Terms and Conditions

Dropzone Rules

 The consumption of alcohol before parachuting/skydiving is expressly forbidden. Anyone found to
have consumed alcohol will not be permitted to participate and will forfeit the cost of the jump or
course.  Alcohol is not permitted on active parts of the airfield, and this includes spectators.
 
Skydive Algarve has a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs.
 
The use of prescription drugs must be declared prior to training and jumping, and you may be required to
have a medical form signed by your doctor in advance.
 
No animals may be brought onto the drop zone (with the exception of guide dogs)

 
Notes for Qualified Jumpers

Skydive Algarve is an AAD mandatory DZ.
A camera can only be worn by those with a minimum of 200 logged jumps.
All sports jumpers are required to show written proof of sufficient third-party liability insurance for skydiving in Portugal.
 

Age, Health & Weight Restrictions

Minimum age 16 years.
Those aged 16 or 17 will need parental consent on our specific forms.

Tandem Skydiving
Maximum Age - no upper age limit
However, those aged 70 and over must bring a Skydive Algarve medical form signed by their doctor on the day. Failure to do so will mean you will not be able to jump.

Maximum Weight - 100kg (220lbs/15.7st)
However a level of reasonable fitness is required. 

AFF Students 
Maximum age 50.
However, those aged 40-50 must bring a Skydive Algarve medical form signed by their doctor along on the day. Failure to do so will mean you will not be able to jump.
**ALL Portuguese AFF students training under the FPPQ must have an official medical form completed in advance regardless of age**
 
Maximum weight: 95kg (209.5lbs/14st 13lb) 
However, a students weight must also be in proportion to their height with a Body Mass Index of 27.5 or less (please see chart on medical form).  Exceptions may be made for those who are heavy due to large muscle up to 100kg, only at the discretion of the chief instructor.
Your suitability to skydive will be assessed based on the heights and weight provided at the time of booking.
Giving inaccurate information may result in the skydive or course being forfeited. 
 
All Tandem, AFF & RAPS customers are required to sign a declaration of fitness form on arrival.
Any medical conditions (please see form) , recent and.or recurring injuries and/or illnesses, previous breaks,
any dislocations or any regular medication must be declared and you may be required to get the form signed
by a doctor.

Failure to disclose anything relevant could endanger yourself and your instructor and can also  lead to insurance being invalidated due to the provision of fraudulent information by you.
 

Tandem Skydives

Please ensure you read your confirmation letter in full. All confirmations will be emailed once a deposit has been paid. If you do not receive an email please firstly check your spam folder, and then call us to request it be re-sent.
 
The arrival time stated is not the time of your jump.
 
The estimated time of the experience is 3-4 hours, however on busy days, or when adverse weather causes delays this can be increased by several hours. We advise all tandem customers to be aware there can on occasion be a wait of up to 6 hours and make the day available to enjoy this unique experience. Please bear this in mind when bringing elderly spectators or children.
 
Tandem customers are booked into sessions that may include other customers as well.
 
We cannot guarantee the number of tandem customers jumping on each aircraft flight, nor that groups can all jump together. Whilst we do our best to accommodate our customers needs you should be prepared to skydive without any other tandem customers on the aircraft with you.
 
Due to safety regulations it is not possible for tandem customers to wear their own camera or GoPro or take a camera or phone into the aircraft or in freefall.
 
Anyone carrying out a sponsored skydive should only do so with the express permission of their chosen charity.

 
Video and Photo Packages

Packages must be pre-booked otherwise we cannot guarantee they will be available on the day. if you should decide on the day to add the video and/or photo package we will make every effort to accommodate you however it will be subject to availability.
 
There will be a short wait following your jump whilst your cameraman edits the footage onto DVD for you. If you are in a group or it is a busy day, this wait may be up to 1.5hours, please enjoy the cafe while you wait.
 
Please note that camera equipment operates under extreme conditions and there may on occasion be a variation in the quality of the footage. If you have asked for equipment hire and/or video or photographs of my jump(s), be sure to read and accept the terms and conditions displayed in/given by the office.
 

Insurance

Tandem instructors are properly licenced and this includes Third party insurance which covers their tandem student in the event of negligence.  Tandem customers must accept that in the event of injury requiring medical attention they must cover all and any costs until responsibility is established. Tandem customers wishing to have additional coverage must arrange this themselves in advance. We are not able to provide this on the day.
 
Solo students of any type and qualified sports jumpers are required to provide written proof of sufficient Third-Party liability insurance for solo skydiving in Portugal.
 
All jumpers must accept that if there is any doubt as to the suitability of the insurance they may not be able to skydive, or Skydive Algarve may require them to take out alternative cover.
 
EU members are reminded that the European Health Insurance card may only cover immediate medical costs, and only in part or not at all, and does not cover ongoing medial care nor any repatriation costs. Therefore it is strongly recommended that jumpers of all nationalities take out their own suitable insurance policy prior to travel.

