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Frequently asked questions

If you are new to skydiving you may have a few questions in your mind. Thai Sky Adventures have included more information for you here.

If you still have any questions after reading the FAQ section below, please feel free to contact us

My friend doesn't want to jump, can he come in the aeroplane with me?

Unfortunately not, for insurance reasons the only people allowed up in the plane are those that jump out (apart from the pilots!)

Can I take my own pictures?

Sure, you're welcome to take pictures on the ground before you get ready for your jump but you CAN NOT take your own camera in the aeroplane. We have experienced camera flyers that can take great pictures and video of your skydive.

Is it safe?

Yes, we have run a similar business in the UK for 30+ years, employ the best staff and use the best available equipment. We follow the USPA safety guidelines and are inspected by the Thai Aviation Authority on a regular basis. Statistically Tandem skydiving has a risk factor of 0.5% while AFF/A-License students have a risk factor of 1% (as they are not landing with an experienced instructor). However, if you consider that horse riding, cricket and American football rank above skydiving as 'risky' sports, it puts things into perspective.

Do you offer pickup service?

For Tandem jumpers return transport to and from your Pattaya/Jomtien hotel is included in the price of your jump. For students and sport jumpers please click here.

Where are you located?

We are located 25kms north of Pattaya and around 180km south of Bangkok. We are just over an hour from Bangkok by car/taxi and 20 minutes drive from Pattaya. If you're making your own way to the Dropzone please please take a look at the directions page and make a print out of how to get here. Most taxi drivers do not know the way and the directions in Thai really help (most of the time!). Follow this link for further directions on getting here.

Is a reservation required?

Normally yes as we get busy. The easiest way to do this is to make a deposit payment online with a credit card through our website. We use a secure payment system from Thai Military Bank (one of the most established banks in the country). Having said that we can often fit people in if they call on the day as we make many flights each day. If you have a special day in mind or your part of a large group (more then 5), we suggest making a reservation online before hand. If you are unable to make an online payment we require a cash deposit to secure your place on your desired jump date.

How old do I have to be to skydive?

Skydivers must be a minimum of 16 years of age, however between the ages of 16 and 18, jumpers must provide a letter confirming parental or guardian consent and one parent or guardian must counter sign the liability waver.

Is there a weight limitation?

Yes, there is a weight limit of 120kgs, however, your weight should be in proportion to your height and build. Most people who have an active lifestyle can go skydiving. If you weigh more then 95kg you will have to pay a small supplement to your tandem instructor due to the extra effort needed to accommodate a larger person.

Are there any medical considerations?

Yes, if you are over 60, taking prescription drugs or have suffered a recent injury or illness, you are required to bring a doctor's certification stating that no adverse effects will result from vigorous activity, such as skydiving. If you have any doubts whatsoever about your fitness please contact us and we will refer you to a doctor who can advise you appropriately!!!

What if I have been Scuba diving!

Scuba diving is a very popular sport in Thailand. If you are an experienced scuba diver, you understand that it is unsafe to skydive following a scuba dive due to your susceptibility to getting the 'bends' and will not be allowed to skydive for a minimum of 18 hours following the scuba dive to allow for 'off gassing'. However for the inexperienced individuals who have dived 12 metres or less on a beginner course you are safe to skydive the next day.

What should I wear?

It is important that you have a full range of motion when skydiving; therefore, we suggest wearing non-restrictive clothing (T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, jeans, sweat pants or other athletic wear). We can also provide you with a jumpsuit for your skydive. On your feet please wear closed toe shoes such as trainers or sneakers etc - no bare feet or sandals are allowed. We have some older shoes that you are welcome to borrow if you need too.

What if the weather forecast is bad?

Skydiving has always been a weather-dependent sport. If you have been scheduled, you must come to the drop zone regardless of weather conditions. If we feel it is necessary to cancel, we will call you. If inclement weather occurs after you arrive, all jumping will either be postponed until later in the day, or cancelled. Jumping will recommence when weather conditions do not compromise safety.

