How Scary Is Skydiving?

October 8, 2021

Is Skydiving Scary

Is Skydiving Scary?

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. 

I’m Afraid Of Heights Can I Still Skydive?

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Absolutely. Skydiving is different from other thrills because 14,000 feet is so high up that everything is pretty abstract. When jumping from that high, it is different from being afraid of heights because you are looking at what seems like the whole world. Another big difference from other thrills is that you won’t experience the “stomach drop” sensation when skydiving. When jumping out of a plane, you have what is called ‘relative wind’ from the forward movement of the aircraft. This means that you aren’t just dropping straight down. It’s like sliding down a wind slide instead. Most people experience a feeling of weightlessness as they are in freefall. 

What Is The Airplane Ride Like?

Here at Skydive Danielson the jump plane is a Cessna 208 Caravan. It fits 14 people and takes them up to the jump altitude of 14,000 feet. This plane takes approximately 20 minutes to climb to that altitude. During that time you get to look out on many of the wonderful sights of Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Tandem Instructors here at Skydive Danielson have a plethora of jokes that they will tell as the plane climbs. Once the plane reaches jump altitude the door opens up and it gets really loud. At the edge of the door your instructor will give you a “Ready. Set. GO!” and you will be in freefall.

How Safe Is Skydiving?

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!”) 

Skydiving Helps To Embrace Fear

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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!