I’m not sure anything can really prepare you for your first skydiving jump. I remember telling friends it was something I wanted to do, the responses were a mix of amazement, fear, and curiosity. I don’t know why but I’ve always wanted to do skydiving one day, bungee jumping not so much thanks to the Fresh Prince episode of Trevor proposing IYKYK. While it seems like a crazy thing to do, I knew that many others have gone before me and survived and honestly life is too short… so why not?
I was hanging out in my campground in Warthen GA and decided to see if I could find a place to jump near me, luckily there was a place on Groupon (ALWAYS check there first) with great reviews and the deal was for the 10,500ft tandem jump. I immediately jumped on the deal and got myself scheduled for 2 weeks out. (Once I got there I ended up upgrading to the 15,000ft jump.)
I realized that even though I read the FAQs and talked to the people at the jump location a few times, there were some things I wish I had known ahead of time. So I wanted to share my list.
10 Things I Learned Skydiving For The First Time 🙂
- Check On Groupon or search for deals
- Keep Checking The Weather
- Wear Comfortable Clothing & Underwear
- Eat Light and Bring A Snack
- Wear A Good Chapstick or Vaseline
- Go with the protective gear (goggles, helmet, jumpsuit)
- Jump from as high as you can take lol
- Get the video
- When you’re doing a tandem jump, you will be quite close with your pro.
- Your adrenaline from the jump can last for a few hours after lol.
A look at the plane we boarded
Skydiving for me was an amazing experience. I honestly thought I would be scared or nervous but other than the initial feeling of my stomach dropping, right when I jumped out the plane, the rest was smooth sailing. In fact, even before I had finished my first jump, I knew I wanted to do it again LOL.
That feeling of weightlessness and flying is something that can’t really be described but I hope that seeing my experience will inspire you all to take your own leap.
So what’s next? I’ve decided I want to go skydiving in every state that I visit and who knows, maybe I’ll eventually get to skydive the world.