When the Wright Brothers invented, built, and flew the world’s first successful airplane, I bet they never thought that people would be jumping out of them at 12,500 feet and calling it a sport!
In September 2009, I became one of those people as I successfully completed my first tandem skydive (yes, that’s me in the photograph), and here are 6 reasons why you should go skydiving too.
1. You learn to trust
Have you ever been on a team-building event where they try to encourage trust within the group by having you fall backward, hoping another team member will catch you?
I think they call it ‘the trust fall’.
Well, skydiving takes this to a whole new extreme!
You are going to meet a person wearing a large backpack whose sole job is to chuck you out of an airplane and make sure that you don’t die!!
You will probably have about 15 minutes to get to know this person before you are freewheeling towards Earth at 120mph.
If that’s not trust, then I don’t know what is!
“Either we are a team or we aren’t. Either you trust me or you don’t” – Ally Carter
2. Take the jump in life
So many people dwindle through life staying safely in their comfort zones. They do the same thing day after day, year after year.
Don’t be that type of person!
Step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. It’s the only way that you are going to grow as a person and the only way for you to experience life to its fullest.
…and statistically, you are more likely to die crossing the road than skydiving. But I guarantee that you will remember your first skydive for a lot longer compared to the last street you crossed.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Anonymous
3. It puts things into perspective
We spend a lot of our lives running around worrying about things that we really shouldn’t be worrying about.
We get so wrapped up in our own little bubble that it inhibits us to see the bigger picture.
After your freefall, and once your parachute has been opened, you will slowly drift back down to earth very peacefully whilst taking in the amazing views. It’s at this moment when you realize that your partner buying the wrong brand of butter doesn’t really matter, and you remember what it feels like to be alive again.
“Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.” – Anonymous
4. Surprising health benefits
Skydiving is a great way to relieve stress. It helps you to forget your worries and usual distractions and helps to cleanse you both mentally and physically due to the intense focus and adrenaline rush.
It is also a physical workout as you are using big muscle groups to control both the freefall and the parachute to successfully land, let alone having to carry all the gear around.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” – Kevin Trudeau
5. It’s simpler than you think
A lot of people seem to think that you must undergo some sort of lengthy training course to go skydiving.
I am sure that is the case if you want to complete a solo skydive, but I’m talking about going tandem; in which case the person that you’re strapped to has already completed all the necessary training and certifications (or at least they should have!).
All you get is a 15min talk showing you how to correctly fit your harness and attach it to your tandem buddy, the position to put your body into when freefalling, and the overall process of what’s going to happen.
And that’s it.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” – Coco Chanel
6. The most dangerous of all – you’ll want to do it again
As soon as I had both of my feet back on planet earth, my first thought was, ‘I want to do that again!!’
Then after about 15-20min, I started thinking, ‘I wonder how much training I would need to complete to be allowed to do a solo jump?’
I almost guarantee that as soon as you land, you’ll want to do it again too!
However, please be warned, it’s not going to be the cheapest of hobbies. After all, the last thing that you are going to want to skimp on is your parachuting gear – you won’t be purchasing that at the Bargain Basement!
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller
…skydiving has been one of THE best life experiences I’ve had.
Over time, memories of past activities start to fade or blur into one, but it’s been almost 10 years since I completed my first skydive and I can still remember every detail along with that feeling of euphoria as we were gliding through the sky.
Nothing you do will ever give you a thrill quite like it.
“Those who don’t jump will never fly.” – Leena Ahmad Almasha
If I’ve convinced you to book a skydive, please let me know in the comments below – and don’t forget to come back to my blog once you’ve done it and let me know how it went! 🙂
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