Most static line jumps are made approximately 3,500 ft above the ground. A line attached from the parachute to the aircraft opens the parachute automatically as the student falls away. It takes about 300 ft before the parachute inflates completely. The parachute ride will take about three minutes during which the student is guided to the ground by radio contact. You will progress to opening your own parachute and to free-falling from greater heights with each subsequent jump, working your way up to jumping at 13,000 ft with the big boys. The static line course takes around 30 jumps, the number of jumps varies between people depending on how they are progressing. Static line courses are held on the first Saturday of every month.
Static line course and first jump cost €230.00, subsequent jumps including gear hire are €34.50, UCC contributes €10.00 towards each jump, so UCC students will be jumping for €24.50. Of this cost €6 is for packing the parachute, so learn to pack and you’ll be jumping for even less!
Once full altitude is reached, a 6-jump safety and awareness course will follow, where you jump with an instructor and demonstrate your ability to move forward/backwards, side to side, up/down, turn on heading, front flip, back loop etc. Once done you are eligible for licensing.