Skydive Atlanta
THOMASTON, GEORGIA

Frequently Asked Questions


Skydive Atlanta is open year round on the following schedule:

May - September:
Fridays 12 p.m. to Sunset (Call BEFORE booking)
Saturdays 8 a.m. to Sunset
Sundays 10 a.m. to Sunset
Last appointment is at 4 p.m.

October - April:
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Sunset
Sundays 10 a.m. to Sunset
Last appointment is at 2:30 p.m.

Open Memorial Day, Labor Day, and occasionally other holidays. Closed Thanksgiving weekend.

Our staff is available by phone 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Please visit our tandem skydiving and getting certified for solo skydiving pages. You can do either jump your first time.



Please visit our pricing page.



Please visit our Video and Photos page for a full description and sample of each package.



If you purchase a Video/ Photos package, as a courtesy, we will make every effort to get the other members of your group in the video during the before-jump interview, in-aircraft interview, exits, and landing. However, photographers can only freefall with one person at a time. Therefore you must purchase separate packages if you want freefall footage for everyone.



Second only to safety, getting your jump completed as quickly as possible is our priority. Be prepared to spend the entire day, although, for tandem jumps the whole process from the time you arrive until you leave is typically between 2 and 4 hours. Several factors affect the time it takes including the number of jumpers in your group, what time of day you reserve, and how busy we are. Weather and other factors can delay your jump. The best way to ensure your timely completion is to arrive as close as possible to your scheduled reservation time.



Our staff and pilots have years of experience, special training, and access to government aviation weather websites. Our aircraft are equipped with radar, heat, and air conditioning. We use all of these resources to make decisions regarding weather. Clouds, wind, and storm conditions can affect our ability to make your jump. In almost all cases, weather decisions are made the day of your jump. If we know for absolute certain you will not be able to skydive we will reschedule you. However, 95% of the time we are able to jump at least part of the day and will ask you to arrive as scheduled. For example, during the summer in Georgia almost everyday we have afternoon showers. These typically only last for a short time then we get back on schedule. In the unlikely case you arrive as scheduled and are unable to jump, we will issue you a rain check and you can reschedule at a later date. Our operations are only adversely affected and delayed by freezing ground temperature conditions.



There are pros and cons to each time of day.

Morning
Summer the early morning is cooler, so more comfortable, and the process is typically faster because of lower volume. In addition, the sky is clearer and weather is more predictable. If the weather is inclement, you are still the first to go when it clears. However, you have to arrive at 8:00 a.m. In the Winter the cool mornings are not as comfortable but you typically get to go very quickly.

Mid Afternoon
In Summer the mid afternoon will have the best views of cloud formations but is the hottest part of the day and the busiest, meaning relatively longer wait times. Winter afternoons are warmer than morning but usually have higher winds which may cause delays.

Late Afternoon
In Summer late afternoon very often has isolated thunder showers, although sunsets can be among the best views we experience. However, if there is an unforeseen delay due to weather you are the last to go which can result in a rescheduled reservation. In Winter, the late afternoon can have the same sunset views, however, the days are much shorter so any delay due to winds or weather can result in a reservation reschedule.



All participants should wear closed toe shoes (tennis shoes, light boots), no sandals please. In the Summertime you can wear shorts and a t-shirt. Winter wear jeans and layers on top, long sleeves and sweatshirt. We will provide a jumpsuit to protect your clothes, although in the Summer it is optional. We also provide helmet, goggles and gloves in winter.



Your reservation time is the time you arrive at our facility. We schedule our customers in such a way to minimize your wait time. To prevent scheduling issues and long waits, you should arrive as close to your scheduled reservation time as possible.



Tandem passengers must be 254 lbs. or less. AFF jumpers must be 260 lbs. or less. Tandem passengers please note: Weight limits may change based on certain instructor availability. We reserve the right to deny a tandem jump to anyone based on safety concerns or the limits of the equipment. There may be additional charges for passengers exceeding 230 lbs.

Our weight limits are not a reflection of lack of expertise or equipment quality as some companies would have you believe. They reflect the safe operational limits of the equipment. Any company exceeding these limits may be putting your life at risk.



The minimum age is 18 years old, no exceptions, no parental consent. There is no maximum age. We've taken folks 87 years young!

A State issued Photo I.D., Driver's License, or a Passport will be required at the time of check in.



Our Super King Air holds 14 jumpers. Our Super Twin Otter aircraft holds 22 jumpers.



