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CLUB'S RIGHT TO REFUSE TO ALLOW A PERSON TO JUMP: The club reserves the right to refuse to allow anyone to jump. Alcohol and drug use prior to jumping will not be tolerated. This includes hangovers! Other reasons for not allowing someone to jump may include: sleeping in class, poor performance on drills, cannot grasp the material, and medical or physical conditions.
WILL I GET TO SKYDIVE THE SAME DAY I TAKE THE COURSE? Our club does all it can to make sure that each student gets a chance to make their skydive the same day as their instruction. However, there are times when it is not possible for the student to make that first jump on any particular day. If the weather is bad, please remember that the instructors cannot change or predict the weather! Winds usually quiet down towards the evening. Listed below are some of the conditions that prevent skydiving activities: 1. Low clouds - a minimum of 3500 feet is required 2. High winds - 14 mph is the maximum ground wind speed for students. 3. No airplanes - very unlikely - we have three planes and others on call. 4. Lack of rigs - also unlikely - first-time jumpers have priority over everyone and we have 13 student rigs.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DOES ISPC ACCEPT? We accept cash or checks. We do not have the means to accept credit cards on-site; however, we can accept Visa and MasterCard through PayPal. There are numerous local area ATMs in which cash can be withdrawn. Note that there will be NO refunds for PayPal payments made online.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? All students should dress according to the weather. If you are a static line student, you will be provided with a jumpsuit to go over your clothes when you jump. No boots or shoes with any type of hook are allowed to be worn by anyone jumping. Wear something comfortable and a good pair of tennis shoes!
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I WEAR PRESCRIPTION GLASSES? We provide “over the glasses” goggles that fit over your glasses comfortably. However, during freefall, these goggles can lift off your face. On rare occasions, the glasses may lift also and could be lost. We suggest that you bring an older pair or spare of glasses, bring a sports strap for extra security (Croakie™ or Chums™), use contact lenses, or go without glasses if your uncorrected vision is adequate.
WHAT IF I AM IN POOR PHYSICAL CONDITION? We assess each person’s condition individually. You may not be able to skydive if you are in poor health. We have taken people as old as 80 years of age and people with disabilities, however, skydiving is a very physical activity. USPA recommends either an FAA medical certificate, a certificate of physical fitness by a physician or completion of the USPA medical statement on the waiver form. Skydive Wissota retains the right to refuse to allow a person to jump.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE? You must be at least 18 years or older to skydive. No exceptions.
ARE THERE GROUP DISCOUNTS? Yes. Note: A group deposit for five or more people may be required. Please contact Bob Stumm for more information.
1-4 people = regular price
5-9 people = $5.00 off each person
10-14 people = $10.00 off each person
15-20 people = $15.00 off each person
Jumpers can include those taking the static line class, tandems, or a mix of both. You MUST provide us with a deposit unless you make your reservation less than a week ahead of time. The Deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE! We need $30 per person paid upfront before we can make a group reservation. If you do not pay the deposit, you do NOT receive the group discount.
WHAT ABOUT VIDEO OR STILL PICTURES OF MY JUMP? Students CANNOT take their own photos or video due to safety concerns. This includes all small POV cameras like GoPros and Contours. Occasionally, a static-line jumpmaster may take a short video of a static line student's exit - a few seconds worth. Freefall students are also occasionally videoed to monitor their progression.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT? We take cash or check at the drop zone. There are ATM’s available at nearby gas stations if needed. We do NOT accept credit or debit cards at the dropzone, however, you can pre-pay for your jump on our website if you would like to pay with a credit card. Click here to purchase a jump online.
