Skydiving Weight Limits: Your Questions, Answered

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Skydiving Weight Limits

Let’s delve into an uncomfortable subject: bodyweight. Unfortunately, there are weight restrictions for first time tandem skydivers and for those wishing to learn to skydive. We wish this wasn’t the case, but it’s an issue of safety, so we have to talk about it! In this article, we’re going to break down the ins and outs of skydiving weight limits.

What Is The Weight Limit for Tandem Skydiving?

There is no hard and fast rule for skydiving weight limits as it depends on the skydiving equipment being used, but the industry usually falls between 225 and 230 pounds. There are some skydiving facilities that do accommodate up to 260lbs, but this isn’t the typical standard.

At Skydive Carolina, the weight restriction is 225lbs which includes all clothing and shoes – this is known as your exit weight.

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Why Is There a Weight Limit for Tandem Skydiving?

In a word, safety. Tandem parachutes are built for two people and these parachutes come with safety recommendations for maximum suspended weight – usually, 500lbs which includes two persons plus gear. Additionally, harness sizing needs to be comfortable and while adjustable, is not “one size fits all.”

What If I weigh a few pounds over the skydiving weight limit… will you turn me away?

This is an all too common question and one we don’t enjoy answering, but to put it simply, if guests weigh in excess of 225lbs (with clothing and shoes), they will not be permitted to skydive. While this may seem like a harsh sticking point, Skydive Carolina strives to maintain a culture of safety and this is best done when operational procedures are consistent and are black and white. Accepting guests who weigh over the limit is a compromise to our safety standards set by the manufacturer of our skydiving equipment and our own safety policies. Not abiding by these standards erodes the culture of safety we work hard to maintain.

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Will You Actually Weigh Me at Check-In?

Yes. All guests will be asked to step on a scale. This is done with discretion whereby no one but the associate checking you in is able to read your weight. This may seem over the top but is standard in the skydiving industry as weight restrictions are taken seriously.

Have You Ever Not Permitted Someone To Skydive Due to Weight Limits?

Yes. It happens several times per year, usually, if a group leader schedules a skydive for someone without verifying their weight OR if someone simply doesn’t read our FAQs page or read the details when creating a booking or ignore the confirmation e-mail that also highlights the issue of skydiving weight limits.

The Technical Explanation

If you’d like a more technical explanation of tandem skydiving weight limits, here’s a great video that goes into greater depth for those interested:


What Many People Do If Unable to Skydive Due to Weight Limits:

We have met dozens of people who have used the skydiving weight limit as a motivator to lose weight! The celebration of their weight loss is jumping from 14,000 feet with us and we love sharing that experience!

Talking about bodyweight is uncomfortable and it’s never our aim to embarrass anyone. We use discretion when this topic comes up, but must be direct in order to keep our guests and instructors safe. Should you have any questions about this topic, please feel free to contact us – we’d be happy to answer any of your questions, respectfully and honestly.

Related Article: 7 Tips to Prepare for Your First Skydive



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