COVID-19 and skydiving – latest news

COVID-19 and skydiving – latest news

11 September 2020

Not much has changed from the info added on 31 July 2020 so do see below.

For those with specific questions:

Red Devil tandem skydives

The Red Devils are yet to release their 2021 tandem dates therefore we advise that you wait for these dates to book.  If you had a 2020 Red Devil booking or voucher then do email info@clickandjump.co.uk if you have any questions.

Voucher purchases from 2020

If you have a tandem skydive gift voucher and have not contacted us to book your jump then please do so via email info@clickandjump.co.uk

Please do email us with any enquiries as we are not able to answer calls at this time.

31 July 2020

Hi there

Many parachute centres in England are now opening certainly on weekends and taking bookings.  This may change at any time so if you are thinking of booking a jump do consider that there is every chance your booking may be moved both for the usual ‘weather’ reasons and depending on the local COVID restrictions.  There are guidelines in place and the greatest care is being taken of jumpers to ensure the centres are safe environments following the restrictions set out by the British Parachute Association and the UK Government.

To complete a tandem skydive you will need a “neck tube” also known as a “snood” for example a Buff – a face mask would not be suitable as it is not likely to remain in place during the skydive.  If you do not have one you will need to purchase one from the parachute centre to take part in the jump.

If you have questions or a jump booked/in limbo then do contact Click and Jump by email; info@clickandjump.co.uk.

The team at Click and Jump remain on Furlough at the moment however we are covering emails and online bookings, if you contact us do give us a little more time than normal to respond to you, if your enquiry is urgent please typed Urgent in the subject line.

We will not be monitoring the phones so  please do email your enquiries. 

If you have a Red Devil tandem skydive booked or would like to book a Red Devil tandem skydive then please read a message from the team below:

 

To anyone booked to complete a tandem skydive with the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team in September.
 
MOD Home Command have prohibited the Red Devils from conducting any public engagements where social distancing is not possible and are not going to lift this until the UK is in the later stages of phase 2 going towards phase 1 of the government’s COVID response level.
 
This is to protect the public from the chance of contracting COVID from the team and to reduce the potential burden on the NHS caused by our activities.
 
To that end as it is physically impossible to socially distance during a tandem parachute decent The Red Devils are unable to conduct any tandem events and therefore we are forced to postpone your tandem skydive event planned for September.
 
We know this is disappointing we are equally frustrated by this decision.  We want to reassure you that as soon as we are able to go ahead with your event we shall, Click and Jump will be provided with alternative dates for Spring 2021 as soon as we can make them available and will contact you with re-booking information.
 
Regards
The Tandem Coordinator 
Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team
Emails have been sent to anyone booked to jump in September, if you have not received an email or you have further questions please do email; info@clickandjump.co.uk

Regards

The Team at Click and Jump

 

 

Updated 7 July 2020

 

Many parachute centres have completed/started jump trials are applying the advice given by the government and the British Parachute Association and are about to start opening for some tandem skydiving and student parachuting.  This is based on their facilities, staff and that they have everything they need in place to ensure that their staff, club members and visitors are safe.  Instructors will have their skydiving skills, updated, checked, and staff will be given training to ensure that they and visitors are safe from a COVID-19 this is all taking place now.

Therefore they will be taking bookings based on their centre capacity.  If you have a question about a specific centre then do drop us an email to; info@clickandjump.co.uk our phone lines will remain closed for the moment as our usual staff are still on Furlough.

We will ensure that anyone who has been booked through us already is contacted to find out what they wish to do and when.  Either we or the parachute centre you are booked with will send you information about how they are managing social distancing and their advice to you to ensure you and their staff are kept as safe as possible.

If you are booked to jump with the Red Devils, information will be sent to you in August about the September dates that we have rebooked everyone into including risk assessments, guidelines for at the centres etc.

 

Guidelines and information will be posted here soon once we have been given information from all the centres.

