Top 5 Reasons Why People Skydive

November 4, 2019

What Is It About Skydiving That Makes People Crave It?

There's an endless amount of reasons as to why someone would choose to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Is it mostly for the freedom or for the thrill? Is it to find a sense of belonging with a small community filled with people like them? Or can it be used as a form of therapy, to clear the mind and create positive emotions? There are so many reasons why people want to skydive!

Why people skydive often depends on how frequently people skydive. Most first time tandem customers who are looking to skydive as a once in a lifetime experience choose to make their skydive for the thrill of it. They want to cross an item off of that proverbial bucket list.

Skydiver in freefall

Experienced skydivers, people who participate in this sport and make hundreds of skydives a year, have found a way to turn this sport into a lifestyle. They tend to seek out this crazy sport of skydiving because of the community, confidence and therapy it provides.

We have compiled a list of the Top 5 Reasons Why People Skydive. Read on!

1. The Thrill

Skydiving is one of the most thrilling feelings ever, hands down. Skydiving is the top adventure sport throughout this great world of ours and for a good reason. Flying in airplanes, freefalling through the sky at 120 mph and deploying a parachute all create extremely pleasurable feelings within us. Thrill seekers all over the planet seek out skydiving to give it a go. For first time skydivers this is definitely at the top of the list for reasons for wanting to try out skydiving. 

Landing the parachute from a tandem skydiver

2. Bucket List - Check!

Everyone has a bucket list - a list of items to check off before ''kicking the bucket''. This is not meant to be a morbid idea, but rather an inspirational and motivational list to encourage people to live their lives with no regrets. Here at Skydive Danielson, the words ''bucket list'' are said by almost every first time tandem skydiver that walks through our doors. We are happy to be able to help people achieve their hopes and goals in life. 

Happy skydivers after landing

3. Skydiving Community

Experienced skydivers often say that they started skydiving for the thrill of it, but have stuck around and stayed in the sport of skydiving because of the community. There are just 40,000 licensed skydivers in the United States (USPA) which makes skydivers belong to a very elite group of people. Skydivers come from all walks of life and create a unique atmosphere filled with interesting people. The skydiving community is filled with tons of genuine people looking to enjoy life and good times with friends in the sky and on the ground. Some skydiving centers have RV campgrounds for people to live in while other dropzones are hang out places. Many skydivers camp at the skydiving center over the weekends to enjoy bonfires, cookouts and lots of shenanigans. 

Licensed skydivers in the airplane

4. Create Confidence 

Whether you have skydived 1 time or 1,000 times you will know that it does something special to you. Skydiving is very much a mental game of overcoming fear and battling with your sense of judgement. When you place yourself in a situation where you must overcome these obstacles you come out a changed person; for the better! Skydiving creates confidence. Skydiving creates optimism and positive feelings. The more you skydive, the stronger and more assertive you become. It's good for your mind and your soul. It's no secret that people who participate in extreme sports have strong, Type A personalities - but which came first, the chicken or the egg? Are these people Type A personalities who chose to participate in these sports, or did they become Type A's after participating in these sports? 

Skydiving family of licensed skydivers

5. Skydiving Is A Form Of Therapy

All the things mentioned above work together to create a thing we like to call ''Sky Therapy."  We all have things in life that stress us out and make life complicated, but when you skydive you are able to leave all your troubles on the ground. You're able to momentarily forget about the things that cause you stress on a daily basis while you fly around and play in the sky with your friends. 

What makes you forget your troubles? After exiting an airplane your brain really can't think about your upcoming job interview, the fight with your loved one or the house you have to clean. You force yourself to live in the moment. Freefall clears your brain and creates intense focus thus allowing you to ignore your troubles for a while.

A group of licensed female skydivers

Skydiving also helps people overcome anxiety. Skydive places you in a situation that creates anxiety and stress and forces you to work through it. Overcoming these feelings helps to keep these same emotions at bay in other aspects of life. Many skydivers report that during the winter when they are not skydiving they notice increased anxiety in other parts of their lives.

Surrounding yourself with people who look at life similarly is also good for you mentally. When we say there's such a thing as a "sky family", we mean it! Skydiving forces you to put your trust in yourself as well as others. This forms a greater bond with the people around you because you willingly leave your comfort zone and do something extraordinary. 

Ready For That Therapy?

Happy skydiver exiting airplane

If you're looking for a break from the stresses of the real world or to make friends with passionate and driven people then skydiving might be for you. Maybe you want to experience a life changing event! You can book your jump online or give us a call at 860-774-5867.