Skydiving is the easiest and in fact most desired bucket list item. It surely is the one activity that many brave and adventure loving people want to experience. We can recommend the following tips to newcomers before they attempt their first jump!
1. Warm yourself up – it helps!
Skydiving does not really require great physical fitness. Divers do not need the physique of Arnold to go skydiving, but of course the more fit they are the better. It is important to warm up the body and do a bit of stretching of the muscles in advance. The reality of the situation is that the body will experience a bit of pressure – the free fall speed is about 190-200kph (like speeding badly on the freeway in a sports car), and therefore it needs to be relaxed while falling. Warm up exercises certainly help – you can look at the neck area in particular. Things are a bit different with people with mental conditions, or those who can experience panic attacks – a word with your doctor is required in this case.
2. Free your mind and the rest will follow
Yes, we know. Humans are not meant to jump to the ground from 4km height. Most of us panic when we get to 20 meters above the ground then what is to jump from a plane. It is not natural to anyone and the very idea of doing so sounds scary to most. Yet, it is an unforgettable experience, that we convince our newcomers is worth every dollar paid for it. Feel free to go full YouTube and watch some of the many skydiving videos around. Read articles and posts about it – but seek those with the positive twists. Keep calm and prepare yourself for some unforgettable fun. If you still feel uneasy on the day of your jump, try some meditation to help rest and relax your emotions and steady your mind.
3. Keep Calm and Breathe like a Yoga Master 🙂
Oh yes – you will experience some turbulence and high winds as you free fall and there will be a bit windy right in your face. So it is essential no know how to breathe correctly is important when you’re falling down. This experience is often called hyperventilation and it is usually avoided by you trying to make deep and slow breaths and avoid taking short and quick ones. Your instructor will tell you many times to stay calm and relax but you will probably not listen much. At any rate, follow the instructions that you are given and if problem let your instructor know right away. In reality, proper breathing is not that difficult and you will soon get a handle on it, just breathe like normal, as if you were in your living room. One great idea is not to tilt your head too much while falling as the wind will rush right in your face. If you do so, then there is a perfect remedy for that, just tile your head back, look at the point where earth touches the sky and maybe open your mouth and breath through it.
4. Remember the Banana jargon
Your instructor will probably tell you to position your body in a banana shape. The banana analogy refers to the term ‘arch’ or ‘arching’ and this is perhaps the most stable body position made during a skydive. The shape of a banana is used to illustrate the preferred position whereby the skydiver pushes his/her pelvis forward while keeping their chin high. This ‘arch’ position allows for a stable free fall.
5. Maybe Skydiving is not as risky as you might have thought it was!
Jumping for a height of 4 kilometers just for the fun of it is a scary proposition at first. Why would anyone find any fun in this – looks quite violent at first and most likely quite uncomfortable and risky. If we are honest, however, we can say that skydiving is actually a very safe sport. Out of 3.2 million annual skydive jumps, there have been 24 fatalities reported (you can do the math yourself). This makes skydiving safer than car driving or plane commercial flying. To summarize, the risks of skydiving as actually not as great as one could imagine before considering jumping of a plane.
6. Have some fun with the twisted sense of humor of your instructors
They will not miss a chance to crack funny skydiving jokes. Here is a little collection of the funniest ones that we know of. Enjoy!
“What’s the hardest part about skydiving?” (The ground.)
No one has ever complained of a parachute not opening.
You don’t need a parachute to skydive. You need a parachute to skydive twice.
What’s Hemingway’s favorite bedtime story? (For sale: Parachute rig. Never used.)
If you’re ever skydiving and your parachute fails to open, don’t panic.
You will have the rest of your life to try and fix it.
I went skydiving today for the first time. This guy strapped himself to me, we jumped out the plane and as we plummeted, he asked me.
So how long have you been an instructor?
A skydiving instructor is answering questions for his beginner’s class.
“So if my parachute doesn’t open,” a student asks, “and my reserve chute doesn’t work, how long have I got until I hit the ground?”
The instructor tells the man, “You’ve got the rest of your life.”
Why do skydiving companies have excellent reviews?
Because it was awesome for the people who survived
You know, there’s something oddly reassuring about a group of skydivers who are only half-joking about death. But, to be honest, I feel that’s a good thing, since I’m sure many first-time jumpers will naturally feel a tinge of anxiety before a jump. And there’s no better way to offset the potential angst of a nerve-wracking experience than with a healthy dose of laughter.
7. Safety is our number one priority
Instructors crack jokes all the time and are friendly and relaxed. But, have no doubt, they take their job very seriously and understand the risks that are involved in making money while jumping with adventure seeking people of planes. The most important part of their job is to get you to the ground safely and they need to account for all kinds of scenarios and possibilities. Before becoming an instructor, one must complete at least 500 total jumps by himself. The go after certifications and additional courses every year. Listen to your safety instructions – it is as simple as that.
8. Some useful things to have with you
You need to feel comfortable so dress comfortably. This is not a prom or Oscars night. Some warm clothing would also help – after all you will be at 4 km height at first and it will surely help you. But don’t overdress – the excitement of the jump will keep you warm – we promise you. Some cash would be nice to have for food and drinks. You should definitely film your jump (not too costly) but worthwhile. If the club is busy you should arrange a proper time when there are not too many people that you need to wait for. Don’t forget to bring your great mood and attitude for adventure!
9. Jump in a scenic location
Pick a club that makes jumps in scenic locations – the stunning views are unforgettable.
10. What will my first jump experience will actually be like?
You have to do it to feel it. Find the minerals, get some courage and go for it. It will be truly fascinating, we promise you. You will be terrified but also very excited at the same time. It is not too long actually. Your free fall will last around 60 seconds so enjoy every second of it because it will go by fast. Then the parachute opens and you will come back to reality yet during the next 5 minutes you should have some fund looking at the great earth scenery from above.