When will I jump?

Skydiving is an all day activity and we are open for jumping from 0800 hours till 1700 hours daily. We recommend you arrive at the centre as early as possible as we work on a "first come, first served" basis. Many factors govern who will jump and when, including time required for briefing/training, availability of parachute equipment, Instructor availability, and of course suitable weather. The staff will do their best to keep you informed and give reasonable estimates of your likelihood of jumping and when but certain factors are outside our control (Cloud cover, High winds etc) may make it unsuitable for certain categories of jumping, however rest assured we will do our best to get you jumped as quickly and efficiently as possible !!!

Can I jump with my friends?

Yes! Sharing the experience with your friends and family is fantastic. We can accommodate groups of all sizes; however, we are limited to the number that can jump on one aircraft load. We will do our best to arrange for you and your friend to ride to altitude, but we can make no guarantees.

What about spectators?

Your friends and/or Family are most welcome to attend and watch your skydive but they must remain in the 'Spectator' area. Certain areas of the drop zone are 'Off Limits' to spectators both for safety reasons and to enable a proper teaching environment. Please make sure you brief your spectators that it is 'Your Day' and they cannot intervene in the day's events.

Can I get a video/photographs of my skydive?

Yes and quite simply this can be booked on the day. We are well aware that you may want a record of your big day and we can make a video and / or still photos of your skydive. We employ highly experienced camera flyers who shoot great footage with the latest video and DSLR cameras. You can expect a video of 10-12 minutes in length with footage of you on the ground before the jump, in the plane, during freefall and also your landing - presented in DVD format. If you choose stills you will normally receive 60+ images shot with a DSLR camera with file sizes of 10MB+. If you choose to print these the images are of sufficient resolution for A3 size.

How long will the skydive last?

Our turbine aircraft take you to an exit altitude of 13,000 feet/ 4,000 metres in less than 20 minutes. Your freefall will last approximately one minute and the parachute flight will be from 5 to 7 minutes.

How fast will I be falling?

Freefall averages 120 miles per hour or 200 kilometres per hour.

What kind of parachute will we use?

The parachutes used are specifically designed, large "ram-airs". A ram-air is a high technology "square" parachute, as opposed to the old style round parachutes. For Tandem jumpers we use the best gear available on the market, Micro Sigma, imported from the USA.

What happens if the parachute doesn't open?

In the very unlikely event that the main parachute doesn't open properly, there is a secondary (reserve) parachute which is inspected and packed by a licensed parachute rigger. All of our reserve parachutes are equipped with the most reliable and modern AAD's (Automatic Activation Device) available. This is a BACK-UP system only, which operates your reserve parachute for you.

What will the landing be like?

Normally, there is less impact than jumping off a chair.

Do people ever get injured?

Yes. Like all 'Adventure Sports', skydiving carries an inherent risk of injury. Most skydiving injuries are minor landing injuries caused by improper technique. Statistically Tandem skydiving has a risk factor of 0.5% while AFF/A-License students have a risk factor of 1% (as they are not landing with an experienced instructor). However, if you consider that horse riding, cricket and American football rank above skydiving as 'risky' sports, it puts things into perspective.

What about insurance?

Thai Sky Adventures carries 'Third Party Only' insurance (i.e.: If we land on someone's car, the damage is covered). We do not cover you for 'Personal Accident Insurance'. However, nowadays most 'Travel Policy's' do not exclude adventure activities (Skydiving, Scuba Diving, Mountain Climbing, etc). If you have insurance, please check with your broker/policy prior to jumping.

Can I get medical insurance there?

Thai Sky Adventures has been unable to contract with any local insurance companies to offer a short term medical insurance policy. It is highly recommended that you obtain your own medical insurance coverage from your home country prior to visiting our facility here in Thailand.

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