Tandem skydiving facilities all have their own weight limit. Across the United States, weight limits range from 200 lbs up to 230 lbs. All locations must have a weight limit due to safety regulations. Simply put, adding too much weight under the opening force of a parachute and the parachute is no longer able to safely deploy.
There are two main manufacturer's that make tandem skydiving harnesses.
Both companies have rated their tandem skydiving harnesses with a max weight limit of 500 lbs. This max weight includes:
Weight can also affect the accessibility of skydiving. Skydiving is a very physical sport that includes some strength, agility and flexibility to be able to have a good time. Some physical aspects of skydiving include:
A skydiving business can choose to charge one flat rate for all customers or they can charge an additional fee, sometimes referred to as the 'fat tax'. Locations who charge an additional fee for heavier passengers claim that heavier customers:
At Skydive Danielson all of our customers are charged the same price no matter what their weight is. Skydive Danielson is the only skydiving center in CT that does not charge an extra fee for heavier passengers. Some locations in CT, MA and RI have an additional charge. Debunk skydiving costs by asking the question, "Do you charge more for a tandem skydive depending on my weight"? This will determine if there are hidden fees in your first time skydiving cost.