Skydiving simply involves free-falling from the sky, but needs to be from a height of 4,000m or more. The highest skydive completed was by Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from 39,000 metres (24 miles) and broke the sound barrier in 2012. You may recall it as the Red Bull Skydive, due to Baumgartner’s sponsor.
With Children In Need just passed and New Year approaching, have you considered preparing for a new mission: to complete a skydive for charity? Or maybe you have skydived before and want to again – only this time a little further afield.
Either way, skydiving is a unique experience and can be done in more than one place – not necessarily in the UK. We have looked at the types of skydives you can do, in some of Europe’s unknown destinations, for a healthy dose of adrenaline in an exciting location.
Tandem skydiving in Slovenia or Croatia
For a tandem skydiving experience in two Eastern European countries along the Adriatic Sea you could learn to skydive in Slovenia and do a Tandem skydive for charity in Croatia, before chilling out on one of Croatia’s plentiful islands in the Adriatic Sea.
No experience is necessary. In a tandem jump you are linked to an Accelerated Freefall (AFF) instructor. It is also the most affordable and easiest way, as well as the most reassuring approach for those new to the sport!
Bovec in Slovenia does have a sky diving school with AFF instructors if you want to take the plunge (or rather, the dive) and tackle a freefall on your own. Other places to take to the skies in Slovenia include Bled and Bohinj.
For sky diving locations in Croatia visit:
Outdoor free falling in Portugal
If you relish the thought of a skydive by yourself head to Evora, in the South-Central Alentejo region of Portugal. After an Accelerated Freefall Course with skydiving lessons you can enjoy the spectacular views of this momentous, UNESCO World Heritage site.
Want to enjoy the summer sun and relax after your skydive? The small town of Alvor, a 40-minute drive from Faro is your answer, to a super skydive experience and holiday skydiving holiday with spectacular coastal views from up high or with your feet firmly on the ground.
Fancy a taster? Try Indoor Skydiving
An indoor skydiving experience can be completed from doing an indoor free fall with a parachute in an indoor tunnel.
You can do indoor parachute jumps in vertical wind tunnels, in over 200 destinations across the globe and in parts of across Europe in:
Tandem skydiving prices
The price for you to go skydiving can be as little as £49 for the deposit. The real cost will come down to what country you intend to head to, the gear you will need to hire, as well as the insurance – which is something we can help you with for peace of mind protection.
If you express a desire to do a sponsored skydive in aid of your chosen charity, make as many people you know aware of your daring act.
- Set up a skydiving fundraising page and add it to your emails
- Add a link to your fundraising page from your favourite social media sites
- Get support from your work mates as well as family and friends.
- Give a sponsorship form to older family members who are unfamiliar with online donations.
- Send your local press office a press release of your good news story to encourage local sponsors.
- Share video footage of your jump after you skydive, to round up your funds.
Invite your friends
To raise more funds, encourage your friends to join you. We can cover your challenge, with a discount of up to 20% available, depending on the size of your group.
For your friends who are happy to film and photograph your dive, from the comfort of mother earth, check out our mobile phone and gadget insurance – now offering 10% off.
It is important to note that we only cover skydiving in Europe but whichever location you chose – Carpe Diem!