Skydiving is a lot of fun for adults of all ages. You may not want to dive solo, but taking a tandem dive at least once in your life is an experience to remember. When you jump with an experienced skydiver, you can relax and not worry about what you have to do other than just enjoy the scenery. Here's what to know about skydiving your first time.
1. Know The Age And Weight Limits
Be sure to call ahead and find out if there are age and weight limits for skydiving. Places may differ on the maximum weight limit for their solo and tandem dives. The weight limit for tandem dives may be a little higher than for solo dives.
There is usually no upper age limit, but kids are generally not allowed to skydive. Instead of an upper age limit, the facility considers your general health and mobility. As long as you're in fairly good shape, you should be able to handle a tandem dive, no matter how old you are.
2. Eat A Light Meal Beforehand
You probably don't want to dive after a heavy meal, but you don't want to be hungry and lightheaded either. You definitely don't want to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are, you won't be allowed to get on the airplane. Try to eat a light snack and drink enough fluids that you are hydrated. You may want to use the restroom before your adventure begins.
3. Change Your Mind If You Need To
Skydiving is an exciting sport. You may be fearful when you're in the plane and high in the sky. Don't force yourself to jump out of the plane if you're afraid. You're allowed to change your mind and back out if you need to. You want to be willing to jump so you can enjoy the experience rather than be afraid the whole way to the ground.
4. Dress For The Experience
Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty in case you end up on the ground. You'll want to remove any jewelry that might get pulled off during your skydive. You may be given a skydiving suit to wear over your clothing to protect it and to help keep you warm at the high altitudes when you jump. You'll probably need to wear tennis shoes that tie. Inappropriate shoes won't be allowed, so be sure to wear or take the shoes you'll need to wear for your jump.