 

 

Updated 29 April 2020

Well, there is even less information now as there was when we last updated this page on 31  March 2020, although things are looking a little better and we can only hope things will get better soon…

Due to a significant reduction of bookings (none!) Click and Jump have had to admit defeat and take Furlough.  So we will not be able to continue at the same level of work as we have done in the past, we will not be able to take calls, however we do have a director who will be monitoring and responding to emails and continuing to ensure that our valued customers are kept informed about any changes.  We do appreciate your patience and support during this time, and as soon as we are able to we will return to work to ensure that any existing or new bookings are fully taken care of.

If you have questions please do email info@clickandjump.co.uk

Because we are positive people (I am sure you agree anyone that can spend weekend after weekend throughout the winter in the hope for a little blue sky can’t be glass half empty or we wouldn’t be there!) I am assuming the world will be normal soon and if your jump is in July or August we are hopeful by that time everything can go ahead.  Because we are also realistic planners if for any reason any events cannot go ahead then if a Red Devil booking your jump will be moved to the next available date (of course you will have a say in this!) if a booking with one of the parachute centres then we will consult you and the centre about the next date that would work for you.  Leading up until you do eventually jump we will continue to provide you with alternative dates and options to rebook for as long as we need to this year and if necessary for 2021.  We, Click and Jump, the Red Devils and the parachute centres will endeavour to ensure that your tandem skydive takes place as soon as the parachute centres are able to operate and it is safe for everyone.  In skydiving safety is always our main priority.  The epidemic is just another aspect of our usual safety precautions.
We will endeavour to keep in contact with you as government and the parachute centres decisions are made and keep you informed throughout the process.

These are uncertain times, we believe that they will only be as difficult as we let them.  By remaining calm, flexible and patient we can carry on and do the best we can.  Charities need as much support as they can get; most of their vital fundraising events will have been cancelled and postponed.  The parachute centres, Red Devils and Click and Jump are losing out on bookings to continue functioning as businesses and vital good weather days that are the bread and butter of the skydive industry; there are only so many potential tandem skydiving days in the year and March, April and May are a big part of that.   Rest assured as soon as the restrictions are lifted, and we have the right weather the parachute centres will re-open and get everyone jumped, so do consider booking your skydive if you haven’t already and support our businesses, otherwise we may not survive after this year….

If you are booked to jump with the Red Devils in April or May, they have been advised by “Home Command” not to conduct any tandems for the duration of April and the team have decided to postpone May’s tandems as well.

If you have a Red Devil tandem booked after May then please do be patient, no one really knows how things are going to go over the next few months so it is impossible to answer questions any further forward for the moment.  We will of course keep you up to date and send you regular emails leading up to your event.  We have other dates available later in the year and if needed have the ability to add dates in September and October.

If you have a jump booked at one of the UK parachute centres: In-line with the government guidelines all parachute centres will be suspending operations until further notice.  You will be emailed individually if you have an April or May bookings to confirm that this is the case.  If you have a preferred new date after July do let us know and we shall make your wishes known to the parachute centres. If you have a June booking we are waiting for further news and advice; we appreciate your patience.

If you are rebooking -you can either give us new dates that you would like to jump later in the year or we can put you in “limbo” until there is a better indication as to what is going to happen with regards to the virus and social distancing.

If you are jumping for charity  Take this opportunity to think outside of the box for your fundraising, contact your charity for fundraising ideas, and keep asking your friends and family to support you.  Make sure you have linked your online fundraising page with goraise.co.uk/events  here you can receive free donations for your charity event when you shop online – your friends and family can all do this and it will not cost them or your charity a penny.

If you have a voucher; Red Devil or Click and Jump The expiry date on your voucher will still stand.  The date is to book a date; not to physically jump so please do ‘book’ your jump via our website choosing a date(s) after July/August with alternative dates in September/October  2020.  This is especially important if your expiry date is this year, it means your voucher has been applied and you are ‘in the system’.  This is especially important if you have a Red Devil voucher for a 2020 tandem skydive.

Keep safe, be patient and hopefully this crisis will bring people together better as a community and be over sooner rather than later!


 

Vote for us in the Adventure awards!

