You are plummeting toward the earth at upwards of 100 miles per hour. The wind is rushing around you. You reach to your chest, pull a cord, and suddenly you are floating over the globe and enjoying the view. This is skydiving, and it affords an adrenaline rush like no other. The following are the steps you must take to begin skydiving.
Decide to take the thrill and skydive – Not everyone can handle the extreme adrenaline rush of jumping out of a flying plane. If you are unsure of your desire to skydive, try bungee jumping. Bungee jumping will allow you to feel what a free fall is like without the incredible distance to the ground. Also, make sure you are medically able to participate in this sport.
Learn about skydiving – You will need to find an instructor to give you lessons on skydiving. Such a course will teach you about proper technique, parachute operation, and safety measures.
Participate in your first jump – After completing all of your lessons, you are ready to get your first taste of skydiving. You will ride in a plane to upwards of 13,000 feet. At about 2,500 feet you will pull the cord on your parachute and float to the earth. Your first jump, at least, will be a tandem jump. During a tandem jump you are attached to your instructor or another experienced individual.
Continue enjoying the recreational activity – Many people love the thrill of skydiving. There are different styles of skydiving and are even sporting events for this activity. If you want to make a serious hobby of skydiving, you will probably need to learn additional skills, like caring for and packing your own parachute. If you want a bigger thrill, seek to base or bungee jump.