You may have heard that people can have a hard time breathing in freefall, which definitely sounds scary. However, the freefall and parachute environments do not cause any difficulty in breathing; some students have commented that it was awkward to breathe during the first few seconds after they exited the plane. This is caused not by lack of oxygen but by the surge of adrenaline and excitement of making your first skydive! When you exit the airplane, you can breathe in and out normally, or you can scream with excitement!
Lastly, one of the more common fears that many people are afraid of is what happens if their chute doesn’t work. This is a myth that is perpetuated by the media, movies, etc. The good news is that parachutes are designed to inflate without much help at all. And even better news – all of our tandem rigs (that backpack you’ve probably seen people wearing) have two parachutes. So in the unlikely chance that there is an issue with the main parachute, there is a reserve parachute to serve as a backup. Our rigs are also equipped with a computer that should deploy your parachute if it hasn’t already been done so by a certain pre-set altitude.