Jumping out of an airplane is a truly amazing and life-enhancing thing to do – a bucket list achievement for which there is no true comparison. Sure, if you have not done it before then the idea of skydiving can make you pretty nervous – but over many decades the process of going for a skydive – either tandem or solo – has been refined to the point that it is a very accessible activity and even a competitive sport. There are a few sensible requirements in place though – so what exactly are the rules of skydiving?
The official rules provided by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) mean that you need to be at least 18 to jump. There is no skydiving age limit though, and there are more than a few skydivers out there still jumping well into their 80’s. The record for the oldest tandem skydive is an incredible 103 – so don’t let anyone try to tell you they are too old.
Due to a combination of factors, there is an upper skydive weight limit. The maximum is 230 pounds but also it is important for those over 210 pounds to physically fit. The main reasons for the weight restriction are that aviation runs on very specific regulations, as does the equipment used for parachuting. Also, the comfort of both our customers and staff is important to us – and getting in and out of the aircraft smoothly and efficiently is vital to everyone having a great time.
While leaping from an airplane is an exciting and extreme thing to do, it is not hard on your body. The equipment we use is very good at what it does, which allows pretty much everyone to get involved. If you get into the sport of skydiving, good fitness will help you progress – but at the start a basic level of health and mobility is fine.
We want everybody to experience skydiving – it is why we do what we do – but we are not doctors. If you have any pre-existing health conditions you will need to declare them and to be sure you can jump you should check with your doctor first. The same thing goes for anything else you may be concerned about, such as a mobility issue you might have. There is almost always a way to make it so people can jump, and the best thing to do is to call us first to discuss things directly with our experienced staff. More often than not, people find that something they had believed would exclude them from jumping is actually no problem at all.
There are a couple of things you need to bring that count as requirements. You must remember to wear sensible closed shoes that have laces so you can do them up tight. Losing a shoe in freefall is not allowed and no fun when you realize it is probably gone forever. Sensible clothing is also needed, so wear stuff that allows you to be active and has nothing flappy or dangly. Depending on the weather you may or may not be given a jumpsuit to put on over your clothes. If you need glasses or contacts then bring them – you might decide to forgo wearing them but it is possible to wear either under the goggles we will give you.
As you can see there are not that many rules of skydiving you absolutely must follow to be able to do it, and the ones we have understandably important. If you fit the bill then we cannot wait to jump with you – and if you are still unsure then don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. Skydiving is a life-changing experience that everyone should try, so don’t miss out. See you soon!