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How to skydive for the first time? : 7 key tips

Updated on June 2, 2012

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I recently returned from an extremely Enriching, Entertaining, Exhausting and an Ego boosting Europe trip. Wow! So many Eee’s out there.. but that’s not the point... why ‘Ego boosting’?

Ego boosting, because for an individual who is very scared of heights, to gather your guts and complete a 13,000ft jump with more than a minute of freefall at 200kmph and breathe successfully again on the ground is an enormous boost to the confidence.

As a beginner, looking back there are quite a few things I did and quite a few things I should have kept in mind before preparing myself for the ultimate leap of faith. I will list down the following things in my Article.

  • On a Euro trip? Where to Skydive from?
  • How to reach EmpuriaBrava?
  • Things to do the night before?
  • Checklist before leaving your home
  • Things to do while at the drop point?
  • In the Air
  • What definitely not to do?

So if any of the above is relevant to you proceed further else give it a skip-

1)On a Euro trip? Where to Skydive from?

Europe offers host of Skydiving drop zones in almost all the countries. So you need not bend your travel plans especially for Skydiving. Plan your trip based on other constraints like budget, time, geography, modes of travel etc. However, it is extremely important that you check out the reviews of the particular dropzone that you eventually zero in on for your safety. Dropzone.com is a good starter. Apart from this, a thorough check on the safety norms on the company’s website is extremely essential. Also the view from the location, the experience of the trainers is extremely essential.

Considering all the above parameters I eventually narrowed down on SkydiveEmpuriabrava in Spain. http://www.skydiveempuriabrava.com. Located near Barcelona it has a mega-advantage of a warm weather all round the year. If you check out the video above you will notice that the view is absolutely breathtaking. It faces one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and when you dive the instructor shows you the Spanish/French border which is quite a site. This drop zone is very cheap. Probably next only to Prague. The instructors have more than 20 years of experience.

@Indians: This is the same spot where the movie ‘Zindagi na milegi doobara’ was shot. The bald guy you see in the video is in the movie ;).

2)How to reach EmpuriaBrava?

Closest big town -->Barcelona

From Barcelona – Take train “renfes” to Figueres --> get down in Figueres -> take bus to Empuriabrava

3)Things to do the night before?

Do not party-The last thing you want while you are hanging in the middle of air is a hangover

Eat light, healthy food- A heavy meal can lead to stomach issues in the morning which will add to anxiety

Sleep on time- Generally you will need to get up early as the slot that you will book for your dive will be in the morning and the dropzone will be far away. So take good rest and feel fit before you set off in the morning. Maybe some air boxing or a hip hop move will make you more confident J

4)Checklist before leaving your home

Warm jacket, gloves & Sports shoes - One of the most important things is to cover yourself very very well. It is -30 degrees up there. Inadequate protection can seriously harm your body. If you see the video I forgot Gloves. When I reached the ground I had burned hands. Gloves are very essential. Also, The landing can sometimes be rough. A good solid pair of sports shoes are essential for good grip.

Eat light- you tumble, roll, fly and glide. You do not want to throw up in mid-air. It happens to people!!

5)Things to do while at drop point?

Mental ease- Think of how proud you will be of urself when you have successfully completed the jump. Pep talk yourself.

Ask questions – If you are not clear about any element of the jump and what you are supposed to do please do clear it up with the expert on ground.

Ask for DVD- in my opinion there is no need to take DVD+PHOTO both..only a DVD will suffice as you can always take pics from a video. I strongly recommend taking video as sky-diving might be a once in a life time thing for you.

6)In the Air

I will leave this to the experts. But if I were to share something from my experience then do curl ur legs and bend your back at the time of jump. See how the instructor instructs me to do the same right before the jump. Your body should be curved like a banana.

Stay cool...crack jokes with friends...it seriously helps

Trust your expert

5)What definitely not to do?

Do not drink before the jump

Do not panic

If you have a special situation/ailment get it cleared from the experts first

I can speak for myself that once successfully completed the jump and overcoming fear your entire outlook towards life and confidence in yourself reaches SKYHIGH.

Sky-diving is such an awesome must do experience that I can speak for myself that now after Sky-diving “I understand why the birds sing”.

What do you think will be your reaction when you are free falling?

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Thank you very much joanveronica, It is terrifying but an out of this world experience. It feels great to be a part of such a warm community like Hubpages. Thanks for the vote up :)

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Great read and a great experience! I would be terrified! Welcome to HubPages and just keep on writing! Voted up and all across!

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Shiningirisheyes, I couldn't agree more with you. This is exactly what I wanted to tell Shubhangi. In our minds we have a reference of height. What our mind is used to is heights of 10ft, 50ft,1000ft or at best 5000ft. But when it comes to 13,000ft or higher, which is way above the clouds, there is no reference point set in our mind and visible on the ground to which you compare to get scared. Skydiving is like swimming..it is a beautiful feeling of gliding and floating in the air in spite of the fact that you are falling at 200km/h. As you said, when you finally are near the ground and things look bigger and better you are in a nirvana state and you enjoy every bit of it.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      p10kabhijita - I had to come back when many mentioned being scared of heights. I'm sure you will agree with me when I say "There is no sensation of height because you have nothing to compare it to. You literally feel like you are soaring." By the time you get close to the ground, you've already relaxed to enjoy the awesome view. Once I was away from the plane, every bit of fear left me and was replaced by adrenaline. I am still TERRIFIED of heights but not jumping out of the plane anymore. (I still get butterflies in my stomach though!).

      Just thought I would add that.

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      You should try it once. I am also scared of heights. When you are way above the clouds, somehow it doesn't get that scary. It becomes very enjoyable. :) Share your skydiving video too if you ever happen to do it. :)

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      Shubhangi Joshi 5 years ago

      Awesome Hub! I am scared of heights, so I can only cheer you from the sidelines for skydiving! :D

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Haha.. very true. It requires huge courage to make up your mind and sign up for it. The scariest moment is when you are at the edge of the plane, ready to plunge. Now that both of us have accomplished this seemingly impossible task, I would like to take a minute and applaud the brave-hearts like us :). Thank you very much shiningirisheyes, your appreciation means a lot to me.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent write! I participated in the vote because I already knew what I would do (and did). My first skydiving trip absolutely terrified me. It was video taped and now, when I review that first jump, I don't even look like myself. The fear had completely changed the look of my face. Needless to say, it was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life and I was instantly addicted. Great hub and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

      Voting up and skydiving down.

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Thank you soo much for your appreciation..feels great that you found it useful :)

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great tips for the aspiring skydiver. Was interesting to read your hub. Voting it up so others may hopefully find these excellent tips.