying online and getting it all out of the way  before you arrive), but no. You can purchase the video when you check in to do your tandem.

Can I do my first skydive by myself instead of tandem?

At Skydive Spaceland, we only offer tandem for your first skydive, where you are harnessed to an experienced instructor. Experience the thrill of skydiving with the comfort of an expert guide for every step of the way (plus it’s more time-efficient than jumping solo, which requires about a 6-hour instructional class before jumping). For tandem skydiving, you’ll learn the basics during a 30-minute class and we will get you skydiving soon afterwards. Find out more about tandem skydiving…

I want to jump again. Do I learn new things on the second dive?

Yes! On your second jump you’ll learn freefall manuvers including turns and tracking, be more responsible for altitude awareness and parachute opening, and learn about parachute safety, control, and navigation.

Note: If you have not made a tandem skydive with us in the past 90 days, your instructor will review Tandem Jump #1 procedures before practicing Jump #2 Tandem learning objectives.

I really want to skydive by myself. How do I learn to do that?

Great! We look forward to working with you in our Skydiver Training Program, where you can enjoy learning your new passion in a state-of-the-art, complete training program with modern skydiving gear and dedicated instructors who video each jump for an optimal learning experience.

I need transportation to Skydive Spaceland. Do you have a shuttle?

We do not, but contact Darren at See Our City Tours and Travel. He drives skydivers out here on a regular basis from all over Houston and he can also help with flights, hotels, and car rentals if you need those services.

Still have questions?

Please call us at 1-800-SKY-DIVE or 281-369-3337–we’d love to talk to you!