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Frequently Asked Skydiving Questions

At Jumptown, we are dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable first jump experience to guests from all over New England. To give you a better idea what to expect on your first skydive, please refer to our skydiving FAQs below. If you have any additional questions, please contact a member of our staff and we would be pleased to assist you.

Booking Questions

Do I Need a Reservation?

Reservations are strongly suggested in order for us to provide you with first-class service. A $50 deposit is required per person in order to book a reservation. Your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than 72 hours before your scheduled jump.

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Will I need to fill out any paperwork?

All persons must sign a liability release form before jumping from any aircraft at Jumptown.

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What methods of payment do you accept?

Personal checks are not accepted for the balance of your skydive. On the day of your jump you will be required to pay your balance with cash or credit card only. For your convenience, we accept VISA and Mastercard credit and debit cards.

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What other policies should I be aware of when reserving?

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

A nonrefundable deposit of $50 per person is required in order to make a reservation at Jumptown. This can either be done by calling in your credit card number or booking online. When you arrive for your reservation, your balance due may be paid with cash or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted on the day of your jump.

If a person fails to show up on his reserved date, your $50 deposit will be forfeited and no refund will be given. If paid in advance by cash, check or other means, the money will be forfeited and no refund given on the reservation deposit.

There is a $15 processing fee for bounced checks.

Rescheduling

Tandem students will be rescheduled in the event of unsuitable weather. If a student is unable to jump on the day he/she takes their training, due to weather or circumstances beyond our control, he/she will be issued a rain check to return for the jump. There are no refunds given on reservation deposits or rain checks.

DVD and/or Stills Refund

In the event of a DVD failure a refund will be made in the amount of $125. There is NO REFUND for CD-ROM of photos. Any rejumps requested due to video failure will be charged at full price.

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What is the skydiving age limit?

You must be 18 years of age or older in order to make a skydive - bring a current photo I.D. We are very sorry, but we cannot allow anyone younger to jump even if his or her parents are willing to sign a release form. There is no upper limit, as long as you are in good physical condition. We recommend a physician's approval if you are over 65.

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What shape do I need to be in?

Skydiving is an active sport and you need to be in reasonable physical condition to enjoy it. Some weight limits do apply. We strictly enforce weight limits for the safety of everyone involved. If you arrive at the airport and your weight is in question you will be asked to weigh in. The limit is 250 lbs. for AFF classes. The weight limit for tandems is 240 lbs. (height and weight proportionate). We reserve the right to refuse you service if we feel your weight or physical condition puts you or your instructor at any additional risk.

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How long will my jump take?

For a tandem skydive, plan on at least half a day. The time of your appointment is the time you are to arrive at Jumptown. It is not the actual time of your jump. For the first AFF jump you will need to be here by 8AM and for the rest of the day. It may not take that long for your jump but it is better to be prepared. Please don't make any time constraint plans for the evening; this just causes you frustration and anxiety if we have any delays. The priority on this sport is safety - not time! So bring a book, bring a Frisbee, use the free WiFi, bring a lunch - but please plan on spending some time here. Picnic tables are available for your use during the day.

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How does the weather affect my jump?

Skydiving is a weather dependent sport. If the clouds are too low, if it is raining or it is very windy you may not be able to jump that particular day. Please call us at (978) 544-5321 before you drive out if you have questions about the weather and how it will affect your jumps. AFF classes will run on schedule regardless of the weather. Please do not assume if the weather is bad where you are that the conditions are the same in Orange. We often have a very different weather pattern than Boston, for example.

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Skydive Preparation Questions

What should I bring to go skydiving?

We will provide everything you need for your jump - jumpsuit, goggles, helmet, etc. A current photo I.D. must be presented before you will be allowed to jump.

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What should I wear skydiving?

Please dress in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. Shorts and t-shirts, jeans or sweats are fine. We suggest you do not wear nylon shorts or pants since the harness will slip around on the material and chafe your skin. Please wear a pair of sturdy sneakers, such as running shoes.

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Should I eat before I jump?

We do not recommend jumping on an empty stomach, nor do we recommend jumping with a really full stomach. Just try to eat something light.

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Can I bring my family and friends to watch?

Spectators are more than welcome and encouraged. They can make themselves comfortable in our shaded spectator viewing area and watch the skydivers land right in front of them. Binoculars are suggested for added viewing options. Children are welcome but must be carefully watched to keep them out of high-risk areas. Bringing a dog is not recommended but if you do it must be kept on a leash at all times.

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Do you have a pet policy?

Bringing a dog is not recommended but if you do it must be kept on a leash at all times.

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Can we bring a cooler or lunch?

Jumptown has a food service on site serving affordable breakfast, lunches, snacks and beverages. You may also bring your own picnic lunch or snacks. Picnic tables are available for your use.

