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How safe is skydiving?

Like anything in life, skydiving involves risk. Our job is to acknowledge that risk, understand it, and then do everything possible to reduce it. We do this by using high-quality equipment, safe operating procedures, and well-trained instructors. Skydive Toronto has an unmatched safety record in North America. However, please remember, skydiving is a high-adrenaline sport; and it is impossible for us to completely eliminate the risk altogether. It is important that you understand this and are comfortable with your decision to skydive.

I’ve never jumped before. What is my best option?

The most popular option for first-time jumpers is the Tandem Skydive. This requires very little training as your instructor will take the lion’s share of the work. 

However, if you would like to raise the bar and do your first skydive solo, it is possible. You would attend a one-day ground school, and if weather permits, complete your first skydive that day. 

Is there an age limit?

The minimum age for skydiving is 18 years of age, but there are different requirements for different skydives. 
 
We are able to accept tandem skydivers who have reached the age of 16. Minors, 16- and 17-year-olds, require parental consent as well as the parent remaining onsite with the minor during the entire preparation and skydive. While there is no maximum age for tandem skydiving, we do recommend that anyone who is 70+ years old get medical clearance from their long-standing family physician prior to registration.
 
The rules for solo skydivers and those learning to skydive are different. The minimum age for solo skydivers is 18 years of age. Any participant 40 years and older needs to provide written approval from their long-standing family physician. This is required prior to registering for your ground school.

Is there a weight limit?

The maximum weight for tandem students is 280 lbs. People weighing more then 249 lbs would be charged an additional fee and are required to make a reservation for a Saturday or Sunday to ensure we are able to match you up with your perfect tandem instructor. View our pricing at this link.
 
For solo skydivers, the maximum weight is 230 lbs.
 
Please note that you will be weighed fully clothed and wearing shoes; we need to know the exact weight in the aircraft at all times.

Are there any medical restrictions?

While we love how inclusive our sport is, the simple answer is yes. There are medical conditions that we cannot accommodate. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please start by speaking to your long-standing family physician. They know your individual circumstances better then we ever could. In some cases, we would require a letter of permission from your doctor prior to allowing you to jump. If you have any questions in this regard, please call our offices to discuss the matter further.
 
For solo skydivers, you will require a letter of permission from your doctor if you are 40+ years old, even if you do not have pre-existing medical conditions. Please review this document for more information.

Can I wear glasses or contact lenses during my skydive?

Yes, you can. We have special goggles that go right over your glasses. Contact lenses are no problem at all, although some people have commented that their eyes feel very dry when flying under the parachute if they remove their goggles. For that reason, we recommend that you keep your goggles on firmly right up until you have touched down. 

Can I skydive after having a beer?

No. There is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol for all skydivers and spectators. Please ensure that you are alcohol-free eight hours before your reservation time and throughout your time at Skydive Toronto. No alcohol is permitted on the property during operations.

Can I skydive after smoking marijuana?

No. There is a zero-tolerance policy for recreational drugs, including legal ones, during skydiving operations. The entire aerodrome, including the parking lots, have a strict no-drug policy. Please ensure that you are drug-free eight hours before your reservation time and throughout your time at Skydive Toronto. This includes customers who have a legal prescription for consumption.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit cards (MasterCard and Visa), and debit cards. We do not accept AMEX and DINERS CLUB. 

Weather

What kind of weather isn’t good for skydiving?

In skydiving, we have these concerns:

  • 1. Clouds: 
  • Low clouds are a major issue and often require a pause in operations. The deciding factor is whether we can see the ground from the plane at our exit altitude.
  • 2. Precipitation: 
  • We do not skydive when it is raining, hailing, or snowing.
  • 3. Wind:
  • Tandem skydives can be conducted in winds of up to 25 mph. Solo skydives can be conducted in winds of up to 15 mph.

While this can feel very frustrating, please understand that your safety always comes first.
 

What do I do if the weather is bad?

Weather forecasts are very unreliable, and the radars we have access to are far from an exact science. We wait until the day arrives and occurs in real-time to assess the weather conditions. If any delays happen, we will be in touch via email. Please watch for those emails.

If you have a tandem reservation and are on site, there are three options:

  • 1. Complete your paperwork, registration, payment, and reschedule your reservation to another date.
  • 2. Complete your paperwork and payment as in Option 1, and then wait to see how the weather plays out. We, unfortunately, have no way of knowing for sure, or even what the chances are.
  • 3. You might decide that you don’t want to take the chance with the weather and would prefer to reschedule. This can be done at the office or over email and phone.

If you have a reservation for a Solo First Jump Course or Progressive Freefall:

  • 1. The Ground School runs rain or shine. Please come out and complete your training, and hopefully the weather will improve.
  • 2. If it does not, one of our consultants will assist you with rescheduling your skydive.
     

Tandem skydives

Do I need to make a booking/reservation?

Yes, we highly recommend making a reservation to ensure that you are able to get the date and the time that suits you best. This is especially important for weekend reservations as we are often fully booked. 

However, we will always do our best to fit you in at short notice. Please call our offices before walking in, so we can let you know about availability and current weather conditions. 

How do I make a reservation?

You can make a reservation online through our website by following this link:  https://bookings.burblesoft.com/index/1111/18

Alternatively, please call our offices at 705-458-9339, and one of our consultants will be able to assist you. (We are unable to make reservations over email.) 

What is the best time to book a tandem skydive?

The morning time slots are highly recommended because skydiving is a weather dependent sport. This will allow you the maximum number of hours that day to complete your skydive.

Something has come up, and I'm unable to make my reservation. Can I reschedule?

