The Solo – sometimes called “static line” or “IAD” – is the most cost-effective way to experience the thrill of skydiving. It is generally a whole-day excursion, with training (about four to five hours) and your jump happening on the same day, weather permitting.
What You Need
- proof that you’re at least 18 years old
- running shoes with decent support
- maximum weight 250 pounds
- ability to read English and understand spoken English
You arrive at the drop zone (the standard term for a skydiving area) by 9:30 a.m. for class registration. If the weather is good, there’s a decent chance that you’ll get to see other jumpers flying through the air before your class starts at 10:00.
Please be prepared to be here as late as dark. Although you may be jumping well before sunset, the weather and other factors can sometimes have students jumping close to then.
We teach the course on weekends and holidays year-round. Reservations or deposits are not necessary! We’ll teach the course whether there’s one person or fifty.
What You Learn
Your class instructor will teach you everything you need to know to make that big leap of faith with confidence. You spend some time learning the general theory behind skydiving, but most of the day is spent rehearsing the physical skills you’ll need: exiting the aircraft, arching and counting until your main parachute opens, flying your parachute home, and landing gently. You’ll also work hard on what to do in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your main parachute and you need to use your reserve. The whole class takes about five hours on average.
When You Get to Jump
Once the class is finished, weather permitting, your class will start gearing up for the jump in the order in which you arrived for registration. Generally, we manage to get the whole class in the air before we have to stop jumping at sunset; though poor weather can stymie us. Even if you don’t get to jump the same day, that’s okay – you just come back on a day with decent weather any day we’re open in the next sixty days, and we’ll try again. If you do have to come back, try to come early in the day – once the day’s class is out, they have priority, since they have been there since 9:00. If it has been more than sixty days since your training, you will need a quick refresher course. It takes an hour and only costs $15 (just enough to keep the instructor fed!