First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Published: November 2, 2014
Life is full of risk. Is skydiving a necessary risk? It depends on who you ask, but millions of people around the world will tell you it is.
To us, the rewards of skydiving far outweigh the risks. We won't trivialize the risk of skydiving - it's real and people do die by partaking in the activity. There are no guarantees in this life. People die every day doing the most mundane activities from driving to work to climbing a ladder. Rather than discuss the merits of skydiving based on risk management, we highlight the rewards and try to answer the question - "Why would anyone jump from a perfectly good airplane?"
This may be the top reason people enjoy skydiving - living in the moment. Worries of the future or burdens from the past don't matter during a skydive. Once exiting an aircraft, all is forgotten. You are 100% present and nothing else matters. Sometimes relief from a burden, even if it's for five minutes is a gift.
A beautiful aspect of skydiving is the feeling experienced in free fall. Though descending at 120mph, speed isn't really felt which gives the sensation of floating as opposed to plummeting. To view the world from above as if flying like a bird offers a sense of freedom and perspective seldom felt elsewhere. The freedom felt during the free fall and time spent under a quiet canopy (especially at sunset) might be the most addictive aspect of the sport.
There's jumping and then there's the community of people who jump. Regardless of occupation, race, color or creed skydiving brings people together that wouldn't normally cross paths in everyday society. To share stories around the campfire after a great day of jumping is special and forms a bond that often lasts for a lifetime.
Skydiving is empowering. For those just beginning, it's intimidating and can be nerve-racking. To face fears and overcome them especially when everyone in your social circle says you are crazy for doing it, is empowering. If you can skydive and enjoy the experience, what can't you do? Nothing.
It is said that escaping your comfort zone is the first step to living. As a society, we work incredibly hard to get ahead and create a comfortable lifestyle for ourselves. In our pursuit of creating that lifestyle, many lose site that there is a world out there to be experienced. Skydiving opens up the world and demonstrates in 60 seconds of free fall that stepping out of our comfort zones and experiencing life is more rewarding then any 'stuff' we might buy to make life more comfortable.
Without risk, skydiving would be no different than an amusement park ride. Part of empowerment is understanding the risk (and fear associated with that risk) and accomplishing the task. With today's technology in skydiving, the rewards far outweigh the risks (in our opinion), but don't take our word for it!
Come out and experience it for yourself and let us know if it was worth it!