Published: January 24, 2017
You're a smart cookie. You've read your waiver, and you inherently understand that leaving a flying airplane is, well, inherently dangerous. While a responsible dropzone (like us at Skydive Finger Lakes) works hard and invests heavily in mitigating those risks, it's important to frame up how skydiving is dangerous, exactly, in order to better understand what you're literally leaping into. Here's some straight talk.
Managed Risk Is An Important Part Of The Experience.
Without a doubt, modern equipment and training techniques have done much to increase the safety of skydiving--especially tandem skydiving, which carries a statistical risk that's less than, say, your morning commute. That said: like any other adventure sport, there remains a certain amount of risk that cannot be eliminated. And that's a good thing. The feeling of managing risk and experiencing nervousness is integral to the joy of the experience. Without it, a skydive would be about as impactful as a roller-coaster ride (which is to say: not much.)
Suffice it to say: there'll be a waiver. Read it. We'll answer all your questions in full.
It's Not The Air That Hurts.
There's an old saying in skydiving: Jumping is an elective, but landing is mandatory. It's the rapidly approaching ground that the safety technologies of skydiving were developed to help you meet sweetly. The landing is by far the most dangerous part of any skydive, so we focus a lot of our safety efforts on making sure that we don't jump in conditions that make landing more perilous. We also make sure that our parachuting equipment is top-shelf, and maintained in excellent condition. These precautions go far to promote a much-less-dangerous return to the earth.
Location, Location, Location.
As far as landings are concerned, our Central New York skydiving center is the tops. Skydiving is more dangerous when you must land in a small, congested landing area with lots of buildings and obstacles, so Skydive Finger Lakes' wide-open farmland (with uniquely few obstacles to end up in your path or cause turbulence) is just one of the many major benefits to jumping here.
We Have The Resources To Teach You All About Landing Safely.
In part because of our excellent location, Skydive Finger Lakes has a thriving new-jumper training program--and if you're curious about the art of the safe landing, we'd be delighted to teach you everything we know.
Skydive Finger Lake's complete learn to skydive program consists of approximately five tandem jumps and 20 subsequent freefall training jumps. During this program, you won't just learn how to fly your body in freefall; you'll learn to use some nylon to conduct you safely to the ground--and earn your United States Parachute Association "A" skydiving license in the process, which qualifies you to jump by yourself at dropzones around the world.
Once you've earned that license, you're free to buy your own gear, to jump in groups with other skydivers and to dial in those skydiving skills--so when non-jumpers ask you about the risks of skydiving, you can help them put aside their fears by sharing from your very own experience.
The view and experience are more than I could have ever imagined.
» Katherine W.