Per the guiding organization, the skydiving age in Michigan is 18 years old. The USPA (United States Parachute Association) is the governing body that sets the rules for skydiving and states for Group Members (participating skydiving centers), that for those members, those skydives made within the US and its territories and possessions, skydivers need to be at least 18 years of age. There are many reasons to restrict a starting age limit, but you are never too old to skydive! The current world record is age 102, and it is now common to see stories of people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties taking their first tandem jump.
In the world of skydiving the starting age limit of eighteen exists for safety and security. Maturity is essential when making the deliberate decision to jump out of an airplane. Childhood dreams are often half-formed, and it should take some age and wisdom to develop a quality bucket list.
Skydiving is often a life-changing event, and having enough brain development and experience to understand the ramifications of the danger is important. Jumping out of an aircraft is exciting, but a certain amount of adult reasoning and self-discipline are required to carry through with stepping out of a plane and into the sky.
No matter your age when it comes to skydiving, having an open mind, flexibility, strength, and good health is essential. Even when planning a tandem jump, it is wise to be aware that you should have the agility to exit the plane safely and have enough stamina to hold the proper position for free fall. Keep in mind that people with mobility issues and disabilities can find a way to make a successful skydive.
The plane ride up to jumping altitude is often cramped and crowded. Being capable of sitting or squatting on the floor and scooting on your knees to the open door for exit is normal. Luckily, Skydive Tecumseh operates a Beechcraft King Air, which is super fast and spacious, making your ride to altitude more comfortable.
If you are in doubt about your general health, a trip to the doctor may put your mind at ease. Additionally, you may want to reach out to Skydive Tecumseh, your Michigan skydiving center, to speak with someone about your concerns or limitations. You might be surprised to find out that your particular constraints are not an obstacle after all!
As for that skydiving age limit rule, we get it, your kid is an athlete and a daredevil. The waiting may be hard and having a strict USPA rule for waiting until age eighteen might seem harsh for some teenagers. We think a skydiving gift certificate for an 18th Birthday offers the perfect way to celebrate your favorite adventurer! Even better, make it a family event and create a lasting memory to say welcome to adulthood!
Whether you have finally reached skydiving age, or you’re ready to cross that tandem jump off your bucket list, contact us to book your big day. Skydive Tecumseh loves being a part of the big moments in life, and we can’t wait to help you celebrate your skydiving success!
Wonderful staff -- my tandem instructor, James, was funny, clear, and made sure that I was comfortable during the entire experience (which involved two flights and a bit of "will-we-or-won't-we" due to clouds).
The dive itself is unreal -- exhilarating and meditative, terrifying and relaxing, absolutely breathtaking. I absolutely recommend you try it here first. Skydive Tecumseh has a great reputation, and there's a reason for that. I hope to go again.