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Can we bring alcoholic beverages to drink?

Alcohol is strictly prohibited and is not allowed on property. Jumptown is located on a municipal airport and the consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited at the risk of losing our lease on the airport. Please refrain from bringing or consuming alcohol before or after your skydive while at Jumptown.

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Can we stay overnight?

We have a limited amount of space available for overnight or weekend camping. We do have a Bunk House that has two bunk beds. The rate to stay in the Bunk House is $15/night. This price includes fresh linens. Please call in advance if you would like to reserve either camping space or a bed in the Bunk House. Sorry but we do not have electrical hookups for RV's. Restrooms and hot showers are located in the main building. We also have 3 motels within a 10-minute drive of Jumptown.

Click here to see a list of nearby accommodations.

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What does skydiving feel like?

There is no roller coaster feeling when you jump out of the airplane. The sensation of freefall is more like flying than falling, and is intensely exciting and liberating. The parachute flight is quiet and inspiring, however, if you like roller coasters, ask your instructor and you will experience the most exciting ride ever!

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Tandem Skydiving Questions

If I have a GoPro camera or a similar small camera, am I permitted to bring this with me on my jump?

No outside cameras are permitted on your skydive due to safety reasons. There are no exceptions. The United States Parachute Association mandates that skydivers have a minimum of 200 jumps prior to taking a camera into freefall.

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How long does skydiving last?

It will take approximately 15 minutes to climb to altitude, you will freefall for one minute and you will fly your parachute for 6 to 7 minutes.

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How fast is freefall?

The average size person freefalls at a speed of 120 mph. The heavier the person, the faster the freefall. The descent rate under parachute is about 1,000' per minute.

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What is a skydiving landing like?

Most landings are quite soft, with many people doing nice stand-up landings. Sometimes, especially on calm days, the forward speed of the parachute will provide you with a "sliding" landing through the grass. Your instructor will ask you to pick up your feet so that he may touch the ground before you.

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What if my parachute doesn't open?

Although it is very unlikely that your main parachute will fail to open properly, it can occur and this is a common question. On every jump, we are equipped with a main and a reserve parachute as a back up. In addition, all of our reserve parachutes are equipped with an Automatic Parachute Deployment system (commonly referred to as a Cypres or AAD). This unit will automatically deploy the reserve parachute should the jumpers be unable to.

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What if the weather forecast is bad?

Don't assume that the weather is going to be bad and that you won't get to jump. Forecasts are generic, and historically have been inaccurate.If you have any weather concerns, please feel free to call us the day of your jump to check on the weather conditions.

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Can we get one video for our whole group?

No, the time/distance gap between jumper exits precludes a camera person from being able to film more than one student at a time.

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How long is the training?

Our instructional class lasts for approximately 30 minutes.

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Will I be able to breathe in free-fall?

Yes. You will have no trouble breathing in free-fall.

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Should I tip my skydiving instructor?

Tips are certainly appreciated and welcomed, but never expected. If you feel you've received excellent service, instructors feel appreciated with a gratuity!

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How experienced are the instructors?

All of our instructors are USPA-licensed Tandem Instructors and are mandated to have no less than 500 jumps of experience. Nearly all of our instructors have in excess of 1000 jumps or more!

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Experienced Skydiver Questions

What days do you operate?

During the peak season, Jumptown operates from Thursday through Sunday. If planning to jump during the week, kindly give us a call to check our schedule and start times. We can be reached at (978) 544-5321.

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What altitude do you jump from?

Our exit altitude is routinely between 13,000 and 14,000 feet from our speedy PAC-750.

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Do you require experienced skydivers to jump with AAD's?

No, we do not require an AAD, but we do recommend it.

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Do you have packers available for sport jumpers?

Yes, we do! If jumping during the week, please call ahead so that we may confirm.

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Is camping allowed on the DZ?

Yes it is! Come on out!

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If I'm uncurrent, do I need to make an appointment for a recurrency jump?

Making an appointment is highly recommended in order to give you the best possible service. We try to accommodate walk-ups, but we cannot guarantee that we are able accommodate those without a reservation.

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Are there food services available onsite?

Yes there is! If jumping during the week, kindly call ahead to confirm food services are opened.

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Are dogs permitted at the drop zone?

Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the hangar.

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Do you rent gear?

Yes, we have rental gear available at a rate of $25 per jump. The rental fee does not include the pack job.

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Do you have a gear store?

Yes. The dropzone maintains dealerships with all major manufacturers. Full service rigging available onsite. Limited supplies and accessories in stock at dropzone.

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Jumptown VIP Tandem

I was understandably nervous prior to arriving and left wanting to turn this one time bucket list experience into a hobby!

» Kathryn

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