Skydiving Weight Limit: Is There A Weight Limit For Skydiving?

The weight limit for skydiving varies depending on a number of factors, such as whether you’re skydiving in tandem, how tall you are, and the skydiving company you’re working with. For this reason, there is no universal skydiving weight limit. However, in this post we’ll discuss some of the variables that can affect your ability to skydive, including some factors that contribute to the skydiving weight limit.

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photo via Philip Leara

Skydiving Weight Limit Factor 1: Where You Go

Depending on where you decide to skydive, the weight limit to skydive may vary. You’ll probably want to consult the skydiving school or company you’re working with to ask them about it. Here are a few sample policies from skydiving companies around the United states:

Skydive Spaceland in Houston, TX: We can take tandem skydivers up to 280 pounds, but there are additional fees for people over 240 pounds (+$20: 240-259 pounds, +$40: 260-280 pounds). Tandem skydivers over 240 pounds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Skydive Orange in Washington, DC: The normal weight limit is 220 lbs. If you are heavier than this but still reasonably proportioned, you may still be eligible even up to 285 lbs, but this will cost extra.

Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Chicago, IL: The most important factor is that your height and weight are proporionate, to allow for proper fit of the equipment. All things proporionate, you must weigh no more than 240 pounds (108kg). Weight limits are strictly enforced and everyone is weighed prior to jumping.

Skydive Las Vegas: There is a weight limit of 240 lbs, height / weight proportionate, to make a tandem skydive. Please contact us directly if you have any questions regarding weight requirements. If you are over 240 lbs and are physically fit some exceptions MAY be made on a case-by-case basis. Please note that there may be an additional charge if you are over 240 lbs.

Skydiving New York City: For advanced training, modern canopies are available to support most people. Tandem skydiving does have stricter weight limits as the canopy must support the weight of both the student and tandem master. Most locations cannot take tandem skydives with people weighing over 240 pounds. In some cases, a small fee may be added for new skydivers who weigh over 200lbs.

Skydive Coastal California in Los Angeles: Everyone must be over 18 years old and under 200 Pounds. We can usually take people that weigh up to 240 pounds for an extra charge. Make sure you ask about it on the phone. Be sure to state if you are over 200 pounds at the time your reservation is taken, because the maximum weight limit changes based on time of year.

The bottom line: Most tandem dives (where you are strapped to an instructor) have a tandem skydiving weight limit of 220-240 lbs, depending on your height. If you skydive solo, the canopy (parachute) can generally handle up to 450 lb, but you may need special equipment and will definitely need special training to take a solo dive.


Skydiving Weight Limit Factor 2: Whether You Can Be Harnessed Safely

Depending on how you are proportioned, a skydiving harness provided by a skydiving school may not fit you properly. A proper fit is essential for a safe skydive.

When you skydive, you wear an adjustable harness that your instructor will make sure fits you snugly and securely.

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As you can see in this photo from United Parachute Technologies, a person
who carries some weight in their belly can be secured in a skydiving harness safely.

The exact sizing of the harness used by student or tandem skydivers generally has an upper limit of about 50″ around at the waist, but the skydiving company you’re diving with may have options for larger people.

If you are planning to skydive a *lot,* you also have the option of purchasing your own harness and rig. A “big-boy” rig is one that is specifically tailored for larger and/or taller people. However, buying your own skydiving equipment is very, VERY expensive, with just the harness alone costing anywhere from $1000 – $4000.

The bottom line: the skydiving weight limit may impact your ability to be strapped in to a harness safely if you are very large or very tall, and the most important thing to consider in skydiving is safety.

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