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Jump for St John’s
March 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT£50.00
St Johns Hospice are holding their first South Lakes Skydive! Following our very successful five tandem Skydives in Lancashire we thought it was time to let the people of the South Lakes join in the fun! Join us on the 22nd March 2020 to experience the thrill of free falling from 15,000 feet.
This skydive is now SOLD OUT!! Thank you to all our brave jumpers who are taking on this challenge for SJH! You can sign up for our September jump here.
Skydive – FAQs
BEFORE YOU BOOK
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTION SUCH AS MEDICAL CONDITIONS, AGE OR WEIGHT?
The maximum weight limit is 15 stone and a person must be reasonably fit for their weight.
The minimum age is 16. Anyone under 18 must have parental consent.
For tandem skydives, there is no upper age limit. For solo jump courses, the maximum age is 54. People aged 55 years or over cannot participate in solo parachute training, but can participate in tandem skydives.
People who have suffered from any of the medical conditions listed on the relevant declaration form, must be certified as fit to skydive and have a BPA form signed by their GP.
*A £50 deposit is payable on booking. This will be refunded once the jump is complete and a minimum of £395 is paid in sponsor money. You can choose to fund or part fund the jump yourself and raise a lower amount if you wish, please have a chat with the Fundraising Team about the different options.*
For full terms please see website or speak to the Fundraising Team.
ON THE DAY
WHAT TO WEAR?
All specialist equipment such as helmet, goggles and jumpsuit will be provided. Goggles will fit over glasses and contact lenses are fine. Please wrap up warm, on a hot day t-shirt and trousers/shorts are fine, please wear good fitting trainers. High Heels are not suitable for skydiving!
WHAT FACILITIES ARE THERE ON SITE?
We have a small café, serving hot & cold food, however we only accept cash.
Toilets are also on site which includes a disabled toilet.
We also have a shower block, for your use.
WHEN CAN YOU JUMP ?
Generally speaking the weather conditions have to be pretty good.This means only little cloud, because it’s important you can see the ground beneath you so that you know where you are in the sky and light winds so that your parachute can manoeuvre easily.
WHEN WILL I JUMP ?
Unfortunately, we are unable to give you a time for your jump. The time which is given on your booking form, is your arrival time, not your jump time. Jump times are dependant on weather, demand and operational procedures.
CAN I USE MY OWN CAMERA / GO-PRO ?
Sorry no, the BPA rules do not allow anyone to wear any camera equipment, either on the skydivers helmet or anywhere else, until you have undertaken 200 skydives.
YOUR SKYDIVE EXPERIENCE
HOW FAST DO YOU FALL?
The average skydiver falls at somewhere between 110 and 130 miles per hour in the “standard” belly to earth position.
It takes very roughly 10 seconds to fall the first 1,000 feet and then about 5 seconds for every subsequent 1,000 feet – so if an experienced skydiver falls for about 10,000 feet before deploying their parachute they will have had roughly 60 seconds of freefall. Different people fall at slightly different rates because different sizes and shapes of people create more or less air-resistance. As you fall through the air you create air-resistance and have air passing around your body at high speeds. This is referred to in the sport as the “relative wind”. As you become a more experienced skydiver you will learn how to alter your fall rate by making changes to your body position. By altering your body position you affect your air resistance and subsequently the rate at which you fall. It is a common MYTH that all objects fall at the same rate, this rule only applies in an absolute vacuum, where there is no resistance – here on earth we have air!
WHAT DOES FREEFALL FEEL LIKE?
It feels how you might imagine flying to feel or floating on a cushion of air, there is no “falling” or “roller-coaster” sensation. It is however quite noisy and naturally very windy as the air comes past you at great speed. Freefall is a really magical feeling that most people enjoy immensely and many people find highly addictive. Ever seen Superman flying across the sky in the movies? Well, freefall is probably the closest you are going to get. Try putting your arm out of a car window and feeling the sensation of your arm being held by the wind, your whole body will feel like that in the air.
WHY DO PEOPLE SKYDIVE?
There are hundreds of reasons why people choose to skydive and whilst certain parts of the sport probably appeal universally to its participants, for example the basic feeling of freefall, but ultimately the reason why skydivers skydive tends to be quite personal.
Skydivers experience things that regular people just do not see –
- the view of the earth from 2 miles up
- the sensation of what feels like flying
- Skydiving is visually stunning
- Flying in formation with friends
- the plane disappearing above you
- the thrill of the parachute ride
- the smile that just stepping out of a plane puts across your face
All are reasons why people skydive.
In addition, the “scene” is extremely friendly, it is an incredibly social sport and a great way to meet interesting people.
Skydiving is a sport with a number of different progression paths from the moment you are qualified, you can be assured that there will always be something to keep you interested in the sport and new skills to learn.
There are approximately 5,000 active skydivers in the UK from a wide range of social backgrounds, there is a hugely rich social scene associated with the sport, which presents its participants with many opportunities to make friends and travel.
For full terms and conditions please click here.
For more information please contact Lisa in fundraising by email here or on 01539 733228.