What is Solo Skydiving?
Solo jumps are done by skydivers who have experience & training in freefall. While making a solo jump, the skydiver leaves the aircraft from a certain altitude & flies his body at approximately 200km/hr. The skydiver then opens his own parachute & flies to the landing zone at 12350ft.
The Everest Skydive is open to FAI “C” and “D” license holders, or those who can demonstrate over 200 logged and witnessed jumps under the regulations of a recognized parachute association of any country. Documents, including relevant medical certification.
What is Tandem Skydiving?
Tandem skydiving refers to a type of skydiving where a novice skydiver (“student” or “passenger”) is connected via a harness to an experienced skydiver (“tandem master” or “tandem instructor”). The instructor controls the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy and landing. The student or passenger needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump. More than a million tandem skydives are made each year around the world for pleasure. It is also a popular training method for first time skydivers. It exposes first-time jumpers to the skydiving routine with minimal expectations from the student and maximum safety. The tandem master is responsible for safe and correct time of parachute deployment. The weight limit for Tandem skydiving is 95 Kg.
Tandem skydiving requires equipment with some differences from sport skydiving rigs. All modern tandem skydiving systems use a drogue parachute, which is deployed either from the aircraft or shortly after leaving the plane in order to slow the freefall speed of two people down to that of a single skydiver. This is necessary for proper parachute deployment, lengthening the duration of the skydive, and allowing the skydivers to fall at the same speed as videographers. Tandem skydiving systems also use larger main parachutes (360 square feet and larger) to support the extra weight of two passengers. The three most common tandem skydiving systems in use are the Strong Dual Hawk, the Relative Workshop Vector Tandem, and the Relative Workshop Sigma Tandem. Everest Skydive is using the Dual Hawk System made by Strong Enterprises, and Tom Noonan , the director of Tandem from the company is overseeing all Everest Skydive tandem operations
Tandem instructors are required to pass an instructor certification course for the system they jump before skydiving with students. All Everest Skydive instructors are so rated. Most countries have varying laws or regulations allowing who may skydive with a passenger or student. The United Kingdom requires each potential instructor prior to their training and examination to have over five hundred individual skydives and three years of skydiving experience. Individual manufacturers’ certification courses usually have additional requirements. All Everest Skydive tandem masters are qualifies under British, American and Australian regulations and to the manufacturers stringent requirements.