Skydiving: When Sh*t Gets Real!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Let’s start with a pop quiz:

When does sh*t actually get real?

  • When Batman calls for Batman
  • When the winter that is coming actually gets here
  • When the “nerdy girl” takes off her glasses and lets down her hair
  • When there’s a golden ticket in your chocolate bar
  • When there’s a power outage at your dinosaur zoo
  • When the beat drops
  • When your toes are lined up with the edge of the open door of a flying airplane
  • All of the above

You know it, dear reader. Sh*t is indeed about to get real. Maybe there’s no such thing as a dinosaur zoo. Okay, winter is not coming in anything more violent than the calendar sense. (Luckily, there’s totally a Batman.) But getting yourself emotionally prepped to take an active role in item G is totally a reality, and you’re going to need some help. Here’s our best advice to help sh*t get real as smoothly as possible.

1. It’s scarier to think about than it is to do.

The anticipation of freefall is much more frightening than the jump itself. Loads of brand-new-skydivers-in-the-making report having trouble getting to sleep the night before, and our waiting-area couches have dents from the place where nervous folks have sat stock-still in terrified anticipation. Believe us when we say this: everyone is scared to skydive when it’s their first time. EVERYONE.

That said, the tidal wave of fear dissipates just as quickly as you can say “three, two, one, jump.” We’ve been taking new jumpers for their first freefall experience for many years, and the vast majority insist that the scariest couple of seconds were the moments in the door. Once freefall takes hold, they report that giddy joy took over entirely. That’s good news, right?!

2. Tandem skydiving is safer than commuting to work

Skydiving has gone through serious technological paces since the dawn of the sport in the 1950s. These days, the sport boasts an excellent safety record, and those numbers just keep getting better. In the U.S., the United States Parachute Association recorded just 24 fatal sport skydiving accidents out of roughly 3.2 million jumps made in 2014. That’s 0.0075 fatalities per 1,000 skydives–the lowest rate in the sport’s history. And tandem? Even better.

Tandem skydiving boasts an even stronger safety record, with 0.003 student fatalities per 1,000 tandem jumps over the past decade.

For perspective: that’s safer than commuting to work, or eating the standard American diet. (Real talk!)

3. Your grandma can do it.

And that’s not all, either. Centenarians are dropzone regulars–just Google “oldest skydiver ever” and you’ll see just how many there are! There’s a new 100+ jumper somewhere in the world every week, it seems. (These guys regularly make the comment that they “wish they’d started years ago,” so–y’know–you’d better get on that.)

That’s not even the most interesting part. What’s even cooler than the fact that people over 100 regularly make skydives is that thousands of seniors skydive solo for fun! There are even clubs for it, and records: the SOS (Skydivers Over Sixty), the JOS (Jumpers Over Seventy), the JOES (Jumpers Over Eighty Society) and even the JONS (the Jumpers Over NINETY Society). Yeah, okay–the JONS isn’t that huge a club, but the combined numbers of all of these groups could easily populate the raddest senior-living community you can possibly imagine.

4. You need to let sh*t get real so that you can be really, fully alive.

Okay, so: What happens when sh*t doesn’t get real? Stories don’t happen. Magic doesn’t happen. Amazing changes don’t happen. Let’s put it this way: Once you’ve leapt out of an aircraft cruising thousands and thousands of feet over the mundane Earth below, what can’t you pull off!?

Are you ready to start some sh*t? Get in touch with us today!