Skydiving FAQ

Feel free to give us a call or submit an online request should you have any questions! Have a look at our most frequently asked questions below:

Tandem Skydiving

Is skydiving safe?

The act of getting from the door of an airplane in flight to the ground via a piece of fabric and the help of a professional skydiver sounds like a definitively unsafe decision. Let us walk you through the many reasons why that assumption is false, if you approach it correctly, in our article "Is skydiving safe?"


Can I wear my own GoPro or camera during the skydive?

The United States Parachute Association (USPA) mandates that all skydivers must have a minimum of 200 jumps prior to taking a camera into freefall. No outside cameras are permitted on your skydive due to safety reasons. There are no exceptions. You can have one of our professional videographers capture your skydive on video.


Can we be in the airplane together?

Yes. We will make every effort for you to jump with your friends, however, this is not always possible.


Can we share a video?

Two people can appear in one video on the ground preparing for the sky dive and possibly for landing, but in freefall, one student can only be filmed by one camera.


What’s the landing like?

Several factors come into play when we land a parachute. Most tandem parachute landings are very soft, often times standing up nicely. However this soft stand up style landing cannot be guaranteed and students must be physically fit enough to perform a harder falling down or sliding style landing. Generally, a person is fit to tandem skydive if they can perform some other rigorous sport such as tennis, basketball or racquetball and not injure themselves. Please consult your physician if you have doubts about your physical condition or strength.


How far in advance should I make my reservation?

We recommend a few days notice during the week and about a week's notice for a weekend reservation to skydive. Also, you'll have a better chance at getting a prime time slot the earlier you make your reservation. Often during July and August, the only appointment times available are between 6:30 - 8:30 am and 6 - 7 pm. Larger groups should also give consideration to the fact there may not be a large enough time block available for your group on the day you are requesting. Make your reservations as early as possible, and feel free to call or email anytime for availability.


Who packs the parachutes?

At the Long Island Skydiving Center, all main parachutes are packed by our instructors or our staff FAA certificated parachute riggers. Auxiliary or reserve parachutes are inspected and repacked every 120 days, per FAA regulations, by our staff FAA certificated parachute riggers.


How hard does the parachute open?

Most students would say the parachute opening was not nearly as hard as they anticipated it to be. On occasion, the parachute will open harder than normally expected. Although possible, it is unlikely you would sustain any injuries from an opening. Please consult your physician if you feel you may have a condition where you should refrain from skydiving.


How’s your safety record?

While skydiving is definitely an extreme sport carrying an obvious risk of serious injury or death on every jump, we are proud to say that we have an impeccalbe safety record at the Long Island Skydiving Center.

Statistics have shown that skydiving injuries typically occur during a poorly executed landing. The tandem skydiving method employed by The Long Island Skydiving Center greatly minimizes this risk by the direct supervision of our highly experienced USPA rated tandem instructors. The equipment used at The Long Island Skydiving Center is also the most advanced tandem skydiving equipment available on the planet. Safety is our primary objective. Please keep in mind that accidents are still possible. Read more here if you still want to know "Is skydiving safe?"


Who is USPA and are you rated through them?

The United States Parachute Association or USPA is the regulatory or governing agency-serving skydivers. They are the only such agency in the United States and have set forth standards in skydiving safety and training. Skydiving centers that have pledged to abide by these safety standards are called "Group Members." The Long Island Skydiving Center is a USPA Group Member, and all of our Instructors possess instructional ratings recognized by USPA.


What’s the best time to skydive?

There are a couple of factors to consider when answering this question: weather, scheduling, and video/photo images. For weather reasons, it's best to schedule as early in the day as possible. In the event we have inclement weather, we have all day for conditions to improve. Also, when the weather does break, we start with the students with the earliest appointments and work our way down pushing everybody's scheduled appointment time back. We are much like a doctor's office and the fewer students there are in front of you the less delays you'll encounter. For video and photo images, most professional photographers prefer soft morning and late afternoon light. While our professional photographers prefer these times, we make nice images all day long. Keep in mind, you'll probably be making your jump about one hour after your scheduled reservation time.


