learn to jump solo

Over the course of two days you learn how to exit the airplane by yourself and you then proceed to safely fly your parachute back to solid ground. The First Jump Course is a fantastic introduction to parachuting!

The jump you’ll perform is a Static Line jump where the parachute opens automatically as soon as you’ve jumped out of the airplane. With a staticline jump there’s no freefall involved. The parachute is square-shaped and can be flown in any direction (as opposed to the old-school round parachutes).

Paracentrum Texel has everything to offer to make your jump a success. The Netherlands most spectacular location and expert full-time instructors that live to jump.

how does it work?

Ground school

DaY 1: theorY

CHECK-IN:

We’ll expect you Sunday morning at 09:00 at our front office. There’re we’ll get the necessary paperwork in order. There you can hand over your passport photograph and your medical statement. Make sure to be on time though as we’ll have a lot of ground to cover and the course will start at 09:00 sharp.

GROUNDSCHOOL:

There’s a lot to be learnt before you can take to the sky. You’ll learn about the equipment, the various procedures, how to handle emergencies, how to fly the parachute and how to land safely.

It will be a lot to take in but fortunately our experienced instructors know how to get all the information across in the most efficient manner. We take everyone’s individual preferred pace, experience and physical condition into consideration to get the best results.

harnastest

safety first

THEORETICAL EXAM

Before you proceed to jump you’ll have to pass a practical exam, the ‘harnastest’. An instructor will present various scenarios where you have to respond in the correct manner in order to pass. This way we’re sure that you know how to effectively respond in any (unlikely) emergency scenario and you’ll be safe to deal with any scenario.

Eager students during groundschool see their efforts pay off here. If your skills aren’t where they need to be you won’t pass until you’ve studied and trained-up. 

airborne !

day 2: go time

UP IN TO THE AIR

After you’ve passed your harnas test, and the weather conditions are just right, we’ll start jumping.

As you take your seat in the airplane your parachute is attachted to the airframe by means of a (static) line. Shortly after the airplane takes off en we’ll reach ‘exit altitude’ a few minutes later. Your instructor will open the door of the airplane and will do a visual check to verify if we’re precisely where we need to be.

The few seconds just before you exit the airplane are probably the most exciting ones of the entire course. You won’t get to dwell on this for long though as it’s about time to get out. The students move towards the door one at a time where they swing out their legs, do the countdown and then exit gracefully.

The static line, that connects the jumpers to the airframe, opens the parachute automatically as the jumpers fall away from the airplane.

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landed!

back on earth

YOU’VE DONE IT!

You’ve just successfully left an airplane in full flight and flown a parachute flight pattern to your landing zone where you touched down safely. Not an everyday occurrence or something to be taken lightly.

HOW TO PROCEED?
If you want to progress into becoming a licenced skydiver you’ll have two choices. The first option would be to do 4 more staticline jumps to earn your staticline licence.

With each jump you’ll gain confidence as your exits improve, the parachute flight will become easier and your landings will get softer. If you then continue with the AFF programme you’ll have everything covered from the moment your parachute opens. During your AFF course only the part that comes before opening the parachute, the freefall, will be new.

You can also choose to go straight to the AFF programme to learn how to freefall and do a true skydive. With this course you’ll be trained to become a full fledged solo skydiver where you’ll experience freefalls of up to 60 seconds per jump.

FJC cource prices

the best 2 day course around

Two days on the Island of Texel and only fun stuff to do. With a solo parachutejump as icing on the cake. And not any jump, one where you yourself have to fly the parachute by yourself back to terra firma. That’s what the First Jump Course is all about.

And who knows, you might get bitten by the Skydive bug and continue on to progress to become a fully licenced skydiver. It’s one of the greatest hobbies around so don’t be surprised if you leave the course with a new way to spend your weekends.

We’d to love show you our beautiful Island from it’s best vantage point so come join us and sign up!

additional jump(s)
€ 49,-
Staticline jump for First Jump Course graduates. Does not include mandatory KNVvL 1 year membership for insurance purposes.
Briefing and instruction
Static-line jump from 5000 ft
Gear rental
Parachute packing

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If you’d like to enroll in the First Jump Course there’s a few conditions you’ll need to meet:

  • Minimum age
    You’ll need to be 16 years of age. If you’re 16 years old but not yet of legal age we’ll need a signed permission form signed by a legal guardian (download the underage jumper form here)
     
  • Maximum weight
    The maximum weight (including clothing and shoes) is 100 kg. If you just a little bit over 100 kg. please contact us and we’ll see what we can do.
     
  • Passport photograph
    We’ll need your passphoto when we get your paperwork in order on your first day of the course.
     
  • Medical statement
    Without a signed and stamped medical you can’t partake in a parachuting course such as AFF, FJC or TJE.

    Any medical doctor can provide the check and sign/ stamp the statement. This usually takes about 5 minutes.

    Take notice:
    The statement is only valid if it’s signed and stamped where the stamps includes the doctors registration number and name.

    Download the medical stament form here.

checklist

So you’ve decided that you want to learn parachuting by yourself? Great! You’ve taken the first and crucial step that leads one of the most rewarding hobbies imaginable.

Here’s an overview of items to get in order as soon as possible:

  • Signup for the course
    It’s a bit obvious but the first step is to signup for the First Jump Course.
     
  • Stay on Texel
    If you don’t have a place to sleep on the Island you’ll have to find a place to stay. As a budget choice we recommend the nearby Hotel De Kievit, otherwise check the local tourist office.
     
  • Medical statement
    Please get your medical fitness statement in order as soon as possible as most doctors are willing to perform the checkup, some don’t. In that case you’ll have time to find another doctor to get one.

