Got questions?

Fortunately we do have answers

Jumping from an airplane is something incredibly special. It is therefore very normal to have questions. Luckily, most questions have already been asked and answered.

On this page, we have listed the most frequently asked questions for you. The questions have been categorised by topic. If you do not immediately see your question listed under the topic you would expect it; check if the question has not been answered elsewhere.

If you still have questions after reading this page, call us during office hours on +31 (0)222 311464.

General

What will the weather be on the day of my jump?

This is always a very difficult question. Predicting the weather exactly is simply not yet very well possible. Especially if we look further than a few days ahead.

Luckily, we usually have quite a good idea of what we can generally expect. For this, we use the same information sources as people who do not fly and/or jump. See the links below to check the websites yourself.

When you call us to ask what the weather will be like, we will look at these websites.

Because we are located on an island, the weather is often extra difficult to predict. On the Wadden islands, weather can change very quickly, which makes it extra hard to predict.

One day in advance, at the end of the afternoon, we can have a reasonably good indication of whether we will be jumping the next day. But we are only sure right before boarding the aircraft.

Windfinder.com Buienradar.nl Yr.no
What weather isn't suitable for jumping

In short:

  • too much wind
  • precipitation
  • thick cloud layer too close too ground

Limitations for a tandemjump are more lenient than for the jumps made by students in a parachuting course.

If you're in doubt whether your jump can proceed call us the day before in the late afternoon. At that time we'll have the best / most accurate possible answer for you.

What's the best time of year to jump?

There's not really a best time of year to jump as every jump is an unforgettable experience and every jump is different.

You can jump on a day with clear skies and high temperatures but also on a day that's very cold with snow covering the Island. It's down to personal preference what you'll enjoy more.

Can I jump if my weight is over 100kg

If your weight including clothing and shoes is over 100kg (but no more than 115kg) you maybe able to do a tandem skydive with us.

It's not a given though that we can stretch the weight limit for you though, there's a few factors involved that have to be just right:

  • The windconditions have to be optimal. Not too strong, not too soft and from a certain range in winddirection.
  • The jumper needs to have enough muscle in their upper legs. For jumpers with big upper legs and little muscle mass it can be quite painful to be suspended in the harness. 
  • The jumper should be able to lift their legs for 10 seconds to an angle approaching 90 degrees. This is necessary during the landing.
  • On the jump day there needs to be an instructor who is willing and able to jump with additional weight load.

If you think you meet the criteria stated above you can probably still experience the tandem skydive. But please be aware that there's a fair chance that you won't be able to jump, for instance if the weather conditions aren't suitable.

Can I wear glasses or contacts when I jump?

Definitely, but there's a disclaimer. When we're in the airplane flying to altitude your instructor will fit you with special jump goggles. If you wear contact lenses (no difference between soft and hard lenses) they practically always stay in place.

If you wear glasses we'll provide you with oversized jump goggles that fit over your glasses. It's possible though that these goggles come off in freefall. It's extremely unlikely but it's happened before. If that were to happen on your jump the jump will still be safe but you'll likely lose your glasses/ contacts.

So it's at your own risk but the risk is extremely small.

What if I'm afraid of heights?

A fear of heights is often listed as the reason not to jump. Fortunately that's not how this condition works! 

As the airplane climbs so quickly you'll quickly be above the threshold altitude where your brain can register the changed perspective and translate that to a sense of altitude. Especially since you'll no longer be standing an a ground-connected structure.

There's a lot of examples of professional skydivers that suffer from fear or heights and still jump on a daily basis.

Will I need a medical check / certificate?

No you won't, not if you plan to do a tandem skydive. You will need one when you plan to do a course to learn to jump solo.

Is skydiving dangerous?

No, the statistics are definitely on your side. Driving your car to the airport is a multitude more dangerous. But keep in mind, although the changes of you hurting yourself are extremely small, skydiving is still an extreme sport with inherent risks.

Are you affiliated with a skydiving organisation?

