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Tandem skydive in aid of North Devon Hospice
Dunkeswell AirfieldView map
Thrill seekers looking for a challenge!
Adult price £250 Minimum pledge £500
Our next Skydiving days are on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June
Call us on 01271 347204 to book in and join us!
About skydiving for North Devon Hospice
A Tandem Skydive in aid of North Devon Hospice is the ultimate thrill. The aircraft will "run in" over the airfield at around 15,000ft when the door will open. You will move to the door securely attached to your highly qualified instructor and jump into the air! After free falling to 5,000ft your instructor will open the parachute and you can help him (if you wish) steer the parachute down to a gentle landing on the "dropzone". Check out our North Devon Hospice Facebook page to see pictures and feedback from recent skydivers! You will want to do it again and again!
The Tandem Skydive is the easiest and most hassle free way to make your first jump, you experience the thrill of free fall and enjoy a relaxing under-canopy ride, just like the professionals. A Tandem Skydive is done in a dual harness so you are securely attached to an experienced tandem instructor who will give you a taste of what skydiving is all about. Because the tandem instructor takes control of vital functions such as opening the tandem parachute and landing, your briefing for the jump just takes 30 minutes so you can relax and enjoy the skydive. You will exit from the aircraft from around 15,000 feet, experiencing 30 seconds of free fall, the "ultimate high".
How do I qualify for a FREE jump?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship for your jump, this means that at least £250 will be donated to North Devon Hospice. Many people prefer to pay the £50 registration fee themselves as their personal contribution to the challenge. Anything raised over the minimum will also be donated to North Devon Hospice.
Many people also prefer to pay for the cost of the jump themselves, so that every pound raised comes directly to the hospice. So there are plenty of options and we can discuss them with you. Do contact us for more information and we can provide lots of support with your fundraising.
How you'll make a difference
North Devon Hospice offers free end-of-life care to patients and families faced with the impact of a life-threatening illness. As well as specialist medical care, we also provide emotional and spiritual support to patients, carers and families throughout North Devon. We believe in being there for all the family.
Medical conditions & age
If you have any medical conditions and/or are aged 40 years or above you must consult your GP about your suitability to skydive. If given the go ahead, your GP will need to sign and stamp the British Parachute Association (BPA) medical form. You will need to take this with you on the day of your jump (please do not post). Without the BPA medical form you will be not be able to jump and you will lose your deposit.
There are many asthmatics who skydive successfully and safely but this does rely on their condition being fairly well controlled. Skydivers need to be able to exercise and will definitely be exposed to cold air. They will also jump at altitudes where there is a significant reduction in partial pressure of oxygen. Therefore, asthmatics who are poorly controlled, unstable or prone to unpreventable bronchospasm on exposure to cold air or exercise should not jump. It should be assumed that the jumper will not have access to their inhalers during the aircraft ride, the jump itself or the walk back afterwards. Asthmatics who have their condition precipitated by high pollen counts should bear in mind that they may land in cultivated fields of crops with locally very high pollen counts. Asthmatics who require regular oral steroids may be osteoporotic and at increased risk of osteoporotic fractures, particularly during the novice period.
Can we help?
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Tandem parachuting offers a quick and easy introduction to free fall using a dual harness system. You are securely attached to an experienced tandem instructor who takes charge of vital functions such as opening the parachute and landing safely. Your preparation for the jump takes only 30 minutes. Free from responsibility, you can relax and enjoy the skydive knowing there is a qualified instructor in charge. The tandem jumps are up to 15,000 ft; this is almost a mile higher than most other parachute centres. After the exhilarating 10,000 ft free fall you will be enjoying a relaxing parachute ride over the beautiful landscape the southwest has to offer.
Skydivers are asked to raise a minimum of £500, of which at least £250 will come directly to the hospice. £250 is the cost of your jump, which includes the training and the £50 deposit. Many of our fundraisers raise above the minimum amount for which we are very grateful.
Yes. However, there is no such thing as a completely risk free parachute jump. The risk may be fairly low for some types of jump but there is always some risk. In a tandem jump, the novice is strapped to an experienced instructor. They share a modern, extra-large, 'square' parachute. After a free fall of several thousand feet, the instructor opens the parachute. The instructor deals with any emergencies. The dual control parachute lets the novice practise canopy control and the instructor controls the landing. The injury rate for tandem jumps is very low.
Yes. You receive a short briefing and watch a DVD, taking you through an example skydive and landing. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions then, and during the day.
Yes. The minimum age is 16 years and there is no upper age limit (last year we had a man become the UK's oldest skydiver by taking on a parachute jump for his 100th birthday!). If you are aged between 16 and 18 you must obtain a parent or guardian's consent and signature.
Yes. The standard upper weight limit is 15 stone/95 kgs fully clothed. If you are between 15 to 18 stone please contact us; your jump can still go ahead at an alternative site.