“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
― Jim Morrison
If you’re scared to make a tandem skydive, that fear may be making you feel pretty lonely. After all, you’ve undoubtedly seen all those photos and videos of tandem skydiving students whoopin’ it up in the sky with enormous smiles on their faces. They don’t look scared at all, you may be thinking. Why am I quaking in my boots?!
Dear Reader: You are far from alone. You’re the farthest thing from alone when it comes to fear of skydiving. And we’re here to tell you some wonderful news: Not only are you among friends when it comes to the reality of tackling your fear of skydiving, you won’t even be alone in the sky! Here are the straight-up facts:
Guess what? Tandem skydiving is universally scary. Everybody is afraid to make their first jump. That’s the simple truth–and that’s a good thing!
Here’s the magic: The inherent freakiness of tandem skydiving poses a steep (but totally surmountable!) challenge that you’re able to set up and knock down in one amazing day. How many other life goals or bucket list items are so efficient to check off?
Here’s another thing to consider: the ratio of scariness to safety that tandem skydiving presents is way disproportionate in your favor. Would it surprise you to know that making a skydive is safer than driving to work? Check out the statistics.
We know this to be true: That everyone is afraid to make a tandem skydive, but there is no better way to face off with fear–and emerge victorious–than to just do it already. Boom. Facts.
You already know, at the very least from the images and videos you’ve seen of tandem skydiving, that there are two people involved in a tandem skydive: the student and an instructor. In any given tandem skydive, the student is connected to her/his tandem skydiving instructor (“T.I.”) via a harness. The tandem skydiving instructor (who is licensed and rated to operate this specialized equipment in all eventualities) is wearing a parachute that is specially designed to support the weight of both jumpers and all the associated gear. The instructor deploys the parachute at a given altitude and steers the parachute over the pair to a soft, sweet landing on the ground below. At no point will you be without expert guidance and a friendly face.
Our best advice is this: Take heart! You’ll find your courage along the way, just like everyone else has who has made that first-time skydive. Don’t hold yourself back! Once you overcome that hesitation and commit, the rest will be easy–so ride that wave of excitement straight into the barrel. Reach out to us today and book that jump. You’ll be so very glad you did.