7 Most Asked Skydive Questions

9 March 2020

Skydiving is probably one of the most common bucket list items. It’s also one of the least likely items to be crossed off the list because it involves, well… jumping out of a plane. But a skydive can be an unbelievably unforgettable experience. So, whether you’re raising money for charity or just doing it for fun, here are the answers to 7 of the most asked skydiving questions.

Man and woman doing a tandem skydive

1. Is it safe?

I know jumping out of a plane doesn’t sound particularly safe, but it really is, I promise. The tandem skydive fatality rate in the UK is about 1 in 653,000, that means you’re more likely to die in the car journey on the way there than you are jumping out of the plane. Seriously, skydive instructors go through extensive training and qualification schemes to give you a safe (and fun!) skydiving experience.

 

2. How does it work?

Tandem skydiving means you’ll be attached to a qualified skydiving instructor the whole time. Once you’ve had your safety briefing and jet set-ed up to 15,000 ft you’ll be attached to your instructor with a harness system. They’ll make the initial jump out of the plane (with you attached to them) and operate the parachute to get you safely back on solid ground.

 

3. Do I have to do anything?

Think like a banana. Yes, seriously. Most skydive instructors will tell you to try and mimic the shape of a banana while you’re in the air because it helps to keep your body more stable during the free fall. This means back arched, arms out to the side, soles of your feet aimed upward, and head tilted back with your eyes on the horizon. You know, like a banana.

Tandem skydive

4. How should I prepare?

You don’t need to be physically fit to skydive, although all skydiving companies will have weight restrictions. Eat normally and drink lots of water on the day of your jump to keep your energy levels up and stay alert to listen to that all-important safety briefing. Wear loose and comfortable clothing that will fit easily under your stylish skydiving jumpsuit.

 

5. Is it scary?

Only if you’re scared of heights. Just kidding. Like many things, the anticipation is often the scary bit. You’ll probably feel the most nervous on the flight up there, but then you’ll edge towards the door, the instructor will guide you both out of the plane, and you’ll forget what you were scared about in the first place.

 

6. What if I change my mind?

You can change your mind at any time (obviously only up until you jump out of the plane, at that point you’re pretty much committed). But as the saying goes, what goes up must come down. So, once you’re in the plane you either have to jump or stay in the plane and fly back down.

 

7. What does it feel like?

The most commonly asked skydive question. Answer: it feels like you’re a superhero. Well, kind of. Most people who skydive say the sensation feels more like flying than falling. When you’re moving at about 120mph it can get pretty windy up there but there’s a reason so many first-time skydivers want a repeat experience. It will be one of the most exhilarating, adrenaline pumping, mind blowing things you’ll ever do.

Man and woman doing a tandem skydive. You can see green fields below them

If all of that has made you want to immediately book your first skydiving experience, why not sign up for a WESC Foundation charity skydive?

We organise our skydives through Skydive UK who are based at Dunkeswell airfield in Devon. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience, and you can help raise money for our blind and partially sighted young people.

 

Find out more on our website.

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