You probably didn’t know (or maybe you do because you’re up to speed on all things skydiving), but May is “Learn to Skydive” month! Seriously, it’s an official thing – see the United States Parachute Association page on the subject here.
Whether you’ve always wanted to jump and haven’t worked up the courage yet or have completed a bunch of tandem skydives already, this article is for you. There are many obvious reasons to learn to skydive (like cool Facebook/Instagram photos, of course), but here are 3 reasons to learn to skydive that you wouldn’t expect:
1. You will check off new places from your travel bucket list.
Definition of “boogie” to non-skydivers: a dance to fast pop or rock music
Definition of “boogie” to skydivers: a large, organized skydiving event that brings together skydivers from many locations, usually focused on fun as opposed to competition
Skydivers live for boogies. Skydive boogies take place at dropzones around the world, and you can find them anywhere from middle of nowhere Montana to exotic island boogies in the Caribbean. At these events, you’ll learn new skills and get to fly with skydivers from around the world…and sometimes, the best in the world. Some feature specific training, some events are focused on certain disciplines (such as wingsuiting), and certain boogies are themed – think New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, etc. You’ll meet new people from around the world, explore new places, and the parties and side events are pretty awesome too. Regardless, you’ll start to rethink how you’re going to be spending your time off from work!
2. That “mindfulness” thing everyone talks about…
Mindfulness is a buzzword that seems to appear everywhere these days. It’s more than just a buzzword, though. So what is it, exactly? According to mindful.org, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
There are few things you can do that will allow you to be more present than when you skydive. You’re flying through the sky, taking in all of your surroundings, and concentrating only on everything about and surrounding that moment of flight. Before you even jump out of the plane solo for the first time, you are engrained with the discipline of awareness. With awareness being one of the most important components to every skydive, you are driven to be mindful before your first skydive even begins. Every skydive is filled with peace, bliss, and mindfulness that you can’t get anywhere else.
3. You’ll acquire a really diverse extended family.
Soon after you start skydiving you’ll find you have a few more friends… sky friends, that is. Planning jumps, getting advice, sitting around in the hangar while you wait for clouds to clear, cracking a beer after the last load of the day…you’ll start sharing stories and spending more time with these people, which you’ll soon come to know as your sky family. Skydivers come from all walks of life from everywhere around the world – doctors, engineers, baristas, movie stars, business owners, farmers, and more – and of every age, from ages 18 to 80+! If you choose to continue to practice the sport of skydiving, you’ll end up acquiring a really diverse extended family, also known as your “sky family”… whether you plan to or not.
Call us today to start on your path to begin skydiving! In the meantime, if you haven’t made your first tandem jump, we suggest this quick read on what you need to know before your first tandem skydive. Curious about what it’s like to start skydiving on your own? Check out our beginner’s guide to transitioning from tandem to solo skydiving.
– The Skydive Santa Barbara Team