One thing you notice about students and other people interested in skydiving is that they very often ask the same types of questions and very often the questions are asked because they have some anxiety about a certain aspect of the sport. This page is here to try to answer those question and reduce the fears that you, as a potential student or first time skydiver, might have. To try to dispel some of the myths associated with our sport here is a list of the most frequently asked skydiving related questions.
Question: How safe is this sport?
Question: How fast do you fall?
Question: Are there any women who skydive?
Question: What is it like to skydive?
Question: What if I have a fear of heights?
Question: What about fear and apprehension?
Question: How long is the freefall?
Question: What kind of first skydive should I do?
That's entirely up to you and is a decision that is influenced by what kind of instruction programs are available, whether you want to take up skydiving as a regular activity or which of them you can afford. At Skydive Robertson the most popular first skydive is the static line first jump course especially if you want to take things further. If you're not sure yet, try a tandem skydive.
Question: Do I need to make reservations for the courses?
It is preferable for you to make a reservation, but it depends on what kind of course you would like to do. If you want to do the Static Line First Jump course, then sometimes it works to just show up at the dropzone before 08:30 on any Saturday morning and speak to any one of the staff. We'll do our best to make sure you get into the class. If you have a group of people interested in doing the static line course together, you could contact the club to arrange to do the course during the week and then jump that weekend, but this is always at the discretion of the instructor. If you want to do a tandem jump then you can book now.
Question: Where do I go when I get there?
Question: How long does the course last?
Question: Why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
This is the question skydivers hear most often. Why do we skydive? Ask any experienced skydivers to show you some of their favourite skydiving video footage and you will get an idea of how much fun it can be to jump out of a 'perfectly good airplane. And anyway, who said all airplanes are 'perfectly good?' Have you ever flown Kulula?
Question: Why should I do my skydiving at Skydive Robertson?
Skydive Robertson has experienced and dedicated staff that will do everything in their power to make sure that every single skydive you ever do at Skydive Robertson is safe and fun. Our staff and aircraft engineers ensure that our aircraft are always in tip-top condition and that our facilities are kept in good shape too. Besides all that, Skydive Robertson is the most sociable club you're likely to come across, and that makes it the best club in the country.
Question: How do I become a skydiver?
Have a look at our courses available to first time jumpers. There you will see a number of ways that you can make your first skydive. Once you make your first skydive, don't stop skydiving; do it as often as you possibly can. That's how you become a skydiver.
Once you've been through your chosen course you'll then have to decide which skydiving discipline to try. There are a number of different disciplines, but you're first choice should either be formation skydiving or freeflying.
Set in a low-slung Victorian farmhouse with views of the Langeberg Mountains, this relaxed hostel with an annexe is 11 km from Rietvallei Wine Estate and 2 km from Robertson Art Gallery. Featuring wood floors and colourful accents, the 2 private rooms and 1 dorm share bathrooms; the dorm has bunk beds. The annexe offers 2 airy rooms with tile floors and en suite facilities. All units have free Wi-Fi. Complimentary coffee and tea are provided, as are passes for tastings at area wineries. Other amenities include a garden with a BBQ area, and a Moroccan-themed lounge with hookahs, a bar and a fireplace. There's also a guest kitchen and a TV room.
Almondbury Guest Farm
Almondbury Guest Farm is situated just 6km outside the town Robertson, an attractive town with its quaint buildings with roses and Jacaranda lined streets. Country comfort in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg Mountains. Scenic surroundings and cozy accommodation in a historic Victorian Guesthouse close to nature. The Lodge overlooks a vineyard opposite the river and views of the surrounding mountains, there is also a dam at the foot of the garden where you can observe a variety of birds and other wild life species.
Gubas de Hoek
We're an eco-friendly guest house providing bed & breakfast, dinner and a self-catering option in our guest kitchen. The comfortable rooms are partly garden facing. A garden with pool, off-street parking and wireless internet awaits you. We're located in Robertson, close to Robertson Airfield and several world renowned wineries.
Cedar Lodge Guest House
Cedar Lodge Guest House offers up-market accommodation in a quiet residential area of Robertson. We welcome tourists and business people alike, providing personalized service and value for money. This is your “home away from home” with its large, tranquil tropical garden with abundant bird life, sparkling swimming pool and barbeque facilities, WiFi internet and exquisite dining by arrangement.
Fraai Uitzicht 1798
Attentive hosts provide a friendly and cosy ambience for a fine dining experience in this award-winning restaurant. Highly recommended is “The Fine Wine and Dine Menu”, a seven-course gastronomic menu, with specially selected wines to accompany each course. Reservations are essential. Open Wednesday – Sunday, lunch & dinner. Fraai Uitzicht's elegantly appointed guest cottages and suites provide superior accommodation.
Robertson Golf Club
Surrounded by the rolling Langeberg mountains in the Breede River Valley and bordered by vineyards and orchards, the new 18-hole Robertson golf course on the Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate opened for play on the 25th of April. It is the only 18-hole golf course in the beautiful 'Valley of Wine and Roses'. Described as a fun, leisurely course it is extremely golfer friendly, with comfortable walks from tee to green.
On Route Wine Boutique & Deli
You are welcome to experience our friendly service and tourist inventory – including accommodation, boat trips on the Breede River, Golf Games, Hiking Trails, 4x4 Routes and all the special places to visit in our valley. We are situated in Voortrekker Rd, next to the KFC.