Congratulations! If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you’ve decided to go skydiving! With all of the excitement and emotions flowing through you ahead of the big day, you might forget to dress appropriately. Worry not, we’ve got your back! Everything from what to wear skydiving and weather-appropriate skydiving clothing and shoes, to how to handle glasses and accessories, and even proper hair-dos (and don’ts), for your perfect skydiving outfit.
Skydiving is a sport; so when you’re trying to choose what to wear skydiving, imagine what you would wear when going on a walk or jog. You’ll want comfortable clothing that’s easy to move in and has the proper amount of coverage. You don’t want your clothing to be super restrictive or overly loose and baggy. We recommend long sleeves and pants to keep your skin protected from the wind, sun, and any rubbing from the skydiving harness.
Try to pick clothing items that allow you to move in a full range of motion (when you’re getting ready, try a couple of jumping jacks to test your skydiving outfit).
Also, keep in mind that some landings require you to slide in on your bottom – so make sure you’re okay with the possibility of your clothes getting a little dirty or grass-stained.
Skydiving jumpsuits are available for use if you decide to add that extra layer of protection.
When choosing your skydiving outfit, always consider what the temperature will be on the day of your skydive. At Skydive Orange, it will typically be about 30-40 degrees COOLER up at altitude. It is a good rule of thumb to add a layer to whatever you feel would be comfortable to wear on the big day. Just be sure to refrain from hoodies; a wind-filled hood can become a bother (and sight obstruction) to your tandem instructor during freefall.
Summertime in Virginia can be hot and sticky, so light clothing with the option to add another layer is best. For Fall and Winter jumps we recommend comfortably layering up, ensuring you maintain full maneuverability. Consider items that have some kind of insulation, like fleece.
No matter the temperature, we suggest bringing extra seasonally-appropriate layers with you on the day of your skydive, just in case.
You’ll want to be sure the shoes that you wear are secure to your feet. Lace-up sneakers are best. Avoid boots as they limit foot flexibility, and stay clear of shoes that contain hooks or zippers as they can be a snag hazard. Slip-ons, flip-flops, crocs, heels, and sandals are a huge no-no for obvious reasons.
This is very important for all you skydivers with long hair (and beards!) – TIE YOUR HAIR BACK! For safety reasons, and for the health of your hair, you need to secure the mane. Whether braids, a ponytail, or a tight bun – you’ll want to tie your hair low to keep it from obstructing your instructor’s view.
Flying at 120+ mph during freefall sends your hair through a veritable whirlwind. Locking down your lovely locks will keep you from dealing with a mess of mega-knots on landing. We speak from experience when we say that you do not, repeat do NOT, want to deal with untangling your tresses and potentially ripping your hair out after your jump.
Accessories can be OKAY to an extent. No hats, scarves, sunglasses, or fanny packs. However, if you use prescription glasses to help you see, please wear them. We don’t want you to miss any part of your experience! We will provide goggles that you can wear over your glasses to keep them protected.
Keep the jewelry simple. Stud earrings are generally okay but we recommend removing anything that you think could be snagged (necklaces, dangling earrings, rings, etc.) Here’s some solid advice: if you don’t want to risk losing it on your skydive, don’t wear it!
We love being able to express ourselves with our skydiving outfits, too! While you’re on the ground, feel free to wear whatever you would like. Bring that “It’s my birthday!” sash, wear your tutu, strut your stuff in that dinosaur costume – but when it is time to get ready for your jump, we recommend following these guidelines on what to wear skydiving.
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