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Tips and Advice for Skydiving

Read our advice for first time jumpers going skydiving, to enjoy the experience and stay as safe as possible.

Tips and advice for first-time jumpers

  1. Either take a packed lunch with you or at least make sure you have some cash with you. Catering facilities at airfields can be basic and the nearest cash machine could be miles away.
  2. Get there early. Skydives are often organised on a 'first come, first served' basis.
  3. Try not to go first. It can be really exciting to watch the whole process before you have a go yourself.
  4. Be prepared for a long day. If it becomes too cloudy or the wind picks up too much, your jump may be delayed.
  5. Listen carefully to the simple instructions you are given on the ground - they are given for your safety.
  6. Trust the instructor. He/she may seem crazy, to be constantly throwing themselves out of an airplane, but they know what they're doing.
  7. Keep breathing. You are likely to feel at your most nervous as you ascend in the plane and at the moment when the doors open.
  8. Open your eyes! It may be scary, but you will be wearing goggles and this might be the only time you ever experience such a remarkable view - so make the most of it!
  9. Be prepared for your ears to pop as you freefall. Once your parachute opens, close your mouth, hold your nose and blow out to help alleviate the sensation.
  10. If you can, try to have a loved one to meet you on the ground. There's a good chance that you may be feeling really exhilarated and will need to hug someone!

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