Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked skydiving related questions. If you have any additional questions, please give us a call or send us an email. We are always happy to answer questions.

General

What does skydiving feel like?

It is not like a roller coaster. You actually feel like you're flying like a super hero. It is not easy to describe the unique sensations you will experience, but we promise it will be exhilarating. Skydiving is likely to be more exciting than anything else you've ever experienced.

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What if I’m afraid of heights?

You will not really notice - because you are thousands of feet in the air, you will not likely feel your fear of heights. Some of our instructors have a hard time climbing a ladder but have thousands of skydives!

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Can I breathe in freefall?

Yes - however the excitement may leave you breathless!

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How far are you from New York?

Brookhaven Airport is located about 65 miles and about 75 minutes from lower Manhattan according to Google Maps. Please expect traffic and plan to arrive early for your appointment.

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Can I bring my own camera on the plane and in freefall?

With safety as our primary concern, the answer to this question has to be no. We must ensure that nothing falls to the ground, but we must also ensure that you are paying attention to the instructions that you are given for a safe skydive. In addition to this, the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and United Parachute Technologies (UPT) both recommend hundreds of skydives before use of a camera.

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Can people come watch me jump?

As far as we're concerned, you can bring as many people as you'd like to watch/support you. In fact, we encourage it!!! Bring everybody you know to watch and by the time you've landed, half of them will want to jump too!! The only rule is no pets please.

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What if my skydiving question is not here?

Give us a call: 516-656-5867

Send us an email: jump@skydivesouthshore.com

We are eager to answer all your skydiving questions!

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Before Booking

Are there any age limitations?

You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid government issued ID. There is no upper age limit - if skydiving is still on your bucket list, we can help you check it off!

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Is there a weight limit?

Our weight limit is 215 pounds for height to weight proportional people. Please call before making a reservation for people above 200 pounds and remember that your safety is our top priority. We will do everything we safely can to get you in the air. There is an additional fee for customers over 200 pounds, please call to inquire.

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After Booking

What clothes should I wear?

Skydiving is an athletic activity so please wear clothing that does not limit your range of motion. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for the temperature outside and clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. Athletic shoes with laces so you can tighten them up are ideal. No heels or hiking type boots with hooks are allowed.

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How long will it take?

Because there are a lot of factors that go into preparing you for your skydive, be ready to spend a few hours with us. And the more people in your group, the more time it will take to get everyone up in the sky.

Additionally, there's always a possibility of adverse weather, which is out of our control. We do our best to get all students up as soon weather conditions are optimal.

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What happens if the weather is bad?

If the weather isn't ideal, we will reschedule your reservation. Please understand that while we pay the weather bill monthly, the level of service we receive is worse than from most cell phone companies.

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What if I need to reschedule?

If for any reason you need to reschedule, no problem! Call or email us 48 hours prior to your appointment and we will move your deposit to another day and time. Deposits and pre-payments are non-refundable, but if you decide not to jump, call or email and we will transfer your deposit or pre-payment to another person. You may also use this deposit for other products we offer like clothing or goggles.

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Can I consume alcohol beforehand?

The consumption of alcohol prior to skydiving activities is strictly prohibited.

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Are contact lenses or eyeglasses okay?

Yes! We provide skydiving goggles for your experience. If you wear eyeglasses, we offer a larger model that can fit overtop of your glasses. Regular goggles are worn if you wear contact lenses.

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Can you jump through clouds?

Not really. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) governs the laws of the sky. The pilot needs to be a certain distance from the clouds when flying and we need to be able to see where we are over the ground. We also need to be able to see if there are any other airplanes in the air around or below us.

Since safety is our first priority, we only jump if we feel we can do it safely!

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