Misconceptions To Clear Up Before You Go Skydiving


For many people, going skydiving ​is a once-in-a-lifetime, adventurous experience that they look forward to. Once you dive from the sky, you often take on a new kind of bravery and confidence in yourself. It can be truly transformative. However, you should go into the experience with a realistic view of what it does and does not entail. More specifically, learn the truth behind these misconceptions so that you can be fully aware of what is involved in a standard jump before you climb on that plane.

Misconception: Skydiving is dangerous.

While there is a chance you can be injured skydiving, the reality is that the risk of dying during skydiving is very, very low. According to the U.S. Parachuting Association, the risk of dying during skydiving is 0.0007%. Comparatively, the risk of dying in a car accident is 0.0167%. Skydiving is actually quite safe when you look at the real numbers!

Misconception: You might get blown off course and land in the trees.

If you're worried about accidentally landing in the trees and getting all scraped up, don't be. Skydiving companies purposely choose very large, open fields for their jumps. Even if you get blown a little out of the way (which rarely happens), there will be plenty of open space for you to land. Only really advanced skydivers dive anywhere near trees and other obstructions, so if you've seen videos of people crash landing in trees, those were professionals, not beginners like yourself.

Misconception: You might forget to deploy your chute.

This won't happen for one very simple reason. For your first dive — and actually for quite a few dives after that — you will be tandem. In other words, you will be attached to the same chute as your instructor. Depending on where you are skydiving, the instructor may let you "pull the plug" on the chute, but if you do not, they will do so immediately. And no, your instructor won't forget to remind you. They've done this thousands of times, and their own life depends on that chute deploying, too.

Hopefully, some of your concerns regarding skydiving have now been cleared up so you can have an awesome diving experience. If you have any lingering concerns, reach out to the skydiving company that you are considering. They are typically happy to chat with customers and make them feel more comfortable prior to their experience. 


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