Ever fancied throwing yourself out of a plane at 10,000 feet! This is the perfect place to try it, and we guarantee you won't be disappointed!
After arrival and checking in, you will be directed to the training room for your training session. This normally only lasts approx half an hour, and although the instructors will make it fun and enjoyable, it is also extremely useful and helpful and will let you know exactly what to expect from your jump and landing. They will teach you the positions you will need to adopt both during the freefall and landing to make your experience run as smoothly as possible.
Once your training is over you will be advised to listen for your name to be called which will tell you that your experience is about to begin. While you wait there is an onsite cafe, so you can have a bite to eat, if your stomach can handle it! When your name is called you will be kitted up in your jumpsuit, hat and goggles and, of course, the all important harness! The safety checks will start here and the instructor will make sure that your harness fits you correctly.
You will then meet with your instructor and cameraman (if you have booked one) and they will take the dreaded walk to the plane with you.You will feel the adrenaline start to increase as you board the plane and sit with your instructor. There will be up to 7 other participants and their instructors on the plane with you and as soon as you get on the plane your instructor will carry out more safety checks to the harnesses and equipment. If you have booked a photo or video package your cameraman will film you on the plane preparing for your jump!
The plane ride will take approx 20 minutes to reach jump altitude and once the door has opened it's action time! You and your instructor will both shuffle towards the door and you will both perch on the edge of the plane. Time for one last look at the cameraman (if you have one) and then before you know it it's time to jump! You will freefall for approx 30 seconds at 120 - 140 mph towards mother earth!! At 5000 feet the instrutor will deploy the parachute for a 5 minute canopy ride back to the landing area. Whilst the parachute is opened you may even be able to perform some stunts or possibly even take the reigns!
After your landing you will feel a massive sense of achievement for what you have just done!! After a quick picture with your instructor you will board the minibus which will take you back to your friends and family and to collect your certificate to prove your amazing experience!!
All of our gift experiences are presented in an attractive red case with "Congratulations - you are the lucky recipient of a Well Wicked experience day" written on the front. You will also get a DVD featuring many of our experiences. Experience vouchers can be personalised if required.
Those students who are aged 40 or over OR with a pre-existing medical condition as noted on the BPA Tandem Declaration of Fitness Form MUST have a Medical Form (BPA Form 115(i)) signed and stamped by their GP ascertaining their fitness to jump. It is very important to bring this form with you on the day.Please do not post it. Failure to present this form on the day will prevent your jump from taking place. If you are between 16 and 18 years of age, and your parent/guardian is not attending the club with you, you will need to bring the witnessed Declaration of Fitness form (BPA Form 115(i)) and a completed Membership Agreement form.
The maximum weight for a tandem student is 18 stone fully clothed (114kg) with weight being in proportion to height and anyone between 16 and 18 stone will need to contact the centre in advance to ascertain the suitability to jump. Please note, you WILL be weighed on the day. Tandem Skydiving is a fairly rigorous activity and whilst there are not age constraints, there are health and fitness considerations to take into account. All Jumpers will be assessed for suitability on the day by a tandem instructor, at whose discretion it will be to carry out the jump. If in the opinion of the tandem instructor, the participant is unsuitable due to health or fitness, the jump will not go ahead, even if the tandem student has a certificate signed by the Doctor.
You may need to wait for a break in the weather so you should plan to spend the whole day at the centre.
As you can imagine, skydiving is definitely a weather dependant activity. For safety reasons, skydiving can only take place when weather conditions are suitable. Every effort is made to get you into the air as soon as possible, but sometimes delays are unavoidable.
Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing, bearing in mind that it may be somewhat colder at jump altitude. Gloves are advisable for those colder days. Make sure that shoes are comfortable and well fitted to prevent them from falling off. No shoes with hooks, high heels or long boots.
You are welcome to bring family and friends, but please be aware that they need to abide by the rules and regulations, particularly regarding health and safety. Children are welcome, but please be aware that they need to be supervised at all times and due to the nature of the centre, there aren't a lot of facilities to keep children entertained.
Skydiving generally takes place between the months of February and December. If you have a specific date you would like to jump on, please do let us know.
We highly recommend the video and photo’s package, a freefall photographer will record your skydive and preserve your memories for ever on a professionally edited DVD and it’s great to show the friends and family just to prove you did it.This can be booked direct with the venue prior to your jump. You can also upgrade your jump from 10,000 feet to 15,000 feet which will double your freefall time.
Saturday 1st March - reviewed by Well Wicked staff!!!
My experience began with the training session. This was interesting and fun, and they guy that took this had a great sense of humour! After a short wait (cafe facilities are great!) my name was called so it was time to go and get kitted up. After this it was time to meet my instructor who completely put me at ease. He walked me towards the aircraft and we were the last ones to get in which could only mean one thing, last ones in, first ones out!!! The flight took about 25 minutes and all the way up my instructor was tightening harnesses and checking equipment. Finally the plane slowed down and me and my instructor edged towards the door. This has got to be the scariest part!! He rocked backwards and before I had chance to tell him I had changed my mind we were gone!!! It was fast, furious, loud, scary, exciting, in fact every possible emotion rolled into one!!! When he tapped me on my arm which was his signal that I could reach my arms out it didn't so much feel like we were falling, but kind of more like floating in a very strange way! Once the parachute was opened it suddenly became much quieter and I was actually able to take in what I had just done and catch my breath a little and even hold a conversation with my instructor! He even let me take control a little and pull a few moves. After about 5 minutes it was time to land and my instructor handled this perfectly. It was so smooth! An exciting, exhilirating, scary, amazing experience and one I would highly recommend!! Caroline - Essex