Do you have questions about skydiving in El Paso, TX? Below, we’ll discuss a specific question that should be of interest to you: What is the weight limit for skydiving? Let’s take a look at the rules and considerations for skydiving weight limits for jumping with the instructors at Skydive El Paso.
A company can use discretion in setting limits
Not everyone has the mindset to jump out of a plane even once in their life, let alone start a business dedicated to it. But that is exactly what the folks at Skydive El Paso have done. With much success, the business has been in continuous operation since 1976, with Bob sporting the title of Drop Zone Owner and Operator (DZO/O). All the parameters for operations are set at Bob’s discretion; of course, he follows the rules and regulation set by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
When it comes to setting skydiver weight limits, his many years of experience as a competitive skydiver (Master Rigger), static-line instructor and tandem instructor helps him make the right decisions.
Maximum suspended weight
Here’s something you may not have considered—set weight limits are more than your body weight reading on a scale. In skydiving, there’s what’s called maximum suspended weight, which adds in other weight factors for a final weight calculation. This includes the weight of the tandem jump instructor and the weight of all combined equipment and accessories: clothing, parachutes, jumpsuits, helmets, goggles, gloves, tandem harness, the instructor’s radio and camera and any other items you are authorized to jump with on your person.
Skydive El Paso keeps several things in mind that can affect the safety of those who jump with us, as well as our instructors. Considerations are dependent on factors like available jump instructors, current and forecasted weather conditions and air temperature. Please note that our weight limits may be lower than other drop zones—because your safety is our top priority! Be aware of your weight, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions before joining us at our facility. In summer, our set maximum weight limit is 170 to 175 pounds.
Our location is at a base elevation of 4,100 feet above sea level, making the air thinner and making landing speeds faster, and the landing area is extremely hard packed caliche—similar to landing on concrete. Also, the area is susceptible to extreme wind speed and directional changes, which can mean a change in weight limit for skydiving in El Paso, TX.
For the sake of safety, the quality and condition of our skydiving equipment is always at the forefront. The equipment must be reliable and able to support the weight of jumpers, which is why we regularly weight-test all our equipment. For the safety of jumpers and our instructors, the maximum weight limit for tandem jumps is typically 175 pounds and solo jumpers up to 235 pounds. Give us a call to schedule a jump day and time!
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