THE SEEKERS’ SKYDIVE FAQS
CAN ANYONE SKYDIVE?
Most people can skydive. However, the weight limit for Tandem jumps is 16st 7lbs for a male, 15st 7lbs for a female. The height limit for tandem jumps, is 6’ 7”. The weights indicated must be in proportion to the overall height of the person jumping.
If you are over 40, you will be asked to complete a British Parachute Association (BPA) Medical Form Tandem Skydives which your doctor will need to stamp before being able to jump. This form can be downloaded from the registration page.
If you are under 18, you will be required to complete a British Parachute Association (BPA) Consent Form that will need to be signed by a parent/guardian. To download a copy of this form, please click here. If you have a medical condition then your parent/guardian will also need to sign the Medical Form
HOW MUCH DOES THE SKYDIVE COST?
A non-refundable registration fee of £60 is required at time of entry to pay towards the cost of travel and the skydive; the remainder of the cost will be covered by The Seekers’ Quest, providing a minimum of £650 is raised for the cause.
HOW MUCH MONEY DO I HAVE TO RAISE?
We ask that each participant raise at least £650. Our dedicated fundraising team will be on hand to help you reach your fundraising target with ideas and advice throughout. Every penny raised goes towards education for children in Syria and students of Ebrahim College that will hopefully create a generation of inspirational leaders.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY SPONSORSHIP MONEY?
We require for 70% of the fundraising target to be raised and given to Ebrahim College prior to the event day itself (14th June 2014). The remainder of the sponsorship money needs to be given no later than the 12th of July (four weeks after the Skydive). The easiest and recommended way to pay in your money and keep track of your fundraising target is by creating an online fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/ebrahimcollege (Please note, you must only register your fundraising page with Ebrahim College for the Seekers’ Quest challenge.)
Failure to submit the minimum sponsorship amount may affect our decision to allow the participant to take part on the challenge.
WHAT IS THE ADDRESS FOR THE PARACHUTE CENTRE?
The full address for the parachute centre is UK Parachuting, Beccles Heliport, Ellough, Suffolk, NR34 7TE.
HOW WILL WE GET THERE?
The Seekers’ Quest team will arrange transport in the form of a Coach or multiple mini buses to take the participants from the meeting point at Ebrahim College to the parachute centre in Suffolk. There is no additional cost for this.
If however, you wish to make your own way to the drop zone then you are welcome to do so and a map of the location can be found on our website. (Please note: Any travel costs incurred by means of personal transport is the responsibility of the participant alone)
Details of itinerary for the day will be provided via email closer to date of jump
WILL THE CHALLENGE TAKE THE WHOLE DAY?
We envisage that the skydive challenge will take a whole day bearing in mind the travel time which may take up to two hours from the meeting point (each way). The briefing by the qualified instructors will approximately take 15-20 minutes. You will also need to bear in mind that there will be many other participants from other organisations but limited number of instructors. Therefore there may be a lengthy wait before it is your turn to skydive. The plane journey up is likely to take 20-25 minutes and the actual skydive may last approximately 5 minutes (which is a reasonable enough of time in the air).
WHAT TO WEAR ON THE DAY
Comfortable tracksuit type clothing is recommended for skydiving, with suitable footwear such as trainers. Slip on shoes or shoes with hooks or high heels must NOT be worn. Jeans are NOT recommended. For the actual jump itself a Jump Suit must be worn over your clothes by all participants. These are provided on the day by the centre.
DRESS CODE FOR MUSLIM SISTERS
For sisters who wear abayas you can wear the jumpsuit over the abaya. However, you may find it uncomfortable as it is a full body suit. If you choose to wear an abaya underneath the jumpsuit we recommend you wear a jumpsuit bigger than your normal size.
For sisters who wear a niqab, it can be worn before and after the jump. However, due to the health and safety reasons a niqab CANNOT be worn during the jump itself.
There is a small cafe on site at the parachute centre which has WC facilities and also provides snacks such as sandwiches, chips, drinks, tea and coffee at a reasonable price. As it is most likely to be a full on the day we recommend you bring packed lunch and not just rely on the cafe. Due to the numbers expected it is unlikely we will be stopping at any supermarkets along the way so please bear that in mind. The Seekers’ Quest team will only have a few additional snacks available on them.
HOW FAST WILL I BE FALLING IN FREE-FALL?
Approximately 120 miles per hour (if you are flat and stable).
CAN YOU BREATHE IN FREE FALL?
Yes you can! It is very rare that a first time skydiver will have difficulty catching their breath.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PARACHUTE FAILS TO OPEN?
AllInstructors wear two parachutes when making a jump. For a Tandem jump student the instructor will carry out the reserve drills and use the ‘spare’ if required.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD AND I CANNOT JUMP ON THE DAY I AM BOOKED IN?
British weather can be very unpredictable and you can never guarantee that a skydive will take place on the day it is booked. There are certain weather conditions in which the instructors will not jump due to health and safety. For Tandem Skydives, if inclement weather or technical problems with the aircraft prevents skydiving on the day booked, The Seekers’ Quest team will be able to re-book a mutually convenient date (provisionally the next day on Sunday 15th June 2014).
WHAT IS BPA MEMBERSHIP AND WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAVE IT?
All centres in the UK have to conform to the British Parachute Association rules (BPA). One of the rules they set is the legal requirement for you to be third party insured when jumping from a plane. The cost of temporary membership is around £30 for every jumper who takes part. (This is paid for by Khalil Foundation and Islamic Help). By becoming a Temporary Member of the BPA you are covered for up to £2 million third party cover. This does not however cover you for personal injury. If you wish to acquire personal injury cover then we recommend you seek independent advice from an insurance broker or alternatively speak directly with the jump centre for details. Please note that this is purely optional and not a requirement to take part.