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Interested in learning more about the sport of skydiving? Want to now what it's like to freefall at 120mph? Can't decide whether you should take the leap or not?
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The effects of skydiving on the brain and skydiving health benefits in general are SO vast that this article will only scratch the surface. One of the biggest misconceptions about skydiving is that everyone who does it is a huge thrill-seeker and adrenaline junkie. That's just not the case!
Skydiving is a - dare we say - magical experience that we have the opportunity to do over and over again. The freedom that comes from skydiving is physical and mental, and this newfound mindset doesn't go away when you land, but is something you can bring into every facet of your life! Let's take a look at our top four freedoms to be gained from skydiving.
Let's talk about exactly what kind of skydive exercise happens when we leap from a plane, freefall for about 1 mile at around 120mph, and then slowly glide in for landing back to Earth. Our bodies are subjected to strenuous physical and mental challenges while skydiving, not necessarily because it's hard, but because skydiving isn't something that you do every day - unless you're really lucky.
It's like this: you might lift weights for your arms 5x a week in the gym, but then skip leg day. So even though you're considered to be in really good shape, the second you do some calf raises or hamstring curls you'll really feel the burn. We aren't able to simultaneously workout all the muscles that are used in a skydive on the ground, and the same goes for simulating the jump for our mind - it's impossible! Skydiving is just ... wonderfully different. Let's talk about how and why it's like a workout for both mind AND body!
There are a slew of reasons why people skydive. The answers are not always what you think they are and can be different for everyone!
Some people skydive for the freedom they feel when they jump out of a "perfectly good airplane." Some people do it for the thrill. Some actually use skydiving to get over their fear of heights. And some people just love a good ol' fashioned unobstructed, bird's-eye view of our magnificent planet Earth. But most people skydive for fun!
We've all heard of dancing or singing in the rain, but what about SKYDIVING in the rain? And with your tandem skydiving reservation on the horizon you may be worried about the skydive weather forecast and what that could mean for your future plans. Skydiving weather has a few important factors that could impact your skydiving such as cloud cover, high wind gusts, and RAIN! Let's address the effects of rain on your skydive, skydiving weather requirements, and whether or not you can even skydive in the rain!
Adventure and life-changing experiences are trending right now! More and more people are interested in spending money on EXPERIENCES rather than on material items - like skydiving! But if you're ballin' on a budget you may be thinking about ways to budget for your first skydive. There are ways to make your dreams of flying a reality without completely limiting yourself, and we promise it's worth it!
For wingless creatures, we humans sure are fascinated with the idea of flight. And we're also quite preoccupied with pushing the limits and enjoying ourselves while doing it! Enter skydiving - a no-experience necessary, super-awesome-epic way to fly through the skies! Bonus: it's crazy fun and we can do it over and over again if we so choose!
We get asked a lot, "what does skydiving feel like?" When people imagine going skydiving, they are often picturing themselves falling through the sky with that roller-coaster feeling in their belly. Despite literally plummeting through the sky toward Earth, there is none of that sensation you would expect. Why is that, and what does skydiving actually feel like?
Everyone knows that when you skydive, you are jumping out of a plane and falling through the sky toward the ground. But exactly how fast do you fall when skydiving? When you make a tandem skydive, you fall at about 120 mph on average, but the skydiving speed depends on a few things. Check it -
If you're trying to have the most adventurous 24 hours ever, you might be interested in scuba diving and flying (and jumping out of that perfectly good plane!) all in the same day. It's a cool idea - and also a potentially very dangerous one.
There are lots of skydiving rules and recommendations that cover a multitude of topics you probably wouldn't have thought to even associate with skydiving. For instance, it can be an issue to scuba and fly within a short period of time. Both are extreme types of diving, but one is miles above the ground and the other is below sea level.
Let's be real, nobody really says "dive" when talking about skydiving but we just couldn't miss out on the punny opportunity! Get it?!?!
Anyway ... the question is: can you drink before skydiving? The answer is, no. Some people are totally ready to take the plunge and go all-in for their first time skydiving experience, but some others feel the need to fuel up with a little liquid courage to muster the bravery to go skydiving. However, it is PROHIBITED to have any alcohol in your system the day of your skydive.
