earn your wing and staticline licence

Since Paracentrum Texel was founded in 1969 many thousands of military personnel have trained with us to get their wings. Over the years news of our training programme and facilities have spread over our national borders and we’ve started instructing military personnel from other countries as well.

Static line square

During this course you’ll be jumping a square (sometimes called mattress) parachute. Virtually all military divisions currently use this model as the older round parachute has been phased out.

The square parachute enables you to accurate choose your landing site and to land softly. During the course we jump from an altitude of 3500 feet (about 1100 meters).

The course is best value option for those seeking to get their Static Line licence which entitles military personnel to wear the much coveted “wings”. The course is available to non-military jumpers as well.

Groundschool at barracks

It’s usually possible to cover the groundschool portion of the course at you divisions barracks. This would then be an evening course and is possible from ten participants and up. 

This option has the benefit of timely execution when on the Island as you’ll just need a short briefing on the dropzone before you can get airborne.

Please contact us by telephone is you are interested in this option.

MSQ course prices

De groundcourse consists of:

  • Introduction to the jump gear
  • Stable exits from the airframe
  • Opening the reserve parachute
  • Knowledge of special procedures
  • Flying a (landing)pattern
  • Performing safe landings (with the pararoll)

After you’ve completed your fifth jump you’ll have graduated and are entitled to wear the military wing on your uniform. If you’d like to continue learning how to skydive, for instance by including freefall, you’re already at the right place. 

Groupdiscount:

If you’re with a group of 10 jumpers or more please contact Jan Boyen Rienks at +31(0)621580487.

Refresher course:

If you’ve taken the course within 2 years and haven’t been able to make all 5 jumps you’ll have to retake the groundcourse. During the jump season you can do this every week.

Doing groundschool again is mandatory if:

  • you haven’t made your first jump within 2 months after graduating groundschool
  • you haven’t jumped in the last 3 months
jump for licencee
€ 49,-
Static Line jump for licensed jumpers.
Briefing and instructio
Static-line jump from 5000 ft.
Gear rental
Parachute packing

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If you’d like to enroll in the TJE 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 Total Jump Experience.
  • 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.

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.

MSQ (Military Static Line)

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

Als je geslaagd bent voor de Military Square / Military Static Line opleiding (MSQ) mag je zelfstandig static-line sprongen uitvoeren. Na 5 static-line sprongen ontvang je het namelijk het static-line brevet.

Je moet wel elke 3 maanden een harnastest doen, net als elke springer die nog niet een B brevet heeft.

Let wel op: als je langer dan 6 maanden niet gesprongen hebt zul je weer een (gedeeltelijke) grondopleiding moeten volgen.

Would it be smart to first visit a windtunnel

As there is no freefall component with static line jumps training in a windtunnel won't help you much. In a windtunnel you specifically learn how to move your body in freefall.

Attending a windtunnel/ indoor skydiving course is excellent fun though and we highly recommend spending some time in one.

How many days will the course take?

Groundschool will take up sunday and monday morning.You'll be jumping from monday afternoon till friday. The weather conditions will dictate when you'll get to jump.

Can I combine the MSQ course with a holiday on Texel

Yes, you can combine the MSQ course quite well as quite a bit of time is allocated to wait for good weather and during that time you're free to discover the Island.

Do you have to be part of a Military to do this course?

No, this course is available for civilians as well.