Can You Skydive in the Rain?

We know that you’ve been looking forward to the day of your big jump, but can you skydive in the rain? Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it might turn out), you can’t skydive in the rain. This is partly because of FAA restrictions—but it’s also because we care about your experience as a skydiver. As you’ll see below, skydiving in inclement conditions is never an enjoyable experience.

Why Can’t You Skydive in the Rain?

Skydiving in the rain is not permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration. Here’s why:

  • All skydiving flights must take place under conditions specified by the FAA. More specifically, if conditions do not meet the minimum requirements set out in the administration’s Visual Flight Rules, no business or individual is permitted to take passengers up into the air. Basically, Visual Flight Rules ensure that the pilot (as well as any jumpers) can actually see where they’re going at all times!

No less important is the fact that skydiving in the rain hurts—and we’re not exaggerating. Since you’ll fall at a faster rate than the raindrops, the drops will feel as though they’re careening upward into your face and body. That kind of feeling isn’t pleasant the first time—and it’s extremely unpleasant when it takes place hundreds and thousands of times over the course of your dive.

Moreover, since you’re coming at the raindrop from above, you’ll actually come into contact with the drop’s pointy end.

High winds, rain, and low clouds can all result in delays or cancellations. If you have questions about how we’ll manage your appointment in the event that inclement weather arises, don’t hesitate to contact us online.

Can You Skydive in the Winter?

Although you can’t skydive in the rain, you actually can skydive in winter—as long as the skies are clear and there’s nothing to get in the way.

With that said, it’s crucial to take the proper precautions if you’re planning to jump during one of the colder months. Due to the lapse rate in temperature, you can expect it to get two degrees colder for every 1,000 feet you go up in the air. Since even our lowest jumps take place at 12,500 feet, that means you can expect it to be at least 24 degrees colder at altitude than it is on solid ground. Now factor in the wind that you’ll face on the way down.

Can you skydive in the winter if you don’t mind the cold? Yes, absolutely, and we’re ready to go whenever you are. Plus, many skydivers note that the adrenaline from the jump makes the cold feel much more bearable. Just make sure you dress warm and wear the proper protective clothing when you head out to your preferred skydiving location.

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