FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Do you know what the weather is going to do?
The weather in Mauritius is usually pretty good across the year, but can change very quickly also! Our winter is also a nice season and clouds do not generally hang around. If you would like to see when it may be great to go skydiving then check out our weather page for information and weather links. Remember it is always best to book in advance rather than wait to see what the day holds; we do not skydive if the weather conditions are not favorable!
2. What if the weather is bad?
We do not jump if the weather is not good for security reason. If you are not able to skydive when you are booked, we can re-book you later on during the day, or the following day depending on the weather and your schedule. We advise you if you can to be flexible around the time of your jump, just in case the weather is not favourable.
3. What sort of weather affects tandem skydiving?
Tandem skydiving is very weather dependent and cannot be undertaken in strong winds, or if there is complete cloud cover. Mauritius weather can often change quickly, so we ask that you call us 60 minutes before your jump, to confirm conditions are suitable for tandem skydiving.
More information on the weather in Mauritius
1. Can we all jump at the same time?
We can jump 2 tandems in our plane at the same time only. Where possible, we try and jump you with your friends or family – we can discuss the options with you further when you come out to skydive.
2. How much can I see?
A lot! You have chosen the most visually spectacular skydive in Maurirtius… From jump altitude – ESPECIALLY 10,000 feet – you will have 360 degree views of Mauritius and its blue lagoon. This is really an amazing experience and one of the most beautiful drop zone in the world.
3. Is it cold?
The plane flight to altitude is not cold. Once the door is open and during freefall you will feel a bit of a rush of fresh air! Most people are too busy thinking about and enjoying their skydive to worry about the temperature!
4. What about the freefall?
Free fall is up to 30 seconds of breathtaking flight, followed by a peaceful and quiet 5 minute parachute descent. You might think there will be a sensation of falling. Freefalling is more like floating on a bed of air – you have no sensation of actually falling. Freefall is a unique feeling… you just have to do a tandem skydive to experience it!
5. What will it feel like when the parachute opens?
As the parachute opens you slow from 120 miles per hour to 10 mph in just a few seconds, you’ll go from the roar of free fall to the sublime silence of parachute flight. Is the tandem skydive landing hard? Skydive Mauritius use state of the art tandem parachutes that are designed for tandem skydiving. These tandem skydiving parachutes are highly maneuverable and allow slow, soft parachute landings.
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.
1. Can we both be filmed at the same time?
No, sorry, it is impossible to film more than one person in freefall. Our camera flyers are good. But you’d have to be faster than a speeding bullet to fly between two tandems falling at terminal velocity. We are very happy to film 2 people on the ground and in the plane. It is best that each person has their own video – be the star you always wanted to be!
2. Why Should I pay more and get the freefall Video or picture options?
Tandem skydiving will be the highlight of your adventure! Freefall video and digital pictures means that you can relive your tandem skydive over and over again. It is your proof and chance to show the world you have done it! Your smile in freefall is priceless!
3. What is the difference between the tandem handi-cam freefall Video Or Photo option?
The Tandem Handi-Cam freefall video is a freefall video taken by your tandem master with his wrist mounted camera with a very wide angle lens. Your Tandem Master is with you every step of the way including your first reactions once the parachute is open and some of the parachute ride. This is a great option for those who do not want any digital freefall pictures. The Tandem Handi-Cam freefall Photo option is a set of freefall photos taken by your tandem master with his wrist mounted camera with a very wide angle lens.
1. What type of payment do you accept?
Skydive Mauritius accept cash and credit card payments. Credit card payment could be done in Euro, US dollar and Mauritian Rupees. Some charges may apply.
2. Can I buy a tandem skydiving gift voucher?
Yes. Skydive Mauritius offer tandem skydiving gift vouchers and you do not have to be resident in Mauritius to get one. Here is the link to the gift voucher booking form.