First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Published: August 23, 2016
It's pretty mysterious up there in the sky, isn't it? What awaits you on your first skydiving experience is an enigma when you're starting to make your plans.
If you haven't spent any time around the skydiving community, you probably have a standard (that is to say: media-skewed, non-scientific) perspective on the risks involved--and some additional assumptions to match. We're into education, so we're happy to help clarify some of those myths...and, hopefully, help you to much better understand what you're in for. (The best part is that it's awesome.)
There's a pervasive myth--perhaps from Hollywood films, perhaps from music videos, perhaps from daredevil news stories--that skydivers are irreverent about the preservation of their mortal coil. This might be perpetuated by the fact that every single experienced person on any given dropzone seems to be smiling and laughing when the brand-new tandem jumpers are (quite rightfully) nervous. It also might be perpetuated by the fact that experienced skydivers are perfectly addicted to the experience of freefall.
But the notion that skydivers don't care about their lives? Wow. We are here to tell you that absolutely nothing could be farther from the truth.
Here's the simple fact: the time we spend in freefall is bonus time. Sounds crazy, but it's true. Due to a psychological phenomenon that's beautifully explained in this book by Claudia Hammond, the time we spend in freefall actually gives us a perceptually longer life.
So: we skydivers love life so much that we chase it! (How's that for a gotcha reveal?!) That's why we're so indefatigably smiley. Makes more sense now, no?
The comfort zone is a beautiful thing. In this first-world life of immense privilege, we often take for granted that there is a space we can step into in order to recover from trials and challenges. However: the catch of having an available comfort zone is that it's easy to pitch up and live there forever. That's the equivalent of putting yourself into cryosleep until your body's natural hourglass runs out. Eep!
We skydivers like to spend a lot of time "where the magic happens." You're invited. (Oh, and by the way: "Where the magic happens" is a whole lot of fun. Beats the comfort zone by a mile. You'll see.)
For a moment, let's talk about this like we're talking about a financial investment. The acceptance of measured risks is, after all, a very real way of investing in your future life. For a given set of risks, you're looking to reap the largest possible reward, because you're savvy about these things.
By that figuring, skydiving is a brilliant investment. The risks of skydiving (both sport skydiving and tandem skydiving, by the way) are way manageable. In fact, the risks associated with skydiving are more manageable than ever before in history, with modern equipment, better training and stringent aviation safety requirements on our side. You can check out the carefully-gathered skydiving safety statistics for yourself.
For those negligible skydiving risks, the rewards are titanic. First-time skydivers ride a wave of personal empowerment from the moment they step out the door of that plane. They frame life's challenges differently. They feel better--in a way that lasts long after the jump. If you spend a little more time at the dropzone, you end up making friends for life. (You can ask any skydiver to vet that fact. They will.)
Really, though, there's no way to know for sure without seeing for yourself. We'd love to draw back the curtain between you and the sky. If you're ready for your first-ever New England skydiving experience, come and jump with us!