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WestPoint Skydiving Adventures: Professional Skydiving Instruction - The Safest Place To Skydive In Virginia*

Getting Ready To Skydive

You should make the most of your first skydiving experience. Here are some tips to help get the most out of your jump. While these things aren't required, they may help to enhance your experience.

1) Get a good night's sleep. If you can go to bed a little early you’ll be more alert and a little more rested. A good night sleep never hurt anyone. Being well rested will help you to be sharp and ready to go. If you are making an AFF jump, this is more important. You'll be in a 4-6 hour class learning a lot of new information. You want to be ready to absorb it all.

2) Eat a good breakfast. According to Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD at WebMd "Mixed meals that contain small amounts of healthy fats, along with protein and complex carbohydrates, are the foundation for an energizing diet." High fat foods can make you feel sluggish and tired. Try to avoid high fat foods.

3) Drink plenty of water. If you're jump is scheduled on a hot day, be sure to bring a bottle of water with you. You may spend more time in the sun than you are used to. The extra water will help to keep you hydrated.

4) Avoid excessive drinking the night before you jump. The last thing you want to do is to mute the experience of you first jump by feeling hung-over.

5) Wear comfortable clothes. In the summer, shorts and t-shirt work well. In the colder months, we'll supply gloves. Your shoes should be tight. Sandals and flip-flops will not stay on your feet! Avoid shoes with tie-hooks. Good tennis shoes are the best footwear for skydiving. It's best to leave jewelry and expensive items at home. We don't have lockers to store your valuables but we can put aside a limited number of items for safekeeping while you jump.

6) Bring your camera. There'll be plenty of things for you and your family and friends to take pictures of.

This is good advice, but in reality, everything will likely be fine without following this advice. It's skydiving, not running a marathon. See you at the drop zone!