Questions YOU should ask!• Who makes the rules that you follow? We follow all the regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration in regards to skydiving, our equipment, and maintaining our aircraft, such as 100 hour inspections and annuals. We only hire pilots who possess a Commercial rating. We are also group members of the United States Parachute Association, who are recognized by the FAA as the authority on skydiving. That means we follow the strictest guidelines in the industry.
How do I schedule a jump?
The easiest way to schedule is to go to our discount page and follow the instructions there. Scheduling ahead with a deposit guarantees your slot and gives you a discount. All money paid ahead goes towards the total cost of the discounted jump price. If you are not sure you want to put a non-refundable deposit down, you can just show up for a jump and pay regular full price with no committments needed. We recommend that you call us at 785.840.JUMP before you drive down, and we can tell you when would be a good time to show up that day.
Do you offer group discounts?
Although Skydivers appear to defy the Law of Gravity, we cannot escape the Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns. So, in keeping with our philosophy of offering discounts based on things you do to help us out, we offer a referral rewards! Even better! Because the person organizing the group does all the legwork, they get freebies depending on the size of the group. We can also offer some little extra things for your group!
Where are you located?
Check out our map. We are about 30 minutes South of Topeka, 30 minutes Northeast of Emporia, 30 minutes East of Ottawa, 40 minutes Southwest of Lawrence, 60 minutes Southwest of Olathe. We are on the East side of Osage City, Kansas at the Osage City Municipal Airport, on the South side of Hwy 31, in the big red hangar with the sign SKYDIVE KANSAS.
Are you open even in the winter?
We are open weekends year round, yes even in winter, except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas weekends. From about November through February, the weather is not always good for skydiving, so it's best to call before you come out during those months. During June and July, we are open some weekdays -- for details, call or check out our calendar.
What do I need to bring or wear for my first jump?
You must bring an ID that has your photo and your birthdate on it, like a driver's license. Wear tennis shoes, not sandals and not boots. Make sure your clothing is comfortable, and when in doubt, bring extra. If you are making a jump in the winter, it is best to wear multiple layers of thinner clothing, instead of one layer of bulky clothing. Our training room and airplane are heated, but your jump will obviously be outside. We provide jumpsuits and gloves, although you may want to bring your own gloves for comfort. Any other time of year, just dress for what you are comfortable wearing outside for that particular temperature.
Do you offer static line jumps?
No. Although static line can be economical for dropzones to offer, our philosophy of safety and quality education dictate that we offer only tandems as first jumps and as part of our licensing program. Be assured, however, we use the Tandem Method as a Training tool, not just an amusement ride like you might experience elsewhere. We give you the ability to participate to the largest extent you choose, including being in the right body position, having an altimeter, being able to pull the parachute open yourself, and steering the parachute all the way even for landing. Check out our student progressions, for what you do beyond the first jump. Check out the advantages of tandem as a first jump! If you are already a student in the static line program, depending on your experience and recency of jumps and your future goals, we might be able to accommodate you and transition you into our program. us for more details, and make sure you include as much information about your skydiving history as you can. However, if you are already well into a student training program, there are significant safety and financial advantages for you sticking with it in the program you already started until you earn your A license. Sometimes, however, students experiencing unusual problems in their progress can benefit from transitioning to a different method. Call to discuss and we will offer our expert advice free!
How far in advance to I need to schedule?
In order to receive a discount, you need to get your deposit to us anywhere from a day or two ahead, to possibly a week ahead, depending on availability. You can see what slots are open online and plan your jump or your group accordingly. During our busiest season (June through October) if you have a group, you may want to schedule as early as 2 weeks to get the date and time slot of your choice. However, if you don't care about receiving a discount, you can even call the MORNING of the day you wish to jump, and we will do our best to fit you into our schedule.
Do I have to put a deposit down in order to jump?
