Parachute jump – First step into the sky.
Should I do it or should I not do it?
People were dreaming about flying since ages. Even Leaonardo da Vinci thought about it, constructing the very first parachute and lots of flying machines. Since that time technology went so far everyone can try it now.
So why not to do it?
I did my first jump when I were 23, needed no special permission from parents but still having lots of doubts. The closer the date, the more fears I had. But there are ways to fight them and make this first step in to the sky.
Everyone is, but we cannot allow our fears to stop us doing amazing things.
“Still afraid? Come on.. put your diaper on and just go for it!” This is exactly what one of my colleague told me before i made my decision. He also suggested to try bungee jumping and rope jumping to fight any doubts.
There are several locations you can do it way cheaper and not to loose on quality. I strongly recomend Poland, Czech Republic or.. Switzerland ( a bit more expensive but stunning views )
Not sure about your health status?
Do a full body tests including heart check, sinus check. Not only for this reason but also for yourself. You can try bungee jumping or similar jumps first to check how will your body react.
We are ready, motivated and we know we want to do it. So..
When to do it?
Summer would be the best choice for first time, as earth will be surprisingly colorful, sun will shine stronger and there is much less probability conditions might be bad or clouds might cover the view.
Where to do it?
As most of us want to jump and see some amazing views. And have a great experience. There are are several places and countries where we can do it.
My personal preferences would be Poland – the prices are getting quite low comparing to other countries and you have a very professional service and a beautiful landscape. I did my first jump in Michalkow, Pyralandia Boogie. Why Poland? Well, mostly because we can do our first jump and also try sky diving tunnel during the same trip! ( One of the best in Poland is FLYSPOT cost about 50 Euro for 2 flights )
My second choice would be high mountains. Czech Republic or Alps in Switzerland. There is this beautiful city called Interlaken, or some similar places with amazing landscape – guarantee to give you unbelievable experience. You can also look up in your local area.
How much does it cost?
In Poland it might be anything from 200 Euro and higher, depends from the place you go and extra service, such as extra camera and photo service done by a second jumper and number of jumps.
In other countries, prices can reach even 500 Euros.
How to Prepare for jump?
I personally suggest to go for GoPro with a hand or chest mount set. Most of instructors also use hand mount with a glove or even special sticks and helmets. It is worth to get a good camera as this is unforgeable experience!
- Consider not eating anything in short time before jumping. Simply get a proper meal 2-3 hours before jumping and you will be all fine.
- Go with your friends, or find someone who would be interested to do it as well. It will be much easier to see other people doing the same thing and you will all have a great time doing it or waiting for each other turn.
- Empty our pockets and take nothing with you except for smile on your face, comfortable shoes and wind proof shirt or jacket. There is no need to get a special uniform, as in most cases you will be provided with one that will keep you warm and cool.
Now, you are ready for your jump.. enjoy!