Do you have a question?

We have the answers.

Jumping out of an airplane is not something you do on a daily basis. So, it is normal to have some question. Most questions have been asked and answered.

We have made an overview with frequently asked questions. The questions have been classified per subject.

If you still have a question after reading this page, contact us during opening hours on +31 (0) 113-612910 or send us an email using the contactform on this website.

General

What will the weather be like on the day of my Tandem jump?

This is a question that is very hard to answer. Predicting the weather is still very difficult unfortunately. Especially a few days in advance.

We do however have a good idea of the weather forecast. To do so we use the same sources as the people who don’t fly or jump. Below this article you will find a few useful links to the website we use.

If you call us with the question what the weather will be like, we check these websites.

On the day of your jump we ask you to call us before you leave home to enquire about the weather conditions. We try to inform you correctly about the weather expectations for that day.

Of course we try to give you a good reading so you do not have to make the journey for nothing.

Windfinder.com Buienradar.nl Yr.no
With what weather is it possible to jump

Too much wind, rain or low hanging clouds are a hinderance for jumping.

If you are in doubt about the weather always contact us before you want to leave home.

How many people fit in the airplane?

There is room for 5 people, one is the pilot and 4 passengers. You can book your jump together with a friend or family member and you will be sorted into the same flight.

What is the best time of the year to jump?

The different times of the year have their advantages, there’s not really a time of year when the jumping is best. A jump is an unforgettable experience every time, also because of the different skies.

You can jump with a blue sky in the middle of summer, or with -10 above a snow-white landscape. Sometimes you can see towering clouds above the sea, a sunset or a thin layer of see-through clouds. It’s completely different every time.

Saying so in summer it’s very agreeable with a nice temperature.

Can I do a Tandem jump if I weigh more than 105 kilos?

People who are heavier than 105 kilos but no heavier than 115 kilos, can sometimes jump.

However, this is not always possible. The circumstances must be optimal, and your body must meet certain conditions too:

  • The Tandem passenger must have enough muscle mass in his or her legs. People who have big thighs/not enough muscles can find the harness is uncomfortable when flying under the parachute.
  • The Tandem passenger must lift his or her legs up for 10 seconds for the landing in a 90 degrees angle.
  • There has to be an instructor present on the day who wants to a jump with the extra physical load.

If you feel you qualify for above physical demands and want to jump, please contact us. After talking to us you can book your jump.

Can I wear my glasses or contact lenses during free fall?

Yes, that is possible, but at your own risk. When you’re in the airplane your instructor will give you goggles. If you’re wearing contact lenses they should remain in.

For people wearing glasses we have bigger goggles that fit over your glasses.

It does sometimes occur that the goggles aren’t tight enough, then you will probably lose your glasses or contact lenses.

In practice it hardly happens but we can’t guarantee this unfortunately.

What if I have fear of heights?

Fear of heights is a reason not to jump for many people, but this is not applicable with skydiving!

In the flight to 9000 ft you’re so high up in the sky that you don’t have any reference points to reference your altitude. This does not bother you on an airliner either. So, a Tandem jump is the perfect way to do something at height without feeling your acrophobia.

Do I need a medical statement to do a Tandem jump?

No, in The Netherlands you do not need a statement from a doctor to do a Tandem jump.

When you want to learn how to skydive solo you will need a medical statement.

Is parachute jumping dangerous?

A Tandem jump is relatively safe. The car journey to the airport is way more dangerous.

Is Skydive Zeeland affiliated to a national organization?

Skydive Zeeland is affiliated to the Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart (KNVvL).

Can I bring my dog to the drop zone?

Dogs are welcome at our drop zone. Most probably there will be other dogs present.

Here are some obvious regulations we would like you to follow:

  • The dog has to be on a leash at all times, no exceptions.
  • The dog has to be under supervision of its owner.
  • Any mishaps should be cleaned up.
Are there facilities present to have a drink or something to eat?

We have a simple club bar where you can order a drink or a bag of crisps.

100 meters further along is the new airport restaurant, Vliegveld Restaurant Midden Zeeland. They have a fully served terrace where they serve lunch and dinner.

How many jumps do you do in a day?

That varies every day, in high season we sometimes do more than 30 jumps on a day. On quite days we do just a few.