You do not have put a deposit down in order to make a skydive. If you want the scheduling-head or prepaid discount, however, you must pay the $50 non-refundable deposit. This deposit is not refundable without exception and is only transferable to a different date if weather or unscheduled maintenance does not permit the skydive. In those cases, you will receive a RAINCHECK for your deposit that you can use at anytime in the future, with no expiration date. If you prepay for the entire jump, the only portion that is non-refundable is $50. You will lose the $50 deposit if you do not show up at your scheduled date and time, are not 18 years of age or older, or weigh over 220 lbs. Once you chose your date & time, we block others from taking that slot. The advantage to you is that you save money by having this deposit and that we reserve it just for you. The disadvantage is you CANNOT MOVE YOUR SLOT FOR ANY REASON once you put your deposit down. Your deposit is transferable to a different person, however. If you are not sure you want to jump, or if you are not certain you can make a particular date and time slot, you may want to jump without putting a deposit down. You can do this by simply showing up during business hours and waiting for a slot to open, or by calling ahead the day of to see if and when we can fit you in, or by calling or emailing ahead to find out our schedule.
What happens if the weather is bad the day I am scheduled to jump?
First of all, do NOT believe all the forecasts you hear the day before, a couple days before, or a WEEK before your scheduled jump. Weather forecasters have been known to be wrong a few times. (Note the sarcasm on the word "few".) We typically wait until the day of your jump to make a weather call. We communicate ahead using the email and/or phone number you provide in your reservation in order to save you a drive if it's not going to happen. If you hadn't heard from us, assume the weather is fine, or if you suspect the weather may not be right, give us a call before you drive out. Weather differs greatly even within a distance of 30 miles, so although it may be bad weather where you are, we may have perfect weather. We can discuss delaying your jump for later that day, or rescheduling for a different date. If we reschedule, you will not lose your deposit. It will be transferred to the next available date of your choice. You can get the current weather conditions at Osage City from this link, or a more detailed forecast from this link.
What kind of weather do we need for the jump?
We need winds to be predictable (not gusty) and not much more than 20 to 25 miles per hour depending on the quality of the wind. If there are clouds, we need them to be at least scattered, or if it is overcast, a ceiling of 8,500 feet. If temperatures are below freezing, we may also postpone the jump. You can get the current weather conditions at Osage City from this link, or a more detailed forecast from this link.
I'm afraid I'll get airsick...should I eat before my jump?
Yes! Not eating can make you feel even more airsick. Instead, just eat a smaller meal before you jump. If you are susceptible to airsickness, tell us when you arrive. We can take care to give you an experience that can minimize that likelihood.
Can I drink alcohol before the jump?
Absolutely not! Drinking and skydiving do not mix. In fact, you must not have had alcohol within 12 hours of your skydive. You must not have taken any recreational drugs within 12 hours of your skydive. If we suspect you are under the influence, we will refuse to allow you to jump, and you will not be entitled to any refund.
Can I get pictures and video taken?
Yes! You can have a skydiving photographer with specially mounted video and still camera equipment record your jump for all time! You get a USB thumb drive full of 70 to 100 high res digital .jpgs, mostly of your freefall as a cameraman flies right with you, capturing every moment from only a few feet away! You also get HD digital video edited and copied directly onto the same USB drive, or dubbed back to standard def DVD! For more info, check this out! (This is offered as a package together, and we cannot discount if you only want stills or only want the video.) As a cheaper, lower quality option, we also offer handcam, where the instructor wears a GoPro on their wrist, taking video of your jump sort of from a "selfie" perspective.
Can one photographer record both me and my friend's tandems on one DVD for a discount?
The photographer can only record one tandem at a time due to the fast speed and distance covered in freefall and the safety of the tandem pair having their own airspace. If both of you want photography, you have to purchase it for each one separately.
How many of us can go up in the plane at the same time?
Your jump will be from our Cessna 206, a.k.a. The Shark! It holds a pilot plus up to six skydivers. That means, if you want to go on a tandem with your friends, you can have a combination of three of you with their respective tandem instructors, OR the combination of two of you with your respective tandem instrutors and photographers. (Configuration also depends on staff availability.)
If I have family coming to watch me, what time should they arrive?
It's more like sequencing than scheduling an "exact" time. (Not like airliners who say they depart at 2:17!) Much of how the time passes depends on weather, jumpers' actual arrival times, how long people take to use the restroom and get ready, how many questions you have in the training, how many people are in your group or in your time slot, etc, etc, etc. We cannot tell you exactly. A good estimate to tell your spectating supporters however, is about an hour to hour and a half after your arrival time.
How much time does a jump take?
