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Want to skydive Georgia, but have questions? We've highlighted some of the most frequently asked skydiving questions below. Take a moment to review the skydiving FAQs below and if you still have questions, feel free to contact us directly at Office: (770) 207-1122 or on the DZ Mobile: (770) 712-5281. We'd love to speak with you about skydiving Atlanta!

General

How long have you been in business?

Skydive Monroe was established in 1993. We're proud to be the best location to skydive Georgia!

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How do I find your location?

Our physical mailing address is 535 Towler Street, Monroe, GA 30655. Not all GPS systems have our mailing address programmed, so please verify this before beginning your trip. Please visit our directions link for turn by turn directions to Skydive Monroe.

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Are pets allowed at Skydive Monroe

Pets are not permitted at Skydive Monroe at anytime.

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Is there a place where we may purchase food at Skydive Monroe?

At this time, we do not offer food services at Skydive Monroe. Vending machines for drinks and snacks are available on-site, so we do recommend bringing lunch as you'll be with us for 5 to 6 hours for your Atlanta skydiving experience.

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First Time Skydiver Questions

What should I wear for my skydive?

Dress so that you are comfortable for the temperatures on the ground. If it will be a warm day, then tee shirt, shorts and tennis shoes will be best. If it's going to be a chilly day, then jeans, a long-sleeved tee shirt and tennis shoes are recommended. If it's particularly cold then we recommend long-johns or Under Armour wear (works particularly well). We will be providing you with a jumpsuit to put on over your clothing, so please do not wear anything too bulky (heavy jackets). Tennis shoes or 'sneakers' is recommended for footwear. Boots are not recommended.

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Should I arrive earlier than my scheduled time?

No. Arrival time is your booking time. You will be at the DZ for approximately 4-5 hours. Please prepare for this as there is some down time between your training and actually boarding the plane. There is much happening behind the scenes by-way of re-packing parachutes etc. Please be patient and prepare for one of the best experiences of your life!

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Should I eat before I jump?

Skydiving is not like being on a roller coaster so you will not feel sick while in freefall. Ideally, we wish you to be hydrated and to eat normally. Guests often feel nauseated after the skydiving experience if they've eaten nothing at all because of the surge of adrenaline during the experience. So, please eat properly!

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Why will I be at Skydive Monroe for between 4 and 5 hours?

Skydive Monroe is fortunate to fly a large, 14 passenger aircraft that takes passengers up to 14,000 feet allowing for the best skydiving experience. Because of the major expense of operating a large aircraft, heavy volume is required to fly. The design of our booking schedule is to allow for customers to be with us for between 4 and 5 hours. The wait time is created by having to pack parachutes for both tandem and videographer parachutes alike.

Much is happening behind the scenes, so please be patient and stay relaxed for the experience of a lifetime. Wait times are greatly reduced for those scheduled early in the mornings (8:00 and 9:00am).

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The weight restriction for men is 225lbs and 170lbs for women, how strict are you on this weight requirement?

We are very firm on our weight requirement. This weight requirement includes shoes and clothing that you will be wearing for the jump. Individuals who are close to this weight will be asked to stand on a private scale at the time of check-in. Exceptions can be made for the women's category of 170lbs based on fitness levels. If in doubt, it is recommended to visit the skydive center prior to your jump to receive an assessment.

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If I have friends and family coming to watch, what time should they arrive?

Unless your booking time is for either 8:00 or 9:00 AM, we recommend that spectators arrive approximately an hour and a half after your reservation time. If you have an 8 or 9 AM time, please have your guests come with you or within 30 minutes of your scheduled arrival time so they don't miss your experience skydiving Atlanta.

Please note that all children 12 years and under must be under adult supervision at all times.

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Should I tip my instructor or videographer, what is standard procedure?

We recognize that skydiving is an expensive activity - tips are never expected, but always appreciated! If you feel you have received exceptionally good service by your instructor or videographer they are always appreciative!

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What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my jump and how does it effect my reservation?

All payments are non-refundable, but are transferable and are valid for one calendar year. In the event that your skydive will have to be rescheduled, you will have up to one calendar year to reschedule. If you have a long drive and it appears that the weather will be inclement, all are encouraged to contact Skydive Monroe at Office: (770) 207-1122 to check on the status of the weather.

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What does Skydive Monroe consider bad weather?

Conditions that effect the postponement, delay or cancellation of a skydive are as follows:

  • Heavy Clouds - if cloud conditions are thick not allowing jumpers / instructors to see the ground from the jump altitude, then jumping is discontinued. The exception to this is if the cloud cover is above an altitude of 10,000 feet.
  • Rain - Jumping in the rain can be an unpleasant experience. We do not operate when it's raining.
  • Wind - If ground winds are in excess of 20mph or if upper altitude winds are excessively high.

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Is there anything I should bring?

Bring a folded chair so you can relax comfortably while waiting for your turn to skydive. There will be lots of skydiving happening, so bring a chair and of course your sunglasses - you'll be looking up at the sky a lot to see all the Atlanta skydiving fun!

