Would you wear jeans and Tevas on a half-marathon? Probably not. You might, however, think that what to wear skydiving is the same stuff you’d rock to a roller coaster ride. Totally common mistake. But no worries – we’re here to help set you straight. These are our best tips for successful wardrobe choices on a skydive – whether the weather’s chilly wintry or sultry summery.
Start from the ground up: The right shoes are key. Comfortable supportive shoes that lace tightly are the best choice. Make sure too they’re tied nice and tight when you jump – otherwise, the wind will snap them up and redecorate the landscape with them.
Simple skydiving clothing is the best skydiving clothing. Avoid fancy details and anything that flaps around, as those loose bits have a tendency to whack around painfully and/or tie themselves in a knot. No jewelry is a no-brainer.
Wear glasses? No problem – we’ll sort you out. We’ll lend you a pair of skydiving goggles that can put on over your glasses. (For security’s sake, we recommend you bring along a “Croakies” strap to hold those glasses in place so they don’t get lost!)
What to Wear on a Cold-Weather Skydive
If you decide to jump when the weather is cold, be warned: When it’s chilly on the ground, it’s really chilly at altitude! That’s because temperatures up top drop about thirty degrees below the temperature on the ground. Brrr! Luckily, there’s good news: pumping adrenaline tends to keep new skydivers from noticing – and you can help out mother nature by choosing skydiving clothing that sets you up for a toastier experience.
Dress in lots of thin layers. It’s almost magic how much warm air thin layers retain. (That’s because they sock it away in the air spaces in-between.) Forego one awkward thick layer for several thin ones, and you’ll be significantly comfier and more agile up there.
Bring a cozy coat for the ground. You’ll be glad you have it when you land and all those brain chemicals stop distracting your nerves from measuring up the chill factor. Bonus points if you can wrangle someone into bringing you a thermos of hot cocoa. (And even more bonus points if you share it with your instructor!)
What To Wear on a Warm-Weather Skydive
Summertime skydiving is by far our favorite kind. That said, searing heat on the ground doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to tandem skydive in a bikini. Indeed, putting some well-chosen fabric between you and the outside world is highly recommended. Here’s what to know:
Remember those thin layers from before? It’s still a good idea to wear them. A couple of thin layers when it’s warm will stave off the shivers at altitude, and you’ll have at least a little padding between yourself and the harness. (Plus, the UV is much stronger up there. Gingers, beware.)
Maybe go for a jumpsuit. You can borrow one of ours and pop it on over your shorts and tshirt. The suit helps to protect your own clothing (and skin) against dirt and damage upon landing. Also: It looks pro in your videos.
Sweat is probably going to be a thing. (This is a sport, remember?) If your plans include going someplace after the jump that you wouldn’t happily walk into straight from the gym, you’ll be happy you brought a change of clothes to pop into.
What to wear skydiving beyond your first jump
When you’re choosing what to wear skydiving, remember: When you make that jump, you’re trying out a new sport. Aim for clothes that are comfortable, able to move and buildable layers-wise. With that framework in place, you’ll have a super-comfy jump and landing, no matter the weather!
As you get more experienced and figure out what works for you, there’s also no reason to abandon fashion or fun – experiment with outfits like warm and fuzzy Onesies, or rock your favorite Hawaiian shirt.