The Red Devils tandem skydive experience has been shortlisted as a finalist for “Best Skydiving experience” in the Adventure Awards

https://www.theadventureawards.co.uk/nominate/vote

We (Click and Jump and the Red Devils) are up against some of the best parachute centres and the biggest skydive agency in the UK so are very much the underdogs.  They offer 1000’s of tandem skydives a year and have a much bigger reach than we do.

We believe the Red Devil tandem skydive can compete – even though we only offer a small number tandem skydives compared to our competitors – we believe it is about quality rather than quantity and feel that we offer a great service to our customers as well as a wonderful tandem skydive.  It is not just about the day which is unique and exclusive but about ensuring that you have all the information and support you need running up to the day.

Please VOTE NOW 

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Announcing the 2020 Red Devil tandem dates!

Announcing

the 2020 Red Devil Tandem dates

2019 has been a strange year, we have had some fantastic weather yet have been a little unlucky with the dates that the team were available – which has been very frustrating!

You can now view the 2020 dates by taking look at our Red Devils booking page.

As usual they are mid week dates to work alongside the teams busy demo and military calendar.

If you should have jumped in 2019 but were unable due to weather or other circumstances you will be emailed with your rebook date if you do not hear from us to call or email.

Army Parachute Display Teams Tandem skydive event

Army Parachute Display Teams Tandem skydive event

Click and Jump are super excited to be organising a special and exclusive brand new tandem event this year working with the combined Army Parachute Display Teams and The Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion are doing something a little different this year, as part of the World War One Centenary they are saying “thank you” to an amazing generation of people that lost their lives, loves, served and helped to change our world as a result of the war.

Click and Jump, and the Army Parachute Display Teams are honoured to be helping the charity to recruit people that wish to raise money and to say thank you to take part in this exclusive tandem skydive event.  It will be our first event for the combined team and our biggest stand alone event so far.

Offering up to x70 people the chance to take part, jumping with a serving Army Tandem instructors from one of the four teams; The Parachute Regiment’s ‘Red Devils’, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s ‘The Tigers’, The The Royal Logistic Corps ‘Silver Stars’ and the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineer’s ‘Lightning Bolts’.   Read all about the teams and their awesome achievements on our Army Parachute Display Teams page.

The teams- each successful in their own right, are usually known for their banter are putting aside their light rivalry to make this day special.  Anyone taking part will experience what it feels like to truly let go and be free, facing to the earth in what can only be described as an awe inspiring, almost religious experience with men and women considered to be “The Best” in the business.

So what do you think?  Are you going to get involved?  Take a look at the event page for more information.

Do you just want to take the plunge a book?  Awesome but maybe still read the event page for information!!

 

I am so excited I may have to jump myself!! In fact I might insist that Claire our customer service operator jumps! (This will test if she is reading my blogs!!)

Privacy policy – GDPR update

Privacy policy – our GDPR update

Exciting stuff don’t you think?!!!

Click and Jump have always taken the privacy of our customers very seriously.  We have always used safe cloud based databases and tend to only contact people about their jump and the odd Happy Christmas message.  We have a secure website and go through a tonne of ever changing passwords to ensure that only we have access.

Ultimately we hate being hounded ourselves, so any mass emails we send are usually about an upcoming tandem event and we send these because people do not always read their information and by sending it again (and again) (oh and again!!) it tends to mean most people have seen the important information at least once!!

We would never sell your details and have no intention of giving them to anyone that does not need them.  We share your booking info with the parachute centre as part of the booking process so that they can contact you if they need to and ensure that you are a safely matched tandem or first jump student.

If you would like to read our privacy policy please do, we have spent a lot of time ensuring that it is easy to read and hopefully covers everything you would like to know.  It is one of those things that we have always done/observed but not always put on paper.  So hopefully you will find it informative.

If you have any comments about our privacy policy please do not hesitate to contact us via email.

I am not sure if anyone will take the time to read this page, in fact I doubt anyone will!  Hence the lightly chatty  language!  However I wanted to show on our site that we are making the effort and that we do care!

Thank you for reading and my apologies for the last of info!!

Lose weight to skydive

Lose weight to skydive?

Have you made a new years resolution?

