First Jump Guide
Everyone starts somewhere, and we’re extremely happy to help introduce you to the amazing sport of Skydiving!
It would be almost impossible to answer every question you might have all in one sitting – but we hope that this guide will help answer a few questions you might have about your first jump and ground school!
At SDA we believe research is important!
Our safety record boasting absolutely NO fatalities in all of our 50 years in business is something we are proud of.
This is the reason people come from other states to jump at our facility!
Also – having the best view money can buy in the state of Oklahoma does not hurt!
Your appointment time is when we expect you to arrive.
Yes! It is always good to have something on your stomach before you jump.
No, but we try to be most accommodating.
You must be at least 18 years old. Weight restrictions vary as well as physical condition.
Absolutely Not. No Alcohol.
Yes. If it isn’t on social media, it didn’t happen, right! You may not wear your own Go Pro as it is a safety hazard!
We take walk-in jumpers on the weekend ONLY. A reservation is ALWAYS a great idea.
Our Cessna 206 holds six people and our Cessna 182 holds four. That means we can take two to three tandem students up at a time.
Depending on the season it can sometimes get a little chilly at altitude.
About 120mph! Pretty Fast!
Our gear is the most modern, safest equipment used in the industry. We keep it very well maintained, because we jump it almost every day. If there is a malfunction, all of our gear has a reserve parachute. There is also an automatic activation device on the reserve parachute. We are always happy to show you how the equipment works before your jump.
Plan at least two hours out of your day to do a tandem jump. Solo jump courses are an all day experience.
Yes! There are chairs and a deck where they can watch in comfort. We also provide a grill for cooking out. Bring your family and friends!
Wherever you live in the world, we can direct you to a drop zone that conducts Accelerated Free Fall Training to get your license.
Your photo ID and logbook (if you have one).
Common Training and Ground School Questions:
Training for tandems usually only lasts about 20 minutes. Training and Ground School for AFF and IAD jumps usually lasts 4-6 hours depending on multiple factors. Be prepared to spend a large portion of your morning in Ground School if you are participating in an AFF or IAD jump!
Tandem Jumpers will go through a quick course about skydiving and what to expect during the jump. This course usually lasts about 20 minutes.
First Jump Course and IAD students will go through quite a lot of information during their class. We encourage you to take notes during the class and be an active participant. Some of the training subjects you will learn about are:
-Free Fall Procedures
-Gear Equipment Training
-Emergency Procedure Training
and much more!
Yes, you will receive a logbook documenting your first jump and training. This logbook will be signed by a USPA Certified AFF Instructor. This logbook will allow your next Instructor to understand your progression and training level!
Common Tandem Jump Questions:
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by patrons that are about to go on their first jump!
You do not feel a “stomach drop” or a “Roller Coaster Feeling” when you leave the plane.
Without getting too intricate – the reason why you do not feel that stomach-curling pressure is because you are not necessarily accelerating at all when you leave the aircraft! Since the aircraft is already moving forward at an airspeed of approximately 100 mph, you aren’t dropping – you’re just changing directions slowly. This is the reason you do not feel that terrible sensation when you leave the plane!
So open up your eyes and relax – there’s no feeling of falling!
Dress for the weather! If it’s warm outside, shorts and a comfortable shirt is one of the best ways to jump!
If it’s a bit chilly, feel free to toss on some extra clothes. Your clothing doesn’t impact your skydive at all unless it somehow gets in the way of equipment, gear or you or your instructor’s mobility.
Depending on different factors – the freefall can last anywhere from 45 – 60 seconds and the parachute ride can be around 5-7 minutes, also depending on many factors.
The weather and altitude can have an impact on performance and freefall times.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!
Due to safety concerns, we do not allow multiple tandem students to be in freefall together.
Our Instructors want you to have as much fun as possible, but safety is our biggest priority.
You can be on the same plane as your friends, depending on group size. However, there will be separation between you and your friends during the freefall and canopy ride portion of your tandem jump.
If you have any questions regarding jumping with your group, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us via form!
Yes, you can breathe while you jump. We encourage you to breathe… It’s good for the body.
Common IAD (Instructor Assisted Deployment) Questions:
An IAD (Instructor Assisted Deployment) jump differs from a regular skydive in a couple different ways.
The altitude of an IAD jump is quite a bit lower than a regular skydive – we usually perform this jump at 4,500ft above the ground.
This type of skydive is one where the Instructor will deploy your main canopy for you while you exit the aircraft. You will then fly your student canopy safely to the ground!
For more information about IAD jumps, please give us a call or submit a question via our form.
No, you will receive the same training and will likely be in the same class as AFF jumpers during your First Jump Course and Training.
You will be “flying your own canopy” during this jump and you will be experiencing the entire deployment process as a solo jumper.
In performing these activities, you must have the same training as a jumper that is participating in their first AFF jump.
If you have any questions regarding training – please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
Common AFF (Advanced Free Fall) Questions:
Yes, you will have 2 instructors holding on to you the entire time during your freefall experience during your first AFF jump!
We’ve got you!
Flying a canopy is an art. There are National and International Canopy Piloting Competitions!
However, flying and landing a parachute is not an extremely hard task. We’ll make sure that you are well up to the challenge before you make your first jump!
Parachute Malfunctions are a part of the sport – It’s why we carry two with us on every jump!
The MAIN CANOPY can be cut away during an emergency and a RESERVE CANOPY packed by an FAA Certified Rigger can be deployed just in case!
This extra canopy has what’s called an AAD (Automatic Activation Device) connected to its deployment mechanism.
If for any case you do not deploy a canopy during your skydive, this AAD will activate your Reserve Canopy automatically!
Skydiving equipment has become more and more safe over the past few decades and manufacturers are constantly innovating and inventing new techniques to make our sport more and more safe every year.
If you have any questions regarding the safety of skydiving, we’d love to answer them for you. Fell free to give us a call or reach out and we’d be happy to speak with you!
Questions About Gear:
Here’s a few statistics:
In 2015, out of about 4 million jumps, there were 1,920 injuries requiring medical care–or one injury per 2,000 skydives.
Oftentimes, the injuries occur when jumpers try something outside their skill level. In other cases, it’s as simple as somebody landing on an ankle in slightly the wrong way or tripping over a hole as they’re landing their parachute.
Skydiving equipment is constantly innovating and being made safer as our sport progresses. Gear related injuries or fatalities are EXTREMELY rare and most injuries occur because of jumpers being careless or not mindful of their skill envelope.
So we’ll be completely honest with you – it’s not that bad…
Most of the time it’s not enough for anyone to be too worried about.
It’s very rare that we here comments or remarks about our students being uncomfortable!