Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for Paragon Skydives Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ.

While there is a lot of information in here, please see our Terms & Conditions for more information and or any details referred to in the FAQ.

About the Skydive

Who can skydive at the Grand Canyon

You have to be over 18 to Skydive with us and of good physical fitness to skydive with us. Please DON’T forget to bring your I.D. no matter what age you are. Unfortunately if you don’t have a valid I.D. we cant let you jump.

Is skydiving fun or just terrifying?

Tandem skydiving can be very exhilarating and thrilling, but it is amazing fun also. The tandem master is there to look after everything and remember, tandem skydiving is a lot safer statistically than you might think. The freefall is a major adrenaline rush, but the flight under canopy is surprisingly peaceful, quiet and surreal, especially with the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Its definitely a lot more fun than terrifying, although you would not be human if you weren’t a bit scared when you jump out the door!

Can I change my mind on the day

You can change your mind on the day, if you really want to, but there will be an associated fee as we will not be able to fill the space at such short notice. If you go in the aircraft and decide not to jump out there will be no refund.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details .

Will I be able to see my friend jump

We are planning to have a camera in the plane so that you can remotely watch your friends and/or family members on their ascent flight and as they exit the aircraft. This will be coming soon!

Unfortunately the landing area itself is in a restricted part of the airport so you will have to wait until they are driven back to the Paragon Skydive area to see them.

Each parachute will have a different colour identifier, so you know which one to look out for in the sky.

However, the video and photo options will capture the entire experience to share again and again…

What does freefall feel like?

Nothing else compares!

It has been described as: Total Freedom! Amazing and unforgettable! Flying like a bird or better yet, like Superman/Superwoman! You’ll have to try it for yourself and tell us what you think.

What are the physical requirements to Tandem Skydive?

Skydiving is an extreme activity, and we have to make decisions regarding your safety with the following things in mind:
You need to be a generally healthy person with an average (enough) fitness level that must be able to maneuver into the required positions to enable a safe skydive.
If you have any medical concerns, please seek the advice of a Medical Professional.

Can i jump by myself without an instructor?

No, due to FAA and other government restrictions Paragon Skydive is a Tandem only skydiving operation.

If I am a licensed skydiver, can I jump with Paragon Skydive at the Grand Canyon?

Unfortunately due to strict aviation policies surrounding the Grand Canyon, our Grand Canyon National Park location is strictly a tandem only operation.

Can I pull/fly the parachute?

YES!! With our Extreme Extras you will be allowed to pull, steer and fly the parachute, all with the safety of your tandem instructor behind you. You will be given training on the ground on the procedures of steering methods before taking to the sky to experience this thrill.
Please note that you will be attached to your tandem instructor the entire time and flying the parachute is only possible for a portion of your flight, Our USPA qualified tandem instructors will take over to complete the descent and landing and may need to take over due to weather conditions and any other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Can I take my own camera?

No, for safety reasons you are not able to bring your own camera or mobile phone on the skydive, including GoPros. Photo and video options are available as part of a package or as an add-on to your skydive taken by your tandem instructor using the correct equipment for skydiving.

How long will my skydive take?

Although the skydive itself from start to finish only takes approx 40 minutes, you may have to spend a considerable amount of time at our facility. Factors that include aircraft status, weather, and other unforeseen circumstances, may hinder our ability to conduct speedy skydiving operations. On non-busy days you can expect to complete the skydiving process within 2.5 hours which includes the check-in and training process; however on busier days you should keep your schedule clear for at least a half-day. We strive to make your experience safe, memorable, and expedient; so we ask for your patience & understanding.

Will I be given goggles to wear?

Yes, we will provide goggles for you, that must be worn for safety purposes.

I need to wear my glasses, can i still skydive?

Not to worry we have special goggles that can be fitted over the top of most standard glasses so you wont miss out on a second of the action.

Is it possible to land in the canyon?

No, it is the Grand Canyon is National Park and it is prohibited to land skydivers below the rim.

What does terminal velocity mean?

Terminal velocity is the maximum speed that a freely falling object eventually reaches when the resistance of the medium through which it is falling prevents further acceleration.

A typical terminal velocity for a skydiver freely falling through the air is roughly 220 kilometres per hour (150 miles per hour) – its fast.

Safety

Is tandem skydiving safe?

At Paragon Skydive, safety is our #1 priority and we are 100% committed to this!

    • OUt Highly experienced Tandem Instructors are qualified and accredited by the USPA as well as being specifically trained by the equipment manufacturers.
    • To become a Tandem Instructor in the USA, one of the many requirements is that you must have completed hundreds of skydives with some of our staff having over 8,000 jumps in total.
    • We use state of the art equipment including Vigil Automatic Activation Devices that automatically deploys reserve parachute if required.
    • Our equipment is maintained to higher than recommended standards and all staff abide by our stringent safety rules and regulations.
    • Our Aircraft are maintained to stringent FAA specifications with routine inspections carried out by qualified aviation mechanics on an ongoing basis.
    • Statistically, according to the National Safety Council, you are more likely to be killed being struck by lightning than doing a tandem skydive!
    • Skydiving is an extreme sport, and like any extreme sport there is a certain amount of risk involved. When you compare the statistic of Tandem Skydiving compared with the statistics for registered cars in the same states, it would seem the most dangerous part of your day is going to be driving to the Drop Zone!

