Skydiving is one of those extreme sports that shows up on just about everyone’s bucket list. The pure exhilaration before and after the jump is absolutely amazing and can really only be understood by those who’ve actually taken the plunge. But while skydiving is the thrill of a lifetime, there are certain things beginners should be “in the know” about before they strap on a parachute.
- Make sure you fall within strict guidelines of being 18 years or older and no more than 250 lbs.
- Asks questions! Your instructors are professionals for a reason and they can provide you with an extensive amount of knowledge.
- Sleep well the night before your skydive
- If you have a heart condition or any other condition with physical limitations, skydiving is not advisable.
- Typically, 5 to 6 hours of ground training is required before the actual jump. Most often, the training and jump can take place on the same day.
- Plan on tandem jumping, which is when a professional is attached to your back.
- Movement restricting or clothing that’s too big should not be worn. Long hair also needs to be tied back. Sneakers are best as well.
- The actual free fall lasts for one minute or less. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, but make sure you’re paying attention when the parachute opens.
- Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Virginia Skydiving Center would be honored to host you on your first skydiving experience. We have years of experience and the capabilities to make sure your jump, whether first or fifteenth is memorable!