Nervous about skydiving? Most everyone is!
Fear is one of the most primal adaptive behaviors we have. It kept our cave-dwelling, plains crossing, hunter-gatherer ancestors safe. In those primitive prehistoric times, it paid to be appropriately hesitant: is that rustling in the grass simply the wind? Or something that will make a meal of me? It was almost always a toss-up. Anxiety began as an anticipation of those fears coming to fruition: an adaptive attempt to prevent scenarios where we would encounter fear-inducing experiences. Ergo, if you stayed out of the tall grass, you’d never have the dilemma of determining whether the rustling was a viable threat.
So, truth is, we’re stuck with fear. It’s human nature to feel disconcerted when you confront something unexpected or unfamiliar.
When we were young, fear was most often our response to bumps in the night. Sometimes we’d seek out those after dark stirrings to face down our fears, and on other nights, we’d tuck our heads beneath the covers until the safety of morning dawned.
Turns out adult life isn’t that much different. If you’re interested in exploring the wild blue yonder, don’t let skydiving anxiety hold you back. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a few ways to keep skydiving anxiety at bay.
Knowledge is one of the best defenses against skydiving anxiety. Manage those skydiving nerves by doing proper research. Become familiar with skydiving centers in the area. Utilize reviews on Facebook, Google, and Trip Advisor to help determine which facility may be the best fit for you. You can also check out the drop zone’s website or give them a call to speak with one of their customer service representatives and have your specific questions answered.
Speaking of asking questions, number two on our list of tips to help those nervous about skydiving is…
Ask away! Skydiving is a new world for you. You aren’t expected to know everything (or really anything) about it. Our staff aims to please, and we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible before your skydive. By asking questions, you can gain the knowledge you need to feel confident and comfortable with your skydive.
Knowing the steps of the journey and what the day of your skydive will be like will help your first tandem skydiving experience to go smoothly. After all, it is uncertainty that breeds skydiving anxiety. It helps to understand that skydiving is a process, and there are several steps. Here is what the day of your skydive is like at our facility.
When you arrive at check-in for your tandem skydive, we will review your paperwork. If you have not already completed a waiver, we will ask you to sign one. After check-in, you will go through a tandem training and briefing. This is to ensure you know what to expect and what part you will play on the skydive. Using a computer manifesting system, we will pair you with a licensed professional skydiving instructor. Then, it’s time for a little bit of patience. When it’s your turn, you will meet your instructor and begin gearing up.
Each time a planeload takes off and lands, the gear must be inspected, students must be debriefed, and the parachutes will need to be folded and closed into the skydiving containers. When it comes to ensuring customer satisfaction, taking the time to be thorough is well worth it.
Practicing mindfulness helps many people who suffer from anxiety. Mindfulness is achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment. This technique often involves focusing on your breath. Inhale. Exhale. It sounds so simple, and yet, so often in high-stress scenarios (like your first skydive), we forget this basic necessity. As you begin to feel your stomach flutter or your skydiving anxiety rise, take a deep breath. You got this.
Until you challenge your routine and step outside of your comfort zone, you will never know the extent of your mental and emotional fortitude. Without confronting your skydiving anxiety, you cannot grow past it. Just think, if you can do this, you can do anything.
Step up and step out of the plane. Kick your skydiving anxiety to the curb, and book your tandem skydive today.
The largest tandem skydiving center near Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.