Published: September 28, 2016
There's really nothing like the buzz of the first jump! It's an experience that's pretty much impossible to describe. 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.
Here, we try to distil some of the reasons why we jump.
Jump For Freedom
One of the biggest attractions to skydiving is the freedom it gives.
No matter what else is happening in your life, there's no time for worrying or planning when you're falling through the air at 120mph!
Skydiving gives you a rare opportunity to let everything else go and truly live in the moment. There's nothing but you, your equipment and the friends you've chosen to jump with. There's really nothing like it.
But it's not just about leaving your worries behind. Skydiving teaches you so much about what you're capable of and the empowerment it gives is also extremely freeing. While once you may have stressed over the small things, skydiving instils a sense of perspective that helps you free your mind of minor worries and focus on what really matters.
Planned, Trained, And Not 'Crazy'!
A common misconception of skydiving is that it's something 'crazy' that involves a lot of unnecessary risk and therefore shouldn't be done unless you're a fan of reckless abandon.
The reality couldn't be much further from that. Another thing that draws people to skydiving is the opportunity to hone a skill and learn a lot about the physical challenges, the equipment, aerodynamics and relying on others.
Skydiving is a sport. That means that people who do it are sportspeople and they thrive on training and improving. In fact, there are lots of competitions throughout the year, many of which our local jumpers compete in, which test the skills of jumpers across a range of skydiving disciplines.
Skydiving is also about planning. Yes, of course, there is an element of risk - at the end of the day, you're jumping from an airplane. But far from 'reckless', skydivers are trained to near military precision to plan for the ideal situation and to manage those situations we don't plan.
A New Perspective
Another huge draw to skydiving and perhaps the biggest reason we jump is for the new perspective it provides.
Literally speaking, when you jump from 10,000 feet and look around at the views, you're getting a perspective that few others ever do. Want to know what it's like to soar above upstate NY and look down on life below? Come skydive with us!
In a more abstract sense, your perspective of the world is also changed by skydiving.
There's a famous quote from Leonardo Di Vinci which says:
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will always long to return."
It may sound a bit cliché, but the sentiment is absolutely right. You definitely become tied to the idea of being in the sky and to the freedom it gives you. You know that you've overcome your fears and nerves and that you've jumped from an airplane, and that gives you the sensation that you can achieve anything.
Friends For Life
Arguably the most rewarding thing about skydiving is the community that surrounds it.
As a skydiver, you are part of a global group of people who all love the same thing. We come from such diverse backgrounds and all have very different lives outside of the sport, but on the drop zone and in the sky, we're all connected.
And it's not just common interests that bind us. The experience of jumping with people and the reliance and trust you have in one another builds strong bonds that last a lifetime. You'll likely find that your skydiving friends are some of the best you've ever had, and even when you're not jumping, you'll love spending time together at the drop zone bar or trying out other local activities.
Ready to experience life with a new perspective? Book your tandem skydive with Skydive Fingers Lakes and we'll show you upstate NY like you've never seen it before.
Not only was it the most amazing but it was the most spiritual experience that I lived!
» Scott Q.