What to Wear Skydiving

Monday, May 1, 2017

If you’re getting ready for your first skydive, you might be wondering what you should wear. Skydiving is a sport, so as a rough guideline, wear what you’d wear for a sporting or exercise activity and you should be fine. Here are our tips on what to wear when skydiving for the first time.

Athletic Clothes are Best

what to wear skydivingSkydiving is a sport. No, really! Though some people think all we’re doing is ‘falling’, in actual fact, that process of ‘falling’ in a
stable and controlled manner requires us to work at it!

As you’ll learn during your tandem skydiving brief (which you’ll receive on the day of your jump), your body position during the skydive is an incredibly important part of the experience. The arched position we’ll ask you to adopt is what helps us stay the right way up and be able to fall at a consistent speed.

When you’re planning your dress for the day of your tandem skydive, think about wearing something that you can easily move in. Typically, that means anything you’d wear to the gym or any other sport – including joggers, sneakers, leggings, t-shirts, etc.

Wearing anything restrictive, like jeans, or that wouldn’t be suitable for sport, like a dress or skirt, won’t work for skydiving.

What Shoes to Wear Skydiving

We know that a good pair of heels can make you feel fabulous. Especially when you’re feeling nervous, having a great pair of shoes can give you a boost and the feeling that you can achieve anything! Unfortunately, that gorgeous pair of 3-inch heels simply doesn’t have a place here at the drop zone. As we’ve already discussed, skydiving is a sport and you’ll need appropriate sporty shoes for your skydiving jump. Sneakers, running shoes, and anything you can comfortably run around in will be fine.

What to Wear Skydiving Any Time of Year

Depending on when you come to make your tandem skydive, the weather could be colder or warmer, so be prepared! If it’s cold on the ground, it’s colder in the sky. Equally, even if it feels really warm down here, temperatures are typically a little chillier up high, especially if you’re skydiving in the winter!

We suggest you bring layers with you. Lots of thin layers are the ideal solution, as you can easily remove a layer if it’s warm and add more if not. On especially warm days, we may even open the door of the aircraft to let in some cooler air, so it pays to be prepared for that too.

Bring a Spare Outfit

Hmm…  how do we broach this subject? Let’s just say that there’s a very slight chance you might find your first jump a little scary. You’ll definitely love skydiving, we’re pretty sure of that! But it’s not unusual for first-timers to find the whole experience a little nerve-wracking too. So why not bring a spare pair of underwear, just in case? It never hurts to be prepared…

Leave the Jewelry at Home

We like a beautiful piece of jewelry as much as the next person. But like heeled shoes, your jewelry is best left at home for the purpose of your skydive.

You’ll be wearing a harness and gloves if it’s cold weather. We want your jewelry to be safe and if you wear it for your jump, we can’t guarantee it won’t get snagged on something and end up broken or missing. We also don’t want anything snagging on the equipment or your instructor, so for that reason, we ask you to remove all jewelry. Stud earrings are fine though.

What We Will Provide

We don’t ask you to provide all your own equipment for your jump. As well as the skydiving harness, we also have jumpsuits and gloves that you’re welcome to wear when it’s cold. We’ll also give you goggles that will protect your eyes during freefall. Are you ready to skydive? Book your tandem skydiving experience with us today.


Tandem Skydiver in freefall at Skydive Tecumseh

Fast efficient staff, GREAT friendly tandem jumpers! This is the best place stateside to jump! You can bring all levels of family and friends and all will have a lifetime experience. A1 setup here. My favorite in Michigan by far.

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