Frequently Asked Questions: Skydiving Guide

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At Skydive the Wasatch, our goal is to make your adventure as carefree and exciting as possible. We don’t want you to worry about anything, so we’re here to take care of everything. Below you’ll find answers to some of our frequently asked questions about skydiving. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email or phone! Find our contact information here.

Requirements & Preparation

Are there weight limitations for tandem skydiving?

Yes. The tandem instructors at Skydive the Wasatch can fly with a tandem passenger weighing up to 230 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 age limitations for tandem skydiving?

Yes. Skydivers must carry a valid government issue 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. We do not enforce an upper age limit.

What clothing should I wear for my tandem skydive?

Wear casual, seasonally appropriate clothing and lace-up sports shoes to the drop zone. Do not wear heels, sandals, jewelry or anything you wouldn’t want to lose.  Skydive the Wasatch will provide you with goggles. If you wear corrective lenses we recommend wearing contacts on the day of your jump, however we also have goggles that can accomodate most prescription glasses.

Instructors & Safety

How dangerous is it to skydive at Skydive the Wasatch?

We firmly prioritize safety at Skydive the Wasatch. We take pride in following all Federal Aviation Administration 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 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). The AAD is designed to activate the parachute automatically in the event that the instructor is unable to do so.

All of our tandem 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 the excellent records maintained by The United States Parachute Association (USPA).

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.

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.

About the Experience

Will I be scared?

Yes — but that’s part of it, and it’s nothing to worry about. 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 exit altitude. Once your feet are out the door, that nervousness will dissolve into pure, heart-pumping joy and excitement.

How high is the skydive?

We jump from 13,000 feet. The peak of Mt. Nebo, the tallest peak in the Wasatch, will be bellow you as you get ready to exit the aircraft!

How fast will I fall?

Freefall speeds average 120 miles per hour. It doesn’t feel like falling, though — it feels like being supported by air.

Should I expect a hard landing?

A hard landing is unlikely. We use large parachutes, and we only employ highly skilled instructors. You can expect a landing that results in a less jarring impact than you’d experience if you jumped from a chair.

Rates & Refunds

What does it cost?

Take a look at our Pricing Page for all pricing information!

What about inclement weather?

Safey is our number one priority. Additionally FAA regulations or safety concerns may require us to delay or reschedule reservations due to  clouds, rain and wind.As we often say in aviation it is better to be on the ground wishing one was in the sky, than in the sky wishing one were on the ground.

What is your refund policy?

If due to unsafe weather you cannot jump the day of your original reservation, we will help you find another day to reschedule your jump. You may also transfer your reservation to another person at no additional charge.

Can I cancel?

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 each student’s $50 deposit per cancellation/change. Please understand that our instructors and support team have been scheduled to accommodate your reservation.

Groups & Special Events

How many people can jump at one time?

If you want to jump with a friend or friends, you’re in luck! Our plane takes two students and their instructors up at a time so you can share the experience with someone special (or someone who’s just awesome). Your group is larger than 2? Not to worry, we take off and land directly in front of the hanger so your group of jumpers and any non-jumping friends or family can watch your entire experience. Keep in mind skydiving is an intense experience, standing securely on the ground can greatly increase one’s ability to appreciate another’s experience. (this explanation may be too wordy, it’s a concept I try  to convey to folks over the phone, but it also feels a little desperate. Some large groups insist on the larger plane. I dunno, thoughts?)

Do you offer group rates?

Yes. Are you a work, school, church, club or non-profit that would like to make a day of jumping? Contact us to discuss special arrangements for groups of 20 or more.

Can I propose while skydiving? How about a gender reveal?

Absolutely! At Skydive the Wasatch, we’d love to help you take a special experience and make it even more exciting! Please contact us directly for more information on special events.

Want to learn more? Click here for our Groups & Events page

Photos & Videos

Can I bring my own camera on the jump?

No, we do not allow outside video equipment on the plane or the skydive. You are more than welcome to take as many photos as you would like on the ground before and after your skydive.

Do separate video and/or picture packages need to be purchased for each individual skydiver?

Yes, due to the nature of the skydive, each tandem pair will be around 1/4 mile away from the next tandem pair. At this distance it is impossible to film both tandem pairs with one camera.

Click here to view our photo & video package options!

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