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How to Plan For the Perfect Skydiving Experience

If you’re anything like us, you seek an exhilarating adventure and live for the thrill, that’s why we decided to offer a handful of tips to assist you in preparing for your next (and quite possibly first) skydive. First of all, let’s keep in mind that the topic we are reviewing is jumping out of a plane, that is flying thousands of feet in the air with nothing more than an expert instructor (hopefully) and a parachute. Wrapping your head around that is the first step to success.


Sunset Skydive

Alright – let’s do this!


CHECK THE WEATHER


Ensuring you have solid weather is a key factor when planning your dive. A cloudy day shouldn’t affect your experience, but precipitation will. If there’s any chance of rain, your skydiving company may offer a make-up date to reschedule. Depending on where you’re located, try to choose the appropriate time of year with a lesser chance of rain or chilly weather. Warmth and clear skies would be most ideal so you can really take in your view and feel comfortable during this journey.


PLAN YOUR OUTFIT AND YOUR MEAL


Be sure to plan a comfortable outfit that allows for maximum range of motion. By selecting athletic, close-fitting apparel, you can add layers without adding bulk. If your altitude reaches 14,000+ ft, it could be about 30-40 degrees cooler than it was on land, and it is possible you may be diving through over 100 mph winds to layers are key! Keep in mind - the most important element to a successful skydiving outfit is your shoes. Lace-up sneakers are necessary to ensure they stay on throughout your jump and protect your feet.


It's very important to eat something before your jump, but try to avoid heavy, greasy foods. You don’t want to feel too full or dive on an empty stomach. A light breakfast (or lunch) should do the trick, allowing you to fully take in the moment and not worry about an uneasy stomach.


Tandum Skydive

FIND EXCITEMENT IN THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE


With every jump, we still experience all the feels – anxiousness, nervousness but most of all excitement! As previously stated (…and just a friendly reminder), you’re jumping out of a plane, after all, so we completely understand that your nerves may be ramped up and you may be experiencing some sort of anxiety. Have no fear, that’s completely normal! If your jump is tandem (with an instructor) you’re likely in very safe hands. When doing your research, be sure to find a company that offers highly trained, certified and experienced experts so you can fully enjoy the journey down. After all, that actual jump is why we do this!


TAKE IT ALL IN


Though we know the actual dive is the best part of this experience, it's necessary to really take in the entire adventure. From being outfitted in your goggles, helmet, jumpsuit and harness to boarding the aircraft and taking the climb to the pilot's desired height, the entire journey is a part of the excitement. It's so important to look around and enjoy the view - how often do you get to see Earth from such a unique perspective?


Inside Tip: If you’re wondering what altitude the plane will reach, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Based on industry standards, the minimum height a licensed diver will jump ranges from 3,000-4,000 feet. However, if you’re doing a tandem jump, the minimum height ranges from 8,000-9,000 feet. Try to find a company that operates at a higher altitude, if possible. If your dive is any less than 5,000 feet, it’ll feel too quick and the journey will be over before you know it. Take your time, cruise through the skies and enjoy the experience!


HAVE FUN


Over the years we have learned that each jump is unique in its own journey, so try not to anticipate every move and live in the moment. Allow yourself to embrace the ride cause it’s certainly an exhilarating one! Most importantly, enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience because there’s truly nothing else like it.

Group Skydive

Whether this is your first dive or your hundredth - we hope this guide provides you with added comfort and extra excitement as you prepare yourself to soar through the skies.


HAVE NO FEAR AND LIVE LIKE BIG DADDY!


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