pre-skydive info and FAQs

Do I need to make a reservation?
When is the best time to book a tandem skydive on the weekend?
How far in advance should I make my reservation?
Are there any special weather requirements?
What do I do if the weather is not cooperating?
Can I bring people with me who are not jumping?  Can they come in the plane with me?
What do I need to bring on my Skydiving Adventure?
What do I wear on my Skydive?
Can I wear glasses or contact lenses during my jump?
What are the age requirements to jump?
Are there specific weight requirements?
Can I use my own camera during the jump?
How long does it take?
Can I complete all of the training and a jump in the same day?
Can I jump alone for the first time?
What altitude will we be skydiving from?  How fast will we be free falling?
Do I get the same sensation as when riding a roller coaster?
What does the landing feel like?
What can I do if I do not have transportation?
I want to know more about Skydiving.  Where can I find more resources?

When doing the Tandem Skydive, who will I be jumping with?
How safe is skydiving?
What if my parachute doesn’t work?
Is there anything else I should know?

Do I need to make a reservation?

YES!  We highly recommend making a reservation to ensure you get the date and time of day you prefer.

Please take note that your reservation is for the time that you arrive; not the time that you will be jumping. This adventure takes 1/2 a day during the weekdays, and a full day on Saturday and Sunday. Please plan accordingly.

When is the best time of the day to reserve a tandem skydive?

For the weekends, the 7am, 8am and 9am reservation slots are the customer favourite for the following reasons 1) you get the skydive done early and have the rest of the day to celebrate and do other things, 2) there are rarely wind holds early in the morning; operations stoppage for high winds occur with regularity at mid afternoon, 3) both you and your instructor are fresh to enjoy the experience.

For the weekdays, the 9am reservation slot is the most desired.

Depending on the time of year, reservations are taken every hour until 5pm. We recommend that groups book early in the day so that a wind hold does not prevent some of the group from making their skydive.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

We suggest making reservations as soon as you have selected a date. However, we can take last minute reservations based on availability.  Walk-ins are welcome; we will do our best to serve you.

We require a $50 deposit to hold your spot or you can pay in full for your skydive when making the reservation. Photo and video can be purchased when you come in the day of your jump.

Bookings can be made online at the following link: http://www.skydivetoronto.com/make-a-reservation/

Call our office at 1.800.668.5867 if you have any issues making your reservation, we are happy to help!

Very Important: If you need to re-schedule your reservation, please contact our office within 24 hours. If you have not contacted our office and are a “no show” for your scheduled appointment, your $50 deposit (or $50 from your full payment) will be charged as a “no show” fee.

Are there any special weather requirements?

Skydiving is a weather dependent sport.  Just as one requires snow to ski, skydiving requires high ceilings and moderate winds.  This is considered “jumpable” weather.

Non-jumpable weather includes any form of precipitation, low cloud coverage, and very high winds.

What do I do if the weather is not cooperating?

Weather holds can start at any time during the day (wind holds are usually experienced at mid-afternoon), based on the weather we are experiencing on site.

In the event that your day does not turn out with skydiving weather, (rain, low grey clouds etc), we recommend giving the office a call.  We will be able to update you with a forecast for the remainder of the day and advise the probability of you jumping.  Should that probability remain low, we can simply reschedule your jump at no penalty to yourself and your jumping friends.

Can I bring people with me who are not jumping?

Absolutely! They are more than welcome to come and watch your exciting day. The Skydive Toronto operations area is an exciting place.  Spectators can see parachute packers folding the parachutes with meticulous precision and instructors preparing their students.

The landing area is equipped with a spectator area set up for viewing your landing complete with picnic tables.  Our suggestion?  Tell your friends to bring a sun blanket and hang out while watching you jump!  We also have a cafe on site (open weekends) where they can indulge.

Want your loved ones to come in the plane with you?  This can be arranged!  Give us a call to discuss the details!

What do I need to bring on my Skydiving Adventure?

* PHOTO ID is REQUIRED – with your date of birth on it   ex.  driver’s license, health card or passport
* Running Shoes
* In the cool seasons (spring & fall) leather gloves
* Extra layers based on the season
* Lunch or money to purchase food at the onsite cafe (open weekends only)
* Method of payment (Visa, Mastercard, Cash and Debit accepted)
* Printable directions off our webpage. Click here for directions
* Your sense of Adventure!!

What do I wear on my Skydive?

You should bring/wear running shoes at the time of your skydive (avoid heels, sandals, or boots with hooks).  We recommend wearing something comfortable when completing your skydive, and removing all loose objects and jewellery.  For your skydive, you will be wearing a special jumpsuit over your clothes. We also recommend dressing appropriately for the season.

During the cooler months, we highly recommend dressing in layers. Wearing long underwear and layering with a turtleneck and sweater is ideal.  Also, bring warm gloves (lined leather gloves are the best). It is always recommended to bring too many pieces of clothing rather than too little.

Can I wear glasses or contact lenses during my jump?

Yes!  Let your instructor know you will be wearing glasses or contacts and they will ensure you have the appropriate goggles to cover your eyewear.

What are the age requirements to jump?

Age: 16-17 – may participate in the Tandem Skydive only with parental/legal guardian presence during the entire ground preparation process, in addition to their written consent. Please note minors will be charged an additional fee of $53.10 plus HST.

18+ – May participate in all programs: the Tandem Skydive and the Solo First Jump Course as well as progression jumps in the Progressive Freefall Program (PFF) or Gradual Freefall Progression (GFP).

