Skydiving has a lot of safety implications, and as long as you jump with a trusted company you’ll be afforded a safety training before you head out for your adventure. There are also several things you can do to prepare for you jump before you even leave the house. What you choose to wear – or not to wear – can either help your hinder you when you skydive. While each skydiving company may have its own rules, here are some basic guidelines for what is safe to wear during a jump and what is better left on the ground.
What to Wear
You need to be comfortable during your jump. You will need to maneuver your body into various positions, so loose fitting clothing is recommended. Dresses and skirts won’t work with your jumpsuit, so women should stick with jeans or other comfortable pants. In warmer months, shorts are also appropriate. Don’t wear anything that is so bulky that it will not fit under your jumpsuit or interferes with your safety harness equipment.
As a general rule, jewelry should not be work when you are skydiving. It’s just too easy to lose it, and you will never find a ring or necklace that falls off when you are in the air. If you are wearing gloves, you may be able to wear a ring – but it’s better to err on the side of caution and just remove your jewelry at home before you head out to your skydiving adventure.
Your skydiving school will give you a helmet to wear during your jump, and you will also be given a jumpsuit. All students will be outfitted in a backpack containing a parachute, unless you are jumping tandem in which case your instructor may be wearing the only parachute. In colder weather, you will probably be asked to wear gloves when you jump.
If you wear eye glasses or contact lenses, you will still be able to go skydiving. You will be given goggles that fit tightly against your face, so the wind can’t get to your eyes. If you are wearing contact lenses, you should be especially careful to have tight fitting glasses. If your contacts do become damaged, you may want to toss them and get a new pair; visit Lenstore.co.uk or another online vendor that can quickly send you a fresh set.
Skydiving is an adrenaline inducing activity that is fit for people of most ages and a variety of lifestyles. If you do decide to head miles into the air for this adventure, be sure to consider the safety implications carefully. Do what you can to wear the safest clothing and leave jewelry or other items that may be in the way at home. Your eyewear requires special attention, because it can’t interfere with your safety goggles. Don’t wear glasses with frames large enough that they can’t fit underneath your goggles – you may end up having to jump without your corrective eyewear.