The First Jump Course takes anywhere from 6-8 hours, depending on the size of the class. A qualified static line instructor will present the class, which consists of a number of lectures covering everything from equipment to emergency procedures, to landing safely.
The First Jump Course is run at the dropzone every
from 08h00 (for 08h30) to around 15h00. Booking is essential! Classes are kept relatively small in order to
ensure personal attention. See the CLUB CALENDAR for specific dates.
After completing the ground school......it's time to jump! Check out some students doing their first jump in this video (after the intro at about 1:35)...
Simply completing the ground school does not guarantee that the student will do the static line jump. The student must demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency on the course material, as well as satisfy the instructor the he/she is able to perform the static line jump safely and correctly.
The jump will usually take place on the Saturday after the training has been completed. An instructor or jump master will accompany students in the aircraft.
The student will exit the aircraft at an altitude of 3500ft AGL. The static line will deploy the parachute, and the student will perform certain checks and controls described during training. The student will then fly the parachute down to the drop zone, where they will land gently, before letting out an almighty scream of joy!!!
The actual parachute ride will take around 3 or 4 minutes.