Before you make the jump, you probably have some questions. So, here are the answers to the most common questions I get about skydiving.
How much does it cost?
When thinking about going skydiving, it’s best to throw logic out the window, BUT not until after you’ve really thought through whether you can afford it or not. It’ll set you back about $250 and then an extra $50 if you want it to be captured on video. So make sure you’re really willing to fork over that much money.
Is it safe?
Your first jump will be a tandem jump, meaning you’ll have a professional strapped to your back making sure everything goes smoothly. These people have jumped hundreds of times and they have it down to an art. Everything is checked and rechecked and they won’t let you jump unless they feel certain that you’re safe. Accidents do happen, but they are extremely rare. However, I’m not going to lie, filing out the paperwork and signing your life away is enough to freak anybody out!
I’m not a safety expert, so if you have more questions, you can click here!
How scary is it?
This is the most common question I get asked. And my answer is that it is only scary up until right before you’re about to jump. The actual jump itself isn’t as scary as you think.
I’ll be honest, I’m pretty scared of heights, but this was a different type of height. Once you reach a certain elevation height just becomes irrelevant (I realize that makes no sense, but its the only way I can explain it).
As for the stomach dropping, roller coaster feeling… you don’t even feel it. I know, I was pretty shocked! I did some research and apparently the feeling of your stomach dropping is caused by the sudden change in velocity. When you’re in the plane you’re already moving at the same velocity you’ll be falling, so you’re basically just changing directions. Science!
All in all, the scariest part is suiting up, getting in a tiny plane, and preparing to jump.
Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
Not to get too deep on you here, but… why the heck not? It’s different for everyone, but for me jumping out of a plane was a reminder that taking a risk in order to gain something you desire is always worth it. In this case, I desired adventure and an experience I couldn’t get from staying on the ground. But, the same principle applies to so many other things in life. Go after what you want!