Everything you need to know before you go skydiving for the first time

If you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker looking for a new activity to dig your teeth in or you’re looking to overcome certain fears, then skydiving will definitely get your blood pumping. Skydiving isn’t for everyone, but each year more and more people are deciding to throw themselves out of a plane for fun (obviously there is more to it than that, it’s actually pretty graceful). Could this be your next activity? Here are all the things you need to know about skydiving.

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It’s easier than you think

Many people are put off by skydiving because they believe they won’t be able to do it, and that it will be too hard for them. But this isn’t the case. For your first skydive, and until you complete a qualification, you will only be able to skydive in tandem – i.e., with a seasoned professional strapped to your back who does all the work for you! All you have to do is lie back, let the professional take charge, soak up the views…and remember to breathe.

It’s not as dangerous as you would think

There’s a common misconception that skydiving is incredibly dangerous – but this is not the case. Of course, there will always be dangers from free-falling out of an airplane at 10,000 feet, but things rarely go wrong. Before you skydive, all of your equipment, the professionals’ equipment, and the airplane are checked, double checked and triple checked before you even leave the ground. In fact, you’re more likely to suffer an accident or die while you cross the road than you are skydiving.

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It’s the ultimate adrenaline rush

If you’re looking to get your blood pumping and your head rushing (but in a good way), then you have to consider a skydive. Although it may feel pretty unnatural to jump out of a plane and let gravity do its thing, it’s completely invigorating and the ultimate adrenaline rush. For many, this could be the chance to conquer your fear of heights or fear of falling. Chances are you definitely won’t regret it. You’ll float down feeling empowered, and you’ll probably want to do it again.

It’s absolutely beautiful

If you’re looking to see the world from above and get as close to flying as humanly possible – skydiving is the best way to do that. Considering you’re falling from 10,000 feet above the ground, you’ll get the ultimate bird’s eye view of the world below you. To start with, you probably won’t be able to take any notice of that as you will be too stoked to realize where you are. However, as soon as your parachute opens and you begin to steady your fall and your breathing, you’ll be able to take in the insane views.

Make sure you purchase the photos/video

If you skydive with a reputable company, they will video the whole skydive, as well as take photo stills throughout the journey. We’d always recommend buying these because although memories last forever, it’s always good to have something to show off and look back on when your memory begins to wane.

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