Frequently Asked Questions

Please do not hesitate to call us for any further clarifications or if you would just like to speak to somebody.

General

When is Ohio Skydiving Center open?

Our skydiving season in Ohio is generally from March through October. We typically operate on weekends from 8am until dark. We can, and often do, accommodate requests for jumps to be made during the week.

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Are reservations required?

Although you do not need a reservation, we highly encourage it. We staff for the day according to who makes a reservation. Making a reservation guarantees you that when you arrive you have our undivided attention which keeps you from waiting around unnecessarily.

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What do I need to make a reservation?

You can contact us directly by calling us or you can book online here on our website.

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Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be 18 years old in the State of Ohio to execute the waiver. Unfortunately, even Parental Consent does not suffice.

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Are there weight limits?

Yes, 235 lbs. for Tandem jumps with special regard to physical condition. (There is a big difference between a 20-year-old football player and a 90 year old, each weighing 235lbs) Each Tandem instructor has the final decision based on his ability to confidently guide you through the jump safely. Please note that there is a small surcharge of 50 cents per pound over 200 and up to 235.

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What if it rains?

All inclement weather is a concern for us as we take it very seriously the task of safely guiding you through your skydive. Elements such as rain often prevent us from jumping although often, once rain storms subside, our jumping can begin again. We do not make jumps in the rain as rain can be painful for you. If the weather prevents us from jumping on your scheduled day, we will work with you to find an alternate jump date that works with your schedule.

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First Time Skydiver Questions

How long will my first jump take?

You should plan to be at our facility for up to 4 hours. Your reservation time represents your check-in time.

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What altitude do you jump from?

We jump from an altitude of 10,500 feet (over two miles high) offering some of the greatest views available in skydiving! Many people might lead you to believe that "higher is better", but to be perfectly honest, the vast majority of people don't know the difference. Some skydiving facilities market "higher" as a ploy to obtain your business, but then drop you at 10,500 feet, knowing that you will not know the difference...and then take the aircraft higher for their experienced jumpers. For us, this jump is all about you, not about us. We do not condone deceptive practices such as this.

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How fast do you freefall?

The average size person freefalls at a speed of approximately 120 mph. The heavier the person, the faster the freefall. The descent rate under parachute is about 1,000' per minute.

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What do I need to bring?

You will need a valid government issued photo ID. You will also need to wear gym shoes. And by all means, bring lots of family and friends to cheer you on!

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Why should I eat before I come out?

Because of low blood sugar.....if you have not eaten for several hours before you get here and it takes three more hours for you to get ready for the most extreme event of your life, your blood sugar is already at zero, adrenaline reduces your blood sugar and your chance of being sick to your stomach or even passing out when you get back down are much, much greater! Please, eat a normal meal before you Skydive!

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How long does it take?

Generally, please plan to be with us for two to four hours.

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What should I wear?

Comfortable, well-fit tennis shoes and casual clothing. Shorts or jeans are okay depending on the weather. We furnish you with a jumpsuit, jump-pants, gloves, goggles, etc.

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Should I arrive earlier than my scheduled time?

The time that you booked your jump is your arrival time. You are certainly welcome to come early and observe what is going on. There is much happening behind the scenes by-way of training, re-packing parachutes etc. We love to have people ask questions, don't be shy to ask us anything you like!

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How long will the skydive last?

It will take 20 minutes to climb to altitude, you will freefall for approximately 35 seconds and you will fly your parachute for 6 to 7 minutes.

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What is the landing like?

Most landings are quite soft, with many people able to perform a stand-up landing. A lot of factors play into this such as combined body weights, wind conditions, physical conditions, and humidity. Generally, we ask tandem students to lift their legs up straight in front of them, allowing us to land sliding on our butts. This is the safest method for both you and your instructor.

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Can my friends and family come out and watch, take pictures?

Yes, please bring them with you! We land right back at the airport where they departed. Although for safety reasons we do not allow family members in the landing area, you will be able to see them quite well when they land.

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Should I tip my instructor or videographer, what is standard procedure?

We recognize that skydiving is an expensive activity - tips are never expected, but always appreciated!