Can I watch how they pack the parachutes?

Yes of course, this is very interesting to watch.

All the parachutes are re-packed into the container after a jump. This is an accurate job, so we ask our guests to keep off the packing mat where the parachute are lying and to not touch the parachutes.

RESERVATIONS AND BOOKING

How can I book a Tandem jump?

You can make a reservation on our website. Reservations can not be made by phone. You can show up without a reservation, but then there is the possibility that we do not have any slots left. Booked jumps have priority.

Can I book a tandem jump for somebody else?

Yes you can. The waiver/liability statement has to be signed by person jumping.

How can I make a reservation with a gift voucher?

On the gift card is a unique code. If you fill in this code whilst booking online, the amount the gift card represent will be deducted.

How will I receive my receipt/proof of payment?

The receipt will be sent to you by e-mail after completing the booking online.

How can I change my booking date?

Please contact us by email info@skydive-zeeland.nl to make changes to your booking.

Do I need insurance to do a Tandem jump?

Citizens of The Netherlands are normally insured through their health insurance. This can vary depending on what type of health insurance you have. Check with your insurance to clarify.

How many times can I reschedule my reservation?

The reservation stays valid for 2 years after the date of purchase, within that period you can reschedule your jump.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have to cancel your date. That leaves us time to fill the flights.

I do not want to jump anymore, what can I do?

We are sorry to hear this. Sometimes you do not/can not jump due to unforeseen circumstances.

If the location is the reason why we can transfer your reservation to one of our other Skydiving centers on Texel or Ameland.

It’s also possible to change your booking to a scenic flight on Texel.

As a last resort the jump can be made by somebody else. Tandem jumps are booked in a name but are transferrable. So you can let somebody else jump on your reservation.

This can be done by giving away the jump or by selling the jump on Marktplaats. We do appreciate it if you send us the details of the new person to avoid misunderstandings.

What is a waiver/liability statement?

The liability statement is also known as a waiver. This a short, concise legal agreement in which the skydiver states that he/she understands and accepts all possible risks that are involved with skydiving. Without a signed waiver/ liability statement we can not take you up in the air.

When do I know if it will be possible to jump?

We ask everybody to call us before leaving from home. Just to check with us about the weather and whether we think it will be possible to jump that day.

Why do I have to call before leaving from home?

We ask everybody to do so, so we know;

  • That you haven’t forgotten about your jump and we know that you are on your way.
  • That you are aware of our judgement of the weather and possible delays.
Why can I not get a refund for my booked jump?

We ask everybody to do so, so we know;

  • That you haven’t forgotten about your jump and we know that you are on your way.
  • That you are aware of our judgement of the weather and possible delays.

GIFT CARDS

How can I purchase a gift card for a Tandem Jump?

You can purchase a gift card on our website. Your gift card will be sent to you by e-mail after the payment has been completed.

You can also buy a gift card at our drop zone:

Skydive Zeeland
Calandweg 44
4341RA Arnemuiden

How do I recieve the gift card?

After the payment is completed the gift card will be sent to you by e-mail

How can I make a reservation with a gift voucher?

You will find a unique code on the gift card. If you fill in this code whilst booking online, the amount the gift card represent will be deducted.

Do I have right of return on gift vouchers?

You have a cancellation period that starts the moment you place your order and ends 14 days after. Please let us know if you wish to use your right of return within this period.

How long are gift vouchers valid for?

Both the gift cards and tandem jump bookings are valid for 2 years.

Can the recipient of the gift card add the Handycam video to his booking?

Yes, you can add this to your booking online or you can always decide to purchase this on site.

I have been given a gift voucher but I don’t want to jump, what can I do?

We are sorry to hear this. Sometimes you do not/can not jump due to unforeseen circumstances.

If the location is the reason why we can transfer your reservation to one of our other Skydiving centers on Texel or Ameland.

It’s also possible to change your booking to a scenic flight on Texel.

As a last resort the jump can be made by somebody else. Tandem jumps are booked in a name but are transferrable. So you can let somebody else jump on your reservation.

This can be done by giving away the jump or by selling the jump on Marktplaats. We do appreciate it if you send us the details of the new person to avoid misunderstandings.

