Frequently Asked Skydiving Questions

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

At Skydive the 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 the 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 the Wasatch are equipped with a computerized Automatic Activation Device (AAD), which is designed to activate the 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 FAA and USPA 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?

No. 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?

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

Is there a weight limit for tandem skydiving?

Yes. The tandem instructors at Skydive the Wasatch can safely fly with a tandem passenger weighing up to 220 lbs. We regret that passengers over 200 lbs. must be physically fit in order to jump, for the safety of both passenger and tandem instructor.

Are there any age limitations?

Yes. Skydivers carry a valid photo ID proving that they are at least 18 years old. We regret that parents cannot sign for jumpers under 18 for any reason, under any circumstances. However, we do not enforce an upper age limit.

How long will I be at the airport?

We typically quote 2-3 hours for the whole experience. Our goal is to get you in and out as quickly as possible, but sometime delays happen

How early should I be for my appointment?

We expect you right at your appintment time. Try 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.

Always call us before making the drive out, especially on weekdays, at (385) 321-0284. It's also a good idea to call ahead of time on weekends due to our limited lift capacity. Scheduled students always take priority over walk-ins, so it's aways a good idea to call first to see what our schedule looks like.

By the way: if you get a group of 6 or more jumpers together, we will try to open our doors for you any day of the week, weather permitting. Just give us a call a couple of days ahead of time to reserve the plane.

Will I be able to breathe in free-fall?

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

How long will I fall?

You will free-fall for about 40 seconds: perhaps, the most exhilarating 40 seconds of your life.

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.

What height will we jump from?

You will jump from approximately 10,000 feet above the ground.

Should I tip my instructor?

They'd 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 friendly, USPA-licensed Tandem Instructors and have logged thousands of successful jumps each.

How many people can jump at one time?

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

Do you offer group rates?

Not this year, we're trying an experiment with lower base prices and no discounts. Our price is the best with no stipulations.

What is your refund policy?

If you cannot jump that day, you can reschedule your jump at Skydive the Wasatch or get a full refund.

Where are you located?

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 $25 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 $25 deposit per cancellation/change. Please understand that our instructors have been scheduled to accommodate your reservation.

Do it! The crew was fantastic! such a fun group of guys.

» Jan Johnson


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