If we are not waiting on weather or unscheduled aircraft maintenance, plan on spending about 4 hours at the drop zone for a group of 1 to 4 people. For example, if you choose to make your jump at 12 noon, you show up right at noon, and plan on being there until about 4 p.m. Here's how it all happens. Once you show up, paperwork & orientation take about 30 minutes. Then you watch a video and we physically practice with you; this training lasts about 30 minutes. Gearing up and getting ready to jump takes about 15 minutes. The plane ride to 10,000 feet lasts about 20 minutes. Your jump itself is around 10 minutes. Then, gearing down, debriefing, & getting your certificate takes 15 minutes or more. If you have a group of about 5 to 8 people, plan on spending 6 hours since the gearing up and jumping will take more time. For even larger groups, you would be wise to plan the entire day. In every case, adding freefall photography will add a little time to your experience. After your jump, we edit your footage as you wait, which takes about 15 minutes. Also, if more than one third of your group wants freefall photography, add some extra time as well.
Do you take credit cards? Personal checks?
We all major credit cards. We also welcome cashier's checks, money orders or cash. You may also transfer money to us via Paypal. We no longer accept personal checks for tandem jumps.
What does it take to get a skydiving license?
Our program is a USPA (United States Parachute Association) licensed program with USPA rated instructors, and our standards meet and exceed those set by this organization. This requires a total of 25 skydives. Our program is set up so that most people do 2 or 3 tandems, then 5 to 7 Assisted (AFF-style) jumps, then the remainder with a USPA coach. Check out the details here.
What if I weigh over 220 lbs?
Sorry, but we have to draw the line somewhere. The safety of you and our staff is our number one concern. We weigh EVERYONE. We WILL weigh you. A good resource for this question or for other further research would be United States Parachute Association, at www.uspa.org.
How did we come up with this limit? The Federal Aviation Administration, www.faa.gov, is the governing body for all aviation activities. They set limits in the form of Technical Standard Orders that container and parachute manufacturers have to comply with. This means, the gear has a maximum limit. The harness you are wearing has a maximum limit of 254 lbs. exit weight, with includes gear. Our limit is even lower than this absolute limit to accommodate ease of exiting the aircraft and to reduce even further the risk of injury on landing. In addition, if you ever want to jump solo, you would have to include 30 pounds of gear inside this limit as well.
Our excellent safety record is due to our impeccable standards. We do not "fudge" any line, even the ones imposed on us. For example, the FAA requires us to have our plane inspected thoroughly every 100 hours of use. We do not go over that amount; we adhere to the line set. This philosophy greatly helps reduce our risk in this extreme sport. Read more about Rules versus Safety....
What if I'm sixteen? Can I have my parents sign for me?
Again, sorry, but everyone who skydives signs a waiver, which is a legally binding contract, specifically a release of liability and assumption of risk agreement. Minors are not allowed to enter into legal contracts regardless of who signs on their behalf. In addition, the manufacturers of the equipment and the organizations issuing our instructional ratings prohibit tandem jumps for those under 18 years of age. Call us on your 18th birthday! Everyone who skydives with us is required to bring identification with a photo and birthdate. We WILL card you.
I have made a jump before... does my skydive count?
If you have made a skydive in the past at our drop zone or any other USPA member drop zone, your jump might be eligible to count towards your training at Skydive Kansas. It really depends on how long ago it was made, if you have it recorded in a logbook or log sheet of some kind, what kind of jump it was, etc. Unfortunately, military jumps do not count towards your USPA license, unless your military instructor was dually rated as a USPA instructor and verified the jumps as such. We would need to take a look at your logbook and get more information before being able to advise you as to where you would fit into a student program. If you have had a long layoff, or have very few jumps, the fact that USPA has increased requirements would mean you would likely have to redo some training and jumps. The good news is that jumps are very objective oriented, so your performance would be the largest determining factor for advancement. For more details about your specific situation, call or us with details of your jump history. You can also view our currency policy.
I have dentures... can I have them in during the jump?
We highly recommend that you take your dentures out for the jump, as it is very likely that you will lose them during freefall. We do have some jumpsuits with pockets, so you can put them in a plastic baggie in the airplane before you jump, and put them back in as soon as you land.