I'm 5'2. Is getting the tandem rating a waste of time? in General Skydiving Discussions 15 hours ago · Edited 15 hours ago by DougH I am 5'6, and I make it work. I have seen smaller instructors. Would it be easier at 6 foot tall and lanky sure, but you can still handle most students. It is harder, you need to plan and fly your exits correctly, compared to the 6'2 bean pole who has much more room to get away with mediocre exits and poor student instruction. But so what, regardless of your height or experince you shouldn't just toss yourself and the student out of the plane with no consideration given to the exit. Also as you get more experience you will have to work harder to shoot handicam footage. I think strength matters very much. If you are short and on the weaker side I would give pause and focus on getting strong. You should be able to fly and flare unassisted with the heaviest student your DZ allows after a long day of jumps. You should be able to deal with the uncoordinated student that is pushing against you as you make your way to the door. If your dz has a slide up door like a caravan or an otter you need to be able to operate the door with a student on the front unassisted. You should be able to get you and a student up off the foor from a seated position if you have a load where there isn't enough room on the seat/bench. Just a few strength criteria that I am making up in my mind. All of the things above can be made easier using smart techniques, but everything is easier when you are stronger. I can squat or deadlift my biggest possible student, that is far from winning any strengh records, but it makes getting through a day way easier.