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What You Need to Know About Skydiving & Your Health


Boston Skydive Center Posted by: Boston Skydive Center 5 months ago

Before embarking on a skydiving adventure, it’s essential to be prepared – physically and mentally. While many meticulously plan their gear and outfits, don’t forget to factor in your health. Skydiving is an exhilarating sport, but it’s vital to understand how pre-existing conditions might impact your experience.

At Boston Skydive Center, we believe everyone deserves to experience the exhilarating rush of a tandem skydive. However, safety is our top priority, and we want to ensure your skydiving journey is positive. From understanding skydiving health restrictions in pregnancy to comprehending the consequences of taking the plunge with conditions like epilepsy, your safety is extremely important. Thoroughly examining factors such as age, weight limit, and specific health requirements will ensure that you have the best jump possible!

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Is it safe to go skydiving while pregnant?

While experienced, licensed skydivers may continue jumping during pregnancy, first-time tandem students should refrain from jumping until after delivery. While every pregnancy is different, pregnancy alters your body’s hormones and ligaments. This increases your risk of sustaining an injury, especially if you are an inexperienced jumper.

Physical restrictions aside, it’s also a matter of acknowledging that skydiving health restrictions are in place not as a deterrent, but as a protective measure. The consensus is clear — as a pregnant individual, skydiving should be an experience saved for a later date, when you can soar through the skies knowing your health and safety aren’t compromised.

Are there any height or weight restrictions for skydiving?

While height is not a main factor that needs to be considered when skydiving, weight is. Because skydiving falls under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration, the gear used for skydiving is given a TSO, or a minimum performance standard issued for specified materials, parts, and appliances. This TSO also sets a maximum weight that the equipment can bear. For the safety of all involved, at Boston Skydive Center we have a maximum weight limit of 250 lbs. For the harness to fit correctly and to be optimally comfortable, we also recommend that you are height and weight proportionate. If you are over 200 lbs or have any questions, please give us a call.

Is there an age limit for skydiving?

Legally, to experience a tandem skydive, you must be at least 18 years old in The United States. This is per the mandate of the United States Parachute Association’s Group Members (which we are a part of). This age requirement is non-negotiable because it’s tied to legalities—only adults can sign the waiver that acknowledges the risks involved in skydiving. There are very few cases, such as children who are skydiving through the Make a Wish Foundation, where this requirement has been waived.

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s no upper age limit for a tandem skydive! As long as you’re in good health and have your doctor’s clearance, age shouldn’t hold you back from experiencing the thrill of freefall.

Can people with epilepsy go skydiving?

In the United States, roughly 1.2% of the population has active epilepsy. While active epilepsy may restrict or limit the activities individuals with the condition may participate in, it is still possible for individuals diagnosed with epilepsy to take flight with a tandem skydive. In the context of epilepsy, it’s essential to understand that the affliction encompasses a spectrum of conditions, thus the suitability for a skydive may vary on an individual basis. Generally, recommendations suggest that an individual with well-controlled epilepsy, without seizures for a substantial period, might be cleared for a tandem skydive.

Should an individual with epilepsy consider skydiving, we recommend consulting a healthcare provider before booking your skydive.

Are there any restrictions for individuals with pre-existing back or body conditions?

From a life well-lived, you’ve probably got a few body parts that aren’t quite up to snuff. Fortunately, most tandem skydives involve gentle landings, and the freefall speed rarely tweaks the body. However, there is still the risk of injury. Depending on the severity of your pre-existing condition, you may want to have a chat with us first. Remember, your doctor’s consultation is always recommended before making any final decisions.

Ready to Embrace the Thrill?

Our aim at Boston Skydive Center is to help you experience life to the fullest while ensuring your safety and comfort. Whether you’re a seasoned thrill-seeker or a nervous first-timer, we’re here to guide you through your skydiving journey every step of the way. Our advice is not to take the place of the counsel of a medical professional, however, in our nearly 20 years of operation, we’ve seen a lot. When in doubt, always consult your primary healthcare physician first before making a tandem skydive. If you have a special case or any additional skydiving-related medical questions, please reach out via our Contact Form or give us a call at 508-759-3483. We will be more than happy to help!