The northeast is beginning to thaw free from the chilly grips of a cold, wet, and windy winter, and do you know what that means? The skydiving season is about to begin! Like many outdoor adventure sports, there is a certain seasonal window of opportunity where the experience of skydiving is best enjoyed. To learn all about the skydiving season in New York, keep reading below.
Is Skydiving Seasonal?
There are only a handful of year-round skydiving facilities in the United States. Geographically, these skydiving facilities are located in areas with mild, arid, or tropical climates such as California, Arizona, and Florida. For the majority of the nation, skydiving is a seasonal operation. This is certainly true for Long Island.
The climate in our neck of the woods through late fall and throughout the winter simply isn’t conducive to safe skydiving operations. You see, the temperature drops about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit for every 1000 feet of elevation you gain. This means the temperature at altitude is 36 degrees cooler than it is on the ground. On an average January day in Long Island, the temperature at skydiving altitude would be 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Oh, and lest we forget to mention, it should also be noted that this number does not include the wind chill factor experienced during a 120 mph freefall. Talk about chilly!
Because jumping from a plane requires you to brave the elements, skydiving is best left as a seasonal operation. Trust us, skydiving is so much better when you can actually feel your fingers.
When Does Skydiving Season Start in New York?
For most of the United States, the skydiving season typically begins the second week of March. Established in 1977, the start of the skydiving season is kicked off with an event called Safety Day. Typically held on the second Saturday of March, Safety Day brings staff and students together with a day of workshops and learning to help prepare for the upcoming skydiving season.
Because the winter lasts longer in Long Island, in order to ensure the comfort of our guests, the skydiving season at Long Island Skydiving Center begins mid to late April. This year we are looking forward to opening our doors and starting our skydiving season on April 24th.
When Does Skydiving Season End?
Much like the start of the skydiving season, the end of the skydiving season varies by region. Along the pacific northwest and the northeast, the skydiving season begins to simmer down right around the time that fall sets in. Usually, this means that the skydiving season ends just before Thanksgiving.
Because of the rapid progression from fall to winter and from warm to wintry, at Long Island Skydiving Center, our skydiving season ends in mid-October.
Tips For Skydiving Season 2021
The skydiving season is right around the corner. Be prepared so you won’t get left behind!
Reserve Your Skydive Early
As the skydiving season ramps up, it will be harder to snag a primo spot for the most epic air bath of all time. July and August are some of the most popular skydiving months here at Long Island Skydiving Center, so if you intend on completing a midsummer skydive, you’ll need to make your reservation early. Take a peek at the online calendar, and once you are able, put down a deposit to secure your slot.
Check Out The FAQs
Especially if it’s your first time, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. To learn about what to expect and to become familiar with the process of tandem skydiving, take the time to read through the FAQ’s. If you don’t see the answers you need, give us a call. We’re happy to help.
Read Through Long Island Skydiving Center’s COVID-19 Protocols
Although these protocols may change as the season progresses, to help us limit the transmission of COVID-19, please familiarize yourself with our current COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
We don’t know about you, but we are ready and raring to go for the 2021 Skydiving Season. Let’s make it the best one yet!