Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible for tandem skydiving to be less expensive?

There may be some skydiving locations that offer rates that appear to be lower than the standard tandem skydiving rates in New England. In our view there are a number of reasons that may not be a good choice: Perhaps you may be fooled into thinking you are getting a reasonable amount of freefall at what Boston Skydive Center considers an uncomfortable altitude for tandem operations. Secondly: other centers may discount their tandem jumps to a fee that is most likely below the center’s expense to make that jump. That may be a concern you should consider. Safety in aviation is first and foremost important. Tandem skydiving involves aviation. We boast to have an impeccable safety record at Boston Skydive Center. We maintain our equipment flawlessly. This includes our fleet of aircraft and parachute gear. All of our staff is second to none in the industry. They get compensated accordantly and all have vast experience in their field. Our concern is to take you on a skydiving adventure with the utmost safety. This safety involves a multitude of costs: Boston Skydive Center is proud to offer you the newest technology and the best maintained aircraft and parachute equipment. Beware there are skydiving booking services out there that offer cut rate prices. The fact is that after the hidden charges and perhaps inferior skydiving locations, you may have less than a desirable experience with them. Boston Skydive Center’s pricing is competitive in the industry, and we always strive to keep the cost as realistic and reasonable as possible with no hidden cost or surcharges.
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How safe is tandem skydiving at Boston Skydive Center?

Boston Skydive Center has an impeccable safety record. We use state of the art equipment. Our staff members are United States Parachute Association (USPA) certified and have many years of experience in the sport; they are highly trained. (You may be in greater danger driving your car).
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Why choose Boston Skydive Center to make your tandem skydive?

We are very pleased to have a location that allows us to jump over the Blackstone River Valley area with views of the Boston and Providence skyline, not to mention being just outside of Providence’s doorstep and 35 minutes from Boston.
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How long does the training take?

The training takes less than half an hour of preparation followed by boarding the aircraft with your instructors. The time it takes to jump also depends on the size of the group: we will give you a more accurate time frame when you call.
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What does freefall feel like?

Freefall is not the “roller coaster drop” feeling most people expect it would be. It is a comfortable sensation of floating and support, with a slight pressure of air against your body.
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How about weather conditions?

Skydiving is a weather sensitive sport. We can only jump if conditions are acceptable, i.e. cloud clearance, no rain, tolerable winds. Be advised that weather can be different within a few miles distance. Please call if you are in question of the weather on your reservation date. We try to keep you informed about the weather if you call. Weather forecasts are not always correct!
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Are you a United States Parachute Association (USPA) Group Member Dropzone?

Yes we are a United States Parachute Association Group Member Dropzone. This is important because USPA Group Member DZs have pledged that they will follow the Basic Safety Recommendations (BSRs) set forth by that organization. Dropzones that will not commit to USPA membership are not necessarily unsafe but they are refusing to pledge that they will follow the BSRs and should be avoided.
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What should I wear?

Dress with comfortable clothing such as shorts, T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, and sneakers. No sandals or flip-flops please. During Spring and Fall bring a pair of gloves; otherwise, we provide you with gloves, jumpsuit, and goggles for the jump. Glasses or contact lenses are ok.
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Can I bring my own camera on my jump?

Recently, we have noticed an increased interest by our students to bring their own cameras with them on their skydive. Boston Skydive Center cannot allow this for a variety of reasons.. the first reason is safety. You or your instructor may be hit with a camera carried in freefall, causing possible injury. Because we are falling at speeds of 120 mph, and any projectile that may dislodge from a mount at that speed is very dangerous. Our camera equipment has been specially designed and modified to be skydiving friendly, and the instructor has extensive experience in safely operating that equipment. The second reason is one of liability. Should the camera be dropped, bumped, or fall away for any reason, everyone below is at risk. Anything dropped from that altitude (even the lightest of equipment) is extremely hazardous. We regularly jump over highly populated areas, and we are not willing to put those below at risk, nor have to answer to the FAA as to why a camera went through someone’s windshield. The third reason lies in the fact that our instructors have been highly trained in how to film in freefall and during the canopy ride, and are much more likely to produce a product that accurately reflects your jump. The sensory overload on one’s first jump can be a bit overwhelming, and being able to catch the angles and lighting takes great practice and skill. Our instructors are as much photographers as they are instructors! The United Parachute association also requires a jumper to have a minimum of 200 skydives before the use of any camera equipment during a skydive. You and your family/friends are more than welcome to bring your own cameras for on-the-ground fiming/photography before and after the jump, but please do not attempt to bring one onto our aircraft. You will not be allowed to jump with it.
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Can anybody jump who is under 18 years old?

Unfortunately, you must be at least 18 years old to legally jump in the state of Rhode Island. There are no exceptions, and we cannot take parental-signed consents. Be prepared to show I.D. if you are under the age of 21.
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Is there a weight limit to jump?

Our weight limit is 230 pounds which is the absolute maximum. Anybody over that limit will be refused. We also reserve the right to turn away people who have a very high weight to height ratio, (for example, 220 pounds with a height of 5’2”).
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How about gratuities?

Gratuities are not required. Our staff is paid well; however, if you feel that you would like to add some gratuity, that’s ok and well appreciated.
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How much in advance do I have to schedule a skydive?

We recommend to schedule a tandem skydive a week in advance. Depending on the season, it is possible to make an appointment 1-2 day(s) prior to jump. Sometimes you are able to jump the same day you call.
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Can I bring along spectators?

Yes, by all means! We do have a wonderful landing and spectator area. There are picnic tables set up alongside the landing area for all of those who wish to watch the jumpers.
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How much sooner should I (we) come out prior to the scheduled reservation?

PUNCTUALITY is a must. If you or your group is late, we cannot infringe on reservations after you; thus you and/or your group may not be able to jump due to time limitations. We recommend to show up half an hour before your scheduled time: paper work, briefing, and short a training before the jump will typically take up 30 minutes.
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