Skydiving Austin - Skydive at Texas Skydiving

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

- Leonardo da Vinci

FAQ

Click below to get answers to common questions. As always, feel free to contact us for more information!


What does Skydiving feel like?

Because free-fall is like nothing else on Earth, it's pretty difficult to describe, but many experienced skydivers will tell you it is the most exhilarating feeling of freedom they've ever felt. The air at free-fall altitudes is cool and crisp, and you'll be flying through it at 120mph! Contrary to popular concern, you won't experience the stomach-dropping sensation you might feel while riding a roller coaster, because there isn't a sudden acceleration. You'll go from flying fast in an airplane to flying a little faster without one! After your parachute opens, you'll be surprised by how peaceful and enjoyable the glide back to Earth can be.

How hard is the landing?

Typically, the landing force is like jumping off a curb or a step. The parachutes used today bear little resemblance to the classic round canopies of days gone by. Our dropzone utilizes the latest in "square" parachute technology offered in the parachuting industry. These canopies are actually rectangular in shape, and fly like the wing of an airplane or glider. The aerodynamics of these canopies provide them with exceptional maneuverability, allowing the jumper to land where they choose, instead of where the wind takes them! This wing shape also allows for tip-toe soft landings for even the novice jumper. The days of landing like a sack of bricks are history. Many first-time jumpers land standing up!

What if the parachute doesn't open?

According to FAA regulations, all jumps must be made with a single harness, dual-parachute system with both a main canopy and a reserve canopy. In other words, you have a spare parachute in case the first one fails to open properly. Additionally, the technology utilized in today's sport parachuting equipment is light years ahead of the old military surplus gear used in the '60s and '70s. The canopies are drastically different from the classic "G.I. Joe" round parachutes. The materials are stronger, lighter and last longer. Modern packing procedures are simpler, and the deployment sequence is much more refined, providing smoother openings and softer landings. The main canopy is always packed either by a rigger or under a rigger's direct supervision by experienced packers. The reserve canopies are even more carefully designed and packed. Reserve parachutes must be inspected and repacked every 180 days by an FAA rated parachute rigger - even if it has not been used during that time.

How much does it cost?

Please click the PRICING link in the list to the left, and be sure to check out our Deals and Discounts page!

Should I tip the staff?

While tipping is not expected, it is greatly appreciated.

What are the age requirements?

We conform to the United States Parachute Association (USPA) Basic Safety Requirements, which state that jumpers must be 18 years or older to skydive. There is no maximum age; however, if you are over age 65, a physician's consent is strongly recommended.

What are the physical requirements?

In general the prospective student should be in reasonably good physical shape. This is a sport, after all. The weight limit for all student jumps is 250lb (fully clothed), and height/weight proportionate. Certain medical conditions (fainting/blackouts, heart or respiratory conditions, joint mobility or dislocation issues) may preclude jumping. If you have any concerns, please consult a physician. The better your physical condition, the more you will enjoy the jump.

Should I eat before skydiving?

It's a good idea to eat normally before you jump. A low blood sugar condition caused by fasting, combined with a strong adrenaline rush could result in nausea.

What should I wear?

Dress appropriately for weather conditions. In warmer conditions, t-shirt and shorts are fine. In colder conditions, layers are a good idea. Wear athletic-style shoes (tennis, skate, cross-trainers) that can be laced tightly. No open-toed shoes, boots, or anything with hooks! We’ll ask that you empty your pockets and remove most jewelry before the skydive.

Do I have to jump tandem my first time?

We do not require tandem jumps before taking the solo First Jump Course, although we strongly recommend it. We find those with some tandem experience are likely to perform better on subsequent solo jumps. The solo First Jump Course requires 5-6 hours of training on the ground, followed by a written exam.

How can I become a licensed skydiver?

It all starts with that first jump! Our drop zone employs a 7-Level AFF (Accelerated Free-fall) program in accordance with the United States Parachute Association (USPA). As you progress through each of the 7 levels you will be accompanied by an instructor. Upon successful completion of the 7 progressively less expensive levels (in as little as 7 jumps!), you will graduate to Solo Student status, meaning you can jump alone, without an instructor. On the way to accumulating the minimum 25 jumps required for your A-license, you will study the Skydiver Information Manual (SIM) and perform a number of coached jumps in which you’ll learn to jump safely with others in the air around you. You’ll also need to become a USPA member, and learn to pack a main parachute. The speed at which all of this can be accomplished is unique to each new skydiver. Although it can seem an expensive and involved process, ask any experienced skydiver, and they’ll tell you the journey is worth every minute and every penny.

Can I bring my GoPro on the jump?

Student and novice jumpers may NOT wear cameras of any kind in the air. Feel free to use your cameras to capture your experience on the ground (video your friends' landings, the farm animals, etc.), and let our trained professionals get the best possible footage of you as you focus on rocking that skydive!

Can my friend and I share the same video?

The videographer jumps with each skydiver individually, so while it's possible to get footage together on the ground, jumpers wanting free-fall video will need to purchase video separately.

Will our group all jump from the same plane together?

Our Cessna 182 aircraft are capable of carrying a pilot and up to four jumpers. Therefore, it is possible to send up two students and their tandem instructors at a time, depending on weight conditions, video package chosen, etc. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but please be aware jumping together cannot be guaranteed.

How much time will I spend at the drop zone?

We strive to schedule for the least wait time possible. For tandem students, anticipate spending 1.5-3 hours at the DZ. Make a day of it! We have covered pavilions, tables and a grill you are welcome to reserve and enjoy. If you are participating in the solo First Jump Course, expect to arrive at 9am and jump in the late afternoon/evening. Please be aware that weather delays, large group sizes, etc. can affect wait times.

What if the weather is bad?

Skydiving is definitely a weather-dependent sport. Overcast clouds, rain, and strong winds must always be taken into account when deciding whether it is safe/legal to jump. We will always do our best to keep you informed via email and text if it appears weather may delay or cancel jumps. If you are uncertain, don’t hesitate to contact us before heading out! If your jump is delayed or cancelled by bad weather, we will be happy to reschedule with you, and your deposit will not be affected.

What is your refund/reschedule/cancellation policy?

Making a reservation requires a $50 deposit per jumper which is non-refundable. You must reschedule more than 24 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time to avoid forfeiting the deposit (rescheduling due to weather excepted). If you have paid in full for your jump, and decide to cancel, the balance minus the deposit will be refunded.

Have more questions?

Please contact us at 979-540-8336 (call or text), or email info@texasskydiving.com. We’re always happy to help. Let’s jump!!