First Time Skydiving Tips: How To Go Skydiving

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The thrill of adventure calls and you’re ready to answer—but not before asking a few questions.

Skydiving isn’t a run of the mill activity, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the beginning. That, dear friends, is where we come in! We’ve compiled this list of first time skydiving tips as a road map to help you find your way through this exciting, uncharted territory.

First Time Tandem Skydiver exiting a plane at Wisconsin Skydiving Center

 

Before we get into the list of first time skydiving tips, let’s cover the two different skydiving options for beginner skydivers.

 

Tandem Skydiving and Accelerated Free Fall (AFF)

Tandem skydiving is the perfect introduction to the world of skydiving! On a tandem skydive, you are attached via a harness to a professional, licensed skydiving instructor. During the tandem skydive, your skydiving instructor will serve as your personal guide and will take on the majority of responsibility during the experience. For this reason, tandem skydiving is one of the most accessible forms of skydiving and is perfect for someone with little to no experience.

 

If you dream of flying solo, Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) is the way to go. The Accelerated Free Fall program at Wisconsin Skydiving Center utilizes the most modern methods of skydiving instruction to get you off the ground and on your way to becoming a licensed skydiver. Please note, to begin Accelerated Free Fall, you must complete at least one tandem skydive.

 

Now that you know a little about both, let’s take a look at some first-time skydiving tips.

 

First-Timer Tips: how to go skydiving

Tip One: For Ease and Convenience, Schedule Ahead

Scheduling your skydive is often the best thing you can do to psych yourself up, calm your fears, and tackle that next life-changing experience. At Wisconsin Skydiving Center, we make it easy for you to take the first step on your skydiving journey by scheduling a tandem skydiving experience. On our website, in the top right corner and accessible from any page, is the “Book Now” button. With this button, you’re literally just a click away from picking the best day and time to schedule your first time tandem skydiving experience. Or, if you prefer, we have helpful, customer service representatives just a call away!

 

It’s best to schedule ahead, especially if you are bringing a group. Scheduling ahead helps us to staff appropriately and ensures you get the time slot that works best for you!

 

That’s the biggest step! Get on the calendar and you’re golden. Now take a look at the next few tips to make sure your first skydive is one of the most memorable moments of your life.

Group of people during the perfect outdoor team building activity - skydiving

 

Tip Two: Dress for Success

Once you’ve got a skydive on the books, the next step is to pick out the right outfit. We aren’t what you would consider a group of fashion experts, but we do know that figuring out what to wear your first time skydiving can be tough. The primary objective when picking out what to wear your first time skydiving is to center your choices around functionality.

 

It’s important to dress appropriately for the weather on the ground. When the weather is warm, it’s perfectly fine to wear shorts or other athletic bottoms and a t-shirt or tank top. If the temperatures take a turn for the cooler side, light layers are the way to go. Though it may be tempting to put on that parka to keep you warm and toasty, it’s best to avoid any bulky clothing items. As an extra layer of protection, we will provide you with a jumpsuit to put on over your clothing. And, no matter the season, lace-up running or athletic shoes are a must!

 

Tip Three: Practice Punctuality

At a dropzone, our days run on a pretty tight schedule. In order to run our skydiving operation as efficiently as possible, we need your help! We do not ask much, just that you arrive on time for your skydive. Arriving on-time not only helps us, but it helps you too. We don’t want your first time skydiving experience to begin with you feeling stressed and rushed because you’re running behind. Please keep in mind, your scheduled time is your arrival time: it is not your jump time. We don’t want you to wait any longer than you have to, so there is no need to arrive early. However, it does cause a bit of trouble if you’re late. So, please, aim to arrive promptly at your scheduled time to complete your paperwork and receive training.

First time skydiving tandem with a professional instructor

 

Tip Four: Capture it All On Film

Skydiving is unlike anything you’ve done before. This is what makes first-time skydiving videos so priceless. It’s likely you’ve had a camera handy to capture most of the major landmark moments in your life. Why should a skydive be any different?

 

On the day of your first time skydiving experience, you’re going to be caught up in a whirlwind of energy and emotion. With so much going on, it can be tough to take in each moment. Your first time skydiving experience will pass by pretty swiftly, about 120 mph to be exact! Before you know it, you’ll be back on the ground wondering if it was all a dream. With a skydiving video package, you’ll have proof it was real and can re-live each moment with your family and friends again and again.

 

What is it like skydiving for the first time? It’s a remarkable experience that defies being easily summed up in a series of words. Skydiving for the first time is wonderful, exhilarating, life-changing. Even these words fail to express exactly what skydiving is like.

 

Why don’t you come visit us to find out first hand? Simply schedule your skydive, get dressed, show up, and we’ll show you a great time! 

 

Book today and explore the site to learn more about us.

A lady smiles while in free fall during a tandem skydive at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Milwaukee, WI

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