Skydiving is not just a sport, it's a lifestyle!
How old do you have to be to skydive?
You must be 18 years of age to skydive in the United States. The oldest person we have had skydive with us is 91, but there is no upper age limit.
When are you open?
We are open from 7:00am until 11:00pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Do I need reservations?
To put it simply, yes. We occasionally can fit in persons who have not reserved a jump time slot. Reserving your skydive is the only way to ensure that you are not left out. Operators are on duty 24 hours a day to assist you.
- Puts all your earthly fears into manageable perspective.
- Inspires such complete focus of attention, that all other worries, aggravations and frustrations are forgotten.
- Charges you with such energy and spirit, that vitality lost to the mundane world snaps back with invigorating speed and inspires freedom of spirit.
- Attracts some of the most interesting people on earth!
How long will it take to make my first jump?
For a tandem skydive, plan on at least 3 hours, for AFF skydive, plan 1 full day.
Can I get pictures of my skydive?
Yes, video and 35mm stills are available at an additional charge.
Can I take my own camera with me?
YES! You can take pictures of much of what is going on. Taking pictures while in freefall is difficult, but you can take pictures in the aircraft, and have friends take pictures of your landing. Pictures of you gearing up before the jump are sometimes the most fun to see. Bringing a camera along to the Skydive Center can be a good idea.
What will the skydive feel like?
The sensation of freefall is more like flying than falling. The parachute flight is quiet and inspiring.
How will it feel when the parachute opens?
You will definitely know that something is happening, but few people have complained of any discomfort.
What kind of parachute will we use?
The parachutes used are specially designed, large "ram-airs". A "ram-air" is a high-technology square parachute, as opposed to the old-style round parachutes.
What happens if the parachute doesn't open?
In the very unlikely event that the main parachute doesn't open properly, there is a reserve parachute in the top of the container, which has been inspected and packed by a FAA certified parachute rigger. All of our reserve parachutes are equipped with the most reliable and modern AAD's (Automatic Activation Device) available, the CYPRES. (Many other Drop Zones use lower end AAD's. Always ask about this!) Tennessee Skydiving utilizes this system for your enhanced safety. This is a backup system only.
How long does the skydive last?
15 to 60 seconds of freefall and 3 to 7 minutes under the parachute.
Isn't the landing like jumping off of a two-story building?
NO! If that were the case, there would be no skydiving, because everyone would have broken legs! In the early days of sport parachuting, landings were sometimes quite hard. The new "ram-air" parachutes of today allow landings that feel equivalent to hopping off a step 1-2' high.
Will I be scared?
Maybe, and maybe not. You will definitely feel a surge of excitement and anticipation before the jump...this is a normal part of the experience. During the jump itself, you'll probably feel a thrill that you've never experienced before - enjoy it!