What To Wear Skydiving
Friday, June 28, 2019
Skydiving is a really exciting thing to try at least once in your lifetime. But as well as being a great experience, skydiving is also a sport, and it’s important you dress appropriately. This will ensure you stay comfortable during your jump.
In this guide, we’ll tell you what you need to wear skydiving whether it’s hot weather or cold weather. And remember, if you have any questions at all, about clothing or any other part of your jump, you can contact our team who will be happy to help.
What to wear: the basics
If you’re coming to skydive with us, you’ll be joining thousands of people every year who choose to jump from an airplane. The US is not only a great place for tandem skydiving, it’s also home to some of the world’s best experienced skydivers too, many of whom compete on a national and international stage.
It’s important when considering what to wear skydiving to remember that it is a sport. That means you need to wear what you’d wear as standard for any sport:
- Comfortable shoes/sneakers/running shoes
- Comfortable trousers (jeans can be a bit restrictive)
Beyond that, there are additional considerations for skydiving specifically:
- Don’t wear shirts with a collar; the collar flaps around in freefall and can be quite uncomfortable
- Don’t wear shoes that you can’t tie tightly; you don’t want to lose a shoe in freefall!
- Don’t wear anything with additional decor or detailing that might rub on you when you wear it under the skydiving harness (so anything with buttons on the shoulders or decoration around the hips would be good to avoid)
As long as you follow these simple rules, you should be set for your jump. On the day of your jump, we’ll also provide you with a skydiving jumpsuit, which goes over your clothes and helps to protect your own clothing against getting dirty when we land.
What To Wear
Cold Weather Skydiving
When it’s cold on the ground, it’s really cold in the sky! Expect the temperature up high to be a few degrees lower than it is at ground level and dress accordingly.
A few tips for cold weather skydiving:
- Wear lots of layers. Layers retain heat between them and therefore it’s usually much warmer to wear more thin layers than one thick layer (plus the thick layer might not fit under your jumpsuit comfortably)
- Bring a coat to wear when you land. The adrenaline will keep you warm to an extent but it can still get chilly in the sky, so make sure you have something to warm you up after your jump too
The reality is, for new skydivers especially, that you’re unlikely to feel the cold. That’s because adrenaline will keep you toasty. But following these tips will ensure you don’t feel the chill, in freefall, under parachute or on the airplane ride up.
What to wear
warm weather skydiving
Just as it’s good to wear lots of thin layers when it’s cold, it’s a good idea to wear thin layers when it’s warm.
It can also get quite sweaty when you’re jumping too, so it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes for after your jump if you like.
It’s also really important on warm weather days to stay really well hydrated, so drink lots of water.
Are you ready to skydive?
If so, we’d love to jump with you! Find out more about skydiving for the first time or as an experienced jumper. See you soon!