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One Weekend, 100 Tandems

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As part of the celebrations to mark the RAF’s 100th birthday, the Royal Air Force Sports Parachute Association (RAFSPA) is offering you the unique opportunity to undertake a charity Tandem Skydive with highly trained RAF instructors, at RAF Weston on the Green. We will be running this event from the Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of July, with a backup weekend the week after (27th to 29th July) if the weather isn’t suitable. Your efforts and participation will help to raise funds for RAF 100 Appeal, which includes the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Museum and the RAF Charitable Trust.

What is a Tandem Skydive?

For your tandem skydive, you will be harnessed to the front of a RAF tandem instructor, and will exit an aircraft from 10-13,000ft. Don’t worry, you will have a comprehensive safety brief from your instructor before you jump. From there, you will enjoy around a minute of freefall, followed by a 5 minute parachute ride back to Earth. If you raise enough money, you can even be accompanied by a highly skilled cameraman who will be able to capture every moment of your adventure for you to relive, and share with your friends and family.

Your Fundraising Journey

In order for us to be able to offer you this unique opportunity, you will need to pay an initial registration fee of £25 (this will get you a RAF100 t-shirt and covers liability insurance), and raise a minimum of £400, with all proceeds going to the RAF 100 Appeal. In order to book your place, please click the button below that says ‘Register’, choose which day you would like to do your tandem, and pay your registration fee. You will then need to set up your very own JustGiving fundraising page, and encourage people to sponsor you to reach your target. If you raise over £500, we will even provide an expert cameraman to jump with you to capture your experience. If you have any questions about your fundraising journey, get in contact with the RAF Association or the RAF Benevolent Fund, who will be able to give you some tips and guidance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By paying your registration fee, you are committing to raising the minimum sponsorship of £400 by the day of your skydive. If you don't, you will have to cover the rest of the cost yourself, or you won't be able to jump.

What to Expect on the Day

Before your big day, you will be given an arrival time; please ensure you aren’t late as you may not be able to jump if you miss your slot. Please make sure you dress appropriately for your tandem – loose fitting, comfortable clothes and flat soled shoes or trainers. Upon arrival, you will meet your instructor who will give you a thorough safety brief, and kit you out with a jumpsuit and harness, helmet and goggles. Once this is done, you will board the aircraft with your instructor and climb to altitude, which will take around 15 minutes. You will exit the aircraft from between 10,000 and 13,000ft, and experience approximately one minute of freefall before your instructor opens your parachute at 5,000ft, giving you a 5 minute canopy ride back to Earth. After your jump, you can see your family and friends before your instructor helps you out of your kit and you collect your video. Altogether, you can expect to be at the airfield for approximately 3-4 hours. If the weather isn’t suitable for you to jump, we can re-arrange your tandem for another day; our back-up dates are the 27th to the 29th of July.

Health Requirements and Restrictions – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  • Minimum Age – 16 (Under 18s require parental consent)

  • Maximum Age – None

  • Maximum Weight – 96kg (students must not exceed 96kg fully clothed)

  • All tandem students will be required to complete a BPA Tandem Student Medical Information and Declaration form F115A, found at http://www.bpa.org.uk/bpa-forms/

  • Those unable to sign the form due to medical conditions, injuries or anything else listed on the form must bring a copy of the BPA Student Tandem Doctors Medical Advice form F115B, signed and stamped by their doctor instead

  • Unfortunately, some medical conditions may prevent you from undertaking a tandem skydive. Please refer to the forms above for further details


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I bring friends, family and pets to watch?

Spectators are very welcome, however dogs are not permitted on the airfield. Many of our skydiving customers bring their families and friends along to watch. If you have young children, they must be supervised at all times.

Will there be food and drink available?

There will be a selection of hot and cold food and drinks for you to choose from. Alcohol may only be consumed when all parachuting activity has finished.

What does skydiving feel like?

When you do your first skydive, the feeling will be completely different to what you were expecting. In freefall, the feeling is similar to the floating sensation you have in a swimming pool. Some customers are scared that there are similarities with sensation of going over the edge on a roller-coaster, which is not the case. Skydiving is an exciting and exhilarating experience and one you will not regret.

What if my parachute doesn’t open?

This is a very commonly asked question. In the rare event that the main parachute does not open fully or correctly, there is a secondary reserve parachute which acts as a backup. On the Tandem course, your instructor would carry out these emergency procedures. The reserve parachute is packed by a specialist rigger who is certified to do so. In addition, there is an Automatic Activation Device (AAD) which will open your reserve parachute at a lower altitude. AAD’s are there to act as a backup to the tandem instructor.

Can I breathe in freefall?

Contrary to some opinions, you can breathe during your skydiving experience. Even though you will be falling at up to 120 mph, it is easy to breathe. The wind which enters your lungs does not enter at full speed. It is slowed as it passes through your nose and mouth.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Skydiving is a weather dependant sport and we cannot guarantee that conditions will be suitable for parachuting every day. On some occasions rain, heavy low cloud or strong winds can prohibit jumping. If you are unable to skydive, then we can either re-arrange it for another day on our initial weekend, or move it to our backup weekend (27th-29th July).

What should I wear?

We will provide you with goggles, headgear and a jumpsuit to go over your clothes. It is advisable to wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, and flat soled shoes or trainers. Slip-on shoes, heels and boots with eyelet hooks are not suitable.

What time should I arrive?

You will be allocated an arrival time, which will be sent to you by email with your Tandem Pack. Please note the arrival time is not the time of your jump, therefore there is no need to arrive before the scheduled time. Please do not be late, as you may not be able to jump if you miss your slot.

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