Sort of. Tandem jumpers go out of the plane one after the other. The number of tandem jumpers we put on the plane varies depending on several factors. First, we want to get your group and all of the other groups that day up as quickly as possible while still remaining safe. The exact number in your group, the number of DVD packages, the number of instructors/photographers available that day, and number of other tandem jumpers booked all may affect how we send you up. In some cases it may work out better for everyone involved to send a group of 10 up in a series of 4, 4, and 2 rather than 5 and 5. That being said, no one has ever come up to us afterward and felt like they didn't share the experience with members of their group because they went on separate loads.



If you have a concern over a medical condition and how it could limit your ability to skydive, you should always consult your doctor first. Most medications will not limit your ability to skydive. All tandem passengers should be able to do moderate exercise such as walking and be fully mobile. We often say, if you can walk, jump off a chair, and swim you can probably skydive. AFF jumpers however should be in good physical health.



At this time we do not. However, if you have a prosthetic it may be possible to jump on a case by case basis.



Not at all just breathe normally.



Yes, we have an observation area just in front of the landing zone. We also have drink and snack machines, foosball, ping pong, air hockey table, and Playstation.



You may bring cameras with you even onto the plane. However, we do not allow you to take them into freefall as it may endanger those on the ground.



Sorry we do not allow this either. First, the Go Pro could damage our harness. Second, and most important, we want you and your instructor focused on you and the safety of your jump, not distracted by your Go Pro.



The landings are not like the old military style under round parachutes. The parachutes land just like gliders and can be tip-toe soft with the right wind conditions. Often, we perform slide in landings on our behinds.



Since what's rough or painful for one person is not for another, this is difficult to answer. We make our best attempt to have the parachute open as softly as possible within safe parameters but make no guarantees. That being said, we get very few complaints about rough or hard parachute openings.



Although our safety record is second to none and we take every precaution to mitigate the inherent risks associated with skydiving, it is important to understand that skydiving is inherently dangerous. That being said, the vast majority of all skydiving accidents happen to expert skydivers pushing the envelope. Where tandem jumps are concerned, we have, on occasion had passengers twist or even break an ankle if they did not follow landing instructions. Our instructors have never had a tandem or AFF student fatality. Statistically, about 1 in every 3,000 main parachutes fail to open properly requiring main parachute release and reserve parachute activation.



Please see our Getting Certified for solo skydiving section for more information.



AFF certification states that you can jump solo, safely. A USPA "A License" states that you have achieved certain level of proficiency or expertise. To receive an A License you have to have made 25 skydives, review certain items with an instructor, and demonstrate certain skills. While many skydiving companies will allow you to jump after completing AFF certification at a different company, some will make you jump with an instructor to demonstrate your skill level first. However, an A License will allow you to jump pretty much anywhere in the world. An A License also allows you to go 60 days between jumps instead of 30 days.



There is no direct answer for this because there are so many variables. Weather, instructor availability, our student volume, your stamina and commitment are among the factors. AFF certification can theoretically take just a few days. However, typically it takes a few weekends with all the factors above in play. An A License takes an additional 18 jumps after AFF certification. This is mostly up to you, how many jumps you want to make per day, and how diligent you are with completing the A License proficiency card. Typically, 3 to 4 jumps per day is what most new, unconditioned jumpers can handle safely.



We accept Cash, Money Order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and debit cards.



  • Skydive Reservations: Cancellation by the customer at any time, for any reason or “no show” will result in a $75 cancellation fee PER PERSON charged to the credit or debit card provided.
  • Video & Photo packages: There is a $20 fee for cancellation of advanced reservation video & photo packages.


  • Everyone pays using credit card, cash, gift certificate, or rain check on the day they arrive during check in. We take a credit card number just to hold your reservation. Nothing is charged to the card at the time of the online reservation. However, if you cancel the reservation or do not show up, we charge a $75 fee per person to the card provided.



    Skydive Atlanta solely (not the customer) will determine if the weather is or will be acceptable for skydiving on any given day. This is almost always decided the day of your reservation so we ask customers not to call with questions about the weather. If prior to your arrival, Skydive Atlanta reschedules your reservation due to weather, there is no charge for cancellation/reschedule. If after you arrive the weather does not allow for you to jump, we will issue you a rain check voucher for later use.



    Please read the 3 Q&A’s above before reading on. If you are the person organizing the group, you have 3 options.

    First, you may complete the online reservation form for yourself only, select “Yes” under “Are you a group organizer?”. When the box appears, enter just the group name. After completion of the rest of the form you will have a reservation for yourself only. Give the other members of your group the group name and have each of them complete an online reservation, however, they will select “Yes” under “I am joining an existing group” and complete the reservation.

    Second, using the same process you may enter the number of people and names of everyone in the group. In this case you will be responsible for any cancellation fees for the entire group.

    Third, you may collect $75 from each of the group members and mail us a money order at least 10 business days prior to your reservation date.



    We carry no liability insurance for skydiving. There is no such insurance available.


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