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01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

Skydives 2020

Take on the challenge of a lifetime from 10,000 ft!

Date: 01 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
Type: Challenges
Location: UK - nationwide
Registration fee: 70
Sponsorship target: £395

Blind Veterans UK are looking for thrill-seeking fundraisers to take on this once in a lifetime challenge and if you raise enough sponsorship, you can jump for free!

You will be strapped to your qualified British Parachute Association tandem instructor who does all the hard work for you, leaving you to enjoy the invigorating feeling of free falling before gliding to the ground!

 

More experienced? Try Static Line where you will complete a solo jump from 3,000 ft, with your parachute pulled automatically as you leave the aircraft, or the Accelerated Free Fall, with the thrill of skydiving solo from up to 12,000 ft!

You can jump from any one of over twenty BPA approved airfields across the UK and no experience is necessary as you will be given training before your jump.

This incredible challenge will give you the biggest adrenaline rush you could ever imagine and you soar through the air knowing that you have helped raise invaluable funds for Blind Veterans UK.

So what are you waiting for?! Book now to experience the challenge of a lifetime!

FAQs

  • What is it like?

    Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 ft - the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go - falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air as you start free falling at over 120mph! Then imagine the peace and quiet as the canopy opens, the steering toggles come down either side of you and you begin a tranquil parachute descent from a mile up in the air, steering yourself back down to the centre of the drop zone below.

    Imagine being able to do this for FREE whilst harnessed to a professional free fall parachute instructor and at the same time being able to help a national charity! Stop imagining, it’s real and it’s happening all the time and you can be part of it...

  • What does the jump involve?

    Technically the jump is called a ‘Tandem Skydive’. It is a Skydive because you will be free falling through the air (without the parachute deployed) for several thousand feet; it is in Tandem because you will be harnessed to a professional parachute instructor at all times throughout the descent. This is the only way you can jump from such an altitude without spending thousands of pounds becoming a free fall parachutist. This is literally the chance of a lifetime!

    This jump is also much less demanding than a solo jump as the jump and training are completed in one day and your instructor will be in control of your landing.

  • Points to remember:
    • Jump and training completed in one day
    • Harnessed to an experienced parachute instructor at all times
    • Jump from at least 10,000 ft - just like the professionals
    • Freefall down to 5,000 ft - falling through the air at 120 mph!
    • Ride the parachute down to the ground - we teach you how to steer onto the drop zone
    • Landing controlled by your instructor
    • Certificate to prove that you have completed a ‘two-mile high’ Tandem Skydive!
  • What must I do to qualify for a free jump?

    All you have to do is raise £395* (or more!) for Blind Veterans UK by asking your friends and colleagues to sponsor you, using our specially designed sponsorship forms which you will find at the back of this information pack. Please do not be put off by this amount - if you ask everybody you know to sponsor you, you will find you can quite easily raise the minimum £395 sponsorship and remember, every penny you raise over the minimum will be further contributing to Blind Veterans UK and giving you the chance to make an exhilarating free fall parachute jump for FREE!

    * For airfields based in Scotland and Northern Ireland the minimum sponsorship level for a tandem skydive is £450

  • What do I do next?

    Read the pages entitled ‘Important Information’ and ‘Paying Your Sponsorship Money’ and then simply choose a date for your jump and book online.

    After that all you have to do is make an exhilarating Tandem Skydive from 10,000 feet for FREE!

    This is your chance to experience 120mph freefall!

  • When can I jump?

    We organise jumps throughout the year so you can choose your preferred date when you book online and, as long as there is availability, we can book you in for your chosen date. If your preferred date is not available, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

  • Where is the airfield?

    The British Parachute Association approved centres that we use are located across the UK and are indicated on the enclosed map. Once we have received your online booking we will do our best to place you at your requested centre but if this is not possible we will contact you to discuss the alternatives.

  • Are there any restrictions on age or health?

    For a tandem skydive you must be at least 16 years old and be under 15 stone in weight. Please note some centres have lower weight limits - please contact us for details. The principal medical restrictions are diabetes, epilepsy, fits, recurrent blackouts, heart or lung disease, mental illness and some cases of asthma. You will be required to sign a medical form before your jump declaring your fitness to take part - this will be sent to you upon receipt of your booking but is also available on request. Those under the age of 18 will need the medical form signed by a parent or guardian; those with a medical condition, will need it signed by their doctor.

     

    Pre-existing physical conditions will not necessarily prevent you from taking part but please inform Skyline of any physical condition as this may affect the location of your jump. If you are in any doubt then please contact us for further information.

  • What about insurance?

    You will automatically be covered for up to £2,000,000 third party insurance but this will not cover you for personal injury. Should you wish to take out cover for personal injury you should either arrange this through your own broker or you can book it online when you book your skydive.

  • How do I book my place for a FREE jump?

    Simply complete an online booking via the booking link below as soon as possible. Please note you must also provide a £70 booking deposit when you book online – this can be reimbursed with any offline funds you have raised once you’ve hit your target.

    Reserve your place online

  • Paying your sponsorship money

    You have four weeks from the date of your jump before your money to charity is due. Full details of our sponsorship payment system are included on the following page entitled ‘Paying Your Sponsorship Money’.

  • Sponsorship money

    Tandem Skydive

    The following sponsorship system makes it easy for you to take part and ensures that you do not have to pay all of your sponsorship money in advance. At all airfields your jump and training costs must be covered on the day, this can be with cash or card unless you have an online donation page which you have informed us of. Your money to charity is not due until four weeks after you have completed your jump but if you have raised funds offline you will be asked to provide a post-dated cheque at the airfield. Remember, as long as you raise the minimum sponsorship level for your jump (£395* for a tandem jump), you can recover both the cost of the booking deposit and the jump from your sponsorship money - which means you get to jump for FREE!

    * For airfields based in Scotland and Northern Ireland the minimum sponsorship level for a tandem skydive is £450

  • Booking deposit

    Booking Deposit

    Whichever airfield you jump at you must provide the standard £70 booking deposit which must be paid in advance, but can be taken out of the minimum sponsorship that you raise (with offline funds, once you have reached your target.)

    Tandem Skydive

    Payment for your jump will be required on the day which varies from airfield to airfield but is generally between £190-£230. You must also provide the remaining sponsorship money due to the charity but this can be post-dated by up to four weeks. This post-dated method of payment makes it as easy as possible for you, allowing you plenty of time to collect your sponsorship money after the jump before it is due to the charity. Precise instructions on how to operate the above system (including how much to pay your local airfield on the day and how much sponsorship money is due to the charity) will be sent to you upon receipt of your online booking and booking deposit.

    NOTE: We cannot start organising your jump for you until you make your booking - please do this as soon as possible so that we can give you the date of your choice and so that you can start preparing yourself for what has often been described as ‘the experience of a lifetime’!

  • Finally - Why do it?

    We sincerely hope that you decide to give it a go - it has often been described as a thrilling ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and is an excellent way in which to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. There will be lots of other people trying parachuting for the very first time on the day, so you are welcome to bring along your friends and family so they can watch you on a day you will simply never forget: The day you perform an exhilarating skydive or parachute jump in aid of Blind Veterans UK.