Skydiving is one of those things that most people like to say they can see themselves doing. “I could never bungee jump, but I think I could go skydiving.” Skydiving does seem like it has more “down time” where you can enjoy the view, but it definitely takes guts to take that leap of faith out of the plane. It’s also a great stress relief, and a chance to truly appreciate an incredible view that most people never see.
Why jump out of a plane?
The adrenalin rush. Skydiving is one of those experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and the high you’ll have when you land is better than any drug. It’s frequently described as “exhilarating”, “incredible”, and “the best thing I’ve ever done”. Pay a little extra and you’ll also get a video and some pictures to show off.
How likely am I to die?
Not very likely at all, largely due to western regulations requiring the use of a backup parachute. Skydiving is actually one of the safest extreme sports in the world and your chances of dying are estimated at less than 1 in 150,000. In America parachutes are inspected every 120 days, and your back up parachute will deploy automatically at a certain height if you fail to pull your own. Don’t forget that for your first jump you’ll likely be jumping tandem with a trained professional so all you need to focus on is enjoying the sights.
The best places to Skydive:
Skydiving is an incredible experience regardless of where you jump, here are some of the best places in the world for skydiving:
Hawaii: Here you’ll get a view of the whole island, and you’ll even go up in an energy efficient plane.
Taupo, New Zealand: Known as the skydiving capital of the world, you’ll get to see Mt Doom in the distance (Lord of the Rings was filmed here).
Wollongong, Australia: Here you can take in an incredible view of the East Coast, while keeping an eye out for dolphins and whales.
Interlaken, Switzerland: Next time you go for a ski or snowboard holiday consider taking in the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps from above.
Mt Everest, Nepal: If you’re not interested in climbing it, you can still skydive over the highest mountain in the world.