Wanna know what makes skydiving so scary? The fear of the unknown! If you look at photos of people making their first tandem jump, you’ll note that they’re smiling their faces off in adrenaline-filled ecstasy! So, first and foremost, know that skydiving is an incredibly fun activity, and the more prepared you are, the more fun you’ll have!
SO, if you’re searching for some real info that goes well beyond the cut and dry of our skydiving FAQs page, then lean in! We’ve got the real scoop on first time skydiving tips that you’ll find on the worldwide interwebs!
Do you know what would be absolutely terrible? Arriving at the dropzone excited to jump and then being told you’re not allowed to! Talk about a downer! SO, here are the basics that you have to know before you arrive for your first tandem skydive.
Now that you’ve booked your first jump, it’s likely that your heart rate will spike every time you think about the reality of what you’ve just committed to. You’re going skydiving! YIKES! Skydiving is more fun than it is scary, and while you know that conceptually, it doesn’t exactly help to keep you calm. If you’ve never jumped before, you can’t really visualize what’s to come or even what a skydive feels like, but the best thing you can do is breathe deeply through your anxiety and fear.
Breathe deeply through your nose and into your diaphragm and then expel that breath through your mouth. This technique works and will help you at every step until you exit the aircraft!!!!
Believe it or not, many people arrive for their first tandem jump who are not prepared physically – this may range from how you’re dressed to what you ate (or didn’t eat) and drink.
We love an Arby’s Beef and Cheddar with curly fries and a Dr. Pepper as much as the next person, but save that for your celebratory meal after your jump! Overeating before your jump is a recipe for trouble. A good and balanced breakfast or lunch is the right play. Think oatmeal, cereal and a banana (it’s what your mom’s been telling you to eat for years, anyway) or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Keep it light and be hydrated before you arrive especially if it’s a hot day!
You’d think that we wouldn’t need to include this, but we do because we’ve seen it all. Ladies and gents, please do not skydive while hungover. It’s a bad idea! ‘Nuff said!
We know that your shoe game is hot, but it may not translate well for the best skydiving experience. Tennis shoes or running shoes are perfect. Leave your cowboy boots or your Lady Gaga-inspired meat shoes at home; they won’t work here!
Ladies and gents, if you’ve got long hair, you’ll want to bring your hair tie or scrunchie (we won’t judge) to keep things under control! If you’ve got a ZZ Top beard, you’ll want to get that under wraps as well as your skydiving photos will bring about more laughter than admiration! If you love your engagement ring and don’t want to risk losing it forever in the Orange countryside, be sure to leave all that at home! Remember you don’t need jewels to make you look beautiful – you look great just the way you are!
Okay, that about does it! If you’ve got questions that we haven’t covered here, please feel free to contact us.
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