Reasons You Should And Should Never Go Skydiving

Reasons You Should and Should Never Go Skydiving

Instead of letting your fears get the best of you, go out there and conquer them. Feel a sense of freedom, spike your adrenaline, and capture the beauty of your surroundings while skydiving.

Some people think skydivers are absolutely crazy. I mean... jumping out of a plane and freefalling in midair does sound terrifying. But for others, this extreme sport is exhilarating – it's the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.

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For those of you scared, it's understandable. There have been accidental water landings, collisions and injuries. But the truth is that they really are not very common. Make sure you check up on your skydiving company, read reviews, and research them before you go. This way you can ensure the safest skydive possible.

Continue reading for reasons you should and should never go skydiving.

Should: Conquer your fears

Don't be silly and throw out the idea of skydiving because you have a fear of heights. Once you are in the air, you will be happy that you faced your fears. Skydiving is life changing, and you shouldn't let your fears get in the way of the beautiful moment. Tandem skydiving has also never been safer than it is today.

Should: Beautiful scenery

Skydiving offers some of the best views on the planet. Imagine free-falling through the clouds, then gliding along in your parachute with beautiful waters, rocky mountains, white beaches and incredible scenery surrounding you.

Should: It’s exhilarating

For one of the most thrilling and exhilarating adventures of your life, go skydiving. It's the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. Free-fall at fast speeds then slowly float in the sky until you make your way back to the ground. It's truly an adventure like no other.

Should: It’s actually pretty easy

Before you go, you will watch a safety video and listen to instructions by professionals. They will help you get geared up, and attach themselves to you. Once you are in the plane, you are free to relax. The instructor skydiving with you takes care of everything else – the jump, pulling the parachute, guiding you, etc.

Should: It’s relaxing

I know it sounds crazy, skydiving and relaxing in the same sentence. But the truth is that after the initial free-fall, your parachute opens and you're floating around in the air for about 10 minutes. It's a relaxing feeling, soaring through the sky and gracefully floating back down to the ground.

Should Not: Collisions

Although not very common, collisions may potentially occur during skydiving excursions. According to a recent report from ABCNews, two experienced skydivers collided in mid-air over Pasco County, Florida. One of them is in serious, stable condition, while the other is in critical condition.

Should Not: You could get injured

Injuries are more common than collisions. People have reported suffering from whiplash, back injuries, eye trauma and dislocations. But the most serious of them all – death – has occurred.

Should Not: If you are afraid of heights

Fear of heights, also known as acrophobia, can be an overwhelming and potentially harmful to your mental health. If your fear is so severe that heights makes you nauseous, gives you heart palpitations, and makes your body shake, you should probably stay clear of skydiving.

Should Not: Accidental water landings

You're floating through the air with nothing but a parachute keeping you safe. Wind may push you in different directions, forcing you into a place in the sky you are not supposed to go. Before you know it, you're getting closer and closer to the ground, and if there is a body of water underneath you, this may result in high speed impact against the water.

Should Not: Bad weather conditions

It is extremely dangerous to skydive in harmful weather conditions. Wind is the number one weather condition to look out for. According to About Education, "a 10-mile per hour wind will drift a skydiver a half a mile in a normal 3,000 foot descent under canopy."