Check out this article in the Holland Sentinel from our 2017 season (when we were Skydive Holland) about how we don't let disabilities hold you back from skydiving!
Up to 230lbs, no problem. 230lb to 250lbs, we may take you, but will insist that you be in good shape, i.e. not a couch-potato**. You must recognize that there is a greater chance of injury, particularly if you are not somewhat athletic. Beyond 250 lbs, our reserve canopies are no longer legal for us to use with you. We do not perform tandems for students who weigh over 250 lbs.
**Our primary concern if you are going to be at the top-end of the safe weight range, are you in relatively good shape? An imperfect landing will be much less likely to injure an athletic person. If this is unclear, consider the difference between a 5’10” linebacker who weighs 240 lbs, and a 5’10” channel surfer of the same weight. If the former has a bad landing, he’ll probably brush himself off and get up. The latter may very well injure himself substantially, lacking both the strength to withstand landing and coordination to do a good Parachute Landing Fall (PLF).
Think your too old to skydive? No way! There is no max age! Meet WWII veteran Louis who jumped with us in 2017 for his 92nd birthday!
Don't let your disabilities hold you back from skydiving! We have several types of specialized equipment as well as experienced tandem instructors that have jumped with customers with disabilities in the past, to accommodate many types of disabilities -- missing limb (prosthetic can be worn if securely attached or left on ground), paralyzation, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, to name a few.
Jeni Rummelt and Briana Kooiman pose for a picture with tandem instructors Andy Madura and Keith Baas before skydiving in May 2017.
From left to right: Scott Parks, tandem instructor; birthday boy Louis; Louis' grandson; Tony Gwinn, tandem instructor and owner of Skydive Grand Haven (formerly Skydive Holland)
You must be 18 years of age and will need to show pictured ID to prove this when you check in and fill out a waiver. According to the USPA basic safety requirements, no one under the age of 18 years old is permitted to skydive, regardless of parental consent.