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If I have a GoPro camera or a similar small camera, am I permitted to bring this with me on my jump?

No outside cameras are permitted on your skydive due to safety reasons. There are no exceptions.

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AFF Training Questions

What is AFF?

The AFF training program is a comprehensive seven jump program designed to train an individual with a strong foundation to become a solo, certified skydiver by developing safe freefall and canopy skills. From your first jump, you will be skydiving with individual parachute equipment and will be responsible for its operation.

There are seven levels in the AFF program; each level features targeted learning skills for you to master. The jumps allow you to practice basic freefall awareness.

After deploying your parachute at approximately 4500 feet, you will be assisted with canopy control via ground to air communication.

AFF is the most commonly employed path to becoming a licensed skydiver. What are you waiting for, call to book your first skydive today at Georgia's finest drop zone!

Some things you should know:

  • You should plan to spend a full day at the DZ for your first skydive.
  • You should plan to wear comfortable season appropriate clothing and athletic shoes (no open toes).
  • You will be asked to wear a jump suit and head gear to protect your clothes from wear and tear.
  • There are weight limits of 225 lbs for men and 170 for women.*

*Some exceptions will be made based on an assessment of your fitness. Skydive Monroe also maintains the right to refuse service to anybody deemed unfit or in cases where you and/or the instructors safety would be put in jeopardy.

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Am I required to do a tandem skydive in order to enroll in AFF?

No, tandem skydiving is not required to begin the AFF program, however it can aid in better awareness during your first skydive. Each level within the AFF program requires an individual to achieve different skill sets while in freefall. If the feeling of freefall has never been experienced, it can be a distraction as your senses process this new feeling. A tandem skydive allows you to experience freefall and will give you a better understanding if solo skydiving is an activity you would enjoy pursuing. It is encouraged, but not a requirement.

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What is entailed with the First Jump Course?

The first jump course involves six hours of classroom training followed by a level one jump in the afternoon. The first jump course will identify the parachute gear and how it works, correct freefall body position, identifying and handling emergency procedures, and flying the canopy. The level one jump will include two freefall instructors alongside you while in freefall until the time of deployment. Once under canopy, a member of the ground crew will instruct you on proper flying techniques and landing via wireless radio.

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What is involved with each level?

Each level represents a skill set the student is required to learn and demonstrate while in freefall. Advancement to the next level will not occur until each student properly demonstrates that he / she can execute the specific skills introduced for the particular level. Failure to demonstrate this skill set may require the student to repeat the level.

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How often should I be jumping while enrolled in the AFF program?

Students are encouraged to stay as current as possible and not allow too much time to elapse between jumps. Ideally, the more jumps one can make in a shorter period of time, the better. This helps improve confidence and allows you to progress more quickly. Students who go beyond 30 days from their last jump will be required to repeat their last, successfully completed level. Students who surpass 90 days since their last completed jump will be required to sit through the first jump course as a refresher on procedures.

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What happens after AFF Level 7 is completed?

Following level seven, the student will be jumping without radio assistance and will begin to develop freefall and canopy skills beyond basic competencies as taught in the AFF program. Emphasis will be placed on meeting all skill sets required on the A license proficiency card. The main goal for a new skydiver is to attain an A-license which permits skydivers to jump with other, non-instructor skydivers. The A license also allows jumpers to jump at other dropzones.

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What is required to attain the A license?

A minimum of 25 jumps is required to attain an A license. If the student has completed a tandem skydive, the tandem is included in this 25 jump requirement. The A-license proficiency checklist (you will receive one at the beginning of your First Jump Course) must be fully completed. Also the ability to pack a parachute correctly is a requirement when earning the A license.

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Once I become an A licensed skydiver, what should I do about owning my own gear?

It is recommended that new jumpers purchase used gear before owning brand new gear. As you gain more experience, you'll learn more about the discipline of skydiving you wish to participate in and eventually you will probably want a smaller canopy. It is always recommended to purchase used gear that has been properly inspected by an FAA certified parachute rigger to determine gear quality and airworthiness.

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DVD & Photo Questions

What are the details of the Video & Photo packages?

The videographers of Skydive Monroe are some of the best in the world and will capture every aspect of your skydive. All videos are burned to a DVD and you will receive a fully edited finished product within 30 minutes after your skydive. The highlights of your video include - meeting the instructor, getting geared up, boarding the aircraft, an interview half-way to altitude (7,000 feet) and of course the moment of being in the door at 14,000 feet and every part of the free fall experience. Pricing for video services are $95 for DVD only or Stills only. The price for both DVD & Still photography (on a USB stick) is $120.

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If there are two of us, can we hire one videographer to capture both of our skydives?

This is not possible. Each tandem skydive pair exits the airplane with about 5 to 10 seconds of separation between exits to ensure that parachutes will not open in close proximity of each other. Because of this separation it is not possible for a videographer to fly from one tandem skydiving group to another.

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