Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to some of the most common questions you might have before your first jump.
Green Mountain Skydiving is open seven days a week April through the end of October. Appointments are available:
Weekdays (Mon-Fri.) 11 am – Sunset
Weekends (Sat.-Sun.) 9 am –Sunset
Weekdays (Mon-Fri.) 11 am – Sunset
Weekends (Sat.-Sun.) 9 am –Sunset
Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. Jumpers with reservations take priority and without one you may wait most of the day without any guarantee of jumping. Online reservations are fast, easy and secure. Simply click the link below, email us, or call (802) 379-7998.
Online reservations are fast, easy and secure. Simply click the link below, email us at GreenMountainSkydiving@gmail.com, or call (802) 379-7998. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all: We’re more than happy to help in any way we can.
We recommend making your reservation a couple days in advance for weekday appointments and about a week ahead of time for weekends. Usually we can fit people in at the last minute yet the earlier you reserve the more choice you’ll have.
Yes, we offer high-quality photos and/or video packages. You can sign up for a video and/or photos when booking or at check in time. Our photographers will accompany you every step of the way. They will document your skydive as well as ground footage before and after your jump. Once you have landed, you will receive your still photos on site, your video will be uploaded to YouTube and a hard copy mailed to you within 10 days. Remember, if there’s no photo, it never happened!
Yes. Waivers are required. You can download the waiver from the link at the top of our website or fill it out when you arrive. Please do not sign the waiver until you get here and have it witnessed by an employee of Green Mountain Skydiving. There is a video waiver to watch as well before jumping. You can view it online by clicking the link or view it when you check in.
We accept Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CHECKS. All prices reflect a 3% cash discount.
We ask for at least 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule your reservation. Please call (802) 379-7998 or email us at GreenMountainSkydiving@gmail.com. If you reschedule at least 48 hours in advance, your $50 deposit will be applied towards your future appointment. However, if you cancel or reschedule your appointment less than 48 hours in advance, you will forfeit your $50 deposit. If your jump is rescheduled at the last minute due to weather, you will not lose your $50 deposit. Your deposit will be applied towards a later reservation. Deposits are non refundable.
We do not issue refunds for any reason. Rain Checks will be issued to come back at a later date if you are unable to jump due to weather or any unforeseen problems. Gift certificates and Rain Checks are fully transferable. If you cannot jump for any reason, you can transfer your Rain Check or Gift Certificate to anyone who can jump.
You must be 18 years or older to skydive. There are no exceptions!
Our weight limit is 230 pounds for height to weight proportional people. There are situations when we can accommodate people up to 250 lbs., however, please call before making a reservation for anyone weighing more than 230 pounds. There are instances when individuals below the weight limit are unable to jump. Safety is our primary concern and if we cannot properly secure you in our harnesses we will not be able to take you out of the plane.
Please consult with a medical professional regarding any questions you have regarding any injuries or health conditions. Green Mountain Skydiving will not advise you on any health related issues.
We love to share our sport with everyone we can. That said, if you have a physical impairment, please contact us before making a reservation. Special needs are judged on a case-by-case basis and can often be accommodated. Safety is always our primary concern but give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.
The plane ride will take roughly 20 minutes to altitude followed by up to a minute of freefall and 5-7 minutes under the parachute. The feeling lasts days and the memory, a lifetime.
Safety is our primary concern and weather is a major factor in all of our decisions. Unsafe conditions may include, but are not limited to, cloud cover, high winds, precipitation, and/or low temperatures. Often, even if there’s bad weather where you live, we have clear skies for jumping here. If you’re concerned about conditions we recommend checking your favorite weather source for the weather in Bennington, VT, or call us at 802-379-7998 with any questions.
Skydiving is an extreme sport carrying the risk of serious injury or even death on each and every jump. That said, we are proud of our safety record at Green Mountain Skydiving and do everything we can to mitigate these risks. We employ state-of-the-art training methods and use only the latest technology in equipment and techniques. Our instructors are highly experienced skydivers licensed by the United States Parachute Association. The risk of serious injury or even death exist on every jump, but your safety is our primary objective at Green Mountain Skydiving and we do everything we can to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.
SKYDIVING PREPARATION QUESTIONS
Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time. Your appointment time is only your ‘check in’ time. This is when you will fill out paperwork and attend a training class. After your paperwork is filled out and training complete, you will then be in line to skydive. Your jump time varies, depending on a number of changing factors. A general weekday appointment will take 2-3 hours. Weekend appointments are often 4-5 hours. It is often faster, but we want you to be prepared in case of delays! Weather can keep customers here most of the day if they choose to wait it out, however, patience often pays off. If there is bad weather while you are here, you are not required to wait, you are welcome to leave with a Raincheck at any time.
Government issued photo ID with proof of age, student or military status. Bring any applicable coupons including rain checks or gift certificates. Bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in case of weather delays. Bring an extra jacket or sweatshirt for walking around outside and watching.
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season. We have an indoor office and waiting area, however, for much of the time you’ll want to be out in the elements either watching or jumping. Wear clothing such as shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers you won’t mind getting a little grass stain on. The temperature at altitude is about 20 degrees cooler than on the ground, so when its cold dress in layers including long underwear and wool socks. Avoid bulky clothing that won’t fit under a jumpsuit but bring an extra jacket or sweatshirt for your time hanging around on the ground. Please, no sandals, heels, heavy boots or flip-flops. Glasses or contact lenses are perfectly fine: we will provide goggles that work for both.
We recommend wearing contacts if you have them: they are less likely to be lost in free fall. If you wear glasses, wear an old pair. It’s not often but a few times a season someone loses their glasses in the air. Bring a back up pair just in case. That said, hundreds of people jump with glasses every year without an issue.
