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Skydiving Poses For Beginners and Pros

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Wisconsin Skydiving Center Posted by: Wisconsin Skydiving Center 1 year ago

As you prepare for your upcoming tandem skydive, you might be thinking of the video and photos that you’ll get for your once-in-a-lifetime experience – and you’ll want to look good (and cool). While it might be hard to contain yourself during the actual experience, preparing and practicing your skydiving poses beforehand is a sure way to help you stay focused while first-time skydiving. So, how do you pose for skydiving? Read along to learn about the different body positions and what you can do to practice to get a headstart on preparing your body to take flight!

A woman giving thumbs up during tandem freefall after her first skydive at Wisconsin Skydiving Center


The best skydiving pose for beginners is called the skydiving arch, or “banana,” position. In the skydiving arch, you’ll have your hips pushed forward toward the ground, your chin up, a slight bend in the knees, and your hands level with your eyes. Why do you put your head back when skydiving? For stability!

To get in position: Lay on your belly, bend your knees at a 45-degree angle, bring your arms to a 90-degree angle, and pretend to touch the ceiling with your toes and the top of your head. You may feel a bit of tension in your lower back as you activate your muscles. Strengthening these muscles will help improve your flexibility! When you assume this position in the sky, you’ll find it to be easier because you’ll have the zippy wind helping to push you up.

Some skydiving arch exercises you can do include lower back exercises, stretching, and yoga. Performing what is known as the “superman” (or “superwoman”) exercise position or the “skydiver” yoga pose is the best way to prepare your body for the arch.

Tandem skydiver in the banana pose with arched back at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Milwaukee


Now, this one is for the pros: the delta position is an important skydiving body position that you’ll need to learn if and when you are learning to skydive solo. Once you start skydiving, you’ll quickly see that skydiving is better with friends! This means that you’ll need to be hypervigilant and fully aware of your surroundings at all times while in the sky. 

Opening a parachute in close proximity to other skydivers can be very dangerous, so jumpers clear the area as quickly as possible before deploying the parachute at the end of the skydive. In order to do this, each skydiver will assume the delta position by bringing their arms to their sides and extending the legs straight, and “tracking” away from all others. This position helps them fly through the air like a rocket!


We’ve got the top tips on how to look good while skydiving and how to nail those candid skydiving selfies!

A “Fit” Fit for Skydiving

First and foremost, you’ll want to be sure that your skydiving outfit is comfortable, moveable, and appropriate for the weather. No jewelry, skirts/dresses, sandals, slip-on shoes, heels, or boots. 

How to Wear Hair Skydiving

Get those locks on lockdown. If you have long hair, tie it back as tight as possible to your scalp. The most popular way to accomplish this is by tying your hair back in a low bun, or better yet, braiding your hair. The same goes for those with long beards – channel your inner Viking and keep those whiskers contained in a super-cool braid or ponytail. If your hair is left unkempt it will fly in the face of you or your instructor and, trust us, you do not want to miss this view!

Woman skydiving in goggles over contact lenses at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Chicago

Skydiving Face

It’ll be hard to contain your facial expressions as you dive 120+ mph through the sky – you won’t be able to hold back that smile! We’ve got three pieces of advice here: 

  1. Eye Contact: you’re the star of the show! Interact with the camera as much as possible; the videographer is your focal point.
  2. Scream, Shout, Let it out!: Letting out a big “woooo!” will help you relax your face and knock off some of those skydiving nerves.
  3. SMILE!: Well … this one is inevitable.

Best Skydiving Poses

When you’re falling at speeds over 120 mph, it can get pretty loud with all that wind rushing all around you. We want to know what you’re thinking/feeling, and since we can’t hear you up there – you can express your emotions with your hands. Having a good time? Give a thumbs up! Feeling like a rockstar? Throw up those hand horns! Blow kisses, wave your arms like you’re flying, shake hands, chuck up the deuces, sign “I love you,” OR do all of the above!

Skydiving Hand Messages

Another way to boost those Insta views is by doing something unique like writing on your hands. Some hand messages we’ve seen are:

  • “Sorry / Mom”
  • “YO / LO”
  • “Live / Now”
Girl tandem skydiving with take chances written on her hands at Wisconsin Skydiving Center near Chicago

Overall, the best advice we can give is to try not to focus too much on how you look and just enjoy the experience, then it will all come naturally – because when you feel good, you look good.

Ready to flaunt those new skydiving poses? Get a jump start on 2023 and book your skydive for the upcoming season with Wisconsin Skydiving Center today! Blue skies selfie kings and queens!