FAQ

Why do people jump from perfectly good airplanes?
What is it like to skydive?
Is it true you never forget your first jump?
Will I be scared in the plane?
How is skydiving regulated?
What types of jumping do you offer?
What is a tandem jump?
What if I schedule a tandem jump and the weather is bad?
What is involved in taking the instructional course and jumping solo?
What happens after you have made your first jump and want to continue jumping?
Will I get to skydive the same day I take the course?
What happens if we can’t jump the same day that we take the course?
How many jumps can I make in a day?
Which is better, TANDEM or IAD?
Do I have to make a tandem jump before I can go solo?
Can I wear my own GoPro camera on my skydive?
What type of aircraft do we jump from?
Can we bring friends and family to experience our skydive with us?
What do I wear for my skydive?
Can I consume alcohol or drugs before my skydive?
Where do you land?
Will I be required to sign a liability waiver?
Will I be able to jump with my glasses or contacts?
How old do you have to be to skydive?
Is there a weight limit?
I’m over your weight limits, but I’m in great shape. Can I go?
Do I have to be physically fit to skydive?
When are the classes held and do I need an appointment?
How far in advance do I need to make my appointment?
How do I make an appointment to skydive and do you require a deposit?
How do we pay the deposit?
What are your prices and are there group discounts?
What days are you open?
So how can I get up in the air with Pacific Airsports?


Why do people jump from perfectly good airplanes?
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To go skydiving, of course! There are probably as many reasons that people skydive as there are people that skydive. For some, it is intensely personal, a challenge met or an obstacle to overcome. For others, it is a lifelong dream and a chance to “do the extreme thing” and get their adrenaline fix.


What is it like to skydive?
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You have to try it to find out! It’s like nothing else you’ve ever experienced! You
don’t get that “roller-coaster” feeling of dropping, it is more like “floating on air”.


Is it true you never forget your first jump?
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YES! Your very first jump is one of life’s precious memories that will stay with you
forever. You have met a challenge, faced your fears head on and have every reason to be
proud. You are now in the elite category of skydivers!


Will I be scared in the plane?
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Maybe, maybe not. Most people tell us that they leave their fears on the ground and
feel a sense of calmness as the plane rolls down the runway. When the door opens at
jump altitude and you exit the plane your fears will probably have all gone away. Soon
after jumping, sheer excitement of adrenaline will take over!


How is skydiving regulated?
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Skydiving as a sport is self-regulated, meaning that most skydivers voluntarily follow
a set of basic safety requirements set by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association
(CSPA). There are however, some federal rules established by Transport Canada, most of
which apply to the aircraft from which we jump. Pacific Airsports is affiliated with CSPA
and holds an Operating Certificate issued by Transport Canada.


What types of jumping do you offer?
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Tandem jumps or you can take an instructional course and jump solo.


What is a tandem jump?
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Experiencing the most incredible sport in the world has been made more available
thanks to the tandem jump. You will be securely attached to your personal tandem
instructor who will be with you throughout the whole experience, enabling you to relax,
knowing you are with a fully trained professional. This takes away the anxiety of
jumping solo and helps make your day truly unforgettable.


What if I schedule a tandem jump and the weather is bad?
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We are not meteorologists so we can only give you our best “guess” based the weather forecast, which we look at constantly. If the weather is questionable on the day of your jump we will contact you and decide from there. Don’t “assume” that the weather is bad at the drop zone just because it may be raining at your house. If you do get weathered out, we will reschedule at your convenience.


What is involved in taking the instructional course and jumping solo?
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Our instructional First Jump Course (FJC) is an all day affair, where our skydiving
school instructor teaches you everything you need to know to safely make a solo jump
from 3500 feet.


What happens after you have made your first jump and want to continue jumping?
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Here at Pacific Airsports we teach Gradual Freefall, meaning you start out by jumping
at 3500 feet with your instructor opening your parachute for you when you leave the
aircraft. This is called an Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) jump. Once you start
freefalling, you jump from 4000 feet and do 5 seconds of freefall, then 5000 feet and 10
seconds of freefall, then 6000 feet and 15 seconds of freefall, then so on and so on
eventually jumping from 10,000 feet and doing 40 seconds of freefall.


Will I get to skydive the same day I take the course?
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Pacific Airsports does all it can to make sure that each student gets a chance to make
their skydive the same day as their instruction. HOWEVER, there are times when it is not
possible for the student to make that first jump on the day of the course. Listed below are
some of the conditions that prevents skydiving activities: low clouds, high winds and we
don’t jump when it’s raining.


What happens if we can’t jump the same day that we take the course?
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Once you have been trained at our drop zone, you can come back anytime the drop
zone is open to make your first jump or subsequent jumps.


How many jumps can I make in a day?
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For subsequent jumps the number of skydives that a student can make in one day is
affected by weather, number of other students, and the students own attitude (fatigue,
hunger, etc.). Three or four jumps are usually the most a beginner student can make in a
day.