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What does Ohio Skydiving Center consider to be bad weather?

Conditions that effect the postponement, delay or cancellation of a tandem skydive are as follows:

  • Heavy Clouds - The FAA does not permit skydivers to jump through clouds. If cloud conditions are overcast - not allowing jumpers / instructors to see the ground from the jump altitude - then skydiving is discontinued. The exception to this is if the cloud cover is above an altitude of 11,000 feet.
  • Rain - Jumping in the rain can be an unpleasant experience as the rain hitting your face at 120mph can be painful. We do not operate when it's raining for your safety.
  • Wind - We will not jump if winds are gusting more than 5mph at any time. Additionally, high ground winds or excessive upper-altitude winds can prevent us from safely jumping.

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If I have a GoPro camera or a similar small camera, am I permitted to bring this with me on my jump?

No outside cameras are permitted on your skydive due to safety reasons. There are no exceptions. The United States Parachute Association mandates that skydivers have a minimum of 200 jumps prior to taking a camera into freefall.

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What kind of parachutes will we use?

At OSC, we use only the very best equipment. All our parachute systems are equipped with main and reserve ram air (square) canopies. Square canopies are superior to older style round canopies in their opening reliability, maneuverability, accuracy, and landing performance. We take great pride in the fact that our gear is maintained to the absolute highest standards.

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What if my parachute doesn't open?

Although it is very unlikely that your main parachute will fail to open properly, it can occur and this is a common question. On every jump, we are equipped with a main and a reserve parachute as a back up. In addition, all of our reserve parachutes are equipped with an Automatic Parachute Deployment system (commonly referred to as a Cypres or AAD). This unit will automatically deploy the reserve parachute should the jumpers be unable to.

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Can I get a video of my jump?

Yes, in fact about 95% of our first time students request a video of their skydive. Your instructor will capture your entire experience: boarding the airplane, the ride up to altitude, your exit, parachute flight, landing, and of course the best part.... FREEFALL!

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If there are two of us, can we hire one videographer to capture both of our jumps?

Your tandem instructor has the camera on their wrist to catch your smiling face and perspective throughout the jump. Additionally, there is a 5-10 second seperation between jumpers so they will not be able to take pictures of a second jumper.

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Can I become a licensed skydiver at OSC?

Absolutely! The Ohio Skydiving Center is the best facility in the Ohio area where you can learn to become an experienced skydiver. You will not receive better hands-on attention and dedicated instructors specifically for you from any other skydiving facility.

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Experienced Skydiver Questions

What days do you operate?

Experienced skydivers are welcome to join us every weekend - Saturdays and Sundays. Manifest opens at 9:00am.

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What altitude do you jump from?

We jump from 10,000 feet.

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What are your canopy pattern rules?

We utilize right-hand patterns and will brief you on specifics of the general area and landing area when you check-in.

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Do you require experienced skydivers to jump with AAD's?

We do not require AAD's as that is a personal decision. However, if you are not current, we will require you to make your currency jump using our gear that has an AAD.

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Do you have packers available for sport jumpers?

Yes, we have packers who can pack for you. Additionally, we often provide packing classes for those wishing to pack themselves but just never acquired the self-confidence.

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Is camping allowed on the DZ?

We do not have camping on the airport, but with prior arrangments, we can provide full camping hookup at a location within walking distance from our facility (just off the airport).

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If I'm uncurrent, do I need to make an appointment for a recurrency jump?

Yes, it is best for you to let us know that you need recurrency training. Although we can typically handle you if you just show up, we can provide better service to you if we are aware that you are coming.

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Are there food services available onsite?

Unfortunately we do not have food services. Please feel free to bring a cooler of snacks and beverages to make a day of your visit to our dropzone.

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Are dogs allowed on the dropzone?

We allow dogs and other animals, but they must be controlled by you or one of your family members. We reserve the right to ask you to leave your animal at home if control is not maintained.

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Do you rent gear?

Yes, we have various types of gear and canopy sizes to accomodate different skill levels and body sizes.

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Do you have a gear store?

Unfortunately we do not have a gear store. We utilize http://www.skydivestore.com/ for our equipment needs.

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