Tandem Skydiving? Pro Tips For A Great Experience!

Tandem Skydiving? Pro Tips For A Great Experience!

Published: May 12, 2016

Welcome to Skydive Paso Robles! If you're thinking of making a skydive or are already booked to for one, here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a great experience!

Eat Normally

Many people are worried about getting sick during their skydiving experience and wait to eat until after their jump. It may seem counterintuitive, but not eating is the number one reason people feel nauseated when skydiving.

When jumping, your body is producing megatons of adrenaline (we're skydivers, not scientists) and your body's blood sugar will zap. If jumping on an empty stomach, there's a good chance you'll be feeling unwell. The key to stopping this from happening is to eat regularly and stay hydrated.

Drink lots of water (particularly on hot summer days), but also, be sure not to eat too much. It's not a good idea to eat a Denny's Grand Slam before coming to the skydiving center. So, eat normally, drink lots of water and you should be good to go!

Don't Jump If You're Congested

If you've got pressure built up in your sinuses or are pretty stopped up with a cold, you should reschedule your skydive. Exiting an aircraft from 13,000 feet descending at a rate of 1,000 feet every six seconds is going to put some big time pressure on your ears. It's even possible to pop an eardrum which is extremely painful.

This is a big time pro tip you probably won't find elsewhere: don't jump if you're congested.

Dress Comfortably

Here's the rule of thumb: dress, so you feel comfortable on the ground. If it's a warm sunny day, tee shirt and pants work great. If it's cool or even cold, wear layers. This way if you get warm, you can peel off a layer and still be comfortable. Also, we'd recommend that you avoid wearing bulky-type coats.

As for footwear, tennis shoes or sneakers are ideal. Cowboy boots, work boots, flip flops and even high heels (yes, we've had guests arrive in high heels) are not suitable. If you feel you need additional ankle support, then a high top basketball shoe is best.


Many people feel apprehensive about their jumps, and some have been known to imbibe a little too much the night before their skydive. This isn't a good idea. Alcohol dehydrates the body, and you will not be feeling well.

On a serious note, if we feel that you're hungover or impaired in any way, we reserve the right to cancel your skydive as this is a question of safety. Your participation is needed to make a safe skydive; this is more than just a ride.

Skydiving is an amazing experience and is best enjoyed with a clear head.

Get Photography

If you're on a budget, we'd recommend saving a bit more to spring for a photo package. We're not saying this because we want more of your money, but because it's the truth. This experience is more thrilling than you can imagine and having it documented is entirely worth it! You'll look back on these photos for years to come, and we know you won't regret it!

Schedule Accordingly

Skydiving is a weather-dependent sport which means there can be delays. Try not to plan anything too closely after your skydive as delays are part of our sport. Our mission is to get you in the air as quickly as possible, but not at the risk of your safety.

We want our guests to be as relaxed as possible. If you're worried about missing an event after your jump due to weather delays, you'll start feeling stress and your enjoyment of your jump will be minimized. Be present... it's going to be a blast!!

Have questions? Please reference our faq's page or contact us! We'd be happy to answer your questions.


- Team Skydive Paso Robles

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