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5 Reasons Why Skydiving Isn’t As Scary As You Think

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5 Reasons Why Skydiving Isn’t As Scary As You Think

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

In high school, every so often I’d hear of friends who went skydiving. Since then, I had always reiterated to myself that I would go too.

But years passed, I graduated high school, finished a few years of college, and I still hadn’t sky dived.

I must’ve talked about it enough, because for Christmas, my mom got my sister and I gift certificates to skydive in Lodi, California.

I don’t know what was more of a shock to me – the fact my mom was encouraging us to skydive, or that I now had to actually skydive.

I like to think of myself as a pretty fearless person, and for the most part I am.

That is, until I think of doing anything involving heights or spiders.

Fortunately, I was pretty sure spiders wouldn’t be involved in skydiving – last I heard, they don’t make insect sized parachutes (I could be mistaken though)!

Months passed since Christmas, and my sister and I still hadn’t used our certificates.

Finally, we signed up in August.

There was no turning back now!

After taking the plunge from 13,000 feet in the air, I can confidently say that skydiving isn’t as scary as you think!

Here’s why:

#1 – You have no chance to hesitate

Skydive No Hesitation

Have you ever jumped off rocks into a lake? If you have, you know of that terrible anxious feeling that overcomes you before you jump. You get so scared and anxious counting down from ten, that by the time you reach zero, you have to start your countdown all over again.

In skydiving, there is no chance for you to build up that anxiety. As soon as your plane reaches jumping height, you jump. You will quickly waddle to the plane door, and once the person in front of you has jumped, you immediately follow. Once you reach the door, you get all of 2 seconds to prepare.

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#2 – Your depth perception will be off

Your depth perception will be off during a sky dive

Again, if you are jumping from a rock into water, you will easily be able to judge the height and see your destination (the water). You had to climb to the top of the rock, and with each step you were able to judge how far from the ground you were.

In skydiving, you spent the last 10 minutes in an airplane, which does all the “climbing” for you. Once you get to the door and jump, your surroundings will look the same the entire time you are falling. You won’t be able to see your landing spot until the last portion of the jump, and by then you will be relaxing under a deployed parachute.

#3- The person on your back doesn’t want to die either

Skydive instructors don't want to die either

I kept asking myself, “What if my instructor picks a faulty parachute?”. But then I told myself how silly that is. The instructor wants to survive the jump just as much as I do! So, of course they are going to take every precaution there is to make sure the equipment is safe and functioning.

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#4-  The parachute deploys no matter what

The parachute deploys no matter what

The instructor has special equipment that tells him or her exactly when the parachute needs to be deployed. Parachute technology is so advanced that there is even a backup parachute. So, on top of the main parachute, there is a reserve, or backup, parachute. If for some reason your instructor forgets to deploy the parachute, for example they pass out, the parachute pack is electronically configured to deploy the parachute if it hasn’t been opened by the time you reach a certain number of feet.

#5- There is a 0.00175% chance you won’t survive the jump

There is a 0.00175% chance you won't survive the jump

35 out of the 2 million people who skydive annually don’t survive the jump. Keep in mind that many of the accidents happen due to poor judgment and procedure errors. Instructors that take you skydiving will follow the safest and most basic regime, and will not do anything out of the ordinary.

Many experienced solo jumpers are the ones who take risks and try new techniques and styles, which can be the cause for these errors.

An instructor with someone strapped to their stomach will not be taking these risks or trying new techniques!5 Reasons Skydiving Isn't As Scary As You Think

If these reasons don’t convince you – my instructor kindly let me know that “We’ve never lost anyone…We always find the body!” followed by at least ten mentions that he was “just kidding.”

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Comments
  • Jordan Belomundo
    August 11, 2014

    Great post! Still can’t believe I haven’t gone yet… smh.

  • November 3, 2016

    Ya, I was scared shitless at first. Honestly wasn’t stoked on it until it was over LOL will probably go again. Lodi represent!

  • December 7, 2016

    Hellllll No! I was terrified the first time!

  • Rachel Frampton
    November 11, 2020

    I would try skydiving this month, which is why I’m currently looking for a photographer that will be able to take photos of my wonderful adventure. I’m just glad you shared this; at least now I’m aware that once I’ve jumped, everything will look the same, and this will prevent me from feeling scared. Of course, you’re also right that the person at my back will keep both of us safe no matter what happens.

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