Frequently Asked Questions
The idea of skydiving may leave you wanting to ask questions. We've put together a list of most frequently asked. If you can't find the answer to your question, we'd love to hear from you.
I am not local, Can you recommend somewhere for me to stay?
We have a free campsite and offer full use of our facilities. Just call the office to advise us of your stay and give us the head's up!
You may also view our local accomodation page.
What is the minimum age for skydiving in the UK?
The minimum age for skydiving in the UK is 16. If you are under the age of 18, parental consent will also be required.
Is there a maximum age for skydiving in the UK?
There is no longer a maximum age for tandem skydiving in the UK. The maximum age for learning to skydive is 55 years of age.
Can I bring alcohol to the drop zone?
Alcohol may not be consumed on any part of the drop zone until after the last lift of the day has taken off. You may celebrate with a drink in 'The Avaitor Coffee Bar and Restaurant' 100 meters up the road though!
I may need some 'Dutch Courage'. Is it ok to have a small drink before I jump?
Absolutely not. Jumping following the consumption of even a small amount of alcohol is potentially very dangerous. Anyone whom an instructor suspects to have been drinking will not be able to jump and will lose their deposit. The 'The Avaitor Coffee Bar and Restaurant' which is adjacent to us on the Airfield has a licensed bar and you are more than welcome to go there for a celebratory drink AFTER you have made your jump.
Is the booking fee/deposit refundable, even if I change my mind about skydiving?
No, the deposit/booking fee is never refunded. In some very exceptional circumstances a refund may be considered at the manager's discretion.
Is there disabled access?
Absolutely. Disabled spectators and skydivers* are more than welcome.
*It is perhaps worth mentioning that it is also possible for people with certain disabilities to make a tandem skydive (subject to medical approval).
I can't afford the costs. What can I do?
You can jump for FREE if you do a sponsored skydive for charity and raise enough sponsorship money.
Am I insured?
All jumpers are covered by the British Parachute Association third party Liability Insurance of £2 million.
Can I bring my pet?
Please don't. Active airfields are not suitable for pets.
Photo and Video
Can I have my jump filmed or photographed?
It is possible to have a tandem skydive, or an AFF training jump filmed/photographed at an additional cost - see here for details. To avoid possible disappointment, it is advisable to pre-book by phoning the office.
GoPro / Phone Camera / Own Camera
Unfortunately this is not allowed by our Governing Body, the BPA. The only people that can wear a GoPro are licensed skydivers with at least 200 jumps.
What's your smoking policy?
Smoking is not allowed on any part of the dropzone. Parachute equipment is made of a nylon material which burns easily. You may smoke in the car park, off site.
Are spectators allowed on site?
Family and friends are more than welcome to watch your unforgettable experience but please let them know that as a spectator there can be some waiting time.
How much are the training courses and tandem skydives?
Please check our current price list found here.
What about the weather?
We will not jump in unsafe weather conditions, however you can never rely on the weather forecast entirely so you should turn up at the agreed time regardless of what the forecast says. Remember that if the weatherman says it will be partly cloudy, it also means that it will be partly sunny!
What time should I arrive for my jump?
You will be advised of an arrival time when you book your jump.
What if I'm late?
Please arrive on time! If you are booked to make a tandem skydive and you arrive late, you will be at the end of the queue. Directions to Dunkeswell Airfield can be found here.
Will I enjoy my jump?
Almost certainly, although it is only natural that you might be a little anxious before your first jump. To see how much other people have enjoyed it, take a look at our reviews.
Will I jump in the same plane as my friend(s)?
If you want to guarantee you will be in the same aircraft load as another individual or group, you can buy a 'Group Boarding Pass' for Â£10 per person. Group size is limited to the availability of tandem instructors on the day of your jump and to aircraft capacity. We withhold the right to refuse this service.