Your first solo skydive
Regardless of whether you only want one jump or whether you want to be a certified skydiver, you start with the same training.
At Dropzone Denmark, we use the AFF (accelerated freefall) training, which is the newest and most effective training in the world. Our solo course is made up of 2 parts.
The first part is all the theory behind the skydive you have to do as well as the practical training where you practice all the movements you have to use.
The second part is the jump itself, where you jump out at a height of 15,000 ft and after approx. 50 seconds of free fall, you open the parachute by yourself. This means that you already get the full experience on your first jump.
You don't have to do a tandem jump before your solo jump
It's a general misconception that you must do a tandem jump before you can do a solo skydive. It's undeniably a good preparation, but you can easily do your first skydive as a solo jump. All it takes is desire, will and courage.
Our skydiving course is structured so you learn everything you need to perform a safe skydive. You don't even need to have flown in an airplane before. And if you want to continue with the education, you are already well underway.
1 solo jump from 15,000 ft (AFF level 1)
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1 jump from 6,000 ft (AFF level 8)
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What happens on a solo jump
You arrive ready for 4-5 hours of theory, where you learn everything about the parachute and the scenarios you may encounter.
On the day of the jump, you start with 1 hour of practical training, where you practice jumping out of the plane and pulling the parachute by yourself.
You jump from a height of 15,000 ft and have approx. 55 seconds of free fall before you open the parachute by yourself and steer down to a safe landing.
When you have debriefed the jump with your instructor and written it in your log book, you are ready for AFF level 2. It only takes 20 minutes of additional training.
Denmark's safest solo skydiving course
At Dropzone Denmark, we have prepared a unique solo course based on experience and statistics from all over the world. It is designed to give you all the knowledge and skills you need to jump safely out of a plane. Therefore you don't need to have jumped a tandem skydive first.
All the theory is explained and every movement is practiced so that you are completely aware of what is going on. Both when it goes according to plan, but also if something unforeseen happens.
Our skydive education is built around the AFF principle (Accelerated Freefall). This means that your first jump is from full altitude with full free fall and where you open the parachute by yourself. This is in contrast to the static line education, where you start at low altitude and the parachute is opened automatically.
The advantage of the AFF education is that you have more time in the air and therefore learn much faster. You also experience a full skydive on your first jump as opposed to static line where you don't experience the free fall.
To do a solo skydive you must be 16 years old. If you are under 18 years of age, you must bring a signature from one of your parents or guardians. The signature is filled out on arrival at the reception or you can print and bring our signature form.
To skydive, you must weigh max. 110 kg. incl. clothes and shoes. It's not physically demanding as such, but you must be reasonably flexible so that you can arch in freefall and move your arms freely above your head. If you have had a shoulder injury, please talk to us first.
Skydiving is a big experience and it can be very mentally tiring, so it's important that you are fresh and well rested.
The time you have booked is the starting time for the theory. Please note that it usually takes 5 hours incl. breaks. It is possible to buy dinner during the course. The practical part and the jump itself takes place on another day. Typically the day after the theory.
We usually start the practical part at 7 am at weekends. On weekdays it's usually at 2 pm. We strongly recommend that you set aside the whole day for the jump.
Usually both of your instructors will film your jump. The purpose of the video is a better debriefing of your jump and it's therefore not intended as an actual video product. You are welcome to get the video afterwards.
For safety reasons, the Danish Transport Agency's law states that you must have 150 jumps before you are allowed to take a camera with you. You may therefore not bring your own camera.
Since it's an international license you are acquiring, just as we have both Danish and foreign instructors, much of the education will take place in English. If you are not comfortable with English, contact us in advance so that we can find a solution.
The theory usually ends at 10 pm and we usually start at 7 am the next day, so we recommend that you stay and spend the night.
A night in our bunkhouse costs 125 DKK incl. bed linen and a towel. There are 4 and 8 person rooms with bunk beds. It's also possible to buy breakfast in the café.
Please book your accommodation in advance by contacting us at info@ dropzonedenmark.dk.
With the country's largest and fastest aircraft, we have room for as many as 20 jumpers at a time. With that said, there are many things that have to come together on a solo jump. Therefore you cannot expect to jump at the same time as your friends.
Your friends and family are of course welcome to come and watch you jump. While they wait, they can enjoy a cold soft drink or a bite to eat from our delicious café and then you will land just a few meters from them.
You just need to be aware that we cannot guarantee at which time you will jump.
We have a delicious café at the dropzone. It will always be possible to buy drinks, snacks and light meals. There will always be an opportunity for dinner during the theory and breakfast on the day of the jump.
The weather can have a big impact on the safety of a skydive. Therefore, as a new skydiver, there are greater restrictions on what weather you may jump in. In a country like Denmark, this means that it can be difficult to get into the air at times.
We are ready when the weather is right, but it also requires you to prioritize stopping by when the conditions are right.
Bring practical clothes that you can move around in and closed shoes that fit firmly on your feet. Sandals and shoes with heels are not allowed.
It gets colder the higher we go up, so bring extra layers that you can put on if necessary. Better several thin layers than one thick one. The rule of thumb is one extra layer compared to what you want to wear outside. We provide gloves and a jump suit.
You can jump with contact lenses and glasses as long as the glasses are not too big.
A skydive is dependent on many things including the weather, the aircraft and the equipment. We understand that you would want to jump at the exact chosen time, but sometimes it's not possible.
On a solo jump, you do not have a fixed time booked for the jump. We will be in ongoing dialogue with you about when to show up and then we will get you in the air as soon as possible.
If more than one month passes between your course and your jump, then we need to refresh some of the theory.
When you jump with us, you are only covered by a third-party insurance by us. You (the 1st party) must be covered by your own insurance in the event of an injury. Some insurance companies require you to have a dangerous sport insurance. Talk with your insurance company before you jump.
The validity of a gift card from us is 30 months (2.5 years). If you have booked with a gift card, we need the codes on the gift card, so bring either a physical or digital copy on the day.
If you have a gift card from TrueStory, you can book the jump on their website. If you have a gift card from another provider, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be aware that if your jump is postponed, it does not extend the validity of your gift card, so use it in good time.
Member of USPA
Dropzone Denmark is Denmark's only USPA affiliated dropzone. That is we are approved by and subject to the american skydive organisation USPA (United States Parachute Association). USPA is the world's largest parachute organization and a nonprofit. They are dedicated to promoting the safety and quality of skydiving.
By being a member of the USPA, Dropzone Denmark shows its commitment to safety, professionalism and compliance with high standards. This means that our educational material is based on a broad statistical basis and that we hold an annual safety day, where we present and discuss the latest experiences and initiatives within the sport.
Once you have gone through Dropzone Denmark's solo skydive education, you can get a USPA A license. This means that you are recognized as a skydiver worldwide.