There is no maximum age but you must be at least 18 years of age regardless of parental consent. There are no exceptions to this rule. A valid photo ID (drivers license, state ID, or passport) is required to sign up for class. If you do not have an ID you will not jump.
Is there a weight requirement?
Yes. For safety purposes jumpers must weigh less than 250lbs. No exceptions can be made and weight will be verified. In very rare circumstances it may be unsafe to take a passenger even if under the weight limit if the harness doesn't fit correctly. Our Instructors make the final determination to keep everyone safe.
Is there a time requirement?
For weekend reservations allow yourself to spend the entire day. We encourage jumping on weekdays. Tandem classes last only one hour. After the class, the time it takes for you to jump has a few variables such as weather, if we are busy that day, and when you signed in. Ideally a tandem jump can be completed in half a day. Please remember though, be prepared to spend the entire day.
Are there any physical requirements?
As with any sport, the better shape you are in the easier it will be and the more fun you'll have. However, we've taken people with many different disabilities. We have some of the most experienced tandem masters here at Skydive Chicago. If you have a special requirement, call us! We can make your dream of flight come true!
If you have a special medical concern, please contact your doctor.
Is skydiving safe?
Skydiving is like any other extreme sport: there are inherent risks that require careful training and execution. Failure to follow that training can lead to serious injury or death. Skydiving is as safe as the individual(s) make it. The equipment has improved considerably over the old-style round parachute and is so reliable that, when used properly, skydiving can be as safe or safer than any other extreme sport.
Can I jump by myself the first time?
No. At Skydive Chicago, your first and second jump must be tandem, in which you're harnessed to the front of an instructor. In case you forget something like pulling the parachute, it is good to have someone there.
What will the skydive feel like?
The sensation of freefall is more like flying than falling, and is intensely exciting and liberating. The canopy flight is peaceful and relaxing.
How long does the skydive last?
Up to 60 seconds in freefall and about 5-7 minutes under canopy.
How fast do you fall?
The average human body falls approximately 120 miles per hour.
What's the landing like?
Most landings are quite soft, with most people doing a soft sliding sit-down landing. Under certain conditions and at the discretion of the Instructor, some people make a gentle stand-up landing.
I am coming out with a friend(s); can we jump at the same time?
Yes. Smaller groups of 4-6 are usually no problem. There are a number of variables and with advance notice, we can accommodate larger groups. For larger groups you will always get to jump with someone from your group, but you may be asked to form smaller sub-groups.
What if I love it and I want to continue skydiving?
At Skydive Chicago, you only need to make two tandem jumps and acquire Instructor approval. Then, you can transition into our Advanced Freefall Program (AFP) for students.
What kind of parachute will we use?
The parachutes used today bear little resemblance to the classic round parachutes of years past. Today, nearly all jumpers use "ram-air" parachutes. These are rectangular in shape and, when open, act like an airplane wing. They are more like gliders than umbrellas. The aerodynamics of the parachute provides it with exceptional maneuverability, allowing the jumper to land almost anywhere he/she wishes. This wing shape is also what makes the tiptoe soft landings possible.
What happens if the parachute doesn't open?
Although it is unlikely that your main parachute will fail to open properly, it does sometimes occur and this is a common question. According to federal law, every jumper must be equipped with a main and a reserve parachute. In addition, all Skydive Chicago equipment are equipped with an Automated Activation Device (AAD), which will automatically open the reserve parachute should the jumpers be unable to.
Can I bring my own camera with me on the jump?
No, you are much too busy with your skydive to look after your cameras. It very easily may get lost or broken and we cannot risk dropping it in freefall or under parachute.
Can I get a video or photographs of my jump?
Yes. Skydive Chicago operates a freefall cinematography business right here on site. We can provide you with videos that have been edited to music and include a pre-jump interview. We also provide high definition digital stills of your skydive.
Can we get one video for our whole group?
No, the time/distance gap between jumper exits preclude a camera person from being able to film more than one student at a time.
How long is the first tandem jump training?
The class is about 20-30 minutes. Prior to the jump your Instructor will walk you through the training again.
Can I bring my friends and family to watch?
Definitely YES! We have so much to do here at Skydive Chicago, bring everyone! We have swimming, hiking or biking the trails, volleyball, and so much more! Just around the corner is Black Socks Stable where you can take a horseback ride. You can even plan on camping overnight at Skydive Chicago, but keep in mind that for every person jumping, you are allowed a maximum of 1 non-jumping overnight guest.
Can I jump again the same day if I like it?
Yes. Skydive Chicago has a special offer for your second tandem. If you pay for it the same day that you make your first jump, it'll only cost you $129.00. You can use that the same day, or save it and use it for up to one year later.
What if I come out and take the class and decide not to jump?
If you go through the class and decide not to jump, you will be refunded less the $50 deposit. Once you have boarded the plane, the entire amount is non-refundable.
What type of payment do you accept?
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex, or Cash (ATM on site). Sorry, NO CHECKS.