Ultimate Guide: Preparing for a Tandem Skydive Adventure

Are you ready to take the leap of a lifetime? Tandem skydiving offers an exhilarating experience, allowing you to soar through the skies while being harnessed to an experienced instructor. But before you embark on this thrilling adventure, proper preparation is key. From preparing your hair to dressing appropriately, here’s everything you need to know to ensure your tandem skydive is an unforgettable experience.

getting ready to skydive at Skydive Chicago

Preparing Your Hair and Beard

One common concern for many tandem skydivers (or skydivers in general)  is how to manage their hair or beard during the jump. While the wind might whip through your locks during freefall, there’s no need to stress. Here are some tips to help you prepare your hair for the adventure:

  • Secure Your Hair: Tie your hair back in a tight ponytail or braid to prevent it from flying around during the jump

  • Secure Your Beard: If you have a beard, consider using beard oil or balm to keep it well-groomed and prevent it from becoming tangled during the jump. You can also use a beard comb or brush to tidy it up after your jump
  • Use Hair Products: Apply styling products like gel or hairspray to keep your hair in place. However, we suggest that you condition your hair well before and afterwards

  • Bring a Hair Tie & a Brush: Pack an extra hair tie in your pocket just in case you need to re-tie your hair after the jump and give your locks or beard a brush post jump

Remember, while your hair might get a little tousled during the freefall, the adrenaline rush will make it all worth it!

how to wear your hair tandem skydiving

What to Eat

Maintaining proper nutrition before your tandem skydive is essential for energy and comfort during the experience. Here are some guidelines on what to eat before your jump:

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water in the hours leading up to and after your skydive to stay hydrated

  • Light Meals: Opt for light, easily digestible meals such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Avoid heavy, greasy foods that could cause… ummm… discomfort during the jump

  • Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine: Refrain from consuming alcohol (we have a strict no drug or alcohol policy on the day of your jump) or excessive caffeine before your jump, as they can affect your coordination and adrenaline levels

Fueling your body with the right nutrients will help ensure you have the energy and focus to fully enjoy your tandem skydiving experience.

How to Dress

Choosing the right attire for your tandem skydive is crucial for comfort and safety. Here’s what you should wear on the big day:

Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to skydive
  • Comfortable Clothing: Opt for comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Avoid loose items like scarves or jewelry that could become tangled or lost during the jump

  • Closed-Toe Shoes: Wear athletic shoes or sneakers with closed toes to protect your feet during landing. Avoid boots, shoes with hooks, or sandals

  • Layers: Depending on the weather, dress in layers that you can easily add or remove as needed. Remember, temperatures can vary at higher altitudes

  • Leave Hats and Sunglasses Behind: While you may want to wear a hat or sunglasses for style, it’s best to leave them behind as they could pose a safety risk during the jump

By dressing appropriately, you’ll not only stay comfortable but also ensure a safe and enjoyable skydiving experience.

On the edge of the plane getting ready to jump at Skydive Chicago

Leaving Pets at Home

As much as you may want to share the excitement of your tandem skydive with your furry friend, it’s best to leave them at home. Skydive Chicago does not allow pets on the premises for safety reasons. Here’s why it’s important to leave your dog at home:

  • Safety Concerns: The presence of pets could pose a distraction or safety hazard for skydivers and staff at the drop zone

  • Temperature Considerations: Depending on the weather conditions, it may not be safe or comfortable for pets to be left unattended in a car while you’re skydiving

  • Focus on the Experience: Tandem skydiving is an adrenaline-pumping experience that requires your full attention. Leaving your dog at home ensures you can fully immerse yourself in the adventure without worrying about their well-being

Planning Your Day

When scheduling your tandem skydive, it’s essential to plan for enough time to fully enjoy the experience. Here’s what to expect in terms of time commitment:

  • Weekdays: Plan to spend at least half a day on weekdays for your tandem skydive. This includes time for check-in, orientation, training, and the jump itself
  • Weekends: On weekends, you should allocate a full day for your tandem skydiving adventure. This allows for any potential delays due to weather conditions or scheduling.
Tandem first jump skydive at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL

By setting aside enough time, you can relax and savor every moment of your tandem skydiving experience without feeling rushed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To provide further clarity, here are some frequently asked questions sourced from Skydive Chicago’s website:

Q: Can I bring my GoPro or other personal camera on the jump?

A: For safety reasons, personal cameras are not allowed on tandem skydives. However, professional videographers can capture your entire experience, and you can purchase the video afterward.

Q: Is there a weight limit for tandem skydiving?

A: Yes, most skydiving centers have weight limits due to equipment restrictions. It’s essential to check with your chosen drop zone regarding their specific weight requirements.

Q: What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my jump?

A: Safety is the top priority, and skydiving operations are weather-dependent. If conditions are unfavorable, your jump may be rescheduled for another day.

Tandem skydivers hug after their first jump at Skydive Chicago

Preparation is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable tandem skydiving experience. By following these tips on preparing your hair, choosing the right attire, maintaining proper nutrition, and planning your day, you’ll be ready to take the leap with confidence. So, gear up, take a deep breath, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you soar through the skies on your tandem skydive!


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