 
Reservations

A deposit must be paid to secure a place. Places not secured without deposits are not guaranteed.

We require some personal information in order to confirm your reservation.
 

Additional Fees

AFF students must pay for any repeat levels in addition to the course fee.

 
Payments, Deposits, Cancellations & Refunds

All deposits paid are non-refundable for any reason.
 
Any outstanding balances for a jump or course must be paid prior to the start of the training or briefing.  Once you have started your training or briefing no refunds can be made in full or in part for any reason, even if the course or jump cannot be competed for whatever reason.
 
Skydive Algarve cannot be held responsible for any changes in the days on which we operate. In the event that we must change your scheduled date we will transfer your booking to an alternative and mutually convenient date at no extra charge.
 
Skydiving is a weather dependant sport and although the weather is usually pleasant in Portugal it is the one aspect that we can neither control nor predict. Any refund requests due to adverse weather can therefore not be considered.
 
If bad weather prevents you from jumping an alternative mutually convenient date will be arranged. Please note that if you have booked a skydive under any specific promotional terms these terms will still need to be adhered to.

If you fail to turn up on the day without giving at least 72hrs notice you may forfeit your skydive and be invoiced for the full cost of your skydive.
 
Any activities booked with promotional prices must be fully completed to keep the discounted price. If the course is not completed, all jumps will be charged at the normal (higher) costs.
 
 

Gift vouchers

Prepayment in full is required before a gift voucher can be issued.
 
Gift vouchers are non-refundable . This does not affect your statutory rights.
 
Gift vouchers are non-transferable. Once gifted they become the property of the recipient and cannot be refunded to the purchaser.
 
Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
 
Vouchers can be extended for an additional 3 month period for a fee of 50€. Vouchers can only be extended once and this must be done prior to the initial expiry date of the voucher.
 

Payment Methods

We accept cash (€uros), credit & debit cards with a 3% admin fee, ( Bank Transfers for deposits only). We do not accept any form of cheque, travellers cheques or American Express, or any other currency except €uros.
 
 

General Terms & Conditions

By taking part in any skydiving activity with Paralvor – Centro de Paraquedismo Unipessoal Lda (Skydive Algarve) all customers must acknowledge, understand and agree to the following terms:
 
1.   That participating in any skydive or course or parachuting activity of any type at Paralvor Lda is a decision taken voluntarily and entirely at your own risk. Even with all necessary precautions and safety measures in place skydiving/parachuting are extreme adventure activities and as such I fully accept the inherent risk of injury or death. 
 
2.   Accept that parachuting/skydiving equipment, although properly maintained and regularly checked is being used under extreme conditions and as a result, despite all necessary precautions being taken, can suffer malfunctions.
 
3.   That Paralvor Lda nor its staff will be held responsible for any loss or theft, injury or damage (howsoever caused) to any property, belongings or suffered by you, or any other person in connection with or as a result of parachuting, or any of the activities carried out by, or facilities provided. I understand that in the event of any such loss, injury, damage or death no compensation or damages, reimbursement of any kind will be payable to me, my dependants or my estate and that it is my responsibility to effect any such insurance cover as I may require.
 
4.   I will comply with the requirement to declare the necessary documents before taking part in any skydiving activity at Paralvor Lda .
For Sports jumpers & AFF students

This includes demonstrating that I have sufficient insurance to cover any medical costs or similar and the mandatory Third Party Liability cover.  EU members are reminded that European Health Insurance Card may not cover all medical costs and does not cover any long term medical repatriation costs.  I accept that if there us any doubt over coverage from an insurance policy in any respect the Skydive Centre may not permit me to jump.
For Tandem Skydivers
Tandem instructors are properly licenced and that this includes Third party insurance which covers their tandem student in the event of negligence. Therefore I accept that in the event of injury requiring medical attention I will cover the costs until responsibility is established. Furthermore I understand should I wish to have additional coverage I must arrange this myself in advance.
 
5.   That I will be bound in all respects by the Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association and will comply with its Safety Regulations, and all the Rules and Regulations of the owners or occupiers of the land, airfield and premises used by Paralvor Lda.  I further agree to obey all relevant instructions given to me by Paralvor Lda and its staff or agents. I understand the dangers of failing to adhere to the methods, regulations or instructions given.
 
6.   I agree to read, abide by and stay current with the centre rules and regulations, I understand that failure to comply may result in exclusion from all and any skydiving activities. The final decision as to the suitability of anyone to skydive rests entirely with Paralvor Lda, the centre and its instructors and staff.
 
7.   That I will notify Paralvor Lda within the first 24 hours of any incident involving a third party resulting from any parachute jump made by me.
 

Complaints Procedure

Paralvor Lda has a complaints book located in the front reception office for anyone wishing to make a complaint.

Any other complaints should be submitted in writing by email to info@skydivealgarve.com  or by post to Aeródromo  Municipal de Portimão, Montes de Alvor. 8500-059 Portimão. Algarve. Portugal.   Please be sure to give your full name and method to contact you.