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The Skydiving club subsidise training to enable you to become a licensed solo skydiver.
There are two training options to be a solo skydiver:
RAPS (Basic Course)
Jump from 3,500ft and your parachute opens automatically via a static line attached to the plane. You then fly your parachute safely to the ground under instruction via radio.
After 5 static line jumps you progress to freefall where you pull your own parachute and start to learn freefall skills such as turns. On each jump you spend longer in freefall jumping from increasing altitudes until you reach the max altitude of 13,500ft with approx 1 min of freefall.
You can be a licensed skydiver in a minimum of 18 jumps, and then you can go and skydive without an instructor!
RAPS first jump course consists of eight hours ground school and includes one jump, the cost is £175. The second jump costs £20 then each jump after that costs around £32, dependent on club subsidising.
All kit is included in your initial training fee!
AFF (Accelerated Free Fall)
On your first jump with AFF, after approx 10 hours ground school, you jump from 13,500ft with two instructors holding onto you.
After completing altitude checks and practice touches you deploy your own parachute.
AFF consists of eight levels, 1-3 have two instructors and 4-8 have one. Once you have passed these levels and you complete ten consolidation jumps to gain your A licence.
Because AFF is intensive and requires two instructors in is more expensive, £1200 for ground school and eight instructor levels then £30 for the ten consolidation jumps. If you want to try AFF it is £360 for ground school and level 1, then if you wish to carry on the remainder has to be paid in full
Qualified and Experienced
Once qualified, jump tickets go down to £18, and we're working on getting them even cheaper for you!
Once you are licensed you can jump with your friends and the fun really begins. Trips are run to the dropzone most weekends so you will have plenty of opportunities to skydive. We take part in the BCPA Inter-Uni League and attend the six meets a year where there are formation skydiving, freeflying and accuracy competitions.
We also organise trips to other drop zones and smaller trips abroad.
Thanks to Aerodyne Research and the University's fantastic Footsteps Fund, we have been able to secure three brand new Rigs (parachute set-up) for the club. Such an investment will enable the society to grow and become even bigger and better! We're working hard to ensure that the kit is maintained to the highest quality and continuing to subsidise tickets even further.
These rigs are available for you to jump the minute you have achieved your full skydiving licence (as little as 18 jumps!)
Now there's even more of a reason to get qualified as quickly as possible!
Within the UK, third party insurance is provided by the British Parachute Association and is a mandatory requirement to jump. This is required before you can jump and is dealt with via the dropzone so you don't need to do anything before arriving.
Note: Personal accident insurance is not covered by the British Parachute Association. If you wish for more cover than third party insurance provides, you would need to arrange this yourself. If you have any questions, please contact the society.
For more information regarding the BPA Third Party Insurance, see here: http://www.bpa.org.uk/member/insurance-and-travel/