This is one of the most challenging sports ever invented, and is perfect for the adrenalin junkie!
Your ground training is rigorous and you must be fit. The climb to an altitude of about 3,200 feet only takes a few minutes and pretty soon your 'jumpmaster' will be preparing you for your jump. You await for the "GO!" signal. The time for sight seeing is over as you dive out of the plane on a "static line" that opens your steerable parachute automatically, freeing you to enjoy your breathtaking descent.
Once you've navigated your way down to the landing sight, you will have become one of the few people who can say: "I have jumped out of an aeroplane!" What a rush!
The training for a solo jump can take up to six hours as there is a lot of material, including practical assignments, to be completed. In the winter you will generally train on the Saturday and jump on a Sunday. Otherwise, it may be possible to jump on the day you train but this cannot be guaranteed as Ireland is subject to changeable weather.
When can you go?
This experience runs on selected dates, throughout the year.
How long does this activity last?
This is a full day activity and may require your attendance over two days depending on the weather.
You need to know
The minimum age is 16 years. Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Over 50's must get a medical certificate from their doctor stating that they are medically fit to undertake a jump. The maximum weight is 15 stone (proportional to height age and sex).
You should not take part in skydiving or sport parachuting if you do not understand and accept the risks.
This is for a voucher entitling the holder to any of the activities supplied by
Great Days Out up to the value stated.
You and how many others?
There will be other people there on the day.
Family and friends
You're welcome to bring spectators to watch.
We can’t control the weather!
This activity is dependent on appropriate weather conditions
Co. Offaly - Leinster