Wicked scary! You have to be a little crazy to throw yourself out of a perfectly good airplane. No matter who you are, looking out of the open door of an airplane at 14,000 feet is going to be scary. Skydiving has less to do with fear of a tangible thing, and more to do with fear of the unknown. So much of the thrill of your first skydive comes from having no idea what to expect. The scariest part about skydiving however, is how addicting it is. Skydiving has a whole world of adventurous people looking for new perspectives on life. Be warned, after skydiving for the first time you just might find yourself discovering the same thing.
Skydiving itself is an inherent risk. Here at Skydive Danielson we are surrounded by people who choose to ride a small airplane to 14,000 feet, and then jump out! We do everything possible to lower the risk. Our instructors are licensed through the United States Parachute Association, and our pilots are licensed through the Federal Aviation Association. All of our instructors have done thousands of jumps. (Though if you ask them, they’ll likely say “it’s my first jump too!”)
There are many ways to deal with fear. Humans all have a fight, flight, and freeze response when facing things that truly scare you. Skydivers, even first time jumpers, are people who choose to face that fear. One way to embrace that fear is to label it, give a name to exactly what you are feeling. Once you have a name for what you are feeling, try to regulate it. Take deep breaths and focus. One thing that helps when you are feeling nervous, is to look over at friends, or other skydivers and smile. Each person who will ride the airplane with you when you skydive is just as excited and nervous as you. Breathe, and enjoy the ride!