How many times have you answered “being able to fly” to the question, “If you were a superhero what power would you have?” Well now’s your chance to get that “free as a bird” feeling!
(We would, however, highly recommend using all of the correct safety equipment, including a parachute. We wouldn’t want you to make your first flight your last, by stepping out of the plane in nothing but a cape and a pair of red underwear!)
Charity Skydiving Fundraisers
Skydiving is becoming a very popular activity and yet it’s still perfect for a charity fundraising event. Enough people are interested in skydiving to want to do it, but afraid enough that they think it’s very brave when someone does it for charity!
The bigger the team of divers you can get together, the more money you get to raise for your chosen charity. Not everyone has to fundraise for the same charity either. If there’s a large group you could split the proceeds between two or three different charities.
Skydiving Fundraisers – Safety First!
Before you jump you need to be physically fit. The skydiving center you use will have certain requirements such as:
- No heart conditions
- No breathing difficulties
- Certain medical conditions will be excluded
- Persons over a certain weight range
- Persons under a certain age
You can get the full list of requirements and exclusions from the center you choose to skydive with. Please take all of their advice seriously. They are experts and they want to keep you safe!
Skydiving isn’t the cheapest of activities. There are different costs for diving alone or with an instructor. If you’ve never dived before or don’t have a certain number of dives under your belt, you will be required to jump with an instructor. This usually costs more and will be the method of diving that most of your volunteers will be using, unless you have a team of experienced skydivers.
The cost of equipment is usually included with the cost of the skydive. If you mention that you are doing the skydive for charity you may get a discount. You may also get a discount for large groups.
Charity Skydiving Sponsorship
Once you’re signed off as fit to fly you’ll need to get your sponsorship rolling in. Get friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to sponsor you. Get your local church, golf club, bar, and any clubs you’re a part of to put a sponsor form on their front desk. The more money you make, the more your charity receives.
Make sure you get your sponsorship form out at least 4-5 weeks before your skydiving date. This will give you the best chance of getting more sponsors and also give you time to collect the money.
The Big Day – Sky Dive!
On the day of your skydive you will be required to go to the skydiving center a few hours beforehand for a briefing. Following your briefing you will get some instructions on how to skydive, followed by practice sky dives. These are not in the air (for all of you who only want to do this once!) but do show you how to exit the plane, how to fall, when to open your parachute, etc.
Once the instructors are happy with you they will take you up for the big event. Make sure you listen to everything they say. The instructors are there for your safety. They want you to have as much fun as possible but they want to ensure everyone is safe while skydiving too.
Bring along as many supporters as you can. Supporters make it exciting: Imagine as you fall through the clouds and see hundreds of tiny ants getting bigger and bigger. Those are your friends and relatives! It makes the day extra-special and is a nice memory for the people supporting you as well.
If some of your sponsors can’t be there on the big day, ask someone to film it for you so they can see what their fundraising money has supported.