Frequently Asked Skydiving Questions

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If your question is still unanswered -- or if you'd just like to chat with us -- we're here for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Is it safe to skydive at Skydive Wasatch? What if my parachute doesn't open?

At Skydive Wasatch safety is our first priority. We happily abide by all FAA requirements for parachute safety, which specify that "all intentional parachute jumps must be made with a single-harness, dual-parachute system with both a main and a secondary [reserve] parachute." If the first (main) canopy malfunctions, another one is waiting to take its place. Skydive Wasatch ensures that all reserve parachutes are inspected and re-packed every 180 days by an FAA-certified parachute rigger, whether or not they've been used.

All of the parachutes at Skydive Wasatch are equipped with a computerized Automatic Activation Device (AAD), which is designed to activate the reserve parachute automatically in the event that the skydiver is unable to do so.

All of our skydiving instructors have undergone rigorous training and national USPA certification. We strictly adhere to all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines on safety.

If you're curious or concerned about the general safety of skydiving, we invite you to research the excellent records maintained by The United States Parachute Association (USPA).

How fast will I fall?

Free-fall speeds average 120 miles per hour (or 200 feet per second).

Will there be a hard landing?

Not likely. With our large parachutes and skilled instructors, you can expect a landing with less impact than jumping from a chair.

What clothing should I wear for my tandem skydive?

Please wear casual, seasonally appropriate clothing and lace-up sports shoes to the drop zone. Do not wear heels, sandals, or open-toed shoes. Skydive Wasatch will provide you with goggles.

Is there a weight limit for tandem skydiving?

At Skydive Wasatch, safety is our highest priority. Tandem students over 200lbs require special consideration and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Specifically, you need to be well proportioned and able to control your weight. Please call or email if you have questions.

Is there a fee for students over 200lbs?

Yes, there is an additional $1/pound fee over 200lbs.

Are there any age limitations?

Yes, students must be at least 18 years old and provide a valid government photo ID. Parents cannot sign for jumpers under 18 for any reason, under any circumstances. There is no upper age limit.

When should I make my reservation? How early should I book my Tandem?

The earlier the better; especially if you have a group of 6 or more. Generally, we can accommodate groups of 1-4 people with 1-2 weeks notice.

How long will I be at the airport?

We ask that you plan on spending 2-3 hours for the whole experience. Our goal is to get you in and out as quickly as possible, but sometimes delays happen

How early should I be for my appointment?

Please arrive at your appointment time. Try not to be late! (or too early, it will likely just increase the amount of time you have to wait.)

What if there is bad weather?

Due to FAA restrictions, skydiving can only take place in clear skies. Clouds, rain, and wind may cause delays.

What if my skydive is rescheduled because of bad weather?

Skydive Wasatch will assist you in finding another time to jump that works for your schedule.

Will I be able to breathe in free-fall?

Yes. You will have no trouble breathing in free-fall.

Will I be scared?

Being nervous about jumping from an airplane is totally normal. Most first-timers report that they felt the most apprehensive during the 20-minute ride to altitude, but our mountain views are distractingly inspiring! Once you're out the door, you can expect the apprehension to disappear immediately, and to be instantly replaced with pure, heart-pumping joy.

Should I tip my instructor?

"If you enjoyed your trip... please feel free to tip." Your instructor will deeply appreciate it! A tip is a great way of communicating your satisfaction with the jump - and making your hard-working instructor smile.

How experienced are the instructors?

Our instructors are all USPA-licensed Tandem Instructors and have logged thousands of successful skydives. In order to become a USPA Tandem Instructor, you must have logged over 500 skydives, have 3 years of parachuting experience, and maintain an FAA Class-3 Medical Certificate.

How many people can jump at one time?

Up to two tandem pairs fit on each load, so you can share the experience with someone special (or someone who's just awesome). If you want to jump with a friend, you're in luck!

Do you offer group rates?

Yes, groups of 10 or more receive a $20 per person discount.

Can I bring my own camera on the skydive?

No. Students are not permitted to jump with cameras, video cameras, or phones. The USPA requires a minimum of 200 skydives before jumping with a camera. Additionally, this is a service we provide.

What is your refund policy?

If you cannot jump that day, you can reschedule your jump at Skydive Wasatch.

Where are you located?

Nephi Municipal Airport, 2001 N Airport Road, Nephi, UT 84648

Wherever you are around the Wasatch Front, chances are we're the closest (nevermind safest and most fun!) place to skydive. We are the:

  • Closest skydiving to Provo
  • Closest skydiving to Spanish Fork
  • Closest skydiving to Orem
  • Closest skydiving to Utah County
  • Closest skydiving to Yuba Lake
  • Closest skydiving to Utah Lake
  • Closest skydiving to Santaquin
  • Closest skydiving to American Fork
  • Closest skydiving to Saratoga Springs

We are about an hour south of Salt Lake City and directly connected to the world-famously beautiful Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway.

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that you give us at least 72 hours notice to cancel or change a reservation. Canceling within 72 hours of your reservation will result in the loss of your $50 deposit. For large groups (6+) we ask that you give us 5 days notice to cancel or change a reservation, failure to do so will result in the loss of the $50 deposit per cancellation/change. Please understand that our instructors and pilot have been scheduled to accommodate your reservation.

Thanks so much for the altitude! Inviting hanger, fun people, and free snacks. My new favorite dropzone.

» Loren Cox


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