Skydiving Articles

Check out our archive of articles and write ups to learn more about the sport of skydiving, our drop zone, and fun things to in the Finger Lakes region.

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  • Positive Effects Of Skydiving On The Body

    Positive Effects Of Skydiving On The Body

    Everyone knows that skydiving provides a massive adrenaline rush, but did you know that skydiving has real benefits on your physical and mental health? Find out more here!

    September 21, 2017
  • What is Ground Rush & How Does it Affect My Skydive?

    What is Ground Rush & How Does it Affect My Skydive?

    The phrase "ground rush" describes the optical illusion that the ground is rushing up to meet you. It's very unlikely that you will experience the sensation of ground rush during your tandem skydive for a number of number of reasons - find out why here!

    September 5, 2017
  • 5 Things You Never Knew About Skydiving

    5 Things You Never Knew About Skydiving

    Skydiving may seem straightforward. You exit the plane, pull a parachute, and land on the ground. But there is so much more to the sport than you can possibly imagine!

    August 29, 2017
  • What Equipment Is Needed For Skydiving?

    What Equipment Is Needed For Skydiving?

    What equipment do you need for skydiving? We've put together a basic skydiving equipment list and considerations to help you choose the best gear.

    August 15, 2017
  • How Long Does It Take To Skydive

    How Long Does It Take To Skydive

    Skydiving is one of the most amazing things you'll ever do and it can feel long and short all at the same time! Here we break down how long a skydive lasts.

    July 26, 2017
  • Is There a Maximum Skydiving Age Limit?

    Is There a Maximum Skydiving Age Limit?

    In the U.S. you can't legally skydive until you're 18. But there is no cap on age, so anyone in good health can jump. Read our basic skydiving requirements.

    July 12, 2017
  • What is HALO Jumping?

    What is HALO Jumping?

    HALO (high altitude low opening) jumps are typically used by the military for the delivery of people & equipment into hard to reach areas via air transport.

    April 29, 2017
  • Skydiving For Dummies: What You Need to Know

    Skydiving For Dummies: What You Need to Know

    You don't have to be an "A" student to get an A license--so much is clear. Even so, there are baseline bits of information that you need to have for a successful skydive.

    April 24, 2017
  • Can I Bring A GoPro On My First Skydive?

    Can I Bring A GoPro On My First Skydive?

    Given our immaculate views of the Finger Lakes from 10,000 ft, many first time skydivers ask if they can bring a GoPro on their first skydive.

    March 28, 2017
  • Which Is Safer: Skydiving or Driving

    Which Is Safer: Skydiving or Driving

    Curious which activity is more dangerous, skydiving or driving? Here we look at skydiving safety statistics and how common skydiving accidents are.

    March 20, 2017
  • How To Prepare for Your First Skydive

    How To Prepare for Your First Skydive

    In anticipation of your first jump, you may be feeling a bit nervous, and we experienced skydivers know that feeling prepared always helps. To help you prepare for your skydive, we've compiled ten 'DO's and 'DON'T's to make your first time skydiving experience one you'll never forget.

    February 26, 2017
  • Steps to Get A Skydiving License Explained

    Steps to Get A Skydiving License Explained

    Want to get certified for solo skydiving? You can typically achieve your skydiving A license in 25 jumps. Here we explain the four steps to becoming a licensed skydiver at Skydive Finger Lakes.

    February 21, 2017
  • How To Manage Skydiving Risks

    How To Manage Skydiving Risks

    Without a doubt, modern equipment and training techniques have done much to increase the safety of skydiving. Here's how we manage skydiving risks.

    January 24, 2017
  • How Many Parachutes Does a Skydiver Have?

    How Many Parachutes Does a Skydiver Have?

    When skydiving, how many parachutes are there? Here's some interesting facts that explain how skydiving rigs use two parachutes to keep you safe.

    January 24, 2017
  • How Loud is Free Fall?

    How Loud is Free Fall?

    Skydiving for the first time? You might not have thought about how loud free fall is. Here are the sounds you can expect to hear during your skydive.

    December 20, 2016
  • Does Skydiving Feel Like a Roller Coaster?

    Does Skydiving Feel Like a Roller Coaster?

    Wondering what it feels like to skydive? Will your stomach drop like when you're on a roller coaster? Will it feel like falling? We answer your questions here!