WILL I GET TO SKYDIVE THE SAME DAY I TAKE THE COURSE? Our club does all it can to make sure that each student gets a chance to make a skydive the same day as scheduled. HOWEVER, there are times when it is not possible for the student to make that first jump on any particular day. Please remember that the instructors cannot change or predict the weather! Acceptable weather conditions are needed for you to safely make your skydive. Listed below are some of the conditions that prevent skydiving activity:
A. Low clouds
B. High winds
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I PLAN FOR MY TANDEM JUMP? Plan at least a half of a day to do your tandem jump. If you have a morning appointment, plan to be at the drop zone until late afternoon. If you have an afternoon appointment, plan to be at the drop zone until sunset. We try to hold to the appointment times but many factors come into play including the weather. We often get delayed and behind schedule due to weather concerns. We also need time for paperwork and training plus the tandem instructors need to pack between each jump. Tandem students have priority for the airplane but sometimes there is a slight delay in waiting for the aircraft. Think about the size of your group -- the more people, the longer it will take for all members of your group to jump. We suggest scheduling your tandem on a Wednesday or Friday evening since the schedule is lighter.
WHAT IF I DECIDE I DON'T WANT TO JUMP? Please ask your tandem instructor prior to training if you have any doubts. There will be NO refunds for online PayPal payments.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT? There is a 235-pound weight limit for the tandem passenger. It is recommended that the passenger not be taller than 6’4”. Since the passenger needs to assist in climbing out of the aircraft while hooked up with the tandem instructor, the passenger needs to be physically fit. The tandem instructor may exercise the right to refuse to take a person that is too heavy, too tall, and/or not physically fit. While it is possible to take somewhat heavier persons, it is at a higher risk and can be an uncomfortable ride down. Many factors determine whether we can take you for a tandem skydive. We look at people individually to assess their abilities.
WHAT ABOUT A VIDEO? The video is an extra $60. It generally includes parts of your groundwork preparation such as training, gearing up, or asking you to say a few words before you get in the plane. The videographer will usually get footage of you in the plane and will video your exit and freefall. He/She will also video your landing and immediate post-jump reactions. Once at the drop zone you may ask to see an example of a tandem video. Please remember that all videos vary in content. NOTE: Due to safety concerns, tandem passengers cannot take their own videos or photos.
STATIC LINE CLASS
WILL I GET TO SKYDIVE THE SAME DAY I TAKE THE COURSE? Our club does all it can to make sure that students get a chance to make their first skydive the same day as their instruction. HOWEVER, there are times when it is not possible for the student to make their first jump on any particular day. If the weather is bad, please remember that the instructors cannot change or predict the weather! Listed below are conditions that prevent skydiving activities.1. Low clouds-a minimum of 3,500 ft required2. High winds-14 mph is the maximum ground wind speed for students. Winds usually quiet down towards evening.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CAN'T JUMP THE SAME DAY THAT WE TRAIN? Once you have been trained at our drop zone, you can come back anytime the drop zone is open to making your first-time or subsequent jumps. We give you a ticket as proof that you have paid for your jump(s).
HOW MANY JUMPS CAN WE MAKE IN A DAY? The number of skydives that a student can make in one day is affected by weather, the number of other students and the students' attitude (fatigue, hunger, etc.). Three jumps are usually the most a beginner student can make in a day.
STATIC LINE PROGRESSION: Five static line jumps, including three practice ripcord pulls (PRCP's), are required before advancing to free-fall Plan your last static line jump the same day as your first free-fall Your free-fall progression will be in increments of 5-10 second delays with your altitude increasing with the long delays. Please plan time for your jumpmaster to debrief you on your last jump and to brief you on your next jump. This is CRUCIAL to advancing in the sport. Beginning free-fallers are more susceptible to malfunctions and mental errors.
WHAT IF I DECIDE I DON'T WANT TO JUMP? or WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY? A limited opportunity to get a refund for those who have paid by check or cash is offered after you have a very clear idea of what is expected of you and the performance standards you must meet. This is your last chance for a refund. After this point and at any point you may decide not to jump but will NOT receive a refund for the course and jump. You are paying for the training whether you jump or not. If you cannot make it back to make your jump(s), even if it was not possible to jump on the same day you were trained, there will be NO refund. There will be NO refunds for PayPal payments made online.
