About go skydive
If you are driving, find us on Google Maps or put the GoSkydive dropzone address into your sat nav. GoSkydive, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury. SP4 6EB
Salisbury has a main line railway station with trains direct from London, Oxford, Bristol, the South Coast and the West. GoSkydive is just a short taxi journey (10 mins) from the Salisbury station. Plan your train journey.
About Your day
You need to be at least 16 to do a tandem skydive, if you are aged between 16 and 18 you will need a parent or legal guardian to sign to give their consent. Download the form to be signed.
Our oldest jumper to date was 100 years old – so age isn’t a boundary for us if it isn’t for you. As long as you are reasonably fit and healthy then you should be OK to tandem skydive with us. On the day you’ll need to declare your fitness by signing a declaration form. You can view the form here.
Unlike other dropzones in the UK, our weight limit is up to 18 stone, 3 stone higher than the standard 15 stone max. However, just like every other jumper you will be assessed by a highly qualified tandem master on the day of your jump, should they have any concerns about your ability to manoeuvre into any of the required skydiving positions you will not be able to jump. Due to higher operational costs there is a charge for any weight in excess of 15 stone. 15-16 stone £10, 16-17 stone additional £20, 17-18 stone additional £30.
Before anyone can skydive with us they need to sign this declaration form, if there is any condition listed that you have or are unsure about please take the following medical form to your GP for signature – medical form for GP signature. If you have purchased a tandem skydive or a tandem skydive voucher and your GP / the voucher recipients GP is not happy for you to jump we will issue a full refund. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details). If you have any further questions relating to the form please speak with the GoSkydive team or visit https://www.bpa.org.uk/staysafe/student-tandem-medical-frequently-asked-questions/
No matter what your age or your weight all jumpers will be assessed on the day of your jump by a tandem master. If he is not satisfied that you can manoeuvre into the required positions during freefall you will not be able to jump.
On exit you’ll need to be able to tip your head back and arch your back whilst tucking your legs up behind you. Your arms will need to be crossed, into and across your chest.
During freefall you will uncross your arms and bring then up in front of you.
As you come into land your instructor will tell you to lift your legs, you need to be able to lift your feet up to knee level whilst in a seated position. You will be able to use the fabric on the sides of your jumpsuit to assist you.
We’ll supply you with a jumpsuit, goggles and a leather hat for your tandem skydive. In addition you’ll need to wear trainers or similar sturdy footwear and comfortable clothes. If you are jumping outside of the high summer months or it’s a cool day ensure wearing some nice warm layers and some gloves.
Tandem skydiving is a weather dependent activity therefore it is almost impossible for us to predict how long you will need to allow for your skydive experience. At 5pm the day before your jump we will have a more accurate view of the weather for your jump day and will advise you accordingly and keep you updated, however the weather is very changeable and therefore we advise you allow the whole day for your tandem skydive experience.
It’s great if you can bring friends and family along to support you. Old Sarum Airfield provides plenty of free on-site parking, and has a café on-site serving hot and cold food, with lots of seating inside and picnic benches outside. Supervised children are welcome, the airfield does not allow ball games or radio-controlled toys. Friendly dogs on the lead are welcome if no other plans can be made however it can get busy and unsuitable for dogs in summer months.
No problem, as long as we have 7 days notice and your new date is within a year of your booking date there is no charge to move your jump date. Less than 7 days and there is a £30 fee. Over a year from the original booking date and the validity has expired.
We operate under strict regulations in accordance with the British Parachute Association (BPA). Safety is paramount and we are always monitoring the weather before and during jump days. There are certain weather conditions that we do not jump in.
Wind – the ground wind speeds are not allowed to exceed 20 knots.
Air pressure and turbulence – it’s not overly turbulent at the jump altitudes of 7,000ft, 10,000ft or 15,000ft
Rain – it’s not raining at the point of exit.
Visibility – There’s no solid low cloud: we can only jump through scattered cloud and only if, at the point of exit, the ground between the opening point and the intended landing area is visible. The minimum flight visibility must be at least 5km.
We assess the weather at 5pm on the day before your jump and will notify you as soon as possible after 5pm if we think the weather will not be suitable for jumping. We will not make any judgement on the weather prior to this time.
