Tandem skydiving FAQs

  • Hours & Requirements

  • What are Skydive Danielson's hours?
    • 2021 Season - April 17th - October 31st
    • Office hours daily from 9:00 AM - sunset
    • Closed Tuesdays for skydiving
    • Skydiving appointments hourly
    • Appointment times: Book Your Jump
    • Have a large group and don't see availability? Contact us!
  • How old do you have to be to skydive?
    • 18 years old
    • Yes, even with parental consent. It is a regulation in the USA
  • What is the tandem skydiving weight limit?
    • 240 lbs or less (fully clothed)
    • 215 lbs or less (fully clothed) for the Learn To Skydive program
    • All customers are weighed prior to skydiving
    • Customers over the weight limit will forfeit their deposit
    • Weight limits are in place to ensure the safety of all participants
    • Read More: How Your Weight Affects Tandem Skydiving
  • What about physical fitness or disabilities?
    • Skydiving is something that many people can do, however sometimes the physical component of it is beyond a person's capabilities
    • Jump off a picnic table and land comfortably on your feet. Good to go? Great, skydiving is for you!
    • If you feel like that would be too much stress on your body, then skydiving may not be suitable for you
    • If you have a physical or mental impairment, please email our office with questions prior to booking - info@skydivedanielson.com
  • Skydiving Reservations

  • Do I need a reservation to skydive?
    • Yes, space is limited and seats book fast!
    • Call our office at 860-774-5867 or book online
    • A $75 (non-refundable) deposit person is required to book
    • Deposits are applied to your total cost of the skydive 
    • Deposits reserve your airplane seat
  • What time do I arrive, how long will I be there?
    • Your reservation is for your Class Time
    • Check in 15-30 minutes before your Class Time
    • Plan to spend the day with us (in case of weather delays)
    • Customers often spend roughly 3-5 hours at the facility, but it can be longer in the event of weather delays, we recommend planning to spend the day with us
    • Appointments can go faster as long as there are no delays due to weather, aircraft or other unforeseen circumstances, we like to over prepare you just in case!
    • If you are late for your appointment we will accommodate you if we have availability later in the day
  • What if I need to reschedule my skydive?
    • 72 hour notice required- $75 deposit will move with you to new time/date of your choosing
    • Less than 72 hours notice -an admin fee of $35 will be applied for rescheduling less than 72 hours before your reservation time. The remaining balance can be used towards a future appointment
    • Same day cancellations will result in forfeiting the entire deposit amount of $75
  • DAY OF THE SKYDIVE

  • What should I bring with me to skydive?
    • Gov't Issued photo ID
    • College/Military ID to receive discount
  • What kind of payments do you accept?
    • Cash or credit (all major credit cards except Amex)
    • Checks are not accepted
    • All prices listed reflect a 3% cash discount
  • Should I eat before I skydive?
    • Yes! A light meal (sandwich, salad, etc) is recommended. An empty stomach can cause more troubles for customers than a full one. Bring snacks! Weather delays catch customers off guard. We are conveniently located minutes off the highway with lots of food options around
    • Read our blog - Say Goodbye To Barf - Anti Puke Tips From The Pros
  • What kind of photo/video packages do you offer for my first skydive?
    • Not sure what to get? You can add one on same day as your appointment!
    • Media Packages capture moments of you and your group on the ground, in the airplane, free falling and landing. Extreme Hand-Cam and Ultimate Packages come with footage of you flying the parachute as well!
    • All packages are shared for free w/Cloud sharing via Dropbox
    • USB's available for $10 to take home same day, but take 1-2 hours to edit so be prepared to wait after your land
    • Extreme Hand-Cam- 4-6 minute video, 100 photos - $99
    • Pro Package - 4-6 minute video, 75 pictures and a professional videographer jumping with you - $139
    • Ultimate- The best of both worlds- we combine both the Extreme Hand-Cam and the Pro Package! 200 pictures and a 5-8 minute video - $179
    • Pro and Ultimate Media packages are available based on availability 
  • Can I bring my own camera in the plane or on the skydive?
    • Sorry, no!
    • Skydive Danielson is a member of the United States Parachute Association, which is the governing safety organization in the US. They require that you must have a license to skydive and a minimum of 200 jumps before adding a camera to your body in free fall. The main concern is that cameras can pose serious snag hazards which can result in an unsafe situation while skydiving.
    • You are welcome to take pictures on the ground while waiting to skydive as well as getting geared up and landing!
    • Customers can not bring cameras/phones with them in the airplane
  • Will skydiving make me feel sick?
    • While free fall doesn't make people sick, the airplane/parachute ride can.
    • Airplane/parachute ride tends to bother people if they get motion sickness, drank liquor the night before or have not eaten on the day of their skydive.
    • Stay hydrated and eat something before skydiving.
    • Motion sickness remedies before jumping can help ease your stomach.
    • Say Goodbye To Barf
  • Can I wear glasses/contacts on a skydive?
    • Wear contacts if you have them vs glasses.
    • If you must wear glasses to see, wear an old pair (we sometimes loose them in freefall).
    • Bring back ups of contacts/glasses just in case you loose them!
  • What should I wear when I go skydiving?
    • Gym shoes - no sandals or boots.
    • Clothes you don't mind getting grass stains on.
    • Bright colored shirt (for video/ photo purposes)
    • Our facility is an outdoor facility. You may be outside for several hours on the day of your event, please dress accordingly.
    • Hot weather (70 degrees and above) - Active Wear - shorts and a tshirt - avoid short shorts (you may get raspberries on your legs sliding in your landing). Capri/yoga pants are a great alternative!
    • Cooler weather (70 degrees and below) - dress in thin, light layers. It is much colder in free fall than on the ground. Start with a base layer of thermals under your clothes and then keep adding thin light layers depending on the temperature.
    • Bring your own gloves if under 60 degrees!
    • Avoid bulky clothing that is hard to move around in.
    • Jumpsuits are available and help to make your Media Packages really pop! However, many customers choose not to wear them when it is over 80 outside due to the heat. In this case, wear a brightly colored tshirt (currently not available due to Covid19).
  • WEATHER

