What Does Skydiving Feel Like?

What Does Skydiving Feel Like?

Published: June 27, 2017

You're flying. You're excited. You're filled with an overwhelming sense of freedom.

Skydiving is a unique sport that represents the closest thing yet to human flight. When you visit The Skydiving Company, you're filled with a sense of adrenaline and excitement the moment you walk in the door.

First-time fliers often ask us what it feels like to skydive. It's difficult to describe something so exhilarating without actually experiencing it. But we'll do our best for you in this post. So what does skydiving feel like?

Jumpers tend to experience a wave of rollercoaster emotions when they come in for their first skydive, from jitters on the ground before the jump to the adrenaline-pumping sensation of freefall and the peaceful ride back down to Earth under a large parachute.

We guarantee that if you go skydiving it will be one of the most profound experiences you've ever had, and an experience you won't soon forget.

Pre-Jump Jitters

Chances are, the jittery feeling you get ahead of a skydive begins long before you walk into our airplane hangar. The moment you make the definitive decision to skydive, you can't help but feel a sense of nervousness at the unknown.

That feeling only accentuates when you enter our facility, sign pages of waivers reminding you that skydiving can be dangerous, watch planes take off and parachutes land, and then get suited up in your own harness and introduced to your tandem master.

Once you're in the plane, the reality starts to set in. Your brain begins to register that you're voluntarily agreeing to jump out of a plane. You might even be overwhelmed with a sense of fight or flight. We encourage you to fight through it. It'll be worth it in the end.

This happens up until the moment you take that first life-changing leap out of the plane.

60-Second Freefall

You're standing at the door strapped to a professional skydiver staring at the ground below. If you have a fear of heights, don't worry, you're so high that the ground below almost looks like an abstract painting, and your brain can hardly register how high you are.

Before you realize what has happened you're out of the plane surrounded by fresh air. For the first few seconds, you may get a thrilling sensation that might remind you of the steep drop or upside loop of a rollercoaster ride.

After a few seconds, however, you reach terminal velocity and you lose that stomach-in-your-throat feeling. Wind washes over your face, you begin to relax and realize you're actually flying. You might even do a few 360 turns and really start to have fun.

At that point, skydiving feels more like what we imagine a dog must feel like as they stick their head ecstatically outside of a moving car's window.

Canopy Ride

After about a minute of falling a few thousand vertical feet, the most relaxing part of the skydiving experience begins. As you pull your parachute and it unfurls above you, your body is whipped underneath it and your speed stopped short.

For the next five minutes or so until you land safely on the ground, you soar through the sky. This is when the breathtaking views and beautiful scenery start to take hold. Many experienced skydivers believe this part of the jump is the most therapeutic. It's quiet and it's peaceful.

The residual feelings of excitement and relaxation will stick with you for hours, days or even months and years to come. You'll look back at that rollercoaster ride of feelings with fondness, and always remember that time you were brave enough to jump out of an airplane.

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