Skydiving has long been one of the most exhilarating, rebellious things that people consider when they are looking for an adrenaline rush or a start in extreme sports. If you have decided that you're ready to test the limits of gravity and your body's response in freefall, you may be considering skydiving lessons, such as an accelerated free fall program. Before you show up for that first class, there are a few things you should know to improve your chances of an enjoyable experience.
Know Where You're Jumping
Before you make the decision to sign up for a specific class, do some research on where you will be jumping, and who you will be jumping with. This is important, because most skydiving centers jump in their own specific areas, and they aren't all of equal quality.
You'll want to be sure, first of all, that you make the most of your jump by choosing a jump location that is full of scenery that is worth seeing. You're going to remember this jump for the rest of your life, so make it somewhere that you'll want to remember.
In addition, when you do the research, you will also get to see the feedback from others about the company. Make sure you choose an accredited, certified jump school so that you get the best possible experience from your investment.
Choose The Right Clothes
While most skydiving schools will provide you with a general dress code, you may still find yourself curious about the finer details of your wardrobe selection, or inadvertently making some mistakes that can cause problems with your jump or potentially risk injury.
First and foremost, make sure that everything you wear is free of any gems, sequins, strings, clips, or snaps when you dress for your classes and jumps. You don't want to risk something being blown off by the wind, since it could become a projectile.
Choose shirts and pans that fit snug and allow you movement. Things like leggings and athletic pants are great, because they allow for easy movement, but they fit snug so they won't blow around in the air. In addition, make sure you have a long-sleeve shirt just in case it's chilly when you are up in the air.
Finally, choose a pair of shoes that fit your feet well and can be tightly secured. The force of the wind when you jump can pull loose or poorly secured shoes from your feet while you're falling.
Don't Skip Breakfast
Make sure that you don't arrive at the jump site with an empty stomach. An empty stomach could make anxiety-induced nausea even worse, and it will rob you of important energy for the jump. Even if your nerves, anxieties, and excitement about the jump have you feeling as though you can't keep anything down, it's still best to eat something. Consider even a protein-packed, high-calorie smoothie if you don't think you can keep anything else down.