Skydiving is a sport, so as a general rule of thumb, your skydiving outfit should be something you’d be comfortable wearing at the gym or out for a run. Loose fitting clothing works best. Avoid wearing jewelry and make sure your shoes can be securely fastened. Flip flops and heels are a definitely a no-no, but sneakers and running shoes are ideal.
Here’s our best advice on the dos and don’ts of how to dress for your skydive.
During a tandem skydive, you’ll be attached to a skydiving instructor who is responsible for the operation of the equipment and taking care of you through your jump. But that doesn’t mean you’re a passenger. As you’ll learn in your skydiving brief on the day of your jump, you’ll need to help us by maintaining an arched body position and lifting your legs up for landing.
To maintain proper body position throughout your skydive, you’ll need to wear clothing that allows you to move freely. If it’s clothing you would lounge around the house in or wear for a run, it’s probably good. Don’t go too casual though – PJs might be super comfy but you’ll feel the chill up in the sky!
If appropriate, we can provide a jumpsuit to cover your outfit, so you don’t need to worry about getting your own clothing dirty.
Proper footwear is an important part of proper skydiving attire. As with the rest of your clothing, you’ll want to wear something comfortable that you can easily move around in.
It’s time to dig out those gym shoes! Sneakers, running shoes – anything you can fasten on securely should be fine.
Also, avoid anything with hooks on it (as these can be snag hazards). Hiking boots might feel comfortable, but they lack flexibility – which is useful for moving around on the way to your jump and for the landing. Heels and flip flops are also a no-no, for obvious reasons.
Accessories can be okay, depending on what they are.
Wearing glasses that help you see, for example, is absolutely fine. We’ll hook you up with some goggles that will keep your glasses (and your eyes) protected, so feel free to bring them along. Sunglasses, though, will affect your vision; believe us, you don’t want to miss the views from thousands of feet up, so we recommend leaving them behind.
If you’ve got long hair, you’ll want to tie it back. We speak from experience when we say that it’s better to avoid having to untangle your locks after they been wrapped up by the freefall wind!
Keep jewelry to a minimum too. Stud earrings are okay, but anything like a necklace or drop earrings or rings and so on could get snagged, so it’s safer to take them off before you jump.
Thinking of wearing other accessories? Farrell style hats, fairy wings, joke noses, inflatable horse outfits… they’re all great down on the ground but for the purposes of your skydive, it’s best to steer clear!
Temperature is definitely a consideration for your skydiving outfit. It’s typically colder in the sky than it is on the ground, so whatever the temperature is down here, expect it to be lower up there.
Winter can get pretty chilly, so we recommend lots of layers. Fleece materials work well to keep you insulated. In the summer, it can get pretty hot in Virginia – so much so that we sometimes fly to altitude with the door of the aircraft open to let cooling air in. Again, we recommend layers, but fewer than you’d wear during the winter. Bring them with you and you can make a call on the day.
If you have questions about what to wear for your skydive, please contact a member of our team.
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