Like any extreme sport, tandem skydiving does have risks attached. At GoSkydive your safety is our number one priority and that is put above everything else. We are fully regulated by the British Parachute Association (BPA) and we follow their guidelines. On site our Chief Instructor (CI) ensure the BPA guidelines are adhered to at all times.
We use the very best, industry leading parachute technology – the Sigma Tandem Parachute System and have a core team of full time professional tandem skydive instructors who collectively have done in excess if 50,000 jumps.
More information about risk is given on the student declaration form which you’ll need sign prior to tandem skydiving with us. You can view the form here.
If you would like more information about safety in skydiving please visit the ‘How Safe’ section of the BPA website – British Parachute Association – How Safe
If you’re thinking of having a few drinks to calm your nerves – please don’t. Anyone believed to under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to jump. If you’d like to have a drink to celebrate post skydive we are happy for you to do so. There is a local tap room that’s highly recommended!
Smoking is permitted in the designated smoking areas if you are not wearing a skydiving jumpsuit or harness. Anyone wearing any GoSkydive kit is not permitted to smoke.
Only specialist trained Tandem Skydive instructors are permitted by the British Parachute Association to use cameras whilst tandem skydiving. Packages are available from £99
HR monitors can be worn during your tandem skydive if they are checked by a tandem master prior to your jump. This includes chest strap HR monitors and watch HR monitors. If you have any questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
You are not allowed to tandem skydive if you are pregnant. If you fall pregnant after you have made your booking, you can postpone your tandem skydive 6 months after your due date.
A 7,000ft tandem skydive has 10 seconds freefall, a 10,000ft tandem skydive has 30 seconds freefall and a 15,000ft tandem skydive has 60 seconds freefall. At 5,000ft your instructor deploys the parachute, it takes around 5 minutes until you land.
We will try our best to keep teams together, however, this all depends on the group size as well as combined weights of Jumpers, Instructors, any Camera Flyer’s and the Pilot on the plane.
Tandem skydiving is perfect for anyone seeking the thrill of a once in a life time experience, and this includes those who aren’t necessarily very fit, or self confident, who wish to avoid prolonged training and only want the one-off experience without the regular commitment. In a tandem skydive the student is harnessed to an experienced instructor, sharing the same, larger than solo skydive, parachute. It will be for the instructor to deploy the parachute following the initial free fall (which can last from 5 to 60 seconds, according to the chosen altitude). The dual commands mean that the student is also able to practice parachute control during the flight; however, the final stages of landing are entirely managed by the instructor. Bear in mind that much more training will be needed if you wish to pursue solo skydive jumping.
Questions to ask before choosing a Tandem Skydiving Centre
GoSkydive is based at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury and is the UK’s only specialist tandem skydive centre in the UK. We’re not a third-party seller.
We are the UK’s only specialist tandem skydive centre – rather than a skydiving club, we do not have sports jumpers. We typically jump and specialise with first-timers, we are specially trained to work with first time jumpers and ‘sharing the dream’, making tandem skydiving accessible.
We are the only centre in the UK to only work with tandem jumpers, which are mostly first timers.
Yes, we have a simulated training area where students are suspended in their harness to go through the plane exit, freefall and landing positions – we are the only skydiving centre in the world to have this facility. The alternative is laying over a 3ft high box and lifting up your arms and legs.
We use industry leading United Parachute Technologies Sigma Tandem Parachute System.
The parachute container (which looks like a back pack) houses the main parachute and a reserve chute. The main parachute is packed on site by our own team of packers.
The reserve chute is packed by an industry approved specialist team off site.
Our Cessna Super Cargomaster is the fastest tandem skydiving aircraft in the UK and will get you to your jump altitude in 8 -12 minutes.
Refitted to our specific tandem skydiving requirements, this aircraft was new to our fleet in May 2015. It takes up to 21 passengers but reaches its top speed, climbing to 3000ft per minute, with just the pilot.
Filming with a GoPro camera from 15,000ft at 125mph is a highly skilled operation and only those instructors who are jumping regularly and have a minimum of 500 tandem skydives as a tandem instructor are permitted by the British Parachute Association to do this.
We have skilled camera fliers who can take pictures and videos, also the instructor handcam for the ultimate selfie shots!
We have more tandem instructors qualified to use this equipment than any other UK dropzone.
Most skydiving centres will only go to 15 stone. We go up to 18 stone.