How to Get Over a Fear of Skydiving in El Paso, TX

June 12, 2018 5:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are a lot of people we talk to who have long considered giving skydiving a try, but are held back by various fears. Some people have a fear of heights, some people have a fear of their parachute not deploying, while others simply fear they won’t be able to tolerate the feeling of a freefall. Whatever the case may be, if you are truly interested in skydiving in El Paso, TX, there are ways you can confront and ultimately get over these fears. And when you do, you’ll have an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Here are just a few tips to help you get over your fears associated with skydiving.

Understand the risks

There are certainly risks associated with skydiving—you’re jumping out of an airplane, after all. One of the best ways to get over your fears is to confront and understand those risks, and to learn more about how we mitigate those risks as much as possible from the get-go.

Before you dive, you will participate in ground school that, depending on the kind of dive you take, will last most of a day to ensure you are fully trained in all safety procedures and prepared for all types of situations that could arise in the air. You’ll always jump with two parachutes, a main and a reserve, meaning that in the unlikely event the main parachute fails to deploy, you still have a backup.

Know what to expect

If you’re well-versed in the process of skydiving before you hit the air, you can eliminate the fear of the unknown that often affects first-time skydivers. So here’s a quick overview of what you can expect.

When you arrive, you’ll fill out all relevant forms and sign to state that you understand the risk. After getting a briefing from our experienced skydiving instructors and learning everything you need to know to get safe, you’ll have some time to wait before your jump and watch other skydivers coming in. Finally, you’ll get to board—it’ll be a smaller aircraft than what you’re used to, and you’ll be on a bench with a combination of tandem skydivers and experienced jumpers. You can expect a happy, anticipatory atmosphere—some people will be nervous, but everyone is excited.

When exiting the aircraft, you’ll be attached to your instructor, who will guide you over to the door, and then you begin the jump. You’ll fall toward the earth in a way that feels as though you’re floating in the sky. After falling for about a minute, your instructor will deploy the parachute. At this point, everything slows down and you’ll be able to soak in the incredible views. When you land, your friends and family will be watching (if they came with you) and your instructor will ensure you come in smoothly.

Learn about the equipment

Finally, be sure to have at least a little bit of knowledge about the equipment you’ll be using. Most of this information will be covered during training, but it can help to get a little extra knowledge ahead of time just so it’s not as intimidating.

For more information about skydiving in El Paso, TX, contact Skydive El Paso today!

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