Ready to take a plunge into skydiving? For your first jump, you might probably be nervous and with high expectations. Skydiving is known for its ability to spike adrenaline levels, invoking a feeling of freedom, and at the same time, a chance to appreciate nature from an elevated position. For a safe and worthwhile experience, be sure to have everything there is to know at your fingertips.
As a first-timer, you probably aren’t sure of the dos and don’ts of this game. So this article shares some tips from seasoned jumpers. Take it from them – they have been there and have done that! Here are some tips you should work through to have a pleasurable first-time experience:
Most people tend to be overly sceptical about skydiving. Thus, you are likely to hear someone talking about their chances of passing out and how it might not be easy for them. The fear of the unknown often breeds fear or negative image about skydiving. Well, as much as skydiving might be scary, it is a managed risk that is worth facing. And at the end of your first jump, you are bound to come out braver and more adventurous than before.
Mental preparation is key to assuring yourself that everything you’re worried about isn’t just going to happen. A positive attitude and the desire to explore what has been proven to be possible goes a long way in giving you a chance to enjoy life and become more adventurous.
Physical preparations for skydiving are pretty straightforward. Make sure you have the right clothes for skydiving. Dressing for skydiving is simple. You need a pair of comfortable well-laced shoes. Get the right pants (anything like what you’d wear to the gym) and wear snug fitting layers on top. If possible, avoid clothes with strings, pompoms, rhinestones or other details that might flap around while in the air.
You also need to eat sensibly and moderately. Don’t show up on a full stomach or an empty one. Also, you might consider packing some soft drinks and snacks just in case there’s a long wait. Avoid alcohol as it could make you get locked out of the plane.
In the Plane
Before boarding the aircraft, you should be prepared for the jump. This means you should ensure that everything is in order and you are fully aware of the task ahead. Once you are in the aeroplane on your way up, minimise movements or keep calm and ensure your jumping essentials are in your possession.
You are likely to be highly nervous on your way up, considering that you are skydiving for the first time. The best way to handle anxiety is to accept that overcoming fear is part of the experience. Remember to breath and relax to give your body the oxygen or fuel it deserves.
There is nothing complicated about making skydiving falls or exits. The approach used by a beginner is similar to that used by seasoned skydivers. The tandem instructor should guide you through the process, but here is a crack on how to execute a jump. Ideally, you need to arch your body relative to the wind. This involves ensuring that your body assumes a banana-like shape, with your belly button being the closest point to the ground. Make sure you relax for a smooth, stable and comfortable fall.
There are two main goals when it comes to landing: to land safely and to land where you want. Of course, a safe landing should be the most essential goal among the two. A safe landing requires you to locate a suitable landing position. Be sure to pick the right location before you get to 1000 feet above the ground. You also need to avoid landing in a turn or landing into the wind. Your tandem instructor should be in a position to break down all of these requirements for you.
Irrespective of how many jumps you make, a successful dive creates a moment of great satisfaction. Since it is not the end of the road as far as skydiving is concerned, you need to gather your gear and spare a moment to evaluate and learn from your experience.