FAQ

When can I start?

We will be arranging groundschools on most weekends during first term. You only need to attend one of these. We’ll accommodate more weekends if there is more demand.

What is a groundschool?

A groundschool is a weekend you will spend learning the ins and outs of parachute safety as well as canopy control. Weather permitting, you will also perform your first jump!

You’ll be staying in a bunkhouse on site.

What do I need to skydive?

Before beginning a groundschool, you must have BPA membership as well as club membership. You can get club membership from the Bristol SU website.

What’s the difference between AFF and CS?

AFF (Accelerated Free-Fall) gives you a more rapid means of progression with 2 instructors personally tutoring you. You will start your solo skydive from 13,000 ft on your first jump, giving you a full minute of free-fall! You will deploy your own parachute at 6000 ft and enjoy a 15-minute flight under-canopy as you fly yourself to the ground! Your instructor videos every jump.

AFF is great for anyone who wishes to learn as quickly as possible, or for those who prefer a one-off experience solo free-falling!

With CS (Category System) , you will start your first jump at 3500 ft. A static line attached to your parachute will deploy it as you jump out of the plane. As you progress through your jumps, you will work your way up to 13,000 ft.

The benefit of CS is that it’s significantly cheaper due to training at a lower altitude. Remember that both courses offer the same qualification! Static line is a popular choice and offers a much more accessible way to get your A-license.

How much are the groundschools?

For AFF, the groundschool is £375. This includes your first jump and all of the training prior to it.

For CS, the groundschool is £225. This includes your first jump and all of the training prior to it.

How much are subsequent jumps after the groundschool?

The AFF course requires you to progress through a series of levels where you will perform various maneuvers in the air. Level 1 is included in your groundschool price. Levels 2 and 3 cost £205 each. Levels 4,5,6,7 and 8 cost £145 each. After you have completed all 8 levels, you will be required to complete 10 consolidation jumps without any instructors. These cost £40 each.

The static line course requires you to complete 16 jumps in total at varying altitudes. The first jump is included in your groundschool price. Subsequent jumps cost £40 each.

Congratulations! You are now a qualified skydiver – jump tickets are now only £22!

This doesn’t include hiring equipment or packing costs, however being a club member, you can use our rigs for free! We will also provide packing lessons over the year so you can learn to pack your own parachute!

Where is it?

This summer, we moved our club to the dropzone at Netheravon (https://www.netheravon.com/). Based near Salisbury, this is approximately 90-minutes from Bristol by car.

How long does it take to learn?

You will come to find that there is a lot of ambiguity in this question. Skydiving is, of course, very weather-dependent, so it should be no surprise that there isn’t an obvious answer. If you are lucky and very committed, it is possible to get your license within a few weeks, weather permitting.

Otherwise it can take however long you want it to take, provided you are consistent with your training. If you leave it for more than a month between jumps, you are required to be refreshed by a qualified instructor.   

Is it dangerous?

Statistically, skydiving is a very safe sport. With that said, it is as safe as it is because everyone involved undergoes vigorous training to ensure they know exactly what to do in any situation that may arise. It is therefore of paramount importance to pay full attention during your training. Instructors can stop you from jumping if they deem you unfit to do so.

Parachutes are very reliable and, for whatever reason your parachute fails to deploy (very unlikely), you have a reserve which is packed by a professional. If, for whatever reason, you fall unconscious during free-fall (even more unlikely), an AAD (Automatic Activation Device) will deploy your reserve for you once you reach a threshold altitude.

How often do you go?

The dropzone is open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Typically, a group of us will be down most weekends.

Do I need my own kit?

As a student, all equipment will be provided for you at no extra expense. However, you will need a sleeping bag for the groundschool. 

Can I wear a camera and film myself?

For safety reasons, skydivers are not allowed to bring cameras on jumps until they acquire their C-Licence. Cameras cause a distraction and potential snag hazard and are therefore only allowed to be used by very experienced jumpers.

For AFF, your instructors video every jump to break down in a post-jump debrief. You can ask them for the file and they’ll happily give you a copy. Just remember to bring a USB stick.

For CS, you will only get a video once you’re on jumps from 13,000 ft.

What’s the social life like?

Our club hosts lots of exciting socials over the year including Airhop, ice-skating, trips to wind tunnels and loads more! Whether you prefer a more relaxed evening at the pub or an active night out, there should be something for you!

Skydiving is a niche sport with a tight-knit community. While club events are a great way to socialize with like-minded individuals within Bristol, this is but the tip of the iceberg!

The collegiate scene is huge in the world of skydiving – We share the dropzone with Southampton, Plymouth, Cardiff and UWE, all of which have their own clubs and members you’ll meet. The BCPA (British Collegiate Parachute Association) is an entire organization dedicated to promoting the skydiving community at the collegiate level. They run events solely for university students where you can jump, compete, but most importantly have fun!