Skydive Society

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In this society, our main aim is to train our members to be able to get their skydiving license where they will be able to jump solo anywhere in the world. However, this doesn't stop us from having fun and supporting each other.

As a society we want people from all walks of life, whether you are a seasoned expert, or a person who has yet to be introduced to the world of skydiving. There is no specific requirements you have to meet (just general good health) and the society is open to all, male and female.

We offer two different courses to take, either RAPS or AFF. More info on this will be below.

Our socials vary from pub crawls, house parties and clubbing in all societies holy grail, Popworld. We also arrange trips to playzone and a wind tunnel to brush up on our skills.

How many times a week do you train?

Like most outdoor sports, skydiving is very weather dependent. Therefore, trips to the dropzone (DZ) are highly dependent on wind strength and cloud. That being said, bad weather days do not stop us from enjoying ourselves. Whether we just hit the airfield bar, go to the local wind tunnel or try to expand on other parachuting skills through lessons, sharing knowledge or learning to pack a parachute. 

We usually travel up to Netheravon Friday evening/Saturday morning and stay until Sunday but again, this is all weather dependent. The DZ is also open Wednesday and Friday from 12, but unless weather is amazing, we won't travel up.

Check out our Facebook group @uopskydivingsociety and instagram @portsmouth_uni_skydiving to get an insight to what we do and love.

How can you get qualified?

To qualify as a licensed skydiver, it should normally only take 18 jumps. However, contrary to popular belief, skydiving isn’t as easy as you think and you may need to redo a level (this is very common). That being said, many people 20-30 jumps so don’t be too disheartened.

As mentioned earlier there are two different courses you can take:

RAPS (rapid air progression system) also known as 'static line', is commonly used by students to getting licensed as it is more affordable. You will start from 3500ft and your parachute is deployed via a static line which is attached to the strong point in the plane. You will then work through each level, getting higher and higher until you are able to deploy your own parachute after freefalling from 15,000ft. In your final jumps you will learn how to do a dive exit, unstable exit, tracking and turns; if the instructor thinks you are capable, you will be a fully fledged skydiver.

AFF (accelerated free fall) is the most expensive route but you start in free fall from 15,000ft and have two instructors with you who will then pull your parachute for you on your first jump. You will then progress to the point that you no longer be supported in freefall and you will pull your own parachute.

For all enquiries, please contact our committee below, or via the Facebook group or through our group's email account:

We look forward to meeting you!

Skydive Society Committee Members

Joseph Alexander

Events Secretary

Torben Bates


Leah Nicholas

Events Secretary

Emmett Mckeown

Vice President

Harriet Viney

Media Secretary

Aaron Dickinson


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