4 Things No one Ever Told you About Skydiving
Each of us has dreamed of flying at least once in their life, each of us has fantasized, at least once, after having wondered: "Who knows how would it be like to fly” Well, we can finally stop daydreaming: today we can "fly" thanks to Skydiving.
What is Skydiving?
This time I decided not to lose myself in too many words trying to explain what it is, rather I want to show it to you. Here's what Skydiving is.
Apparently this sport may seem simple. Terrifying for some, but still simple. You just need to get on an airplane, you launch from the plane, you free fall for about 60 seconds, pull the parachute, land and experience a very strong adrenaline rush. Simple, or not?
Actually there are so many interesting aspects that skydiving hides so well, which for one reason or another are not commonly taken too much into consideration. Skydiving requires a lot of skill that expands far beyond what you might think when you see videos like the one I just showed you. It's not easy at all, but it's definitely fun. Let's find out together about it.
It’s mentally stimulating
Believe it or not, it does not go all the way to the adrenaline rush you're going to try, or you've tried. Adrenaline is a something you will experience only at the beginning. Experienced skydivers, those who have been practicing this sport for years, no longer experience any kind of adrenaline rush.
If you're wondering: "So what drives them to continue?", the answer may seem trivial, but it should not be underestimated: no matter how many jumps, there is one thing that Skydiving will never stop giving you: a complete liberation and purification of the mind. This sport forces you to focus all your attention on what you are doing, on the precise moment you are experiencing, and nothing else. This allows you to remove, in the moment of free fall, any thought, worry, anxiety, source of stress, in short, anything that can disturb your daily life.
The adrenaline and the endorphins give you a strong sense of happiness. The act of successfully pulling out the parachute increases your confidence. Many skydivers consider this sport a sort of meditation, this because Skydiving forces you to concentrate completely on a single task, which you just have to complete.
It doesn’t feel like falling
When you skydive, you do not feel like you're falling. Really, I'm not kidding at all. Many people think that Skydiving is the act of falling off a plane and then landing on the ground. Probably the video you saw before has given you that feeling that you feel when you're on a roller coaster and you free "fall". Skydiving does not give you that unpleasant vertigo feeling at all.
The feeling that Skydiving gives you is more like floating, or even flying, but only once you learn how to use your body like a wing. Surely the first time you will feel the stomach upside down, but the feeling remains the same: you're floating in the air, you're not falling. Since you are completely focused on what is happening in that specific moment, you will feel as if time seems to slow down.
It will teach you to respect trust
If we think about it, we realize that 90% Skydiving is all about trust. Why? Well, because when you finally decide to give it a try, you also decide to trust the pilot who has the task of bringing you to a safe altitude. You’re trusting your instructor, who has the task of conducting the skydive safely. You're trusting the plane, the gear you’re wearing and the parachute.
All skydivers have incredible trust and respect for all the equipment. They can easily trust the friends their skydiving with and, most importantly, they trust themselves and their ability to handle a problem if it occurs. This sport teaches you trust, especially self trust which increases self confidence.
It is not that extreme
Many think that Skydiving is an extreme sport. It certainly is dangerous, but less than you think. In 2016, the United States Parachute Association registered 21 fatal skydiving accidents in the United States on about 3.2 million jumps. According to the National Security Council, a person is much more likely to be killed struck by lightning or bitten by a bee.
It may seem absurd, but it's true. Skydiving equipment has evolved considerably over the years, helping skydivers to fly more safely. Did you know that most of the skydiving facilities have an automatic activation device? In the unlikely event a skydiver passes out, their parachute will automatically open for them at a certain altitude.