Do you send gift cards by post?

No, we only send digital gift cards.

My gift card has expired, can I still use it?

If you have a gift voucher from our website then contact us, often we can sort something out. Gift cards from external companies need to be used before they expire, contact the concerning company to ask about the possibilities.

Medical

Can I jump if I’m pregnant?

Yes in theory it is possible but we prefer not to.

With what kind of medical conditions can one jump?

Are you unsure if you’re fit to jump? Then always consult your doctor; we are not medically trained so we can’t answer this question for you. It’s always your own decision to determine whether you are fit enough to jump.

My shoulder dislocates, can I jump?

If your shoulder has or still dislocates you should notify us. We will brief you in a different way so that you can jump.

Do I need a medical statement from a doctor to do a tandem jump?

No, in The Netherlands you do not need a doctor’s statement to do a Tandem jump.

Can you do a Tandem jump if you’re blind or deaf?

Yes this is possible. Notify the team when you arrive at the centre. The instructor will give you a customized briefing. Make sure there´s someone present who can help you translate to sign language.

Is it possible to do a Tandem jump if you’re in a wheelchair?

Quite often we can make this happen. Do not make a booking without contacting us first so we can determine whether or not we think it will be possible.

These types of jumps need more preparation and take up more time. During the weekends we’re often short on time, therefore we will want to book your tandem jump on a weekday.

I have a mental disability, am I aloud to jump?

It depends on your disability, please contact us before making your reservation.

Tandem skydive

Can I jump at the same time as my friend or family member?

There is room for 5 people, one is the pilot and 4 passengers. You can book your jump together with a friend or family member and you will be sorted into the same flight.

If you are planning to come and jump with more than two people, we will try and book your flights as close together as possible. It is often possible to go to the landing area to watch each other’s landings.

Is there an age requirement to do a Tandem jump?

There is no age requirement in The Netherlands to do a Tandem jump. We do follow these guidelines to determine if we can and want to jump with someone:

Minimal age:

  • Does the passenger fit the harness properly?
  • Does the passenger know what a Tandem jump is exactly?
  • Does the passenger really want to jump?
  • Is there a parent or guardian present to sign the waiver? *

Maximum age:

  • Can the passenger lift his/her legs up for the landing?
  • Can the passenger stand a bit of rough and tumble?
  • We are not medically trained so questions about physical limitations should be directed to a doctor.

Roughly speaking you should be about 6 years old to be able to jump.

* If you are underage you will need permission from a parent or guardian. They will have to sign the waiver for you. If your parents are not present we will need an evident signed letter stating you have permission to jump.

underage jumper permission form
Do you have to follow a course to be able to jump?

You do not have to follow a course to do a Tandem jump. When you want to learn how to jump solo it will be necessary to follow a course.

To do a tandem jump we will give you a short briefing on the ground and in the airplane. So you know what to do and expect during the jump.

What do I have to bring for a Tandem jump?

If you’re 18 years or older: Nothing (or just you’re friends and family).

If you are under age, you will need permission from a parent/guardian. They will have to sign your waiver. If a parent/guardian can not be present to sign the waiver, we will need a signed letter clearly stating permission to jump.

underage jumper permission form
What height do you jump from?

The jump is from 9000 ft / 3000 meters.

Where can I leave my belongings when I am jumping?

You can leave your belongings with the people that have come to watch you. Or if you have come by yourself we can look after your stuff in the office/manifest.

Can I breathe normally in free fall?

Yes you can breathe normally during free fall. Sometimes one can find it a bit harder to breathe, often this because of stress or adrenaline.

Is it not too cold at 9000 ft?

The air temperature is a few degrees colder than on the ground. The temperature in the airplane is comfortable so don’t overdress. When the door opens you will be preoccupied with other things than the temperature.

At what speed do you fall?

Your speed will be around 180 km/h.

How long does the flight take to 9000ft?

The flight to the top is about 20 minutes. Enough time to enjoy the fabulous views of Zeeland.

How many seconds is the free fall

The free fall is about 30 seconds from 9000ft.

How long is the flight under the canopy?

After the deployment of the parachute the flight is around 4 to 5 minutes.

When the parachute opens do you go up?