Yes Paracentrum Texel is a member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart (KNVvL) organisation as well as the USPA.

All our instructors are certified under the strict KNVvL regulations.
Can I bring my dog?

Sure, you dog is very welcome as well. We have water drinking trays available on hot days.

There's a few house rules:

  • The dog must be leashed at all times
  • An adult must always supervise (the leash should be held at all times)
  • Any mishaps are your to cleanup

Bookings / Reservations

Can I make a reservation for someone else?

Yes, of course. Our 'flighttickets' are not personalized, which means you can also organize a surprise for someone and still be able to make a booking/ reservation beforehand.

This means you can also transfer a jump you booked for yourself, to someone else. Even if you signed your own liability release waiver already, just come to the reception. There the 'new' jumper will have the chance to sign his/ her liability release waiver.

How do I receive my statement of payment/ receipt?

If you have made an online reservation you will receive a statement of payment/ receipt and a booking confirmation including the most important information within a few minutes via e-mail.

How do I change the date of my reservation/ booking?

You have 2 options:

  1. By clicking the link in your confirmation e-mail and follow the instructions thereafter.
  2. You give us a call and we will change the date of your booking manually in our system for you.
How often can I change the date of my reservation?

That is no issue at all. You may change the date of the booking as often as you want. Nonetheless, a booked jump is valid for 2 years, so make sure you are not procrastinating too long.

I don't want to jump anymore. What can I do?

What a pity! There must have been a reason why you have booked an experience that will stick to you the rest of your life, right? Of course we understand, sometimes there are reasons why you cannot and/ or should not jump anymore.

If the location is an issue, we are happy to change the bookings location to Zeeland or Ameland, which are two other locations of ours.

The reservation can also be changed in a sightseeing flight over Texel.

You also may transfer your jump to someone else. You booked it on your name, but the booking is not independent on that. So you may give it away or sell it. To make sure that there is no issue on the day of the jump, please let us know the new personal data of the new jumper in advance.

What is a liability release waiver?

This waiver is a short, legal agreement that the jumper understands the risks of parachute jumping and that he agrees to take all the risk on himself. Without a liability release waiver we cannot let anyone jump.

Why are booked (Tandem-)jumps non-refundable?

Parachuting is very much depending on the weather. It is often decided on the same day, if it is possible to jump or not.

This means that all days we are ready to make your experience happen. So, airplanes, parachutes, pilotes, (tandem-)instructors and all groundstaff is anytime ready to start-up.

To ensure that we can handle the busy days with the right amount of people, it helps us a lot to have a rough idea of what to expect beforehand. Furthermore, the reservation has also 2 advantages for your: You'll receive a online-reservation discount and you always have priority before non-reserved jumpers.

This way we can make a efficient planning for all our staff and also make sure that you can jump on a date that suits you, too.

Giftcards

How do I receive the giftcard?

You will get the giftcard via e-mail. If you want you can then print it.

Can I also receive my giftcard via post?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. We do not send any physical giftcards anymore.

How do you make a reservation with a giftcard?

On the giftcard you will find a voucher-number. When you make a online reservation fill in this code, which automatically adjusts the payment

How long is a giftcard valid?

A giftcard has the same validity as a tandemjump, which is two years from the day of purchase.

Can I later add a photo/ video package?

Of course this is possible. There are two options how you can add photo and video to your tandemjump:

  1. Buying a single giftcard only for a photo/ video package.
  2. To add it on the day of your jump at our reception. However, then you will not receive the online-reservation discount.
Can the receiver of the giftcard add a photo/ video package to his giftcard himself?

Of course! This happens very often and we are happy to help in this case.

I received a giftcard, but I do not want to jump. What can I do?

What a pity! You received an amazing chance to experience something that you will keep in your mind for the rest of your life. Nonetheless, we understand that there are sometimes reasons why you cannot or should not jump anymore.

If the location is an issue, we are happy to change the bookings location to Zeeland or Ameland, which are two other locations of ours.

