Durban Skydive Centre

Due to year round good weather we are open from January to December and 7 days a week, bookings are every hour from 9:00 - 15:00. To make a booking let us know the date, time and your contact number. We are situated between Durban and Pietermaritzburg at Eston (2km from Tala Game reserve).

Grade

Mind Blowing

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Nearby

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

  • Category
  • Disabled Friendly
    No
  • Accommodation
    Nearby
  • Team Building Facilities
    Yes
  • Family Friendly
    Yes

Tandem

After a ground briefing you are taken on a scenic 20 minute plane ride up to jump altitude (8 000ft – 10 000ft)

You are then firmly attached to a qualified and experienced tandem instructor. We exit the plane and freefall for an exhilarating and unforgettable 45 seconds, and then float to earth under parachute.

During the 6 minute parachute decent you get the opportunity to fly the canopy. The instructor will take over for the landing.

Everything is provided; you just need to bring closed-in running shoes. Maximum weight limit is 110kg’s.

We have a shop offering light meals and refreshments and a pool and kiddies play area. There is also a large boma and grass area for braai and picnics.

A tandem skydive 8 000ft – 10 000ft, +/- 40 seconds of free-fall. We can offer a DVD or photos of your experience. AFF

(Accelerated Free Fall) program, to train you to be a safe and independent skydiver. The program consists of eight levels, which normally take about 11 jumps to complete. Maximum weight limit is 100kg’s. All jumps up to level 7 are filmed for debriefing.

A breakdown of the levels below:

·         Tandem Introduction jump

·         Level 1; Ground school of 4-5 hours and your first jump with two instructors

·         Level 2; Two instructors. How to do forward movement

·         Level 3; Two instructors. How to do turns

·         Level 4; Single instructor. First release dive & hover control

·         Level 5; Single instructor. Solo turns & forward movement

·         Level 6; Single instructor. Back loops, turns & Delta (Advanced forward movement)

·         Level 7; Single instructor. International half series

·         Level 8; A personalized consolidation program of 3 jumps are done solo following a briefing by an instructor.

At this point you are signed off as a safe & independent skydiver and are able to jumpmaster yourself. Once you have completed at least 25 jumps, and done a test, you can apply for the FAI equivalent “A” license.

Static Line Training

The Static Line training program is one of two ways to learn how to skydive. It is a safe, simple and effective, and has put thousands of adventure seekers into the skies…..

Training begins in the morning with ground school. The static line course will take approximately five to six hours to complete (Depending on course size). The course consists of lectures and practical instruction. (No written tests) Your first jump will hopefully be on the same day as the training course, weather permitting.

On your first jump, your main parachute opens automatically (via a static line, hence the name) after you exit solo from the airplane at 3,500 feet. Under jump masters supervision, you steer your “square” parachute to a soft landing.

Key to safety, during subsequent jumps, you are introduced to true freefall and how to control your body and skydive safely with others. After a minimum of seven static line jumps, which must include four satisfactory practice “Dummy” ripcord pulls, you are cleared for your first 3 second freefall. After your first freefall you will make at least 10 additional supervised freefall from progressively higher altitudes and longer free falls and with more stringent guidelines. You will learn skills such as altitude awareness, manoeuvring in freefall and jumping safely with others.

At the end of the program you are certified as a “Novice parachutist”. Jumps after the ground school session cost R300 including, gear hire and packing. You have to jump every 28 days to stay in the programme and stay “current” (Parachute Association of SA regulations) A refresher course has to complete if you waited more than 28 days. After 3 months the course has to be started again.

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