What did you decide 2018 would be about for you?
Are you hoping to; lose weight? Stop smoking or drinking?  Eat healthier, live healthier?  Have you set it as a goal or is it half hearted? Are you just waiting to see if you manage it again this year?

Real life changing decisions can be hard!

Losing weight is bloody hard, especially if like me you love your food, refuse to make yourself go without and have a busy life that you struggle to fit the basics into without having to take time out to exercise or cook full on healthy from scratch meals.

What am I aiming for this year?

The usual; I need to lose weight, exercise more, drink more water, eat less ‘bad stuff’ and start being more positive oh and manage my time better so that I can do better at my business making it more successful.
So far we are just past the middle of January and I have done none of those things, they* say you have to be goal oriented, focus on those goals and really go for it.  They* also say that you need to incentivise and visualise the end results, really see what you can get out of achieving the goals, so I would look better, be healthier and feel less negative.
Then there is accountability, if someone holds you accountable for your goals and asks you why you are not doing what you said you would do; you can are more motivated.
*Who exactly are ‘They’? For me ‘they’ are a combination of friends, family, experts, business/life coaches and various journalists, authors and TV personalities. 

So what do I want to achieve?

Ultimately by achieving all of my goals (lose weight, exercise more, drink more water, be more positive, mange my time better) I would have a better self image, therefore be happier, and feel less out of control.  I guess somewhere in my fogged brain I believe I can be better at everything if I feel better about myself.
So here is my statement:  “I am not going to have a new years resolution, I am not going to say I need to lose weight.”
So for 2018….
…”My goal is to do more exercise, get back into cycling and running, drink more water and eat healthier; so that I can be healthier and feel better about myself. I am going to manage my time better so that I can achieve those and my business goals.”
I am going to set aside the distractions, stop faffing and get working on my goals!

 

So why am I talking to you about goals, resolutions and making myself accountable to you?

I am thinking I can help you with some motivation and in turn motivate myself.

If you are aiming to lose weight/be healthier why don’t you use a skydive as an incentive?

There are recommended height to weight ratios that are considered to be healthy.  Why don’t you take a look at what these are use them as something to aim for, book a skydive for later in the year, sign up to our “Lose weight to skydive Facebook group” and newsletter and let’s support each other in our goals!

If you do not achieve your goal ready for the date you have booked it can be moved with enough notice and you have up to a year to complete your skydive giving you plenty of time to get there.

When you complete your skydive having achieved your goal weight/fitness you will be sent a special certificate and gift recognising your achievement not just to skydive but recognising the journey you have taken to get there.

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Step 4. Sign up to the Lose weight to skydive letter
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Who am I?

I am Sandy and I am a director at Click and Jump.  I have one daughter who is in primary school, a dog (the key to my world) and a husband (best bud, love of my life for 20 years) who loves his extreme sports and helped set up Click and Jump.  I took over as a director when my husband pursued a new (more lucrative) career.  I love cycling, walking with my dog, reading and have recently re-found music – I am learning to play the piano (badly of course!).  I love food, everything sweet, have kicked a diet coke addiction and am trying to remove sugar from my life (and failing!).

Click and Jump Christmas offers 2017

Click and Jump Christmas offers 2017

reddevil skydive special offer

Yep that time has crept up on us very slowly at first and then at the speed of a freight train.  Once again I am contemplating what I can get my husband for Christmas…. He is a nightmare 

he is one of those people that buys what he needs when he needs it.  My daughter and I have exhausted the ‘special’ gifts such as personalised necklace, bracelet, mug, T-shirts – he has the lot; I am at a total loss.  I am not be able to help myself (he is already a skydiver and so would not appreciate my special offer) but I can help you…..

Red Devil Tandem Skydive Offer

Book a Red Devil Tandem skydive in Salisbury on 18 or 19 April and save £20!

Usual price for a Red Devil Tandem skydive is £300, jump in April for £280.

Book your April skydive before 24th December 2017 to receive this discount, there are limited places in April so you will need to book your jump ASAP!

To book use the link below and enter XMAS17 in the already have a voucher section, hit “submit” to receive your discount.  You can pay in full or pay the £100 booking fee; the discount will be from your balance payment.

