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Tandem First Jump Questions

Do I have to be 18 to Tandem Skydive?

Yes, a recent change in regulation requires tandem passengers to be 18 years of age.

Do I have to sign a waiver?

Yes, everyone signs a Skydive Waiver of liability for Kapowsin Air Sports and a Tandem Waiver. You can dowload these and fill them out in advance to expedite your check in at our jump center.

Should I do a Tandem jump, AFF jump?

We think that ANY skydive is a good one to do! Accelerated Freefall (AFF) is more for those that really want to learn all they can about skydiving.

Tandem Jumps are more of an basic learning experience, but do count towards your future training. If you only plan to make one jump ever or feel more comfortable being harnessed to and experienced instructor, we recommend a Tandem. If you think you might become a regular skydiver and pursue the sport, then you may perfer the more advanced instruction of an AFF first jump course.

What kind of clothes should I wear?

You should wear comfortable sneakers and clothes appropriate for the season; shorts and a T-shirt on a hot day are fine and if it’s a colder day, long pants and a comfortable long sleeve shirt. We have jumpsuits and goggles available for you.

What about if I wear glasses or contacts?

No problem, we supply goggles that will fit over your glasses or keep your contacts in.

What if I am too old or in poor physical condition?

We look at people individually to assess their ability. We may not be able to take you if your weight exceeds 220 pounds, or you are in poor health. Skydiving is a very physical activity, and we will not let you jump if we do not feel that it is safe for you to do so. The physical requirements for AFF or IAD are somewhat more stringent than for Tandem, see AFF FAQ's for more information.

How hard will I land?

'Ram-Air' (square) parachutes these days fly like airplanes or gliders and sail through the air. They can slow down a great deal, so most of our landings are soft stand-up landings or sometimes we 'sit-down' when landing. Very hard landings are extremely rare and injuries are even rarer, but they can and do happen as in any sporting activity.

Do you jump in all weather?

No, we will not be jumping when it is raining, very windy or when the clouds are too low for us to safely jump, but we still can do your training. That way you can be ready to jump right away if you have to come back another day. Weather can causes unexpected delays, so please be patient, we are trying to get you in the air as quickly and safely as possible. Tandems call to check on weather. Student classes (AFF and IAD) will be held as scheduled regardless of weather. If there is any doubt please call.

What other extra costs are involved?

None. Our prices include everything you need to make the jump that you are paying for. Also, there is no tax on jumps. The only optional extra cost item you may choose is the Video/Photo Package.

What methods of payment do you accept?

Visa, MasterCard and cash. Checks will be accepted for deposits only providing they are received 10 days in advance of your skydive.

Are customers expected to tip their Instructors and Videographers?

No, tipping is not required, it is customary and greatly appreciated by your instructors and video people if you feel they did a great job.

What is the training for Tandem?

After signing the waiver and you are ready to make your skydive you will get pre-jump training on your skydive. We will explain what we expect, that will include the gear you will use, aircraft and exit procedures, freefall body position and altitude awareness, canopy control and landing techniques.

How long will this all take?

This initial formality usually takes about 30- 45 minutes. With the waiver preparation, pre-jump training, gearing up, aircraft ride, jump, and video dubbing, you should plan on being here for about 1/2 a day. Usually, we will have you on your way home in 2-3 hours.

After I have completed my tandem skydive what's next?

If you wish to continue to learn how to skydive, then Kapowsin Air Sports has an excellent staff on hand to teach you how to solo skydive through our AFF (Accelerated Freefall) program.

Do I have to do a tandem skydive for my first jump?

No, you can start right away in the AFF program which will begin with an initial 4-5 hours of ground school preparation before you actually jump. Please plan on spending the entire day to complete your first AFF jump.

Can I split a video with someone else?

Not really. The video person jumps with just one Tandem or AFF student. We cannot have Tandems in freefall right along side of each other, but one camera can film you and your friends on the ground, in the aircraft, exiting and landing on the same video. We cannot film two separate tandems simultaneously in freefall.

What if the parachute does not open?

All sport parachute systems contain two parachutes, a main and reserve. The Tandem Instructor is highly trained on the use of the system and while a parachute malfunction is very rare, it can and does happen. The reserve parachute flies and lands almost identical to the main parachute. It is a proven system that is used thousands of times around the globe. We provide you with the most advanced and up to date equipment in the industry to ensure your safety as well as our instructors.

Welcome to Skydiving and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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