    Download the medical statement form here.
     

  • Passport photograph
    We’ll need your passphoto when we get your paperwork in order on your first day of the course. So if you don’t have any available get one made.
     
  • Clothing and shoes
    When you pack your bag you don’t have to bring special to wear as long as your clothes allow for free movement (like when you would go for a walk of run). With regards to shoes: sneakers are best. Slippers, high-heels and army boots are not suitable to jump in.
     
  • Sign the waiver
    After your booking you’ll receive a confirmation email that has a link to a liability release waiver in it. Please sign the waiver as soon as possible and well in advance of your arrival.
     
  • Underage jumper agreement
    If you’re older than 16 but not yet of legal age we’ll need a signed document by a legal guardian stating that you’re allowed to jump. Download the form here.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the First Jump Course checkout the FAQ section below or visit the FAQ page with all the Questions and Answers.

Courses: general

How do the courses differ?

The AFF-course (Accelerated Free Fall) is the most common teaching method to learn how to jump fully independent out of an airplane. This includes the free fall, as well as the knowledge how to handle the parachute and the landings. If you successfully finished this course you may jump independently (solo) as a sports-parachutist.

The FJC (First JumpC ourse) is an amazing opportunity to get a taste of Skydiving. In this course you will be busy with learning how to handle the parachute. After one day ground instructions, you will be jumping out of the airplane with a static line attached to the airplane. Hence, you will not feel the free fall yet,but know how to fly under a parachute. After 5 static line jumps you will have earned your static line brevet (and also your Wing).

The TJE (TotalJumpExperience) is your chance to learn how to fly under the parachute, by doing one day ground instructions and 5 static line jumps, followed by a first AFF jump, in which you will experience the free fall. This means after this course you only need another 6 AFF jumps to be an independent (solo) parachutist.

What do you need for the first course day?

On the first day of your course you will need:

  • Your medical examniation paper *
  • Two passport photos
  • If applicable: your voucher
  • If applicable: your payment confirmation
  • Casual/ sporty clothing
  • Solid shoes (without open heels or high-heels)
  • Enough water & sunscreen

* The medical examination needs to be signed by a doctor, with his stemp and his BIG number.

Download Medical Examination Paper
What can I do to prepare myself?

Well begun is half done:

  • Make sure you are on time fir the registration. The courses start at 9am. Depending on your travel distance, it might be good to arrive a day earlier, since you also need to take the times of the ferry into account. This way you will be fit and well rested on your first day of the course.
  • Wear solid shoes!

Not sure whether jumping out of an airplane is the right thing for you?

Try a tandemjump with us, you will make the first experience of the exit out of an airplane, the free fall, steering a parachute and landing back on earth. Most of our course participant have been infected with the stoke for parachuting after a tandemjump!

Do I really need a medical examination paper?

Yes. Without a medical examination you are not allowed to participate in any of the jump courses we offer (e.g. AFF, FJC, TJE).

The medical examination can be done by any general practitioner and usually does not take any longer than 5 minutes.

Attention: The medical examination is only valid if stemped and signed by the general practitioner.

Sportjumpers who have not finished their A-Licence need to refresh/ renew their medication examination every two years.

Download Medical Examination Paper
What is the minimum age and the maximum age to take part in a course?

The minimum age for sport jumpers is 16, which means that also participants may not be younger then 16. Nonetheless, till your 18th birthday you need the written allowance of your parents or legal guardian to participate in a jumping course.

Parachuting is a very age-diverse sport. Many jumpers keep jumping till age 60, 70 or 80.

However, to start jumping out of an airplane is different then being experienced and continuing throughout his/ her life. The most important fact is your physicalhealth. Hence, please inform us if you are older than 50 years. We will then talk with you and see what options we can offer, especially since safety of all our participants is the most important to us!

What happens if I cannot make all jumps in one go?

If you cannot finish your course in one go (e.g. because of bad weather conditions), then you have the chance to finish it within one year.

However, play attention to the following rules:

  • A harness-test is valid for 3 months. If you do not have a valid harness-test anymore you need to do a new harness-test. (This is the case for all sportjumpers who do not have a finished B-License.
  • The ground-course is valid for 6 months. Hence, if you have not jumped within these 6 months, you need to participate again in ground-instructions.
  • In order to participate in a Dutch jumpcourse you need to be insured via the Dutch jumpers association (KNVvL). This insurance is valid for 1 years and needs to be possibly re-freshed if you finish your course much later in time.

These rules are applicable to all our courses offered.

An important fact that is also good to know: Paracentrum Texel is daily open from April till October!

How long will my insurance be valid for?

When you book your course you'll automatically be signed up as a trial member at the Dutch National Parachuting association (KNVvL). Parachute jumping activities insurance is included for all members. The insurance policy is valid for a year.

FJC (First Jump Course)

What can and can't you do once you're a FJC graduate?

Je mag dan static-line sprongen uitvoeren. Na 5 static-line sprongen ontvang je het static-line brevet. Je moet wel elke 3 maanden een harnastest doen. Heb je langer dan 6 maanden niet gesprongen zal je weer een (gedeeltelijke) grondopleiding moeten volgen.

Is het verstandig om eerst in een wind tunnel te oefenen?

Bij de FJC doe je geen vrije val, de windtunnel heeft dan geen meerwaarde.

Hoeveel dagen neemt de opleiding in beslag?

De grondopleiding is zondag en maandag ochtend. Maandag middag wordt er gesprongen.

Kan ik de FJC opleiding combineren met een vakantie op Texel?

Deze opleiding is goed te combineren met een vakantie. Je kunt er òf een lang weekend van maken òf een hele week aan vastplakken.