The reservation can also be changed in a sightseeing flight over Texel.

You also may transfer your jump to someone else. You booked it on your name, but the booking is not independent on that. So you may give it away or sell it. To make sure that there is no issue on the day of the jump, please let us know the new personal data of the new jumper in advance.

My giftcard exceeded the validity date, what should I do now?

This is unfortunate. Please give us a call and we will see what we can do for you in this case.

Location

What is the address of Paracentrum Texel?

Paracentrum Texel BV
Postweg 128
1795 JS De Cocksdorp, Texel

Tel: +31(0) 222 311464
Fax:+31(0)222 311414

info@paracentrumtexel.nl

How do I get from the ferry terminal to Paracentrum Texel?

By car:

In Den Helder you will take the ferry to Texel. The ferryride will take about 20 minutes, for which no prereservation is needed.

Once you get off the ferry, you need to ride into the direction of Den Burg. At the second roundabout you will take the first exit to the right (exit 10) into the direction of De Cocksdorp.

From there follow the sign indicating "vliegveld". You will see the airport on your right hand side.

With public transport:

You can park your car in Den Helder, take the ferry as a pedastrian and use the public transportation on Texel.

You can use a Texelhopper to get a ride from the ferry terminal to the Paracentrum Texel. It needs to be booked at least an hour before depature via phone under 0222-784 000 or online via texelhopper.nl.
The Texelhopper will be waiting for you to step in right in front of the pedestrian exit of the ferry.

Pay attention: the bigger busses such as Connexxion (lijn 28 and 828), will not pass Paracentrum Texel, but only ride to Den Burg and De Koog. To get to the airport on Texel you must take a Texelhopper.

How to travel with the TESO ferry

The ferry leaves Den Helder every hour starting from 6.30am (7.30, 8.30, etc.) till the last ferry ride at 9.30pm.

During highseason (July and August), as well as on the weekends there might be additional ferry rides. For more information and detailed information for specific dates please check www.teso.nl.

The ferry leaves Texel on top of the hour starting at 6am (7am, 8am, etc.), with the last ride to Den Helder at 9pm.

What else can I do at Texel International Airport?

At 'Texel International Airport' is a lot to see and experience.

TesselAir

  • Rondvluchten
  • Introduction flightlessons
  • Check on Tessel Air for more information!

Aircraft & War Museum Texel

  • A nice activity for everyone
  • For more information check on www.lomt.nl

Restaurant 'De Horizon'

  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee & tea, snacks
  • Big sun-terrace
  • Frehsly renovated interior
  • Chargingstation for E-Bikes
  • Big bouncy cushion for kids

Hotel Airport Texel

  • Overnight-stays directly on Texel International Airport
  • For more information and offers, check www.hotelairporttexel.nl

Glider's Club Texel

  • More information on floating through the air you can find here:www.mzct.nl
What else is there to do on Texel?

Texel is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Netherlands, hence there is a lot to see and experience on the island.

Check the website of the local tourism office VVV Texel
for an overview of fun things to see and do on Texel. To check for specific events, this Of bekijk de agenda:  will help.

A few suggestions:

Which accommodations can you recommend?

Texel has 7 villages and many smaller options for accommodations and overnight-stays. Texel International Airport is nearly from every location on the island easy to reach, so choose a location that is most comfortable for your to come to the airport from your accommodations for your jump.

The local Tourism Office VVV can help you making a good choice for your stay on Texel.

For our course participants we suggest "De Kievit" "De Kievit", "The home of the skydivers".

Tourism Office Texel (VVV) Hotel De Kievit
Is there an option to rent a bike or/ and a car on Texel International Airport?

Yes, you can rent a bike at the Restaurant, unfortunately no cars.

Can I charge my E-Bike at Texel International Airport?

Yes, there is an option to charge your E-Bike. However, not yet an option to charge an electro-car.

Medical

Can you do a skydive when you're pregnant?

