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Tandem Skydive FAQ

Below is list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers. Whilst these are the most common questions they certainly may not cover everything YOU want to know. If you have a question that hasn't been covered in this list PLEASE DON'T HESITATE to give us a call and ask away. We are more than happy to answer any question you have! Our aim is to provide you with the most relaxed and friendly atmosphere as we can to ease your nerves (if you have any!) on the day of your skydive.

How long does freefall last?

From 13,000ft you will freefall for up to 55 seconds.
From 12,000ft you will freefall for up to 45 seconds.
From 9,000ft you will freefall for up to 30 seconds.
From 6,000ft you will freefall for up to 15 seconds.

What speeds will I reach during my tandem skydive?

You reach speeds of up to 200kph depending on body size & position during your freefall experience.

What is your skydiving equipment like?

We use the most up-to-date tandem parachute equipment available in the world today. Gear is checked on a regular basis and under stringent measures to ensure the quality of the equipment at all times.

How long will my whole skydiving experience take?

The whole experience can be concluded in under 1 hour. We do ask you to allow yourselves up to 2 hours though, as due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances times may vary throughout the day.

How good is your safety record?

We have an A+++ safety record and all of our tandem skydiving gear is fitted with reserve parachutes and equipped with automatic activation devices.

I wear glasses or contact lenses - Is this ok?

YES! We have goggles specially designed to fit over prescription glasses. If you wear contact lenses we suggest you bring your contact solution just in case your lenses dry out.

Can I take my camera on the plane or on the skydive with me??

You may NOT take any form of camera on the skydive or in the plane with you. This includes Go Pro cameras.

What do I have to bring and what clothing is suitable?

All you need to bring is yourself and your bubbling personality! As far as clothing is concerned you need to wear closed shoes (that won't come off in freefall!) and we recommend warm clothing. We provide you with a jumpsuit, hat and goggles.

Do you have a weight limit?

The general weight limit is 100kg. Although because our tandem instructors are light it is possible to take up to a maximum of 110kg. The final decision will be based on your fitness level and at the discretion of your qualified instructor. Anybody weighing 101 - 110kg will pay an extra $50. These fees are due to the increase in costs involved in taking a heavier weight.

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Can someone with a disability go skydiving?

Most people should be able to experience the thrill of tandem skydiving. Using a specially made harness designed and tested by Jezza Williams (himself a tetraplegic), our staff are experienced, sharing the sky with people with most disabilities. Safety of our customers and staff is paramount and will only accept individuals on a case by case basis, and participation is conditional on the judgement of our operational staff. If you require more information contact Jezza at jezza@makingtrax.co.nz and check out his website www.makingtrax.co.nz.

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