Yes. Eat a normal meal before you arrive for your skydive. In spite of what most people think, if you don’t eat you’re actually more likely to get sick. Additionally, if there are any delays, hunger takes the fun out of your adventure so eat and bring snacks just in case we’re held up by the weather.
Absolutely: feel free to bring family and friends. Bring your crazy uncle, your mom, that special someone you want to impress or anyone else you can think of. There are picnic tables and some shade so bring out whoever you’d like.
We love dogs but spinning propellers, parachutes, planes and dogs are not a great mix. Having them sit in a hot car is not good either, so please leave your dogs at home.
Absolutely. Bring snacks, sodas and anything you would like to enjoy the day. Sorry, but no alcohol is allowed at the airport.
Sorry, but we are not allowed to have alcohol at the airport.
What if the Weather forecast is bad? How will I know if my jump is cancelled/rescheduled due to bad weather?
Weather decisions are always made on the day of your appointment. If weather is definitively bad and we are not jumping, you will receive a phone call 2 hours before your scheduled appointment. Feel free to call if you’re ready to leave and haven’t heard from us. We will advise you of current conditions, the forecast for the day, and will help you decide whether to drive out or reschedule. You will not lose your deposits if you need to reschedule due to bad weather: it will transfer to the new time and date. Weather is among our greatest challenges, but often a little patience rewards those who wait it out.
TANDEM SKYDIVING QUESTIONS
Skydiving is not the roller coaster ride most people expect. The sensation is closer to floating or flying than falling. Even those who are afraid of heights enjoy skydiving because we’re so high above the ground that we’re detached from it. If you’re not afraid when you look out a commercial airliner’s window you’ll do just fine on a tandem skydive as far as any fear of heights is concerned. The best way to explain it is: windy, exhilarating and fun.
The United States Parachute Association requires that anyone operating camera equipment in freefall be a licensed skydiver with a minimum of 200 jumps. It is unsafe for you as well as your instructor to bring a camera on your skydive without proper training and precautions. This is mainly due to the distraction cameras pose when we need you to be focusing on other things, as well as the snag hazard cameras pose during parachute deployments. You’re welcome to take pictures on the ground during training and being harnessed, however, customer cameras are not allowed in the airplane or freefall. There are no exceptions.
We will make every effort to allow you to jump with your friend, however, this is not always possible. There is a maximum of two tandem students per aircraft.
The plane ride to altitude will take roughly 20 minutes. Upon exit we will freefall for up to a minute then spend 4-7 minutes under the parachute. You are more than welcome to steer the parachute and depending on your fortitude can do spins, fly gently or whatever you like.
Typical we fall at about 120 MPH, although, this can increase or decrease depending on weight, body size and position.
Most students say the opening wasn’t nearly as hard as they’d anticipated. On occasion, the parachute will open harder than normally expected. Although possible, it is unlikely you would sustain any injuries or even discomfort from an opening. Please consult your physician if you have any concerns.
Several factors come into play when we land a parachute. Most tandem landings are very soft and often we stand up nicely. However this soft, stand up style, landing cannot be guaranteed and students must be physically fit enough to perform a parachute landing fall 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.
Movies are full of scenes where the parachute doesn’t open, however, in the real world it’s highly unlikely the primary parachute will not open. That said, we jump with a back up (reserve) parachute that would be deployed in the event of any malfunction. In addition to a back up parachute, we utilize small electronic systems called automatic activation devices that deploy the reserve parachute at a safe altitude in the event the jumper is unable to deploy the parachute on his or her own.
To ensure everyone’s safety, our instructors will only exit the plane after the previous skydiver is a safe distance away. So, when you jump, you will be thousands of feet away from your friend. One person’s freefall will be on each video. However, footage and stills can usually be taken of groups or couples on the ground, in the plane and after your jump. Just ask your videographer.
The sensation is nothing like being on top of a ladder, a bridge or a building. From two miles up we’re too far above the ground to experience any height induced vertigo. With little reference other than the open sky, it feels more like floating than falling, and the ground is too far away to provide perspective. Essentially an individual will no more encounter a fear of heights during a skydive than when looking out the window of a commercial airliner.
Our typical exit altitude is approximately two miles above the ground providing 40-60 second of freefall followed by 5-7 minutes under the parachute. The FAA forbids us from jumping through clouds, so if there’s a cloud layer, we offer skydivers the option of a slightly lower skydive under the clouds or to reschedule their skydive to another day.
Skydiving is an extreme sport with inherent risks. At Green Mountain Skydiving, we work hard to mitigate these risks, however, risks remain on each and every jump. That said, your safety is our top priority at Green Mountain Skydiving. We employ only experienced FAA licensed pilots and United States Parachute Association licensed skydiving instructors. We are a Group Member of the USPA, have signed the Group Member Pledge and follow all USPA and FAA rules, regulations and recommendations. We have electronic Automatic Activation Devices on all of our Parachute Systems that are designed to activate the reserve parachute in the event the instructor is unable to pull the parachute for any reason. If you’re concerned about the safety of skydiving, the United States Parachute Association keeps detailed safety records and is a great resource.
The beauty of tandem is it does not require hours of training. Instead, you’ll watch a short training video where we explain the process and teach the correct body position. After the video, you’ll meet with your professional, United States Parachute Association licensed instructor for some additional one-on-one, then it’s off to the plane for the thrill of a lifetime.
The United States Parachute Association (USPA) is the governing agency overseeing skydivers in the United States. They are the only such agency in the United States and have set forth standards in skydiving safety and training. All of our Instructors possess instructional ratings recognized by the USPA.
Please call (802) 379-7998 email at GreenMountainSkydiving@gmail.com. We’re eager to answer any questions you might have and look forward to speaking with you.