Technically yes. But we'd really rather not take you skydiving.

Met welke medische condities mag je niet springen?

Als je twijfelt of je met je medische conditie een Tandemsprong kunt maken adviseren we je om eerst met je huisarts te overleggen of het mogelijk is. Het is namelijk je eigen verantwoordelijkheid om te besluiten of je medisch geschikt bent om te springen. Bij twijfel kun je ook contact opnemen met onze Chef Instructeur (contactformulier).

Is het erg als ik mijn schouder wel eens uit de kom schiet?

Als je een tandemsprong wilt maken en je arm is in het verleden (gemakkelijk) uit de kom geschoten dan moet je ons dit van te voren melden. Dat kan bij de balie als we je gegevens doornemen.

Het kan zijn dat je arm zo gemakkelijk uit de kom komt dat je een andere houding in de lucht moet aannemen met je armen of dat we je een speciale brace aanmeten.

Als je een cursus wilt volgen waarbij je zelfstandige vrije val sprongen zult maken (AFF / TJE) dan moeten we goed kijken of je wel kunt springen met deze medische conditie. Mocht je hierover twijfelen neem dan contact op met de Chef Instructeur (contactformulier) .

Heb je een medische verklaring nodig om te kunnen springen?

Als je een Tandemsprong wilt maken heb je geen medische verklaring nodig. Die heb je wèl nodig als je een parachute spring cursus wilt volgen.

Kun je een Tandemsprong maken als je blind bent?

Jazeker! Geef wel duidelijk aan bij het inschrijven aan onze balie dat je een beperking hebt aan je zichtvermogen. Onze instructeurs kunnen daar dan rekening mee houden.

Bij de landing zal de instructeur je dan bijvoorbeeld duidelijk aangeven wanneer je je benen omhoog moet houden.

Kun je een Tandemsprong maken als je doof bent?

Jazeker! Denk er wel aan dat het belangrijk is dat de instructie van onze instructeurs goed begrepen wordt. Je zou bijvoorbeeld een gebarentaal tolk mee kunnen nemen.

Kun je een Tandemsprong maken als je in een rolstoel zit?

In overleg is dat bijna altijd wel mogelijk. Dit soort sprongen moeten we in de regel wel voorbereiden.

Meestal zorgen we er dan bij de landing voor dat er medewerkers in het landingsgebied klaar staan om de benen van de springer op te vangen bij de landing. Daarvoor moet het weer wel precies goed zijn.

Het is belangrijk dat we vooraf precies weten wat de beperking exact inhoudt. Neem daarom vooraf contact op met de Chef Instructeur(contactformulier). 

Kun je een Tandemsprong maken als je geestelijk gehandicapt bent?

Dat hangt af van de springer en van de specifieke beperking. Neem vooraf contact op met onze Chef Instructeur (contactformulier) en bespreek de mogelijkheden.

Burble / Burbleme

What is the BurbleMe app for?

Met de BurbleMe app kunnen zelfstandig springende parachutisten een heleboel. Een opsomming van de belangrijkste features:

  • Manifesten (in een vlucht / load plaatsen)
  • Geld op account bekijken
  • Transactie historie bekijken / emailen
  • Locatie aan manifest doorgeven 
  • Aan een Load Organiser toestemming geven om zich te laten manifesten
  • Als Load Organiser een groep of team manifesten
  • Logboek functie
  • Spring historie aantonen bij andere Dropzone's die ook met Burble werken
Moet ik de BurbleMe app gebruiken?

Nee, dat hoeft niet. De BurbleMe app maakt het mogelijk dat je veel zelf kùnt, maar niets moet.

Geen zorgen dus als je telefoon leeg is of als je er gewoon geen zin in hebt.

Waar kan ik de app downloaden?

De BurbleMe app is beschikbaar voor Android en voor iOS.

Hoe bewerk ik mijn account online?

Je kunt je Burble account hier online bewerken: https://burblesoft.com/login/me.

Hoe zie ik in welke load ik zit?

