The question we hear most often is, “Is there a weight limit to skydive?” To answer bluntly, yes there is. However, there are many different factors that go into deciding whether someone is physically able to skydive, no matter their weight.
At Skydive Orange, larger customers are required to do a first time tandem jump, where the skydiving student is attached to a licensed instructor. For AFF (Accelerated Free Fall), the weight limit is 225 lbs, no exceptions.
For a tandem jump, we can typically accommodate up to 275 lbs. If an individual’s weight surpasses 220 lbs, there are additional fees which cover the fuel surcharge, gear fees, and instructor compensation. The fees are an extra $35 per 10 lbs over 220 lbs, i.e. if you weigh between 221-230 lbs, it would be an extra $35 for a tandem jump, and if you weigh between 231-240 lbs, it would be an extra $70, so on and so forth up to 275 lbs, which is the maximum weight we can accept.
If you are over 220 lbs, there are preemptive measures to ensure that you will be able to skydive at our facility. You may obtain pre-approval by calling 703-759-3483 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Factors that determine jump eligibility include age, height, overall physical condition, body shape and combined exit weight, all of which will be reviewed before an approval can be made. Preliminary approvals can often be made over the phone but in ALL CASES a final approval cannot be made until the instructor has had an opportunity to see the student’s build, body shape, and overall physical condition in person (you MUST be able to lift your legs for less than 1 minute).
The bottom line, though, is the manufacturer’s stated limit for its harness. For most systems, the limit is 500 lbs total, including the instructor’s weight, your weight, and the gear, which weighs about 60 pounds. There’s an excellent article written in Parachutist Magazine about skydiving overweight by Musika Farnsworth, who explains the concept, perfectly.
All in all, we want the best for our customers, so don’t be put off if you really want to skydive but are nervous because you weigh a little more or don’t think we’ll allow you. Give us a call and find out how we can help get you in the air!
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