How do you take pictures while skydiving? Can I take my phone with me skydiving? If you’ve booked a jump and find yourself asking these questions, this article is for you! To keep it short and sweet: no, you cannot take your phone skydiving. However, sick selfies are still a necessity and have been mastered by our instructors and videographers. Not being able to take your phone on your jump may seem like a drag at first glance (because we literally take them everywhere), but it is a true blessing in disguise. Let’s get into it!
Why Can’t I Take My Phone Skydiving?
Just like every skydiving rule, regulation, and recommendation in place, you can’t take your phone skydiving for safety reasons. Skydivers have safety at the forefront of their minds on every single jump – that’s how we can jump multiple times a day for years on end! Preventing distractions is the primary reason for the no-phone policy. When a skydiver, or tandem student, is not focused on the task at hand (AKA the skydive), the potential for error increases.
Phones also act as a physical hazard: would you want to accidentally let your phone fly out of your grip at 120 mph only to have it smash into your instructor’s face or an innocent bystander on the ground? Yeah, neither would we! In the best-case scenario, your phone would quietly slip away into the abyss never to be seen again.
You are totally welcome to snap as many memories as you’d like on the ground both before and after the skydive, but we’ve got you covered during! Waiting on the ground in anticipation with your friends and fellow first-time jumpers is a truly special bonding moment, and if you want it on your Insta story, be our guest!
Licensed Skydivers and Cell Phones
Hold up. I’ve seen skydivers bring their phones with them! Do skydivers ever bring their phones on a jump? Yep. If a skydiver is doing a jump that will more than likely result in them landing off of the dropzone, like a hot air balloon jump, they’re encouraged to bring their phone. The phone is tucked away somewhere safe, like a zippered pocket, and is not looked at during the skydive; it’s only used for location purposes, like communicating with people to let them know they landed okay! Some skydivers prefer to bring a track phone on every jump. It becomes part of their getup and is tucked away and not utilized unless there is an emergency.
How do Skydivers Take Photos and Videos?
Awesome skydiving pictures and videos are recorded with extreme skill! Videographers are able to use GoPros and everyday cameras fastened to their helmets and wrists to capture the perfect shots. Although this seems simple enough, it takes some serious skill to get the perfect shot while trucking through the sky at terminal velocity!
How many skydives does someone need to wear a camera? The United States Parachute Association recommends a minimum of 200 skydives before wearing any type of photo equipment. Although 200 may sound like a lot, there are plenty of people with thousands, even tens of thousands, of skydives! It’s not uncommon to crush a 200-jump goal in a single year. The notion of, “I’m an awesome skydiver with 200 jumps … I’m practically invincible” is the exact mentality that causes unwarranted accidents due to negligence, distraction, and overall complacency.
What’s a snag hazard? Anything that can grab onto something in an unwanted way – like a camera catching on the lines of a parachute – is called a snag hazard. Cameras, jewelry, untied shoelaces, and anything else that has snagging potential is a big no-no in the skydiving universe. Cameras, as small as they are, present the potential to be the ultimate snaggers, which is why hundreds of skydives are required to wear one.
This Seems Like a Lot … Should I Get Pictures or Video for Skydiving?
Abso-freakin-lutely! You should 1000% get photos and videos of your jump. Why? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Would you get a video of your wedding, graduation, and a milestone birthday? Of course! Skydiving (especially for the first time) is most definitely special enough to be up there with these other momentous events.
Whether you skydive one time or one thousand, your first jump is something you can never get back. There are plenty of avid skydivers that made the irrational decision not to get documentation of their first jump, and every one of them regrets it! Not only do our video packages capture the actual jump, but the hype leading up to it and the stoke level when landing – you can’t beat it!
How Can I Look Best in My Skydiving Photos?
Smile, have fun, be you, and keep your eyes on the horizon! In order to look your best you need to feel your best. As long as you dress for success, skydiving photos will look fantastic no matter what your hair looks like or which shirt you’re wearing, because you’re SKYDIVING – i.e. doing the coolest activity on the face of the earth. If you’re worried about a flappy face, which is inevitable to some extent, smile bigger! Smiling works a ton of muscles in your face and tightens it up, making it less elastic.
Leave the photo-taking to the professionals so you can do all the memory-making! We’ve got you covered, book today!