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Top Tips For Your First Skydive
Monday, April 6, 2020
How To Prepare For Your First Skydive
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, then things are getting serious! You’re probably one of those people who have been daydreaming about skydiving for a long time and now, finally, you’re going to make your dream a reality. We can’t wait to welcome you and show you what skydiving is all about, Z-Hills style!
We’ve assembled 5 Skydiving Tips to ensure you get maximum enjoyment out of your tandem skydive. Ready? Let’s go!
5 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your First Skydive
1. Double-Check That Checklist!
You know how they say, Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance? Well, that applies here, even though our style is far from being militaristic! We’re all about the fun, but there are a few things to do before you get to the moment of exiting the aircraft.
One of the most common mistakes our guests make is not reading through the information on the confirmation e-mail or reading through our FAQs on our website. This leads to not being prepared at check-in which leads to… stress. At Skydive City, we’re a stress-free zone focused on having a great time, but if you feel stress, then we feel stress and then none of us are having as much fun as we should be!. Moral of the story… make sure you read through everything you need to, before you arrive.
2. Don’t Stop At Denny’s, And Put That Intermittent Fast on Hold!
Do you like vomiting? Nope, you probably don’t. Do you know who especially dislikes vomiting? Your tandem instructor! So, let’s talk about your game play for eating before you arrive to make your skydive.
The number one mistake our guests make is not eating at all in order to prevent puking. Guess what? The number one way to feel sick is not eating at all and being dehydrated. Remember, this isn’t a roller coaster ride. This is hard core adventure that will push your adrenaline levels through the roof. If you’ve got nothing in your stomach to support that adrenaline surge, you can guess what happens! El Sicko.
So, it’s important to eat, but don’t overamp it either. Stopping at Denny’s for the Grand Slam on a hot day… yep, that’s not such a good idea either.
And while we’re on the topic, showing up hungover is not the right play. You need to be on point as you have a few responsibilities during your skydive and we want you to be sharp, hydrated and devoid of smelly burpees. So, be sensible, save the Grand Slam for your post-jump meal and party hard in celebration of your jump while watching the video of your skydive with your pals!
Getting sick during a skydive is actually pretty rare unless our guests ignore the guidelines above. You may be surprised to learn that people never get sick during the freefall experience. Feeling nauseated generally happens while flying under canopy (we refer to the parachute as the canopy).
If you suffer easily from motion sickness, be sure to mention this to your tandem instructor in advance.
3. Don’t Rush. Stay Cool, Calm and Collected.
Nothing is more irritating than arriving at the doctor’s office for your appointed time, taking your clothes off and wearing that sexy gown with your butt hanging out the back and then… waiting…for a long time…while feeling cold from the A/C.
That’s how it is in skydiving too, except we won’t make you wear the sexy gown.
Here’s the reality. We want you to arrive at your booking time so we can get your paperwork processed and get you trained, but don’t expect to be marching straight onto the plane right away. There are many variables that play into your takeoff time mostly based on the weather. Delays can happen and it’s easy to get irritated when they occur because you’re amped and ready to go, but patience is required. Delays happen at every skydiving center around the world and fortunately, we’re very efficient as we have large and fast airplanes, but remember… patience.
The conditions have to be right in order to mitigate risk, so if the clouds are a bit too low, or it’s raining or it’s too windy, we’ll have to wait until the conditions improve. Be patient, as we want to skydive as much as you do!
Don’t make reservations or plan an event for immediately after your skydive as it just adds stress to your day, especially when things aren’t running perfectly on time. Our number one priority is to ensure you have a great experience, safely (not rush you through so you can make it in time to drive home, shower and make it to your buddy’s birthday party).
4. Get Photos and Video. Trust us.
buy·er’s re·morse – a feeling of regret experienced after making a skydive, and having nothing to show for it. Yep, that’s the very definition straight out of Webster’s Dictionary.
We know that we stand to gain when you purchase a video and this recommendation seems like a conflict of interest, but trust us, you stand to lose if you don’t get photos or video of your skydive! Here’s the thing, your skydive is going to be way (like way/go-skydiving/first-time-skydiving/video-picture-packages/yyyyy) better than you thought it would be and you’re going to wish you had something to share to the ‘gram about it.
Spring for photos and video. You won’t regret it. You’re welcome
5. Think Banana.
Pro-Tip Alert! This one’s for the visual thinkers out there!
When you go through your tandem training you’re going to hear this word a lot… ARCH. The arch is the body position we want you to have when you exit the aircraft as it’s the best body position in order to freefall with stability. As it turns out, bananas have been training to make a skydive their whole lives as they are shaped in the perfect arch position. You’ll never look at a banana the same way again.
Alrighty then! If you’ve made it all the way through this article, then well done! You’re better prepared than most! We hope you’ve enjoyed our skydiving tips, Z-Hills style!
If you’ve not yet booked your skydive, scroll your mouse over that beautiful Book Now button below, buy some bananas and let’s go skydiving! See you soon!