I have a disability can i still skydive?

We want nothing more than to share our amazing skydiving experiences with as many people as possible and we try our best to accommodate everyone, including people with disabilities. Generally you eligibility will depend on how your disability will affect your ability to perform certain actions that are required for safety during a tandem skydive, such as crossing your arms across your chest and lifting your legs for landing etc.

More and more equipment being developed all the time that can help us share the accommodate people with disabilities, If you have a disability but would still like to skydive please contact us and we can discuss the possible options that may be available and see how we can cater to individual needs.

What if the parachute doesn’t open?

Do not worry, in the extremely unlikely event we have a malfunction with the main parachute there is a backup ready to go.

As part of the FAA regulations, all tandem parachute jumps must be made with a single harness, dual parachute system with both a main and a secondary, or reserve, parachute. Basically, if one doesn’t work, you have a backup. The reserve parachutes are inspected and repacked on a strict timetable by an FAA-certified rigger whether they’ve been used or not. The main parachutes are inspected and packed by a rigger or experienced packer every time after use. In addition, all tandem parachutes must have an AAD (automatic activation device) which will deploy if the both the student and or tandem instructor fail to activate either the main or reserve parachute.

What if I have consumed alcohol prior to the Skydive?

No alcohol is to be consumed 8 hours prior to your tandem skydive, we reserve the right to refuse clients we suspect to be intoxicated and with no refund as per our terms and conditions.

Can I Scuba dive before my Skydive?

When Scuba diving BEFORE Skydiving, you MUST WAIT 24 hours before skydiving with Paragon Skydive. If possible, complete your skydive BEFORE Scuba diving, as it is ok to Skydive BEFORE Scuba diving.

Is there a weight or size limit for skydiving?

Yes, for safety reasons there are weight and size limits for tandem skydiving.

We need to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Why are there size and weight restrictions and extra charges

Size and weight restrictions are applied at all drop zones are are there to ensure the safety of the tandem passenger and our instructors. The equipment that is used comes with loading restrictions.

Extra charges are applied because the Tandem Instructor’s job is much more physically demanding when taking larger loads as well as extra strain being put on our equipment particularly at the parachute opening and landing portions of the skydiving resulting in equipment needing to be replaced more regularly. We also have to reduce the amount of people in the aircraft when taking passengers in a certain weight range.

Booking, Costs & Fees

What if my preferred time is unavailable?

Paragon Skydive works on a first come first serve basis with bookings. That means we will try to fit you in at the closest time we can to your preferred booking time based on our availability on the day. We will try to work with you to find another date and time that suits – please note that during summer months or with larger groups it is advised to book at least 2 weeks in advance.

Why haven’t my tickets been sent to me?

We do not issue tickets; please retain your confirmation email as proof of your booking – we will be able to search you in our system using the email address used to make the booking.

Do I have to give my credit card numbers at booking time and will my card be charged?

We require your credit card number at time of booking for a deposit of $100 per person to secure your placement. We charge the remainder to your card and any upgrades you would like to add on the day of your skydive.

Note: We do have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Failure to show up for your skydive or cancellation within 24 hours of your skydive and 48 hours in advance for any tour or transport options will result in the full amount being charged to your credit card. See terms and conditions for details.

What if my jump is cancelled by Paragon Skydive?

In the event that your jump has been cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances due to Paragon Skydive or the Airport issues, your booking will be re-scheduled to another date that suits you, either on the same day or another. If you cannot make it back at another time, you will receive a full refund.

What currency are prices in and are there additional taxes?

All prices are listed are in US$ and include all taxes

Can I book for someone else?

Yes! You can book for others or book in as a group. If you would like to give a tandem skydive as a gift you can purchase a gift voucher which will be sent via email for you to print out.

How far in advance should i book?

Bookings can be made from one day before on the website, to a maximum of 12 months in advance. In peak summer season a two weeks advance notice is strongly recommended. To ensure you can jump on your preferred date we highly recommend booking in as early as possible.

(Please note bookings for the same day must be made by phone or at the skydive office as website bookings can not be taken for the same day)

How long are gift vouchers valid for?

Gift vouchers are valid for 24 months from date of purchase.

Can I book online?

Absolutely! Please click book now to begin the bookings process.

Can I book via email or by phone?

No, we do not take bookings by phone or email – all bookings must go through our online booking system – we require you to read and agree to a number of items and to submit a deposit for your booking. Our online system is the most secure way for us and for you to manage this.

You can of course call or email us to check availability or if you have any questions about the skydive or booking process

Can I cancel my booking

We understand unforeseen circumstances can arise so we do allow cancellations.

However for cancellations some charges may apply. Please ring us.

–        more than 24 hours notification – No charge

–        less than 24 hrs – No changes can be made and the full amount will be taken

Can I change a booking?

Yes you can change your booking – some charges may be applicable

–        more than 24 hours notice – No charge

–        less than 24 hrs – only based on availability and a rescheduling fee will be charged