WHAT IF OUR PARACHUTE DOESN'T OPEN?
By law (FAA regulations), all intentional parachute jumps must be made with a single harness, dual parachute system with both a main canopy *AND* a reserve canopy. In other words, you have a second (or spare) canopy in case the first one fails to open properly.
However, it must be noted that the technology utilized in today’s sport parachuting equipment is light years ahead of the old military surplus gear used in the ’60s and ’70s. The canopies are DRASTICALLY different from the classic G.I. Joe round parachutes. The materials are stronger, lighter and last longer, the packing procedures are simpler, the deployment sequence is much more refined, etc.
The reserve canopies are even more carefully designed and packed. The reserve parachute must be inspected and repacked every 180 days by an FAA rated parachute Rigger – even if it has not been used during that time.
The student’s main canopy is always packed either by a Rigger or under a Rigger’s direct supervision by experienced packers.
There are also additional safety features employed to ensure canopy deployment such as Automatic Activation Devices (AAD).
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO SCHEDULE A JUMP?
Any time of day is beautiful over the West Michigan shoreline, but earlier in the day is a better bet in case there is a weather delay or cancellation. If you schedule in the morning and the weather is bad, you could still jump that day later in the afternoon or evening. If you schedule your jump in the afternoon or evening and the weather is bad then, there is no going back that day.
CAN MY FRIENDS/FAMILY/PETS COME WATCH?
Absolutely! The more, the merrier! So please invite as many friends and family as you want to watch you jump. Pets must either be on a leash or under an adults control at all times. You will be boarding the plane and landing only about 50 feet away from our spectating area. You will also most likely be jumping out of the plane right above the very same area! Feel free to bring your own camera for pre/after jump pics, binoculars, picnic blanket, lawn chairs, food (we have a grill that operates on the weekends during the summer), drinks, etc… and make a whole day out of your experience! Be sure to let your friends and family know they are also welcome to bring the same things. Skydive Grand Haven is a highly energetic and upbeat place to just hang out and have fun with some of the most awesome people you will ever meet!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SHOULD I EAT OR DRINK BEFORE MY JUMP?
Easily, one of the biggest misconceptions about skydiving is that it's going to make your stomach drop, and subsequently make you drop your stomach contents (I.E. get sick). This misconception causes one out of every four tandem students to fast on the morning of their jump. So go ahead and eat!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We always recommend that everyone wears athletic clothing that fits comfortably under a harness and is appropriate for the weather on the ground at the time of your jump. This includes comfortable general athletic activity shoes with good shock-absorption, such as tennis shoes, gym shoes, or sneakers. Sandals, flip-flops, toe-shoes, high-heels, dress shoes, and boots of any kind are not permitted. Any footwear that contains any of the following is also not permitted: bungee straps, Velcro straps, hooks, or buckles. We do have jumpsuits to wear over your clothing during your skydive if you choose to do so. This jumpsuit will help prevent your clothes from getting dirty and help protect them from becoming damaged during your skydive. It will also help keep you a little bit warmer on colder days. When deciding what to wear, please keep in mind the temperature at jump altitude is often about 20° F to 30° F colder than the temperature on the ground.
You should also wear clothing that you don’t mind possibly getting wet, dirty, damaged, and/or even completely lost or destroyed. You may wear your eyeglasses as we have googles to wear over them that will keep them from falling off during your jump but we strongly advise that you do not wear anything else that could be torn off your body, such as piercings, watches, bracelets, and other forms of jewelry. We also recommend that you do not wear anything that you consider to be irreplaceable if lost forever, such as a wedding ring. We are not responsible for any items lost or injuries that occur during your visit with us here at Start Skydiving.
IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BRING WHEN I COME TO JUMP?
First, you will need to bring a picture ID with you as proof of identity and age. Second, you must bring a valid form of payment to pay any remaining balances or purchase any video or photo packages. As forms of payment, we accept Cash, and the following Credit/Debit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express. We do not accept personal checks. There are other things that you are welcome to bring, including friends and family, camera, sunglasses, binoculars, stereo, food, drinks , picnic blanket, etc… and make a whole day out of your experience! We have a wonderful green space with a perfect view of the skydivers that are landing. You can lay down and relax and enjoy the day while watching all of the skydiving activities. Of course, none of these items are permitted to be taken with you on your skydive and must be left on the ground.