Tandem Skydivers, Skydivers, Teamwork

Skydivers – Most people say we are crazy. Some say we’ve got a death wish. Psychologists say people with an inclination to take high risks are a essential part of the continuation of our species.
We are individuals from all walks of life. Pupils, blue-collar employees, engineers, doctors, nurses, and you name it. What we have in common is an infinity for a risky game, skydiving. Some also participate in other sports such as scuba diving, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing. There’s a sense of camaraderie among us. A feeling that we understand a greater truth that is missed by most people.
Mentally it’s a remarkably refreshing break from”society”. Skydiving is a super stress reliever. When you’re skydiving, you concentrate on that skydive and nothing else. This keeps away all the joys of life. No room for stray thoughts or worries .
And yes, the adrenaline is no doubt a part of it. Our human bodies are designed to produce adrenaline as a survival mechanism and it is being regarded more and more as a necessary part of the human experience and general health. Something any skydiver could have already told you a long time ago.
Stepping out the door of a flying plane has other benefits too. It makes you emotionally demanding. It takes a good deal of mind control to go against everything you have been taught about danger since a kid, get a hold of your thoughts, and realize that yes, it’s okay to step out that door. You acquire a heightened awareness of all that is around you. You build a confidence in yourself and a quick response as events happen around you. The feeling of accomplishment is extraordinary. Knowing you fulfilled your anxiety, took control, and pushed yourself to take that step flows over into other parts of your life. I organized the outing. Everybody had a blast but I was the only person who did more than 1 jump. Later, in talking with one of the men in the group he explained to me I know that whatever I face in life, I could recall that I went up in that plane and did a skydive. If I can summon the courage to do that, I could do anything. It was great.
Okay, so enough of this psychobabble mumbo jumbo. What is the sensation? When you step out the door of a flying airplane you’re in freefall before the parachute is deployed. Stick your arm out the window of a car doing 60 mph then imagine your whole body out there going twice as fast – then you begin to have a little of the idea of what skydiving feels like.
No one I’ve ever talked to has been able to put into words the feeling of skydiving. Even asking first time jumpers – is there any way to describe what you just did – just elicits a wide-eyed, smiling, no way.
Freefall is such a stupendous sense of independence. You are flying through the air, able to move your entire body in 3D. You can fly forward, back-up, move sideways, speed up how fast you are falling and slow down how quickly you’re falling. Yes, you are continually falling. But during that time you’re definitely flying your body. You can do flips and spins. You can stand on your toes or stand on your head. There are absolutely no limits as to which direction you can move your body.
And let there be no doubt – there is not a plane around that can provide you the exact same view. What an awesome sight to view 360 degrees around you – the sky, the horizon, the unbelievable beauty of the world, right there for you to see with no obstructions. To feel you are a part of that sky.
The parachute flies like a glider; reacting to the pilot’s input and clipping you through the sky. It can be flown slowly and easily or fast and wild. But in any event, with correct pilot input, it might bring you safely and gently to landing on the ground.
Why do we skydive? Who will ever know the beauty, the freedom, the rush but somebody who has been there? Truly, the sky is our playground.

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