Yes, please either call or email our office to reschedule. This can be done up to 24 hours before your reservation.

How long does the whole experience take?

The experience usually takes half the day. However, because we are a 100 percent weather dependent sport, a delay could happen at any time and with no notice. It is for this reason that we ask that you to allow as much time as possible. Being anxious about the time because you have other engagements can affect your enjoyment level. 

What can I do if I don’t have my own transportation?

Skydive Toronto is easily accessible from downtown Toronto using GO Transit. Please visit GO Transit or use Google Maps for instructions on how to get to Skydive Toronto from your current location.

Can I jump alone for my first jump?

Yes! We offer a Solo First Jump Course should you wish to jump alone. For more information on this experience, please visit this link.

What does the landing feel like?

Modern parachutes are designed to perform in the same manner as an aircraft wing. The tandem instructor will “flare” the parachute at the correct height from the ground and slow down your descent to create lift for a smooth, gentle landing. 

I want to know more about skydiving. Where can I find more resources?

Skydiving in Canada is governed by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association or CSPA. Please visit their website at www.cspa.ca for more information. 

When doing the tandem jump, who will I be jumping with?

You will be partnered with one of our experienced instructors who has a proper Tandem Instructor rating. Our instructors have many years of experience and thousands of skydives to their name.

What if my parachute doesn’t work?

By regulatory standards, when equipment is made for skydiving, it must have two parachutes: one is your primary parachute and the second parachute is your emergency backup. In the event that your main parachute malfunctions, your instructor will handle the procedures required to transition to your secondary, backup parachute. 

What should I wear?

Comfortable activewear is best. It is always cooler up in the air than on the ground, so bring an extra warm top. It’s better to have it and not need it than the other way around. Please don’t wear heels, sandals, or boots that have hooks on the laces. Running shoes are your best option. 

In cooler weather, it is very important to pay attention to your clothing. Bring extra thermal layers, gloves, neck buffs, and toques without pom-poms (that way they can fit underneath your protective headgear).

If you’re unsure about what to wear for your specific reservation, please contact our offices and we can give you more individualized information. 

Do I need to bring anything?

Government photo identification is critical—a valid passport, driver’s licence, or health card. It must be produced for all participants. 

What time should I arrive?

Your reservation time is your arrival time at Skydive Toronto. If you are scheduled for 1 pm, please arrive onsite at 1 pm. 

I would like my friends and family to watch me jump. Can they come with?

Yes. We have picnic tables, umbrellas, and a large spectator area. You are also welcome to bring your own food and refreshments, provided they are non-alcoholic.

Video Packages

How do I select my video package? The website won’t allow me to.

Extra altitude and media packages are selected and paid for on the day of your skydive. 

We have examples playing for you to see, which will help you make your decision based on the end result you prefer. 

Which video package is the best?

All of the media packages have different features, and it is ultimately your choice which you prefer. Please watch the following videos for examples.

Media Packages

Can I use my own camera?

Unfortunately not. Our governing body, the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association requires that any skydiver taking a camera up has a minimum of 200 skydives. 

Learning to Skydive

What if my parachute doesn’t work?

By regulatory standards, when equipment is made for skydiving it must have two parachutes: one is your primary parachute and the second parachute is your emergency backup. In the event that your main parachute malfunctions, you will be taught how to transition from your main parachute to your secondary, backup parachute in case the need arises. 

What’s the difference between GFP and PFF?

Both methods of training will get you to your Solo Certification with the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association, but the methods of training are different. Both programs have their strengths and weaknesses, and it greatly depends on your financial situation and the time you have available. 

We graduate more students from PFF to becoming Solo Certified, year after year.

Please read over the difference between GFP and PFF. 
 

Can I complete all my training and jump in one day?

Yes. The Ground School starts at 9 am and runs through most of the day. For the GFP, weather permitting, you will do your first jump that afternoon. For the PFF, you will return on the next day to complete your first jump. 

I want to know more about skydiving. Where can I find more resources?

Skydiving in Canada is governed by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association or CSPA. Please visit their website at www.cspa.ca for more information. 

What is the cost of the Solo Certification?

This is dependent on which method of training you choose, as the GFP and PFF courses have different pricing. Please visit this link for more information.

In both programs, the assumption is that you will successfully complete each level the first time around. Should you need to repeat a level, there will be additional costs.

How long does it take to finish the Solo Certification?

This is very dependent on you and your own personal progress. Some students come through the program in a matter of days, without having to repeat any levels. Others might need to repeat a level or two. 

An influencing factor is the amount of time you are able to dedicate to your progression. To overcome sensory overload and to encourage muscle memory we suggest that you do as many skydives in a short amount of time as possible. 

Does having a Solo Certification mean I can jump anywhere? Even in another country?

Solo Certification is recognized in Canada only. It allows you to travel and skydive at any dropzone within Canada. 

The next step is your A licence; this licence is recognized internationally. 

Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes, we do require a reservation for the Solo First Jump Course/Ground School, as well as the subsequent jumps during your progression. You are able to make the reservation for the Solo First Jump Course online or over the phone. When you want to book your subsequent jumps, please call or email our office. 

Can I get photos and video of my jump?

Solo students in GFP and PFF don’t have media package options. 

Why do I need to do my Ground School again?

Skydiving isn’t like riding a bicycle in the sense that once you’ve done it, you won’t ever forget how to do it. A critical part of mitigating the risk of skydiving is how often you jump—we refer to this as your currency. There is an increase in risk that comes with not being familiar in the environment; our governing body, the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association, has given very strict regulations. If you have not jumped in 365 days, you are required to repeat your Ground School. 

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