Skydiving Weight & Age Limits

Can you jump?

  • You must 18 years old, and be able to legally sign the waiver and binding contract.
  • Our Maximum weight limit for Tandem Students is 220lbs (104kg). Body types must be somewhat height/weight proportionate. We will evaluate all students on an individual basis, no exceptions for individuals over 220 pounds will be made.  
  • Our Maximum weight limit for AFF students is 250lbs (109kg)

If you are over 70 years of age, then please consult with us first about your ability to make a skydive.

  1. Not everyone can skydive.  There are many variables to skydiving and weight is just one of them.  The parachute systems have a maximum designed weight limit. 

    On a tandem jump, we add up the total weight of the passenger, the gear, the Tandem Instructor to make sure we are not outside the limits of the equipment. 

    If you are elderly, then there is a whole host of questions we would like to discuss with you to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for a skydive.
  2. Even if you are within the weight limit, your Body Mass Index and your body shape may make any skydive more of a risk to you;
  • On Tandem skydives you have all of your weight sitting on the thighs during the parachute ride down.  This can make it very uncomfortable if you are overweight for your height.  Nausea, loss of circulation and even unconsciousness under the parachute can happen. 
  • Students sometimes have trouble lifting their legs for landing, making injury more likely.
  • The harness sometimes cannot be fitted properly or safely.  
  • Larger passengers often have to jump with smaller tandem instructors, making their job difficult and their risk of injury greater.  
  • For the AFF student, there is more than just sitting in the harness.  You have to deploy the parachute, steer, maneuver, deal with emergencies and possible malfunctions.  A larger, heavier person means a larger parachute; which means more strength is required throughout the skydive to steer and land the parachute.
  • Decreased flexibility if you are overweight or have poor body shape means that you may not be able to reach handles, deploy the parachute or deal with emergency situations properly.


  1. Skydiving is NOT an amusement ride.  It is a training environment. Even a tandem skydive requires the student to participate in the skydive to some degree.
  2. Pacific Northwest Skydiving reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for the safety of our students and our instructors. Furthermore, we do not 'force' our tandem instructors to take people, even if they fall into the age or weight limits.

Are you overweight?

Are you over 70 years of age?

Do you have health or medical issues?

Please call us and talk to us prior to making a reservation!

We can be reached at:

Phone: 844-U-SKYDIVE

*** We look at people individually to assess their ability. We may not be able to take you based on your BMI, or if you are in poor health. Skydiving is a very physical activity, and we will not let you jump if we do not feel that it is safe for you to do so.