weather and skydiving

How Weather Will Affect the Skydiving Day

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Weather delays are the worst! Skydiving is a weather-dependent sport, which means that winds or rain could unexpectedly delay or postpone a scheduled jump.

We realize this is incredibly annoying. We dislike these delays just as much as you do. But postponing a jump because of weather is actually one of the smartest things we can do to ensure your experience skydiving is as safe as it is fun — so please bear with us.

The midwest can have unpredictable weather. Here are a few things to know.

What are the ideal conditions?

Blue skies and sunshine, baby! It’s best when the sky is clear for a few reasons. First, the FAA has certain cloud clearances that we have to abide by. You aren’t legally allowed to jump through clouds, even if that seems like fun. Second, clear skies make for a better view! You can see for miles when you’re 2.5 miles above the Earth, and a cloudy day would take away from that experience.

Low and consistent winds are the second coveted condition. When we’re in the sky, we’re relying on a parachute to carry us safely back down to the ground. It’s best to fly this when the winds are predictable so that we can hit our target on the ground and touch down as smoothly as possible.

Nice, clear days make for a more enjoyable and safer experience overall!

What happens if there is a weather hold?

You psych yourself up to come do your first skydive only to find out that winds, rains or clouds are going to keep you on the ground. This can be disappointing, but unfortunately there’s not much we can do about that unpredictable Mother Nature.

Plus, when traveling at 120 mph, raindrops really hurt! Just imagine riding your motorcycle in the rain!

If you are unable to jump due to weather, we will reschedule you for another convenient date and time. We ask all customers to please be patient through this process. As a business, we only make money when we jump, but we refuse to sacrifice safety.

Please note, all sales are final and we do not offer refunds, though you can cancel your jump up to 48 hours before takeoff and transfer it to someone else.

Tandem Skydiver in freefall at Skydive Tecumseh

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