How old do you have to be to go skydiving?
12 Feb 2018
How old do you have to be to go skydiving? The minimum age for tandem skydiving is 16 years old. If you’re aged between 16 and 18, you’ll need the signed consent of a parent or legal guardian. There is no maximum age to go skydiving.
Our youngest jumpers who can take part in a tandem skydive is set by British Skydiving, who are the British National Governing Body for Skydiving in the UK. The 16 years old age restriction is determined by their safety. The age restriction for skydiving is based upon the “mental or cognitive capacity to assess the amount of risk involved in carrying out a parachute descent” – Jeff Montgomery, Safety & Technical Officer, BPA.
Safety is our top priority at GoSkydive, like any extreme sport, tandem skydiving does have risks. At GoSkydive we have a 100% safety record and your safety is our priority. We are fully regulated by the British Skydiving and we follow their guidelines. On site our Chief Instructor ensures all the guidelines are followed at all times.
In addition we give all our jumpers industry leading pre-jump training in a simulated skydiving environment, to make sure they feel as comfortable as possible. We use the very best, industry leading parachute technology – the Sigma Tandem Parachute System, and have a core team of full time professional tandem skydive instructors who collectively have done in excess if 50,000 jumps.
During your tandem skydive, you are strapped to a highly experienced, professional GoSkydive instructor. After your your freefall (typically at around 125mph!), your instructor will release and control the parachute all the way back to the landing strip.
All information about any risks are given on the student declaration form which you’ll need sign prior to tandem skydiving with us. You can view the form here.
If you would like more information about safety in skydiving please visit the ‘How Safe’ section of the BPA website – British Skydiving – How Safe
If you’re between 16 and 18 years old you’ll need to get a BPA Membership Agreement Form and BPA Medical Information and Declaration signed by a parent or legal guardian. Learn more about your tandem skydive experience on the day, and book your jump of a lifetime today!