While it’s possible to go skydiving year-round, each season brings a unique experience for all jumpers alike. As the leaves start to change and the air takes on a crisp edge, many people wonder if skydiving in the fall is a possibility and if it is safe to skydive in October and November. If you’re considering taking the plunge, timing can be everything. So, here is our professional opinion on the best time to go skydiving and everything you need to know about skydiving in the fall.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we are all awed when the leaves start to change into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Some travel to the mountains to get a glimpse of the fiery hue amongst the trees, but we like to catch the unobstructed view from 10,000 – 14,000 ft in the sky! The lush foliage of autumn creates a stunning backdrop as you descend from the sky, making your jump an unforgettable visual experience, completely wrapped up in the beauty of nature.
Skydiving in the fall offers milder temperatures as compared to the scorching heat of summer or the bone-chilling cold of winter. The cooler weather is not only more comfortable for jumpers but also allows for a smoother descent through the air. And since the humidity is gone, the skies tend to be clearer which means you can see for miles – you might even get to catch a glimpse of the mists of Niagara Falls!
Strong, unpredictable, gusty winds can make jumping hazardous, which can cause dangerous rotors and make it difficult to land the parachute. The fall season tends to calm the winds and bring about stability in the air. With predictable wind patterns and ideal wind conditions, skydiving in the fall makes parachute landing a breeze. Safety is paramount in the skydiving community, and instructors will assess the weather conditions on the day of your jump. If the conditions are unsafe, your jump may be postponed or rescheduled. Rest assured, at WNY Skydiving, we prioritize your safety and the safety of others above all else.
Skydiving is often synonymous with summer for many people, mainly because of the flexible schedules and adventurous spirit that this season evokes, leading to a bustling dropzone. However, opting to skydive in the fall offers an advantage: fewer crowds! A busy dropzone can offer a fun and bustling atmosphere, but it can also increase your wait times. By choosing to skydive in the fall, wait times are typically shorter, and more slots are available, providing a more relaxed and personalized experience.
For us, any time is the best time to go skydiving! But let’s be real, choosing the best month to go skydiving ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the climate in your area. However, if you’re looking for an all-around excellent experience, September and October are often considered the best months for skydiving in many regions. While September offers the advantage of warm temperatures, stable winds, gorgeous late-summer scenery and maybe even some of the first hints of fall foliage, October really combines the best of both worlds. Comfortable temperatures and vibrant fall colors during October are what give this month our vote for the best month to go skydiving!
November is usually considered late fall, and while the weather can vary depending on your location, it’s generally not too cold to skydive in most places. Keep in mind that temperatures can be 30-40 degrees cooler up at altitude. Regardless, it’s always essential to dress appropriately for the weather to stay comfortable during your jump.
Fall skydiving attire typically includes a jumpsuit that you can wear over top of your clothes to offer protection against wind chill and an extra layer of warmth. Gloves may be provided to protect your hands from the brisk temps up at altitude and while gliding underneath the canopy during the descent. The 120 mph freefall experience might feel chilly, but with the right clothing you can enjoy a thrilling jump in many locations, even in November!
Thinking about a fall skydive? You’re in for an exhilarating adventure that you’ll remember for a lifetime! WNY Skydiving is open through October – so, take advantage of our Back to School sale while you can! Book your skydive, take the leap, and let the beauty of fall unfold beneath you as you soar through the stunning autumn skies!