Which is better, TANDEM or IAD?
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One is not necessarily better than the other. Which method you decide on depends
more on your motivation and what you’re interested in getting out of your skydiving
experience. The tandem method is popular, but if you’re interested in ‘doing it by
yourself’ or pursuing your skydiving license, you will need to take our Instructional First
Jump Course. The decision is like, do you want to take a ride in a car or drive it?

Tandem: Takes about 2 hours to complete, approx. 30-40 seconds of freefall, you jump
attached to an instructor, relatively high performance 4-6 minute canopy ride. Higher
dollar cost.

IAD: An all day affair, 4 to 6 hours of instruction, 3-5 seconds of falling before your
parachute opens, you jump solo, 4-6 minute canopy ride that you land by yourself (with
radio help), train toward becoming a licensed skydiver and ‘do it by yourself’. Cost is less
than a tandem jump.


Do I have to make a tandem jump before I can go solo?
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You do not need to make tandem jump before starting the Solo First Jump Course.


Can I wear my own GoPro camera on my skydive?
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No. For the safety of our customers and instructors, we do not allow students to wear
cameras. Cameras can become a “snag” point for parachute lines which can result in many different malfunctions. We offer many video options on both tandems and solo jumps.


What type of aircraft do we jump from?
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Pacific Airsports uses a Cessna 182 , which is the workhorse of the skydiving industry
and is flown by many skydiving operations around the world. Our jump plane holds 4
skydivers comfortably and we have two Cessna 182s for use.


Can we bring friends and family to experience our skydive with us?
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Absolutely – You are welcome to bring whomever and however many people with
you to experience your skydive. Please note though children must be supervised at all
times and we would prefer you leave your pet safely at home.


What do I wear for my skydive?
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Dress comfortably for whatever weather we are experiencing the day of your jump.
Jumpsuits are optional for tandem students. Lace-up type shoes are required for any jump that you do. Running shoes are ideal. No sandals, open-toed or slip-on shoes.


Can I consume alcohol or drugs before my skydive?
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No. You will not be allowed to skydive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.


Where do you land?
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We land right on the Campbell River Airport.


Will I be required to sign a liability waiver?
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Yes, similar to almost every adventure sport, at Pacific Airsports all skydivers must
sign our assumption of risk & liability waiver agreement to make a skydive.


Will I be able to jump with my glasses or contacts?
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Yes, we have special goggles for you to wear over your glasses or contact lenses.


How old do you have to be to skydive?
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You must be at least 18 years old to take the First Jump Course and jump solo. You
must be at least 16 years old to make a tandem jump with parents consent and your
parent/guardian must be present the entire time.


Is there a weight limit?
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Yes, for tandem skydiving the weight limit is 220lbs. The weight limit for a Solo jump
is 250lbs.


I’m over your weight limits, but I’m in great shape. Can I go?
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Sorry, but no. The odds of an injury go up once you are over our weight limits and we
would rather have someone frustrated than injured. Besides, the parachute doesn’t know
that you are in great shape, it only reacts according to weight.


Do I have to be physically fit to skydive?
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Skydiving is not a physically demanding sport, however you must be in good health.
If you are concerned about health questions, we strongly advise you to consult a
physician before engaging in skydiving activities.


When are the classes held and do I need an appointment?
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First Jump Courses are held on a regular basis, usually on weekends and we do require
a minimum of 3 people to run a course. Tandem jumps are usually set at specific times
and scheduled by appointment.


How far in advance do I need to make my appointment?
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The earlier you call or email, the better chance you have of getting the particular
day/time that you want.


How do I make an appointment to skydive and do you require a deposit?
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Please call or email us. A non-refundable $50.00 deposit per person is required at the
time you make your reservation. If we have to cancel due to weather, your deposit is held by us and we work with you to reschedule your jump on another day. We will refund the entire deposit if you are unable to reschedule for whatever reason.
If you do not show up for your appointment you will lose your entire deposit.
**This does not apply if we have bad weather.**


How do we pay the deposit?
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We do not have credit/debit card processing equipment, so your deposit can be by
email money transfer, then on the day of your jump, you pay the balance owing in cash or another email money transfer.


What are your prices and are there group discounts?
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Yes, we offer fantastic group discounts so click on our Prices page for current prices.


What days are you open?
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Pacific Airsports is open every weekend, weather permitting,of course, but we can
also arrange for your skydive anytime during the week based on staff availability. During the summer months of July and August, we are open 7 days a week. We may be able to schedule your skydive on short notice, but it is best to schedule your skydive at least several days in advance.


So how can I get up in the air with Pacific Airsports?
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Why, that’s a great question! Just call us at 250-923-2424 or email us at
info@pacificairsports.com anytime or day.