Over de hele Dropzone zijn informatie schermen geplaatst waar je de komende loads op kunt zien. Hier kun je de schermen vinden:

  • In de winkel bij de balie 
  • Onder de trap bij de packers
  • Aan de muur van de hangaar
  • In de blokhut

Tandem sprong

How old do you have to be to do a Tandem Skydive?
There's no strict legal age limitation for doing a Tandem Skydive. We do adhere to the following to determine of we can jump with someone: Minimum age requirements:
  • Does the jumper physically fit a (children) harness ?
  • Does the jumper fully understand what a Tandemskydive is?
  • Does the jumper really want to jump?
  • Is a parent or legal guardian available to sign the Legal Waiver for Minors?
Maximum age requirements:
  • Can the jumper lift his/her legs sufficiently to execute a safe landing?
  • Is the jumpers physique sturdy enough (read: not too fragile) to make the jump?
As a general rule of thumb you can assume that in order to be able to jump you'll have to be at least six years old and not require a 'walker' to move around by yourself. Tandem skydive liability release (waiver)
Do you need to follow a course before you can jump?
No, you do not need any completed courses or any kind of skydive experience to be able to jump in a Tandemskydive (this is only needed for AFF or a FJC). Nonetheless, you will get short instructions right before the jump. This will:
  1. prepare you, so that you know what will happen and what to expect
  2. add to your own experience, so that you fully understand what you need to do during flight and jump.
The instructions are simple, easy to remember and take about 10 minutes of your time just before your Tandemjump.
What do you need to take to your Tandemjump?
If you are 18 or older: absolutely nothing (to increase the fun-factor family and friends are always welcome). If you are under 18 you need to be accompanied by your parents (at least one parent or a legal guardian). Your parents need to officially approve to your Tandem parachute jump and need to sign your "reliability release waiver", before getting into the airplane.
From which height do you jump out of the airplane?
You will exit the airplane at a height of 9000 feet, which is approximately 3 km above the ground.
Where do you leave your stuff, while jumping?
Tandem passengers can leave their personal belongings and valuables in lockers on the dropzone. You can lock them with your personal numeric code, with which you can also open it again. So no worries, your belongings are absolutely safe, while you get your adrenaline-shot.
Can you breath during the free fall?
Yes, you will be able to breath during free falling. Some people may experience it as "harder" to breath, but this is usually due to the adrenaline felt in the moment.
Is it going to be cold up in the sky?

The temperature is decreasing around 2 degrees per 1000 feet when climbing. This means that the temperature at exit height will be 15 to 20°C colder then on the ground.

The temperature difference can only be really felt once the door opens. However, the door only opens right before exiting, which means that you will be busy with completely other thoughts and not pay much attention to the temperature around you.
How fast are you dropping/ falling during a Tandem jump?
While free falling you will excellerate to around 180km/h.
Wil je meer weten over de natuurkunde die er bij een parachutesprong komt kijken? Bekijk dan dit Youtube filmpje waar alles goed in wordt uitgelegd.

If you want to know more about the science behind Skydiving this video will help you understand what exactly will happen during a Skydive.
How long will you be free falling?
The time is dependent on you exit height. This means, you will be able to enjoy a free fall of around 30 seconds, when exiting the airplane from 9000 feet. This will nearly double to 60 seconds, if you choose to exit from 13000 feet.
Are you flying up or pulled up, when your parachute opens?
No, you are not pulled upwards. Videos may give the impression that the Tamdenjumpers are pulled up, however, this is due to the fact that the cameraman keeps falling, during the opening of the tandem.
So from the perspective of the camera, the tandemskydivers leave the frame upwards. Yet, the tandem is now only descending with a speed of 15km/h, while the cameraman is still falling with 180km/h.
How long will you be hanging under the parachute?
You will be flying under the parachute around 4-5 minutes.
Will you be allowed to steer the parachute?
Of course! The Tandemmaster will help and instruct you, but for the rest (if you want) you will be in control of the parachute.
Is it a hard landing?
The parachute will be slowed down (flare), which will ensure a soft and controlled landing.
What kind of training and experience do have the Tamdemmasters/ instructors at Paracentrum Texel?

