Published: January 8, 2016
If you're thinking of making a skydive, there are a few key pieces of information that you should know before you make your booking. Ready? Here goes:
Do Your Homework
Not every skydiving center is the same or offers the same service. Safety is the name of the game. Beware of skydiving centers that offer pricing less than other competitors in the market. This is not an activity where cheapest is best. To skydive safely, maintenance is required on all gear and aircraft (there's nothing inexpensive about maintaining an airplane) and having qualified, well-trained instructors is pretty important too. None of this can be done cheaply. If pricing is quite low, buyer beware. You need to feel confident that the skydiving center you're visiting has an outstanding safety record and maintains the very best equipment money can buy.
If you have the choice to jump in the morning or afternoon, we recommend the morning. The earlier the better. Weather plays a pretty big role in skydiving and usually conditions are most tranquil in the morning (barring fog). If there are weather delays, those that booked earliest will be the first to jump once clearance is given to jump. Early is best.
Get Video & Photos
We're not saying this because we want you to pay us more money for an added service. We're saying it because it's the biggest piece of feedback we hear from our customers! Those that get it are thrilled that they did. Those that didn't are usually disappointed. Your skydive will be one of the top experiences in your life, so it's best that you get it documented. Your photos will blow up your Facebook feed and you'll love looking at pictures of yourself thousands of feet up in the sky. Also, you will notice things in your pictures and videos that you didn't realize were happening in real time because the event goes by so quickly!
Call The DropZone Directly To Save Money
Do not call a booking agent to make your skydive. You'll end up paying much more for the skydive as third party booking agents add a high markup. Call the skydive center directly. Buyer beware that there are many false websites that will have you think you're calling an actual dropzone only to be relayed to a call center. You'll be charged more and usually sent to a location that's not in close proximity to your location. Be sure to ask for the physical address of the skydiving center if you're unsure.
Call and Ask Questions
You'll get a good sense of the professionalism of a skydiving center by calling and speaking to the organization. If the people you speak to appear rude and unprofessional, then you'll have a good sense of what they're about. Skydiving is one of the greatest experiences a person can have in the world - be sure to jump with the right operator!
Definitely an experience of a lifetime that we will never forget!!
» Chelsey P.