Everything You Need To Know Before Your First Skydiving Experience
So you’ve decided to willingly jump out of an airplane! While some may say this is a terrible idea (probably your mom), we say that it’s probably the best idea you’ve had today! In fact we fully support your decision to live life on the edge. But we’re sure you have questions about your big day, and lucky for you we have answers! Our friends over at Skydive Coastal California gave us some great tips on how to prepare for your first Skydiving experience. Let’s dig in.
Before You Book
Restrictions may apply
There is a minimum age requirement of 18 years old, but the good news is that there’s no limit! Skydive Coastal California recently had a lovely lady jump for her 94th birthday. However, there is a weight restriction of 250 pounds with an additional fee for participants over 200 pounds. Safety is a big priority, so if you’re pregnant with precious cargo or have a health condition, then you will definitely want to consult with your doctor before planning your jump. Even if you have a disability there are ways that make it possible for you to enjoy the experience. All that’s needed are some special precautions and equipment adjustments. So if you’re unsure just give the facility a call and see if they can accommodate you!
You won’t be solo
If you’re worried that you’ll be jumping out of a plane by yourself – don’t. While you will need to help out a little bit, all of the heavy work will fall upon your partner. You’ll be attached to a seasoned diver who will ensure that all protocols are followed, and more importantly that you have fun!
Safety is a priority
We all have someone who knows someone who had a sister that got injured skydiving. Horror stories of unopened chutes keep most people from even considering skydiving, but the reality is much different. Skydive Coastal California is part of the United States Parachute Association, and your instructors are professionals who have gone through excessive training, and have done the drill many, many times. Heck they could probably pack a parachute in their sleep! Plus having a back up parachute always helps too.
The Day Before
Lay off the alcohol
Not only does drinking make you dehydrated, but it can also lead to a nasty hangover in the morning. Does jumping out of an airplane after a rough night sound ideal? probably not! So do yourself (and your instructor) a favor and stick to water the night before. We can’t imagine either party will be pleased by getting soaked in vomit on the way down.
Check the weather
The temperature difference is usually around a 5 degree difference once you’re above ground, so if it’s cold down there it’ll definitely be cold in the air! If it looks like it might be a bit windy or rainy there is a chance that you will have to reschedule your jump. Most facilities have weather programs that are a lot more accurate than an iphone, so it’s always best to call and see what they recommend.
The Day Of
Eat your breakfast
You might think that skipping the most important meal of the day will keep you from getting sick, but you couldn’t be more wrong. The best way to ensure that you don’t get nauseas is by eating a light meal. Also don’t forget to drink water! Staying hydrated is key to feeling comfy on your flight to the jump zone. Just make sure you pee before you strap in.
We shouldn’t have to tell you not to wear stilettos skydiving, but crazier things have happened. While we’re at it, we might as well tell you to leave the sandals, hoodies, and hats at home too. Make sure your clothes are loose fitting, comfy, and weather appropriate. If you’re wondering what to do with your hair, it should be secured into a bun, braid or ponytail. No one likes a face full of hair.
It takes some time
There will be paperwork to fill out before you jump, so it’s recommended that you show up ten minutes early to get started. Afterwards you’ll take part in an informational session with your group on proper procedure, and proper form. So make sure you pay attention! Once the session is over you’ll get geared up and ready to go! Overall the process from start to finish can take anywhere from 2-4 hours.
There’s no point in fretting the whole time, and the staff wants you to be comfortable. So if you have questions or concerns, then ask away. Otherwise enjoy your 120 MPH free fall and peaceful parachute descent to the landing zone! Oh and don’t forget to smile for your video!
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