Skydiving For the First Time
You’ve finally decided to take the dive! And it’s probably exciting and scary all at the same time. Whether you’ve been dreaming of this day all your life, or your still a little apprehensive at the idea, here are some tips to help you adequately prepare for the big day.
Most people start with a tandem skydiving experience. This is when you and an instructor jump while attached together. The instructor will even have you pull the ripcord to open the parachute! You can do this with absolutely no prior experience. See what you need to do to learn to skydive solo here.
Whether you’re taking the tandem route or learning on your own, here’s what you need to know.
1. Choose a Reputable Dropzone
Skydiving can be pricey, it may be tempting to go for the cheapest option. Select a skydiving operation that has a good reputation for safety and equipment. Read online reviews to get a good feel for the place. When you are skydiving for the first time, you should be confident that your skydiving instructors know what they are doing and will keep you safe. Better yet, come jump with us here at Skydive Taft!
2 .The Plane Ride Up Is The Worst Part
That’s right, the plane ride up to jump altitude can induce more anxiety than the jump itself. Once you step out of the plane, all of that goes away.
No one will ever force you to jump once you’re at altitude. The option is always there to land with the plane. But take it from the experts, the only regrets we ever hear when it comes to skydiving are from the people who do this!
3. Check Your Health
Do you have heart problems or high blood pressure? Skydiving may not be right for you right now. Evaluate your medical state and be sure to consult a doctor about these conditions before skydiving for the first time.
4. Dress Appropriately
It’s best to dress in a fitting athletic outfit, meaning: comfortable tennis shoes, long stretchy pants, and snug fitting long sleeve top. Leave the jewelry or any dangling accessories at home. Loose or baggy clothing can whip around too much during freefall, and may get in the way of your harness, making it harder to secure.
5. No Drinking
As tempting as it might sound to give yourself a little liquid courage before skydiving for the first time, this is just not a good idea, and is strictly forbidden. Skydiving while intoxicated can be dangerous for you and the people with you. Air density decreases with altitude and alcohol can exacerbate the effects of the decreased oxygen levels.
You also need to be alert and responsive during the jump. The pilot’s rule is your best bet: 8 Hours Bottle to Throttle. That is, no alcohol for eight hours prior to jumping.
6. Get Enough Rest
We know, you’re excited about your first skydive! But getting a good night’s rest is crucial to getting the most out of the experience. When you are well-rested, you are more alert and can handle the intensity and elevated stress of the experience. You will also need a well-rested mind to remember instructions; Which brings us to the next point.
7. Pay Attention to the Instructor
When skydiving for the first time, you should definitely pay close attention to instructions from the professionals. They know what they are doing and their goal is to keep you safe and happy. Don’t be shy about asking questions and getting clarification on aspects of the experience that your skydiving instructor wants to you know.
8. Leave Your Valuables on the Ground
You probably shouldn’t take any high-value items on the jump. Empty your pockets and remove all jewelry before suiting up. If It’s hard to find or might break after a 4ft drop, don’t chance it at 12,500+.
9. Follow Procedures
This builds on previous steps on this list but, always follow the procedures exactly as they are taught to you. Whether it’s suiting up, proper aircraft etiquette, or the proper way to exit the aircraft, do exactly as you are told.
10. Stay Calm
Skydiving is a thrilling extreme sport. And when you are skydiving for the first time, being a little nervous is perfectly normal. However, it’s important to not let your nerves overwhelm you. Whether it’s focusing on your breathing or getting in a little meditation before you head out the dropzone, do what you need to do to stay calm and focused on the task at hand.
11. Be Prepared to Reschedule
While Taft has amazing weather almost year-round, the weather can change pretty suddenly. Understand that safe skydiving requires good weather and be prepared to take a rain check if things go sour.
12. Take Pictures!
You’ll most certainly want to relive the memories over and over again. Getting good video and pictures is the best way to share the experience with family and friends long after you’ve left the dropzone. Skydive Taft offers a variety of media options to help you capture these memories.
The Skydive Taft Experience
Come experience your next adventure with a tandem skydive at Skydive Taft. Our award-winning facility is a world-class training center with some of the most experienced instructors in the world. We’re known for our great vibes and pristine equipment. Don’t wait to add this notch to your belt.
And for those who are always looking to take the adventure to the next level, be sure to check out our accelerated freefall training so you can start heading out the dropzone solo. Whether you’re skydiving for the first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, Skydive Taft is equipped to provide outstanding services and good times.