Solo first jump training begins at 09:00 and you should be here at 08:45 at the latest. The training course can extend to most of the day. Hopefully you will be ready to make your first jump between 6 & 7 in the evening (summer months). If you cannot jump due to adverse weather conditions on the day of your course you can return at a later date to make your jump.
The training consists of both classroom and physical practice sessions. The course covers everything you need to know to make your first jump at Skydive Strathallan – from how to exit the aircraft, how your parachute works, how to fly your parachute and land, and how to deal with emergencies.
Age and Weight Limitations
The minimum age for skydiving is 16 years . Persons under 18 years require the consent of their parent or guardian on a form provided by us.
The maximum age for any person with no parachuting experience to do a solo static line course is 50.
All persons are required to sign a medical self declaration form
Applicants do not need to be super fit, but do need to have a reasonable fitness to reach the required standards during the training.
Medical conditions which may lead to a dangerous situation include, but are not limited to, epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, recurrent blackouts or giddiness, disease of the brain or nervous system, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, recurrent weakness or dislocation of any limb, diabetes, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction. This list is not exhaustive and if you have any medical condition which causes you doubts about your suitability to parachute safely then please contact the Chief Instructor.
To do a solo jump your eyesight (with or without glasses or contact lenses) must be adequate to read a car number plate at 25 yards. The requirements for a tandem jump are less strict.
PLEASE NOTE: The maximum weight limits for a solo static line course is 196 lbs/14 stone/89kg.
What to bring on the day
You should bring clothing for participating in a physical sport. A tracksuit or jogging suit is suitable. Warm clothing is essential in winter and should include a pair of thin gloves. Other types of gloves such as skiing gloves are NOT suitable. Footwear should consist of a pair of jogging type training shoes. You should also bring loads of enthusiasm.
Such is the strict training environment of solo student skydiving that you will need to receive refresher training each day before you can jump. The amount of refresher training required depends on the length of time from your last set of training.
Refresher training takes place at 10:00 and 13.00 each Saturday and Sunday (and at 16:00/on Wednesdays in the summer), and cannot be guaranteed to take place outside of those times.
There are several options available to you to start your solo skydiving career, this table will help illustrate the differences:
|Jump Number||Exercise||Pay as you Go||Solo Freefall Package||Solo Licence Package||Progression Package|
|1||First Jump Course + First Jump||£160||£270||£750||£160|
|2||Second Static Line||£40||£0||£0||£120|
|3||First Dummy Pull||£40||£0||£0||£0|
|4||Second Dummy Pull||£40||£0||£0||£0|
|5||Third Dummy Pull||£40||£0||£0||£0|
|7||5 Second Delay||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|8||First 10 Second Delay||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|9||Second 10 Second Delay||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|10||15 Second Delay||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|11||15 Second Delay with Alti||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|15||Dive Exit & Backloops||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|18||Cat 8 Jump||£40||£40||£0||£40|
|Repeat Jumps||Repeat Jump Cost||£40||£35 for jumps 2-5|
£40 for jumps 6-18
* British Skydiving student membership must be converted to full membership before your first solo freefall, so to offset this cost, the club pays for the jump. Prices available from British Skydiving.