Skydiving is at the top of many people’s Bucketlists. It is an adventure not suited for the ones scared of heights, and even if you aren’t you will probably feel a little bit nervous before your first jump.
If you want to know what it feels like to skydive I’d be happy to let you in on my story:
Imagine entering a small plane with a bunch of people. All sitting close to each other and only hearing the sound of the plane driving as you sit there nervous, knowing that the only way you will get down is by jumping out in midair. You see more and more of the other skydivers jumping out at different altitudes, and you know your stop will be the last one. Suddenly the captain announces that you are 10km up in the sky, and the person who is attached to your back starts pushing you towards the open door. Your legs are now outside of the plane, and you feel the person behind you counting to three by rocking back and forth. Then it all goes black for a while. Suddenly you feel the ice cold air hitting your face as you try to realize that you are free falling towards the earth.
It feels surreal and a bit uncomfortable, but soon the person behind you taps on your shoulder, and you feel a tug as the parachute opens. All of a sudden it’s calm again, and you feel happy that you dared and glad that you are now able to watch the ground beneath you as you slowly approach it. When you land, the adrenaline is still making you crazy excited, and you have no memory of how you got out of the plane. This emotional roller coaster is definitely one you would like to try again.
Sounds fun! How do I do it?
Skydiving can be done almost anywhere, and if you plan on only trying out a tandem jump with an experienced skydiver, there isn’t even extended training involved since you are just tagging along for the ride. Search for skydiving clubs near your location, and you will probably find something within a reasonable distance! This adventure is a bit pricey and usually requires you to save some money, but then again you might need that time to calm your nerves. In Finland, a tandem jump cost me around 300 euros, but it might be a bit more affordable in other places in the world.
This activity is best suited for people in good health as many clubs have the following requirements:
- Under 100 kg in weight.
- At least 18 years old (although there are some with the limit at 15).
- A maximum height of 2 meters.
- Also, if you have any conditions or are over 60 years of age, discuss with a doctor in advance.
- If you are planning on trying out more than a tandem jump there are a few other requirements, but those are better found on your nearest club’s website.
After you tried the tandem jump, you can always sign up for a course which gives you the possibility to jump on your own. Maybe you even become a licensed skydiver in the end?
Are you planning on skydiving or have you already tried it and want to share your experience?