- When is it?
- Where is the skydive taking place?
- How high is the jump?
- What type of skydive is it?
- Who can get involved?
- Are there any restrictions on who can jump?
- What are the costs involved?
- Can I cover the cost of the jump myself?
- What happens if I don't raise £350 two weeks before the jump?
- How will we raise the money?
- What happens if the weather is bad?
- What else will be there on the day?
- Can my family and friends come and watch?
Where is the skydive taking place?
The jump will takes place at the Shotton Airfield in Durham. The full address is Skydive Academy Ltd, Peterlee Parachute Centre, Shotton Airfield, Shotton Colliery, Durham, DH6 2NH.
What type of skydive is it?
A tandem skydive. This means you jump attached to an instructor using a specially designed dual harness. The instructor controls the freefall, parachute opening and landing, leaving you free to enjoy the view and the sensation of freefall.
Are there any restrictions on who can jump?
The minimum age is 16 and jumpers must weigh less than 15 stone 7lbs.
There are also some restrictions in relation to medical conditions. Full details are given on the ‘Declaration of Fitness’ form that you will receive with your sponsor forms but generally, if you have a medical condition like diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease or severe asthma you will need to get your Declaration signed by your GP, whatever your age.
All under 18s must have their forms signed by a parent or guardian.
What are the costs involved?
There is a £50 registration fee, payable upon sign up. We then ask you to raise £350, which will need to be with us two weeks before your jump. Approximately £160 from your fundraising will cover the cost of your skydive and the rest will come straight to the charity.
Can I cover the cost of the jump myself?
Of course! You can do this by paying for the cost of the skydive on the day of your jump. That then means all your fundraising will come directly to the charity.
What happens if I don't raise £350 two weeks before the jump?
If you haven’t raised the £350 two weeks before the event you will need to pay for the remaining cost of your skydive on the day of your jump – approximately £160.
How will we raise the money?
We ask that you set up a JustGiving page as this is a really easy way for your friends and family to sponsor you. All the money you raise then comes straight to the charity, and it enables us to see when you have reached your fundraising target.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We will let you know via SMS the evening of 11 August whether the jump is likely to go ahead or not. If the skydive has to be cancelled due to bad weather you will be able to re-book your skydive to a later date.
What else will be there on the day?
There will be plenty of food and entertainment for you, your friends and family. Further details will be revealed closer to the day.