40+ – Requires a doctor’s note to participate in the Solo First Jump Course, Gradual Freefall Progression and the Progressive Freefall.  This is a note with your name, the date and a doctor’s signature on a doctor’s letterhead stating you are “fit to skydive.” A valid pilots medical will be acceptable.

70+ -A medical is recommended, but is not mandatory, for anyone 70 and over to complete the Tandem Skydive.

NOTE:  In any event that you have a health condition which may increase your risk in skydiving activities, please consult your doctor.

All skydive participants will be asked to sign a medical form stating their health issues, if any.

Are there specific weight requirements?

Students taking the solo first jump course should weigh no more than 250 lbs.

Tandem skydiving has an instructor/student combined weight limit of 450 lbs.  The maximum weight for a tandem student is 280 lbs.  Those over 249 lbs are required to book on the weekend to allow us to match you up with the perfect exit buddy! Please call our office to help arrange your booking.

There are applicable charges for persons wishing to do the Tandem Skydive that weigh more than 249 lbs.

Can I use my own camera during the jump?

Unfortunately no.  At Skydive Toronto, we want to introduce you to the sport of parachuting.  This means you are the skydiver, and could potentially be pulling your parachute ripcord (should you choose to).  You will also be required to assume the flying position, the arch.  This makes the ability to use a camera quite difficult, not to mention the risk of dropping it during freefall.

However, check out our video and stills page for information on purchasing this service!

You are also welcome to take as many pictures as you want with your personal camera while on the ground.

How long does it take?

Tandem skydives: Prepare to join us for 1/2 a day if you visit on a weekday and a full day on the weekend.

Solo First Jump Course: Prepare to be with us for the full day –  You will be in your ground course training for 3-5 hours followed by your first solo skydive!

The sport of skydiving relies on a variety of different factors, including winds and weather.  Variants in the weather can have very large effects on Skydiving operations.  Because of these, and although your preparation time may appear small, we ask that you plan to be with us for the majority of the day.  That way, should operations fall behind schedule, you are prepared.

Can I complete all of the training and a jump in the same day?

Yes!  All of our 1st jump programs, the Tandem Skydive and the Solo First Jump Course, are designed for completion of both the training and the jump on the same day.

Can I jump alone on my very first jump?

Yes!  If you would prefer the challenge of skydiving on your own for your first jump, we invite you to participate in our Solo First Jump Course.

What altitude will I be skydiving from? How fast will we be free falling?

Tandem skydives are conducted from altitudes up to 13000 feet ASL, completing 30 – 45 seconds of freefall.   After the first 12 seconds of freefall, you will accelerate to 120 mph, yet the sensation you feel is one of ‘floating on air’. Solo first jumps are conducted from 4700 feet ASL, with you freefalling for up to 5 seconds until the automatically deployed parachute is fully inflated.

Do I get the same sensation as when riding a roller coaster?

Not a fan of rollercoasters? Don’t worry! In skydiving, the feeling is a floating or flying feeling rather than the dropping feeling of a roller coaster.

What does the landing feel like?

The modern ‘square’ parachute acts like the wing of an airplane. It is very manoeuvrable, and provides lift. For landing, the suspended skydiver flares the chute to slow down the canopy’s forward speed and to create extra lift, often allowing the student to land standing up on their feet.  The landing is soft when it is properly performed.

What can I do if I do not have transportation?

Skydive Toronto is accessible via public transit from anyone in the GTA.  Click here for instructions.  Also, check out the schedule at http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/default.aspx.

Once you arrive at the Churchill station, we can arrange for a vehicle to come and pick you up at no cost.

I want to know more about Skydiving.  Where can I find more resources?

If you are interested in researching skydiving further, we recommend the following sites to check out.

Canadian Sport Parachuting Association
http://www.cspa.ca/

The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA), through affiliation with the Aero Club of Canada (ACC), is Canada’s representative to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), and is thereby the official sport organization for sport parachuting in Canada. Incorporated in 1956, CSPA promotes safe, enjoyable sport parachuting through cooperation and adherence to our self-imposed rules and recommendations.CSPA is run by its Members and Member groups, joined together, voluntarily, for our mutual benefit.

When doing the Tandem Skydive, who will I be jumping with?

When doing the tandem skydive, you will be matched up with one of our experienced instructors. Among our instructors, you will find years of experience and thousands of jumps. All of our instructors are certified with the current CSPA ratings.

Just to give you an idea, as skydivers, we start out as students.  We then earned an A Certificate of Proficiency (COP)  a B COP, a C COP, a D COP, and we may elect to become coaches.  To become a Tandem Instructor, one goes through all of the above, and then enrols in tandem school to learn the specifics of carrying passengers before becoming qualified to take you skydiving.

How safe is skydiving?

Like rock-climbing, bungee jumping or skiing, skydiving is considered to be a high risk sport. Your safety throughout the skydive is our top priority. The airplanes you fly in are closely monitored and inspected. The equipment you use undergoes regular maintenance and is equipped with automatic activation devices. However, even with the many precautions taken, there are inherent risks in skydiving that may lead to serious injury or death.

What if my parachute doesn’t work?

All skydiving systems consist of two parachutes. The ‘main’ parachute is for your primary use, while the ‘reserve’ is your secondary parachute should the first one malfunction.

On a solo skydive, you will learn the procedure to activate your reserve parachute. During a tandem skydive, the Tandem Instructor will handle the emergency procedures for you.

Is there anything else I should know?

PLEASE, ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES IN YOUR BODY BEFORE YOUR JUMP. Do not consume any of these for at least 8 hours or more prior to your scheduled appointment. OUR REFUND POLICY: All payments made to Skydive Toronto are non-refundable under any circumstance, but are transferable to another person.