Before a skydiver can participate in a training to become a tandem master, he/ she needs to have a minimum experience of 1000 (!) jumps.
Most tandem masters have followed previous instructor courses, e.g. Help Instructor (HI), Flying Coach and cameramen, which are all demanding trainings, where a lot of jumping experience is needed. Only after that the instructors may follow a tandem master course.

A tandem master at Paracentrum Texel has between 5.000 to 20.000 jumps on his/ her record.
What kind of clothes and shoes should you/ should you not wear?
All clothes in which you can freely move are suitable. Dresses and skirts may be a little inconvenient, since you will receive a jumpoverall (jumpsuit), which you will put on over your clothes.
This rule of thumb is also applicable for your shoes. All shoes in which you can comfortable move in are suitable to jump with. Highheels and sandals are not really suitable and may put you at risk when landing.

Therefore, sporty, flat shoes are the best choice.

Photo / Video package

What includes a photo/video package exactly?

When you book the optional photo/ video package with your tandem jump an additional cameraman/-woman will be jumping together with you and your tandam master out of the airplane.

During your jump the camerajumper will be making a full video and photos of your exceptional experience, also during the free fall. Hence, your Tandemjump will be fully documented on camera from the moment you will walk to the airplane, the exit, the free fall and eventually till you are landed safely back on the ground.

The only moment where the camera will no follow you, is while you are hanging under the deployed parachute.
20 minutes after your jump you will receive your photos and video fully edited on one of our Paracentrum Texel USB-Sticks. You can immediately check out the results in out "Blokhut" on a big screen or re-live the experience later at home.

Obviously, you may share the photos and the video via YouTube, Facebook, Instagramm, etc. - It is your content, so feel free to share and maybe tag us?

If you are interested in seeing how the job of a camarajumper at Paracentrum Texel looks like, this video will show a camarajump together with a tandammaster.

Check out an example of a standard photo and video package by clicking the buttons below.

The digital photos (usually around 50) you also can find on your UBS-Stick. These are made with an extra high-resolution camera (hence they are not just screenshots of your video).

Photo/Video Example 1 Photo/Video Example 2

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.

AFF (Accelerated Free Fall)

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

Als je geslaagd bent voor je AFF cursus mag je zelfstandig parachutespringen onder leiding en verantwoordelijkheid van een instructeur.

Officieel is je status dan niet meer 'AFF-student' maar 'AFF gegradueerd'. Je mag dan al wel helemaal alleen het vliegtuig verlaten en dus echt solo springen. 

Eigenlijk begint daar dan je spring carrière pas echt want tijdens die eerste solo sprongen zul je aan je vaardigheden willen werken. 

Om samen met andere springers te mogen springen moet je bijvoorbeeld eerst je 'one-on-one' instructie sprongen maken. Zo werk je langzaam naar het A-brevet toe en verkrijg je steeds meer vrijheden. Voor je het weet zijn de brevetten B,C en D ook binnen handbereik!

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

Het is altijd goed een keer de wintunnel in te gaan. De windtunnel simuleert perfect de omgeving waarin in een skydiver zich bevindt. Dit kan je goed voorbereiden op de AFF sprongen.

Enkele ervaren instructeurs van Paracentrum Texel zijn wekelijks in de windtunnels van Nederland te vinden.

Nog een betere voorbereiding op de AFF cursus is het maken van een Tandemsprong. Bij de Tandemsprong komen alle elementen van het parachutespringen naar voren en kan de Tandem instructeur je al veel uitleggen en zelf laten ervaren. 

Zie hieronder linkjes naar de websites van de twee windtunnels in Nederland:

Indoor Skydive Roosendaal City Skydive Utrecht
Hoeveel dagen neemt de opleiding in beslag?

