You just clicked that tandem reservation button, let the anxiety begin! Skydiving will change your point of view about many things, the most important is believing you can accomplish ANYTHING after jumping out of a plane! Our top tips for first-time skydivers will help you overcome your fear and turn stress into anticipation and excitement.
1. Dealing With Your Nerves
We all have our own ways to deal with stress. You can start by showing up for your tandem well rested and hydrated. Make easy decisions like what to wear for comfort and safety before the actual day you plan to skydive. Decide now if you want to purchase photos and/or a video package to relive and share your big adventure! You will have enough multi-tasking to manage without adding a financial decision at the last minute. Plan to pack food and water. If it helps you commit to a big goal, then get your team of friends and family to go with you or even better, tandem jump with you! The best way to get yourself to the dropzone and into the airplane is to be well informed.
2. Visit the Dropzone
If you have not actually been to a dropzone or seen skydivers in action, make the time to visit and get to know the layout and facilities. Being a spectator is a great way to understand that EVERYONE is nervous on the first jump. If possible spend some time at the DZ a few weekends ahead of your jump. Watch the tandem skydivers getting ready as they load into the plane and share in the excitement and celebration when those tandems come in for landing.
3. Review The Risks
When you are ready to take your tandem, there will be a lot of forms to fill out. A LOT! Some of those forms will make you want to reconsider. Yes, there are risks with skydiving. You will be asked to sign your name, and you will be required to accept the risks of jumping out of an airplane. You can comfort yourself with the reality that skydiving goes on every day all over the world and the statistics are definitely on your side for a safe and awesome experience! When you step into the classroom to go through the process required to jump out of that plane you are suddenly a part of the energy and excitement that only exists for skydivers.
4. You Are Not Alone
We all worry about stressful situations. Every single person has felt awkward and unsure leading up to their first skydive. Dropzones are in the business of creating unforgettable experiences, and a tandem skydive is designed to be a positive learning environment for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if something is not clear or you are just curious and want to know more! Take a deep breath. This is an intense and new experience! It is your time to concentrate and live entirely in the moment!
It is normal to feel stress and anxiety before your first tandem skydive. All of that disappears with the incredible thrill and awe of jumping out of an airplane! Ask anyone who has tried skydiving, and they will confirm not much in the world can measure up to the unique experience of freefall and seeing the world from a whole new perspective. If you are ready to book your tandem with Skydive St. Louis or have any questions feel free to contact us today!