What if I am over the weight limit?

Our weight limit is 225 pounds for height to weight proportional people. Please call before making a reservation for people above 225 pounds


If I am under 18 can I still jump if my parents sign for me?

Unfortunately no. The age requirement of 18 is set forth due to the hold harmless waivers every skydiver must agree to and sign. These waivers are only binding if the person signing is at the age or consent, 18, or older. Parental or guardian permission holds no validity when signing legal documents directly related to release of liability regarding recreational sports.


Do we actually land on the beach or in the water?

Although the water and beach are relatively close to our target landing area at Brookhaven Airport, we are prohibited from landing on the beach unless special event permission is granted.


What if I’m afraid of heights?

Many people are hesitant to skydive due to their personal fear or discomfort of heights. A skydiving experience does not equate to being, for example, at the top of a ladder, bridge, or building. You are simply too high up to have any height induced vertigo or dizziness. We are literally over two miles up when we skydive. An individual would no more encounter a fear of heights during skydiving than when flying in a jet airliner.


Will I see my friend in freefall?

You can certainly try to see your friend in freefall. However with the fast paced environment of freefall, spotting your friend several hundred feet away is unlikely. After one tandem skydiving pair leaves the airplane, it will take several seconds for the next pair to leave. During this slight delay, the plane has traveled several hundred or even thousands of feet away horizontally from the first pair.


What height do we jump from?

Our jump altitude is approximately 2.5 kilometers (8000ft). Sometimes we may be able to ascend higher or we may be forced to jump a little lower. As you will see below there are a number of factors outside our control so we cannot assure you a specific exit altitude.

Above our airport and above our jump altitude there is a busy heavy jet corridor into high volume New York City Airports. On occasion skydives are allowed from a few thousand feet higher. Other factors that can affect the jump altitude are clouds, winds aloft and other weather conditions.

Your safety, our compliance with regulations governing each flight and weather will be factors the pilot considers before you are permitted to exit the plane.


How fast will we be falling?

Typical freefall speeds are approximately 120 MPH although this can increase or decrease slightly with body size and position. The freefall speed record is over 330 mph. An experienced skydiver using specialized equipment achieved this speed record.


Can you breathe in freefall?

The freefall and parachute environments do not cause any difficulty in breathing; however, some students have commented that it was awkward to breathe during the first few seconds. This is caused not by lack of oxygen but by the surge of adrenaline and excitement of first jumping out of the aircraft. Sometimes when a person is startled they draw in a breath of air and hold it. When you exit the airplane you must continue to breathe in and breathe out.


What if my skydiving question was not answered here?

Please contact us! Give us a call or drop us an email. We're eager to answer any questions you have.


Do Gift Certificates & Reservations Expire?

Yes, both gift certificates and reservations are subject to a one year expiration date.

Gift certificates must be redeemed within one year of the purchase date. Reservations must be completed within one year of the original purchase date. If you've made a reservation and need to reschedule it, you must reschedule within one year of the original purchase date. Please note that all rescheduling changes must be made at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled reservation. Otherwise, a $50 change fee per person will be applied. This policy is subject to change without notification.



How far are you from The Hamptons?

We're located in Shirley, NY only 13 miles west of West Hampton, NY. Read more about skydiving the Hamptons here.


How far are you from New York City?

We are located 65 miles east of New York City. It's about a 75-minute drive from the city depending on traffic or an easy train ride from Penn Station.


How do I get to Long Island Skydiving Center by train?

From Penn Station, you will ride the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to the Mastic/Shirley station. Our drop zone is only 2.3 miles from the station. Call MRB Taxi 631.882.4489 for the 2.3 mile ride to the drop zone.


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