1. Is it totally safe?
No! There is no such thing as a totally safe parachute jump. The risk for tandem skydiving is fairly low but there is always some risk. As with any action sport, sport parachuting can never be entirely risk-free. All those who choose to participate in the sport therefore voluntarily accept an element of risk. During the tandem jump, you are strapped to an experienced instructor. They have a modern, extra-large, ‘square’ parachute. After a freefall of several thousand feet, the instructor opens the parachute. The instructor deals with any emergencies. The dual control parachute lets you practice canopy control and the instructor controls the landing. The injury rate is extremely low. This is a great way to be introduced to the sport, requires very little training and probably carries the lowest risk profile.

2. Are there safety back-ups if the first parachute doesn’t open properly?
Each parachute system contains two parachutes, a main and a reserve. In the unlikely event that the main parachute does not open properly, there is a second or reserve parachute. The reserve is inspected and packed by a licensed parachute rigger. Additionally, Skydive Mauritius uses automatic reserve parachute activation devices as a back-up safety system.

3. Will I be scared?
The anticipation of the jump as you poise at the aircraft door will be the memory of a lifetime. Some are afraid, some are excited, some are calm and some can’t wait. All new jumpers describe a heart pounding exhilaration when they realise they are about to leap into thin air.