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Skydiving for the First Time: 4 Great Tips Before You Skydive the First Time

Sep 2, 2007
Anything being done for the first time is bound to make you nervous. Of course, this nervousness wouldn't be quite evident if the activity does not involve your life. But, with skydiving, your life is on the line. It is understandable, therefore, that most will freak out when doing skydiving for the first time.

Here are some tips that could help you out:

1) Recall your lessons: Before you actually skydive, you ought to have taken a few skydiving lessons in the ground. Our fears actually arise more from lack of knowledge than anything else. Most people who are skydiving for the first time panic when they think that they can't recall what they've been taught in the ground. You'll need to recall your lessons and remember what your instructor had taught you, but also remember that it is not really ll that complicated.

Usually, skydiving instructors make students practice basic drills repeatedly. Some people may think that this is because they have nothing better to teach but actually, the repeated drills allows those lessons to be ingrained into your mind. Because of those drills, you will be able to react instinctively even if you get confused.

2) Enjoy yourself: Sometimes, it's all a matter of distracting yourself from your fear. A lot of people actually find the jump more enjoyable if they forget the fact that they are putting their lives on the line. In fact, because of today's technological advancements applied to the skydiving sport, skydiving actually puts you in vary little danger at all. Just enjoy the sensation of the clouds beneath your feet and the view of earth from this unique perspective.

Remember: skydiving is supposed to be fun. So whistle a tune or recite a sonnet. Get your mind off the danger and onto the beauty of the experience. Rejoice in the thrill of the flight. Remember that you are practically conquering gravity. You are stepping on the edge of the cliff where the view is at its best. Do you look at the beauty of the horizon or do you look down into the rocks below. Forget the rocks, enjoy yourself.

3) Prepare your mind: Just when you are about to jump, you will experience a split second of fear where you will have second thoughts about whether to step outside the plane or not. You will feel your fear urging you to turn back and get the pilot to land the plane with you still in it. However, you need to get past this voice. The best way you can do this is to prepare your mind beforehand with a deeper message. You need to actually hypnotize and convince yourself that there's nothing you would like more than to experience the thrill of the jump.

Remember that preparation is the best weapon you can have against fear. You need to accept the fact that you will feel fear during the jump. Fear is completely natural and is no way an indication of your inadequacy for the task. Some people are great at disguising fear but everyone has fear. Accept that you are afraid and still jump.

4) Press a pressure point: There are certain points in the palm which, when squeezed, can help reduce your stress. By stimulating these points, you will find that you are breathing easier and you can actually think more clearly about the jump. By easing your panic, you will be able to conquer the fear of skydiving for the first time.
About the Author
Mike Hirn is a longtime skydiving enthusiast. His website supplies a wealth of free information about how to, where to and why you would want to skydive how to, where to and why you would want to skydive.
www.skydivingrocks.com
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