There are limited spaces on these dates so do book TODAY!

Book my April 2018 Red Devil tandem skydive

Read more about the Red Devils by visiting their website 

2018 Red Devil tandem dates to be launched soon!

2018 Red Devil tandem dates to be launched soon!

If you would like us to include you in the 2018 Red Devil tandem dates  launch email sign up to the list now!

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Announcing our New Partnership with The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion have chosen Click and Jump as their chosen Tandem skydive supplier!

We are so excited to be working with this fantastic charity, one that is close to all of our hearts here at Click and Jump.

So, why don’t you book your Red Devil tandem skydive in August or September and jump for The Poppy Appeal or book to jump at a parachute centre near you on a date of your choice.

Skydiving doesn’t stop in the summer so if you fancy jumping on 11 November in memory of those that have fought in battle and at home for the freedom we proudly live today then book now to give yourself plenty of time to raise your money.

Take a look at our Royal British Legion page for more details.

#TandemforPoppyappeal #RedDevilPoppyTandem

Can I wear my one POV camera?

We are being constantly asked at the moment if people can use their own POV “Go Pro” cameras on their tandem skydive.  Yes, they are being used for all kinds of sports, activities and in all kinds of places. Yes they have revolutionised extreme sports, safety, accountability etc. However they are dangerous in the wrong hands!!!

So the short answer is: “No – due to safety reasons.”

If “this could effect your safety – meaning your life” is not a good enough answer for you and you want the long answer:

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‘NO’ due to safety reasons!!
For a tandem student to carry a POV/Go-Pro camera it would go against the British Parachute Association’s basic safety recommendations; which would devalue any licenses, insurance etc. that the parachute centres, tandem instructor, student and team hold.
However if you still need more of an explanation so you can understand the WHY:

To put it into perspective if a tandem student had “hooks” on shoes/boots due to the potential for parachute lines to ‘catch’ and prevent the parachute from opening these hooks would be taped up before they footwear could be use for a parachute jump.

Now imagine the difference between the size of a boot hook and a sticking out “box shaped camera” and realise the potential for that sticking out box strapped to someone who is inexperienced and does not have the ability to ensure it is fully out of the way when that life saving parachute is deployed.  The parachute lines are very thin – effectively they are pieces of string attached to a parachute and those thin strings will keep you alive!  Stop the parachute opening and……
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We are being asked this question again and again and so we asked the Red Devils for their response to the question, it is a pretty blunt and harsh answer, however death/injury to one of their team members and potentially a tandem student is pretty harsh and serious. To breach a basic British Parachute Association Safety recommendation would be the the end of the Red Devils, possibly the parachute centre and certainly the loss of licence to the individual instructor.

From the OC of the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Free Fall Team:

Can I wear my own POV Camera?

The short answer is no. The British Parachute Association has a Basic Safety Recommendation which does not allow for any students or qualified jumpers with under 200 jumps to wear POV/action cameras. There has been a direct correlation of both accidents and fatalities in extreme sports due to the desire for people to capture their experience on video and become internet superstars. The camera becomes, to some degree, a weapon. When the ‘lines’ open up as the parachute is deployed, the camera can become a snag point. For further information, please visit this article as it explains this in further detail.

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What do I get if I pay for a camera flyer to film my jump?

The parachute centres and The Red Devils take great pride in the skills and professional camera products that they offer.
You are paying for an experienced camera flyer to join you for your jump, they film you before, during your flight, during your skydive, your landing and your response to your jump.
Each Parachuter centre does it slightly differently according to the equipment they use but in most cases you will be given digital photos to take away with you on your jump day- the numbers of these range from x75- x250 digital photos of the whole experience.  You will then be sent a full professionally edited movie of your skydive, some centres have dedicated view editors so you can take your move away with you, at other centres and in the Red Devils’ case the camera flyer take the footage away and lovingly edits the skydive they filmed, you will then be posted your movie within 3-8 weeks of your jump.  An awaited surprise to remind you of an amazing experience.
You are paying for a professional product captured by a professional camera flyer -who has built up remarkable skills in order to take on that title.