Published: June 26, 2017
Skydiving is a weather dependent sport. There are certain conditions that prevent us from jumping, which can be a bit of a bummer! But it's all about mitigating risk, so when the wind is too strong or the clouds are too big, we're stuck on the ground.
It's not just bad weather that can affect your skydiving day. Hotter weather or brighter weather also changes your experience. Here are our tips on how to make the most of your day, whatever the weather!
What Are The Ideal Weather Conditions For Skydiving?
Skydiving is best experienced when the sun is shining and the sky is blue!
We need certain conditions for us to be able to jump. This is because it's important that we're able to see the ground from the airplane and that we're going to be able to control our parachutes on our descent.
Plus, it's always nicer to jump when the skies are beautifully clear; whether it's your first time jumping or your hundredth, you'll never get over those incredible views!
What Weather Conditions Stop Us From Jumping?
So what weather conditions can't we jump in?
Well, pretty much anything that's going to restrict our vision in the sky or make it difficult to control our flight down.
That means that cloud cover is a no-no. Even if the cloud seems broken, we need to be able to see the landing area from the airplane so we avoid jumping unless it's a nice clear sky.
Rain is also a showstopper for us, as is snow - unless it's settled on the ground and no longer falling, in which case we can jump (though it is a bit chilly!).
High wind stops us jumping too, as it affects our parachutes as we fly back to earth. So long as the wind speeds are under our limits, we're good.
What Happens If Weather Conditions Prevent You From Jumping?
In the unfortunate event that weather means you can't jump on the day you'd hoped to jump, don't worry! We'll simply reschedule your jump for another day.
If you're unsure about how the weather's going to be on the day of your jump, feel free to get in touch and we'll be happy to talk to you about the seasonal changes here at Skydive Kansas City.