Are you ready to experience the thrill of skydiving in the beautiful New England skies? At Boston Skydive Center, we’re committed to ensuring your first skydive is unforgettable. Whether you’re from Boston, MA, Providence, RI, or anywhere in New England, these tips are tailored for you.
For ease of reading, we’ve divided our guide into skydiving dos and skydiving don’ts. To begin on a positive note, let’s start with skydiving dos.
Here are some of our best first time skydiving tips:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Congratulations, you’re on the right track! We encourage potential skydivers to do a bit of research before choosing a skydiving center. Read up on local dropzones, see if they have any content dedicated to first time skydivers, find out what they have to offer, and be sure you check out the rules and requirements at different facilities. If you are interested in jumping with Boston Skydive Center, check out our Tandem Skydiving and Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our process.
DO DRESS FOR SUCCESS
One of the most important first time skydiving tips is to make sure your attire is appropriate for skydiving. Trust us, we love a fab outfit as much as the next person, but some clothing just doesn’t work for skydiving. There’s nothing quite as uncomfortable as tight restrictive clothing when you need optimal mobility. So, make sure you dress comfortably. If it’s considered activewear, it’s probably perfect for skydiving. Shoes should be flat, such as a secure sneaker, and please minimize the use of accessories. The wind at 120 mph has a way of removing loose items, so if you don’t want to lose it, don’t wear it.
DO CAPTURE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Your first skydive is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We highly recommend getting it filmed. The adrenaline might make the experience feel like a blur, so having a video helps you relive and share this incredible moment with friends and family for many years to come! Please be aware, for safety reasons, personal cameras or GoPros are not permitted on your tandem jump. All filming during the jump is expertly handled by our trained tandem instructors, ensuring both your safety and the quality of your memories. We invite you to explore our range of media packages to find the perfect option to immortalize your skydiving adventure!
If you want your first time skydiving to be the best possible experience please avoid the following:
DON’T OVEREAT OR UNDEREAT
If you want to make sure you don’t feel nauseous during your skydive, don’t overeat before your jump. That being said, please don’t avoid eating entirely! You need to have a little something in your stomach. We suggest that any meals before you jump are light and moderate and to bring snacks to make sure you keep your blood sugar levels steady.
DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL BEFORE YOUR JUMP
The night before your skydive it’s imperative you don’t overindulge in liquid courage. While you might think a brew or two will calm your nerves, it does quite the opposite. Alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant and can change the levels of serotonin in the brain.The result, for some, is worsened anxiety the next day. For your safety, we require complete sobriety for all our divers, and require that you avoid alcohol for at least 12 hours before your skydive.
DON’T GO SCUBA DIVING 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR SKYDIVE
This one goes out to you adrenaline junkies out there. While it may be tempting to fill your weekend with the depths of the sea and the thrill of the sky, you can’t experience both within a 24 hour period. Because of the extreme changes in pressure that occur on a scuba dive, nitrogen is absorbed into your tissues and bloodstream. If the pressure around you is changed too quickly, the nitrogen in the body creates bubbles in the bloodstream and tissues. This can happen if you fly (or skydive) too soon after diving. It can cause the residual nitrogen to create bubbles within your body. The result is something called decompression sickness, and it can be pretty serious. Don’t run the risk, just wait at least a full day before joining us on a skydive.
DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES
Embrace the experience fully by keeping your eyes open. Look, we know it’s tempting to close your eyes when the experience feels like it’s too much, but this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. This challenge and the chance to see the world like never before is worth being uncomfortable for. We guarantee it. Keep your eyes open and take it all in. You’ve got this! If you still have questions or would like some additional first time skydiving tips, please contact us! We’ll be ready when you are!