In the sport of skydiving, the mental and physical game go hand-in-hand - which is why your body might try and do some funky things that you aren't used to. Luckily, there are a few easy, yet very important, skydiving dos and don'ts that can make your experience an amazing (or awful) one.
Have you been feeling a bit tense lately, and want to do something mega to take the edge off of those everyday stressors? Or maybe you've been feeling kind of low and need a boost of empowerment? We suggest giving skydiving therapy a shot. Skydiving therapy? Yup, that's right! It might sound crazy to skydive for mental health, but jumping out of a plane can actually really help you both mentally, emotionally and physically. Although not the conventional form of therapy, the benefits of skydiving are many. Believe us when we say that it can be seriously therapeutic to get your knees in the breeze.
No matter where you skydive, there is a skydiving age limit ... and, for the most part, in the US you'll find that the skydiving age is the same across the board. Here in New York at Skydive Long Island, we have the same legal age to skydive as most dropzones around the country: 18 years old.
Let's be honest, tandem skydiving can be nerve-wracking, especially the first time. You're not only fully trusting in someone you've never even met before, but you're also trusting yourself, and that's a pretty big mental feat. Skydiving is more mental than physical in many ways.
Nowadays, we share just about everything across social media. Sometimes we showcase the real-real, and a lot of times our photos aren't exactly truthful. I mean, we all have a couple photos where we're feeling not-so-good but we look fantastic, right? Well, you can't pull any tricks with skydiving photos! They're raw and real, and show your every emotion - mostly photos that scream, WOOOOHOOOO!
Though it might appear like skydivers are a bunch of adrenaline-seekers looking for a thrill, there are strict skydiving rules and regulations that we are required to follow. Skydiving requirements range from weather regulations to age and weight requirements. Adhering to rules like these helps us all to stay safe, which makes doing what we love so much more enjoyable and rewarding. Here's the skinny on skydiving regulations and protocols- -
Like many businesses, Skydive Long Island has strategies and procedures in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. Skydive Long Island will strive to follow federal, state, and local guidance on how to conduct our business with respect to limiting the spread of Covid-19. We value the health and safety of every student and team member. Please read our updated 2022 Covid-19 Operating Procedures.
What to wear skydiving involves a few important considerations. And let's be real, how to look good skydiving is top of mind as well! A little attention toward practicalities in both arenas will help you achieve the very best experience when jumping from an airplane for the first time ...
The human body is nothing short of amazing. When called upon, our bodies are capable of operating at a much higher level than when we are at rest. This is called our fight or flight response - a reactive state that we developed over time to preserve our safety and to ensure our success.
Asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you is a big deal. Setting the stage for a meaningful and memorable proposal is key, and creating an event that is spectacular and original that will make for a great story for years to come will score big-time brownie points. Nothing checks all the boxes like a skydiving engagement! Sound bonkers? It's not! Skydiving proposals and even skydiving weddings are more popular than you might think! Let's get into the details of skydiving marriage proposals -
Why do people skydive? What is it about jumping from an airplane that appeals so much to humans? Are skydivers crazy?
People skydive for a lot of reasons. It's a challenge, a thrill ... the most fun ever. But it is not only a playground for stereotypical, wild-eyed adrenalin junkies. One of the most interesting and fulfilling parts of skydiving is that there is not a single kind of person that does it, and the skydiving community is made up of people of all ages and from all walks of life. The important thing to know and understand about the type of person who skydives, is that no matter where they come from, they share some common motivations with other people found at the dropzone and in the sky.
How much do you really know about skydiving? If you've never done it before, chances are you're coming up short on your skydiving facts. You probably think it's cool, and you're definitely right about that. You might think jumping out of a plane is something everybody should do at least once, and we certainly agree with you there. What else comes to mind? Maybe, what does skydiving feel like? Or, is skydiving scary? Or the age-old question: does your stomach drop when skydiving?
The songs that make our personal Top 40 are typically a mix of music that amps us up, chills us out, and meets the moment. And it can serve as an important - or even transformative - element to a profound experience. Skydiving most definitely qualifies as a profound experience, and combining your soundtrack with skydiving sounds amazing. But ... it's not quite that simple. Before you make the ultimate modern-day "Songs for Skydiving" mixtape, let's answer the question: Can you listen to music while skydiving?
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