De AFF-opleiding neemt 5 dagen in beslag. De grondopleiding begint op maandag om 09.00 uur.

Op de maandag starten we met de grondopleiding. Je leert alles dat je moet weten voordat je voor het eerst een sprong gaat maken.

Op de dinsdag nemen we de 'harnastest' af. Een soort theoretisch examen. Want voordat we voor het eerst met je de lucht in gaan moet je eerst aantonen dat je de kennis écht eigen hebt gemaakt. 

Nadat je geslaagd bent voor je harnastest beginnen we met het maken van de eerste sprongen. Als het weer meezit dus al op de tweede dag!

Afhankelijk van het weer duurt de cursus tot en met vrijdag. Totdat we alle zeven AFF sprongen hebben gemaakt en jij je felbegeerde gouden sticker in je logboek mag plakken.

De cursus blijft een jaar geldig in het geval deze niet binnen een week kan worden afgemaakt. Bijvoorbeeld als we vanwege slecht weer niet alle sprongen hebben kunnen maken.

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

De AFF-opleiding is perfect te combineren met een vakantie op Texel. Naast het springen is er voldoende tijd om te genieten van ons mooie eiland. Bij mooi weer maken 2 á 3 sprongen op een dag.

We springen van maandag tot en met vrijdag met AFF-leerlingen en kunnen wanneer nodig dit verlengen tot en met het weekend.

Het is wel raadzaam om bij mooi weer op de dropzone aanwezig te blijven om de sprongen te kunnen maken.

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.

TJE (Total Jump Experience)

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

Als je de Total Jump Experience succesvol hebt afgerond heb je 5 staticline sprongen gemaakt. Daarmee heb automatisch je staticline brevet verdiend. Met een staticline brevet mag je wereldwijd staticline sprongen maken op dropzones die middels deze techniek parachutesprongen aanbieden.

Wat de Total Jump Experience opleiding uniek maakt is dat je nadat je de staticline sprongen gemaakt hebt een vrijeval sprong maakt. Als je ervoor kiest om niet een tandemsprong te maken maar de AFF1 sprong dan mag je na het afronden van de opleiding de resterende zes AFF sprongen maken.

After doing the staticline jumps, can you choose to do a AFF or Tandem?

Yes, that's exactly it. The staticline jumps only deal with the portion that has to do with flying the parachute as the parachute opens automatically when you exit the airplane.

By choosing for either an AFF jump or a Tandem jump you get to experience a jump with a freefall component.

  • AFF 1 jump:
    You get to do a solo skydive with 2 instructors where you'll experience 60 seconds of freefall until you open the parachute. From that moment on you'll be on familiar territory as you already know how to fly and land your parachute.
  • Tandemjump:
    You get to do a tandemjump from 9000ft where the instructor will do all the work. All you have to do is enjoy the jump.
Is it smart to first practice in a windtunnel?

In a windtunnel you learn how to move your body in freefall. So if you plan to do the AFF jump after completing the 5 StaticLine jumps this could be beneficial. Indoor skydiving in a windtunnel is something that's a great experience in any case.

How many days does the course take?

The weather is really the determining factor here. Students need ideal wind/ weather conditions for their jumps. If the weather is ideal you can expect to be finished in about 4 days. But please plan for as much as 7 to provide a few backup days in case the weather isn't good enough for you to jump.

Can I combine taking this course with a holiday on Texel?

Yes you can! On the days that you'll be jumping you don't have to spend the entire day at the dropzone. There's plenty of time to enjoy Texel and all that the Island has to offer.

What if I can't do all jumps?

Sometimes people can't do all the jumps in the course. For instance if they have to leave before the weather turns for the better. In that case you can return on a weekday to do a Static Line jump -during the summer months-. Please contact us if you want to come back to do a jump.

If you haven't jumped in two months or more you'll have to complete groundschool again to be legal to jump. So don't wait to long if you still have one or more jumps to do.

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.