Interested in skydiving? You must be completely crazy, right? No, not so much. Hopefully, you’ll be relieved to hear that there’s no reason to start questioning your sanity if the notion of skydiving seems appealing. Sure, like any hobby, there are definitely eclectic individuals within skydiving–and we love them just the same– but, generally, the type of person who skydives is much more unassuming than you might imagine.
Not every skydiver has cut away from real life to live in a van by the river (though, if they have, good on them!). Most skydivers are normal, everyday folks employed in a variety of occupations ranging from the extraordinary to the traditional. We’ve known skydivers from nearly every profession: rocket scientists for NASA, English teachers, construction workers, retired veterans, doctors, lawyers, bankers, data analysts, and IT gurus. Skydiving draws them all together.
Skydivers aren’t crazy, but they do have a few key things in common. Instead of indicating that you’re absolutely bonkers, this is a bit about why people skydive and what skydiving says about you:
The fear of uncertainty has a tight grip on many people. After all, the relative safety of complacency is a comfortable place to stay. But what is there to be gained by staying the same? The type of person who skydives knows that the only way to grow is to have the courage to push past that self-imposed safety net.
Success is achieved by those who are willing to push their limits. Within reason, skydivers understand that success is closely tied to taking informed risks. In truth, as a whole, skydivers are not risk-averse, because some risks are worth it. However, it should not be misconstrued that skydivers act with reckless abandon. The majority of skydivers go to great lengths to mitigate the risks that are taken.
Skydiving is a ton of fun, but it also requires the ability to steady oneself during a barrage of stimuli that comes with the experience. The type of person who skydives is able to remain calm, cool, and collected under this pressure. As a first-time skydiver or skydiving student, even when the butterflies in your stomach are stirring, it’s important to hone in on the instructions you are being given and to respond to them as best you can. The ability to communicate clearly and work as a group to keep everyone safe is the mutual responsibility of all skydivers on the aircraft.
We are all “works in progress.” The type of person who skydives is dedicated to continually working to improve themselves. This is true whether it be by facing his or her fear and making that first tandem skydive, dedicating time and energy to develop skydiving skills as a student, or training hard to skydive competitively. What skydiving says about you is that you are dedicated to becoming the best version of yourself that you can.
Despite maybe the somewhat disparate walks of life that skydivers come from, each member of the skydiving community is bound together by a desire to empower and lift each other up. There’s really no other community like it. From the moment that you touch down after your first skydive, you’re welcomed into the fold of your newfound sky fam. If you need advice on how to progress, they are there for you. If you need a little confidence boost, they’ve got your back. Skydivers are lucky to be a part of one of the most supportive communities that exist.
What do you think? Are you the type of person to skydive? We’d love to help you find out. Give us a call or schedule your appointment online today!