    December 20, 2016
  • 7 Things You Need for a Successful Skydive

    7 Things You Need for a Successful Skydive

    First-time skydivers can easily be caught off-guard by the planning process. No wonder! I mean: it's hard to plan for something that you've never done before.

    November 22, 2016
  • What is Skydiving?

    What is Skydiving?

    What's skydiving? The definition might be broader than you think. Learn more about skydiving & how it differs from BASE jumping, paragliding & speed flying.

    November 8, 2016
  • What Should a Skydive Cost?

    What Should a Skydive Cost?

    When it comes to tandem skydiving cost, cheaper isn't always better, especially when it comes to such a detail-oriented, safety-requisite activity.

    October 24, 2016
  • Can You Go Skydiving In The Rain?

    Can You Go Skydiving In The Rain?

    Rain, in its right place, is one of the things that makes it so pleasing to live on planet Earth. That said: skydiving in rain is one of the most unpleasant horrors you can endure. It's awful. It's hideous. It makes you want to move to the middle of the Sahara and never see another raindrop so long as you live.

    October 17, 2016
  • Skydiving: Why We Jump

    Skydiving: Why We Jump

    There's really nothing like the buzz of the first jump! It's fun. It's exhilarating. It's scary. It's peaceful. It's fast. It's so many things, all contradicting each other and merging together in a melting pot of adrenaline and excitement.

    September 28, 2016
  • Does Your First Skydive Have To Be Tandem?

    Does Your First Skydive Have To Be Tandem?

    Making your first skydive is an incredible thrill. Most people choose tandem skydiving for their first experience. We'll explain why.

    September 21, 2016
  • The Role You Play On Your First Skydive

    The Role You Play On Your First Skydive

    When you make your first skydive, you're not just along for the ride! The role you play is hugely important in keeping yourself and your instructor safe.

    August 29, 2016
  • Differences Between Skydiving and BASE Jumping

    Differences Between Skydiving and BASE Jumping

    Skydiving is the starting point of every BASE jumping career, and the more skydives you make, the longer and less-injury-prone that BASE jumping career is likely to be--so starting the skydiving chapter of your life at a great dropzone is a healthy first step in that direction.

    August 23, 2016
  • Top 10 Reasons To Skydive

    Top 10 Reasons To Skydive

    On the fence about making that first tandem skydive? We could probably give thousands of reasons to give skydiving a try... but here are our top 10!

    July 26, 2016
  • Why Do People Skydive?

    Why Do People Skydive?

    "So, like, skydiving? Really? Why?" It's a question we get asked a lot! Here we answer the question once and for all with some of our top reasons to skydive.

    July 20, 2016
  • Will Skydiving Help You Overcome Your Fear of Heights?

    Will Skydiving Help You Overcome Your Fear of Heights?

    Here are three important things you need to know about having a fear of heights in the context of skydiving. They may surprise you!

    June 28, 2016
  • Top 10 Things To Do in Central New York

    Top 10 Things To Do in Central New York

    Central New York has tons to offer, including loads of summer activities. Skydiving would always be our first choice (of course)... but if you're planning a visit to the area, here is our list of top 10 things to do!

    June 15, 2016
  • Skydive Finger Lakes: Why Choose Us

    Skydive Finger Lakes: Why Choose Us

    Skydive Finger Lakes has been welcoming first time and experienced skydivers from Rochester, Syracuse and all over New York since 1982. Here are just a few reasons to choose us for your skydiving experience.

    May 30, 2016
  • Tandem Skydiving? Tips for a Great Experience

    Tandem Skydiving? Tips for a Great Experience

    Read tips from Skydive Finger Lakes to get the most out of your tandem skydiving experience, whether you jump in Rochester area or further afield.

    May 15, 2016
  • The Top 5 Reasons You MUST Skydive!

    The Top 5 Reasons You MUST Skydive!


    Are you *thinking* about skydiving, but scared out of your mind about doing it? Relax, everyone feels this way. If it wasn't for the fear factor, the achievement wouldn't feel as great! So let's chat about why you simply MUST jump!

    January 9, 2016
  • Skydiving: What To Know Before You Go

    Skydiving: What To Know Before You Go

    If you're thinking of making a skydive, there are a few key pieces of information you should know before you make your booking.

    January 8, 2016
  • Skydiving: Common Questions Answered

    Skydiving: Common Questions Answered

    We get lots of questions about skydiving. Here we answer your most common questions!

    January 8, 2016
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