IS LUNCH INCLUDED? No, you will need to bring your own lunch. There will be short breaks throughout the class but no time to leave to buy food. Please plan on bringing food that you can eat at breaks or in class. The club has a pizza oven, a microwave and a gas grill for use.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT AND HEIGHT LIMIT? The weight limit is 230 pounds and there is no height limit.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STATIC LINE COURSE AND AN ACCELERATED FREEFALL (AFF) COURSE? A static line student makes his/her first jumps from a lower altitude. The static line is attached at one end to the aircraft and temporarily attached to the parachute rig with the other end; it opens the parachute after the jumper is clear of the plane. Five static line jumps are required to make a freefall jump. For the last three static line jumps, the student pulls a practice ripcord while the static line is still attached to the airplane. Once cleared for freefall, the student learns to pull his/her own parachute and jumps from higher altitudes as skill increases. A student is usually jumping from full altitude (10,000’) by 10-15 jumps.
An AFF student takes his/her first jump at full altitude exiting with two experienced jumpers holding on to him/her. The student will get the chance to pull their own parachute but if they fail to do so by a designated altitude, the instructor may pull for him/her. The student continues to jump with experienced jumpers until he/she learns the skills to fly solo. Both techniques are good ways to learn to skydive and in the long run, there is little difference in how a jumper was trained. AFF students tend to learn freefall skills a little faster but are uncomfortable jumping at lower altitudes which prevents them from jumping in certain weather conditions. Static line students, on the other hand, can jump with lower cloud levels but do not get to jump from full altitude until they have some jumps under the belt. Another major consideration is cost; AFF is more expensive because each student jump needs two instructors as opposed to static line where one instructor can safely assist several students.
HOW DO I MANIFEST TO JUMP? When you arrive, find the Jumpmaster of the Day (JMD) or manifest person and tell them you are here to jump. Have your logbook handy. All returning students must attend a brief safety session with the JMD. This includes watching a video and going through a harness refresher. We schedule this for around 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday. TRY TO BE HERE FOR THAT. If you arrive later, you may have to wait for the JMD to work you into his schedule. YOU MUST PAY OR PRESENT YOUR TICKET WHEN WE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE MANIFEST TO JUMP!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR STUDENTS TO MAKE A SKYDIVE? The worst time to plan to jump is about 2 p.m. on a Saturday when the new class is ready to jump. First jump students have priority. PLEASE do not have "tight timetables" when you come out to jump. You will need to attend the briefings, jump, and learn to pack. If you race out to the drop zone, race through the skydive and race out of the drop zone, accidents will happen. Avoid showing up within 1 hour of sunset also.
WHY IS THE LOGBOOK IMPORTANT? Your logbook contains a lot of important information, PLEASE READ IT! The logbook is your proof that you have trained, are current, what you have done in the past and what your next progression level is. The logbook is for your safety and our liability. NO LOGBOOK = NO SKYDIVING
BEING "CURRENT" AND RETRAIN PROCEDURE: Thirty days is the longest that you can go between jumps without some form of retraining. After 30 days, an instructor will go over the basics with you and have you practice your safety procedures. This will cost you $20. After 60 days, you must attend another complete class. This will cost you $50. The 30 or 60-day retrains must be scheduled in advance. You are welcome to monitor the class - at no charge - prior to the 30 day period. IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY AWARE AND PRACTICE ALL YOUR SAFETY PROCEDURES - THE LIFE YOU SAVE BY DOING THIS WILL BE YOUR OWN!
WHEN WILL I LEARN HOW TO PACK PARACHUTES? We want you to start to learn to pack after your second jump. Training for packing is provided free of charge. You are expected to be able to pack your own parachute with supervision by the time you get to free-fall. If you don't pack or help pack your parachute once you are on free-fall, you will be charged an extra $10. You must have your packing card filled out prior to being allowed to pack without supervision. Training materials include hands-on instruction, videos, manuals, and step by step photos.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I PLAN FOR? Students have priority so we will get you into the air as soon as possible. Before you make your first jump of the day you will need to watch the malfunction video and be put through the harness drill. You will also need to be briefed before and after your jump. This means you need to plan to be at the drop zone for several hours. The longer you stay; the more training we can give you and the faster you will be able to become a licensed skydiver.
SHOULD I COME OUT EVEN IF IT IS RAINING OR WINDY? YES! Weather can change quickly and you obviously cannot jump if you are not here. Rain days are also excellent times to have one-on-one instruction and acquire the groundwork knowledge that is necessary for your A-license