Few would argue that summer is not the best time to go skydiving. All seasons have pros and cons for jumping out of airplanes, but for the most part, those long hot days of summer are when the conditions are most favorable and enjoyable. It is worth investigating a little bit, as summer skydiving involves a few considerations so you can be ready for the best experience ever in the best possible way. Here are a few tips.
The air above your head gets cooler as you go up, and for every thousand feet you gain in altitude the temperature drops by a few degrees. Most skydiving happens from between 10’000 and 14’000 feet, which means by the time you are at exit height it can be a little nippy. Getting bundled up to face the cold is a Winter thing, but in the Summer heat when it is roasting on the ground the cooling sensation during the plane ride is something to enjoy all the more.
If it is hot enough that you are generally trying to wear as little as possible, it is still a good idea to bring along some thin layers that cover your arms and legs. The only real way to know how chilly it is going to be for your jump is by finding out on the day. Your instructor will be your guide for this, among many other things. If he or she is happy jumping in shorts and a t-shirt then you will be too. If they advise you to wear something longer or a little thicker, then it is a good idea. Your instructor wants you to have the best possible time and will be paying attention to every detail. Don’t forget to bring some shoes that have laces, as your flip flops are no good and you need to have something that covers your whole foot and won’t come flying off in the sky (this is against the rules and you are not going to get it back).
Skydiving operations are run on a planned schedule, so you will have a good idea of when you are going to jump. All told you should expect to be with us for around half a day – so bring with you what you need to stay cool and healthy in the hottest part of the year. Wear sunscreen, drink lots of water and bring snacks that you will want to eat when it is balmy. People often think that skydiving is going to mess with their stomachs, but this is not the case. What is far more important is that you are hydrated and properly energized to do something active, as while you don’t need to be super fit to enjoy jumping out of an airplane – a good level of health and wellbeing will contribute to having the best time possible.
It cannot really be too hot to skydive. If the wind is good and the sky is clear then we go up. Every year we, and skydivers everywhere, look forward to the Summer as the busiest and best time to engage with this amazing sport and help as many new people as possible get into it too. If this is the part of the year when you like to get out and do stuff, then we are looking forward to you joining us for one of the best experiences anywhere or at any time.