HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DO MY SKYDIVE?
We generally try to service each customer within the time frame of an hour. However we ask that you be flexible on this, as things often occur and may set the operation behind schedule. The fact that skydiving is a weather dependent and safety is of higher priority means that keeping to a schedule often takes a back seat to servicing everyone in a safe manner. To prevent any agitation we ask that you plan for your skydive to take 1-4 hrs, and if you are taking the shuttle service, with the drive to Hana included and lunch, we ask that you understand it will be a full day event that will take up to 11 hrs possibly; and that's if the road to Hana does not see any last minute blockages.
WHAT IF MY PARACHUTE DOESN'T OPEN OR WORK?
Parachutes almost always open. They operate in hurricane force wind, for nothing to happen is extremely odd, and unheard of in this day of skydiving. However, they do sometimes fail to open properly with no fault to anyone. This is also fairly rare but does occasionally happen. Not to worry tho as this is why we jump with 2 parachutes, so if one fails you go to another one. What if that one fails as well? Well that is extremely unlikely as lightning never strikes the same person twice, but not only is the mathematics and laws of probability highly against you, but you can rest assure that the reserve parachute was packed and inspected by a highly trained FAA licensed rigger who took meticulous care in packing it. As well as a reserve parachute is different from the main parachute. In the name of safety much of the performance and comfort that a main parachute has, has been sacrificed to ensure a more reliable deployment with the reserve parachute.
CAN I BREATH DURING FREEFALL?
Yes, you can breathe during freefall regardless of speed. You will hear of tandem passengers experience difficulty breathing during freefall. If a problem with breathing occurs, this is usually associated with the anxiety that can occur while skydiving with candidates or independent parachutists who are new to the sport. When put in a situation where they feel frightened, panicked and nervous, some people have a habit to stop breathing, and unfortunately forget to breathe until they start to run out of breath. For them, a tandem parachute jump is an experience they literally find breathtaking. The secret is just to breathe normally on board the aircraft and throughout the jump, the same as you do here, on solid ground. Your tandem instructor will help you remember to breathe while flying in the airplane.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We recommend wearing comfortable athletic wear. Preferably nothing too "baggy" or loose fitting. We also ask you to wear something you don't mind getting dirty in. As well as comfortable running shoes. No high heels, skirts (unless grass skirts because you know we can't ban those in Hawaii), or high platform shoes.
HOW SAFE IS SKYDIVING?
Tandem Skydiving is very safe. The USPA (United States Parachuting Association) estimates that you have a %0.003 chance of an accident occurring during a skydive, including a injury. While Tandem Skydiving is even safer as many accidents occur with sport skydiving where jumpers are pushing the limits of the sport, while a Tandem Skydive is an introductory jump that is very routine in nature. That said Accidents can still occur and we like to acknowledged this for the sake of full disclosure.
HOW FAST WILL WE GO? AND HOW HIGH DO WE JUMP FROM?
This varies from person to person but 120 MPH is the generally accepted answer to this question. We will have about 35 seconds of free fall jumping from just above 10,000 feet. The free fall time is directly related to how high we jump. We like to jump from a little over 10,000 feet but sometimes this may change due to weather or air traffic. Regardless you are guaranteed to jump from at least over 8,000 feet.