  • What kind of weather can prevent tandem skydiving?
    • Strong, gusty wind (kite-flying weather), generally over 20 mph.
    • Thick, or low cloud coverage, rain.
    • Skydive Danielson flying crew members will determine if the weather is no longer safe to skydive in.
    • Weather delays can happen at any time. They can last for an hour, several hours or even an entire day. If you are unable to skydive due to weather delays, airport shut downs or other unforeseen circumstances you will be issued a Rain Check to use at any time. Rainchecks do not expire and are fully transferable.
    • Skydive Danielson will make all decisions on the SAME DAY as your skydive.
    • Please note, if we are not skydiving, it is because it is not safe to be skydiving. Your safety is our top priority.
  • What happens to my skydiving appointment if there is bad weather?
    • Strong, gusty wind (kite-flying weather), generally over 20 mph.
    • Thick, or low cloud coverage, rain.
    • Skydive Danielson flying crew members will determine if the weather is no longer safe to skydive in.
    • Weather delays can happen at any time. They can last for an hour, several hours or even an entire day. If you are unable to skydive due to weather delays, airport shut downs or other unforeseen circumstances you will be issued a Rain Check to use at any time.
    • Skydive Danielson will make all decisions on the SAME DAY as your skydive.
    • Please note, if we are not skydiving, it is because it is not safe to be skydiving. Your safety is our top priority.
    • Rainchecks do not expire and are fully transferable.
    • Payments are NON REFUNDABLE. 
  • SAFETY

  • Is skydiving safe?
    • Skydiving involves jumping out of an aircraft and using a parachute to land. There is inherent risk that comes with this experience. Skydive Danielson follows all safety protocol to aide in risk management.
    • You must be in good physical condition to skydive. We ask that all customers be physically fit to skydive meaning that they can climb up on a picnic table and jump onto the ground without needing assistance.
    • All airplanes and pilots are tested and maintained with FAA standards.
    • All skydiving instructors are trained and licensed through the United States Parachute Association.
    • Skydive Danielson is a member of the United States Parachute Association and follows all safety protocol.
  • What if the parachute doesn't open?
    • Movies often portray parachutes not deploying. This scenario is highly unlikely in the real world. While main parachutes can have problems once deployed, they almost always open.
    • Federal law requires that there are 2 parachutes in all of our skydiving systems. In the rare event that your main parachute did not open, the reserve parachute would be deployed.
    • At Skydive Danielson, all parachutes are equipped with an Automatic Activation Device. This computer device can open if a skydiver fails to do so.
  • What does skydiving feel like?
    • Standing on a motorcycle going 120 mph down the most breathtaking road you've ever been on.
    • It is simply indescribable as it is not like anything else.
    • There is no stomach drop sensation like you get on a roller coaster ride. Instead it is windy, and awesome. Really, really awesome.
    • Want to hear a First Hand Experience? Read more.
  • Can I jump by myself the first time?
    • Sorry, no! Our company values your safety as our #1 priority and starting with tandem skydives is the best way to achieve that goal. Skydive Danielson offers a Learn To Skydive program that begins with 2 training tandem skydives followed by a 3rd jump that is solo. Read more about this on our Learn To Skydive page. Get your license to skydive!