No, this may seem so from the ground or when you’re a tandem passenger. But in reality you will still be travelling downwards.

Can I steer the parachute?

Sometimes your instructor will let you steer the parachute, but this is not always possible.

How hard or soft is the landing?

The parachute is flared before landing just like an airplane to make the landing as comfortable as possible

What kind of training and experience do the instructors/Tandem masters have?

A skydiver needs at least 1000 jumps before he/she can start the training to become an instructor. Before someone can start their Tandem training he/she needs to acquire experience as a junior instructor. These courses are quite intense.

The Tandem masters that work for Skydive Zeeland have between 5.000 and 20.000 jumps.

What should I wear for the Tandem skydive?

Wear clothes that can leave you to move freely. A dress or skirt is not very practical. We provide you with a jump suite that you can wear over your clothing.

The same goes for footwear. Shoes that are comfortable and closed. High heels, sandals and flip flops are not suitable for skydiving.

Where will I be landing?

The drop zone / landing area is located south east of the runway, this is just next to the airport, so we are not in the way of the rest of the air traffic

Can my friends and family watch me land?

Yes definitely, this is very nice to see. The landing area is a short drive and a few hundred meters walk. Cars can not be parked on or near the landing area, we want as little obstacles as possible when landing the parachutes.

A member of staff will explain how to get to the landing area.

Will my friends/family have enough time to get to the landing area?

Yes there is plenty of time to get to the landing area. The flight to 9000ft takes about 20 minutes, that leaves you 20 minutes to get to the landing area.

A member of staff will explain how to get to the landing area.

When will the van leave to the landing area?

The van leaves after takeoff. You will be notified on time.

Handcam footage

What is a handycam video?

The tandem instructor has a specially made glove that holds the camera, this is how the instructor films your whole jump. The video starts when you’re still on the ground, then the amazing views during the flight, the whole free fall and the flight under the canopy, ending with the landing.

Learn how you get your footage on this page.

Can I buy the handycam video on site?

Yes, you can always decide to buy the handycam video when you’re at our skydive centre.

Do many tandem passengers order the handycam video?

Yes they do. We highly recommend you get a video of your jump, especially if it is your first time! Many jumpers are excited to watch their video to re-experience the jump.

The first jump can be an overwhelming experience, there is so much adrenaline involved that watching you video after can make you relive the jump.

How will I get my handycam video?

The video shots are edited after the jump and sent via e-mail. Read how it works on the special page explaining it.

How long does it take until I get my video?

The ai creates the 3 edits automatically. This can take anywhere between 1 and 4 hours. Read how it works on the page explaining it.

Is one Handycam video enough for two tandem passengers?

Whilst filming on the ground and during the flight we can sometimes film two people. The jump is filmed by the instructor, he can only film his/her passenger.

Can I bring my own action camera?

For safety reasons it is not possible to bring your own camera equipment during a tandem jump. To be qualified to take a camera when skydiving you need at least 200 solo jumps and a B-licence.

I have lost my handycam video, now what?

We can most likely help you. We archive all our videos. Please send us an e-mail with your name and the date you jumped. We can then send you the video.

Can a cameraman/woman film my jump?

It is not possible to jump with an outside cameraman. The airplane only fits two tandems – 4 people.

Do you make photo’s too?

Yes, your experience can include images as well. This depends on what product you select.

Location

What is the address of Skydive Zeeland?

Skydive Zeeland BV
Calandweg 44
4341RA Arnemuiden
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 113-612910

info@skydive-zeeland.nl

How can I get to Skydive Zeeland by public transport?

The train arrives every half an hour in Arnemuiden, but then there’s still about 10km to the airport. There is no public transport to the airport. Taxi’s need to be pre-booked as it’s a small village.

During weekdays we sometimes have time to pick you up from the station, always speak to us before counting on this option.

What else is there to do at Midden Zeeland Airport?

There’s all sorts of activity at the airport. You can go gliding, do a sightseeing flight, take a flying lesson or go for a meal at Restaurant Midden Zeeland.

In summer the airport organizes events and shows. For more information look on www.vliegveldzeeland.nl.

What else is there to do in Zeeland?

Look on the tourist information website to see what else Zeeland has to offer.