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Skydiving & Parachuting

Throwing yourself out of a perfectly good plane may sound like a crazy plan, but skydiving in Northern Ireland is a must-try for adventurists. Jump out of an aircraft, and freefall (skydiving) before returning to earth with the aid of a parachute. As you fall through the sky you will be rewarded with breathtaking views – if you can keep your eyes open that is.

How to get started
A good way to get started is to get in contact with a centre that specialises in skydiving and parachuting. This is a cost effective way to see if the sport is for you. 

It's advisable to find one that operates under the regulations of the British Parachute Association.  Also, centres generally have restrictions for safety reasons, for example, you need to be 16 years old to jump.

Is it easy?
The most popular jump for beginners is a tandem sky-dive where you are attached to an instructor. You only need a short briefing for this one and the freefall lasts for about a minute.  If you enjoy the tandem skydive and want to take it further, the next step is to do a static-line course: a one day course where you learn about equipment, steering, and how to land. There is a progression training system which will take you from static line through to freeflow until you are classed as an experienced jumper.

Is it expensive?

A tandem skydive costs approximately £260.  A static line course costs approximately £210 and each subsequent jump costs £35.*

Once people become very experienced and dedicated to the sport, they often consider the option of buying their own parachute, but until then, the centre will provide you with all the equipment you need.

*Please note a compulsory insurance payment to the British Parachute Association of £35 is also required.

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Moonjumper International, Ballycastle

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