Published: August 18, 2016
They always ask the same question, y'know.
"Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?!," they ask.
See, the thing is: We don't think that's really the right question to be asking. The best question to ask is this one: "If you stay inside the perfectly good airplane, what happens?"
1. You'll never know what skydiving is really like--and you really want to know what skydiving is really like.
You're a smart person--we know this!--but you're probably wrong about what skydiving feels like. It doesn't feel like falling, first of all. Whoa, right? You probably think you're going to be scared while you're in freefall. Most people...aren't. You undoubtedly think that it will be very obvious to you that you're falling at a rate of about 120 miles per hour. Instead, you feel uniquely peaceful.
Aren't you curious about all that? Then you'd better get out of that airplane
2. You'll be caving to your (mistaken) idea of what "safety" is, not guaranteeing your scientific, statistical, actual safety.
You know what the most dangerous part of your first skydive is going to be, statistically speaking? Your drive to us and your drive away from us (and the roads around Salt Lake City aren't even crazy!) Skydiving might seem pretty dramatic, but it is actually safer than walking around in a thunder and lightning storm. It's even safer than hanging out around cows! The United States Parachute Association, which we are a proud member of, has been working diligently towards safer skydiving for the entire half-century the sport has been around, and the numbers speak to how well they've done.
Accepting measured, calculated risk is a key part of living a healthy, full life. Get out of the plane! Do it for science.
3. You'll never know what you're capable of pulling off.
Once you take a deep breath and get out of that plane, you're going to be a different person. Sounds crazy--we know! But hear us out.
Life's daily challenges have a tendency to wear you down. As a little kid, you rise to these challenges all the time--learning to ride a bike, to speak in front of a classroom, to stand up for a friend who's being bullied--but as an adult, it's easy to wince away and disengage. After a while, that chips away at your confidence to do the great big things and make the great big changes that you know you're capable of.
Making a skydive (or a hundred skydives, if you fall in love with freefall) gives you some of that confidence back in a moment of elated emotional fireworks. It's dramatic. It's inspiring. And it lasts.
To get that feeling, though, you have to get out of the plane.
4. You'll never meet the sky on its own terms.
Leonardo Da Vinci said it best: "For once you have tasted flight," he wrote, "You will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
He was right, you know.
And if you want to see just how right he was, you've got to get out of the plane. C'mon over! We'll show you.