Published: November 25, 2019
Let's play two truths and a lie:
A. Skydiving anxiety is completely natural.
B. Good skydivers never feel skydiving anxiety.
C. Skydiving anxiety can be managed with a few simple tips.
Can you guess which one the lie is? It's option B.
The truth is skydiving anxiety is a completely natural feeling, and skydiving anxiety is something that many great skydivers deal with intermittently throughout their careers. The good news is there is plenty we can do to dampen down those frantic butterflies.
Knowledge is power. One of the ways to overcome skydiving anxiety for your first-time skydiving is to understand that fear is natural. In fact, fear is the corner stone of homo sapiens' success. Without fear, our hunter-gather ancestors wouldn't have made it very far. Approaching unfamiliar situations with trepidation kept early man safe. Who was to say whether the rustling in the dark was the wind against the grass or a big-toothed something come to make a quick meal? Fear said: don't go find out. The ones that made it to the morning light were the ones that listened.
Fear is an incredible primal adaptive behavior, and the truth is we are stuck with it. So, if you're going to embark on a completely unknown adventure, an adventure bound to inspire some anxiety, an adventure say...like skydiving, what can you do to prepare?
Read All About It
Before embarking on your first skydiving trip, do your research. There's a wealth of information out there. Using Facebook, Google, and Trip Advisor, read up on each of the drop zones in your area and check out the reviews to see what other customers have had to say about their experiences. This information can help you pick which facility is the best fit for you and help put you at ease. Be sure to visit the drop zone's website (much like you're doing right now) to get a feel for the company and see if they have any additional content that satisfies further inquiries you might have. And last but not least, give the drop zone a call to speak with one of their customer service representatives; at Long Island Skydiving Center, we are more than happy to help!
Check the FAQs
We don't expect you to be an expert your first-time skydiving. Asking questions can do quite a bit to assuage the amount of skydiving anxiety you feel. For example, many people are worried they won't be able to breathe in free fall. When, the truth is you can breathe with ease-you just have to remember to do so! If you don't see your question answered in our FAQs, please give us a call. In order to help you feel prepared, our staff is ready and willing to answer any questions you may have.
Lay the Course
It's easy to feel stressed when you don't know what is going on. Save yourself the hassle of feeling unsure by finding out how, ideally, the day of your skydive will unfold. We say "ideally" because weather and other unforeseen factors beyond our control may affect your timeline at Long Island Skydiving Center.
On the day of your skydive, our friendly staff will review your paperwork (pro-tip complete your waiver before arrival for an expedited check-in) and ask to see your government issued photo ID as well as the credit card used for the online booking. After check-in is complete, you will receive a full and thorough tandem student briefing. Once you have received training, when it is your turn, you will be paired with a professional USPA licensed skydiving instructor and will gear up with their assistance. Then, it's time to fly! After reaching the appropriate altitude, you will exit attached to your instructor and experience freefall at 120mph for 30-45 seconds or until it is time to deploy the parachute. Once the parachute deploys, you will enjoy a scenic view for around four minutes and then land at our target landing area at Brookhaven airport.
As far as planning your day, we do advise that you expect to spend at least half a day at Long Island Skydiving Center. Be sure to come prepared with beverages and snacks. There's nothing like a grumbling tummy to amp up your skydiving anxiety.
Step Up to the Challenge
Fear doesn't have the same perks it once did. There's no big-toothed creature waiting in the dark-no real reason to stay huddled up in the cave. It's time to get outside of your comfort zone. Facing skydiving anxiety is the challenge. We think you can handle it.