Last Updated on February 5, 2021
I had always wanted to try Skydiving. Sitting in an airplane always made me wonder what it would be like to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Thanks to the Vegas advertisements in front of my seat on a plane making its way to Vegas, I decided it was time to find out. Once we arrived in Vegas and checked into the hotel room, I called to reserve my spot for the next day. I was going to get away from the famous Las Vegas Strip to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. I was going to go skydiving in Vegas!
Here is all you need to know about skydiving in Vegas:
Table Of Contents
- Signing Waivers
- Safety Lesson
- Always Look Back!
- Intense Wind
- There’s Always A Second Parachute
- How Safe Is Skydiving?
- How Longs Does A 15,000 Feet Skydive Take?
- Does Skydiving Change Your Life?
- Is There A Weight Limit To Skydive?
- Is Skydiving Scarier Than Roller Coasters?
- What Is Scarier: Skydiving Or Bungee Jumping?
- Will Skydiving Make Me Puke?
- Indoor Skydiving
I’ll admit, signing your life away on those waivers pulls at my heartstrings each time, but if I didn’t put my faith in knowing that 99% of the time things will work out okay, my feet would stay firmly planted on the ground and I would lose out on so many experiences.
After a rather brief lesson on positioning your body as you fall out of the plane, you will soon be on the perfectly good plane you will jump out of (tandem).
Always Look Back!
Just before jumping, Leonard my instructor reminded me that the first thing I would want to do after getting into position would be to look back at the plane flying away as I was falling from the sky. He was right; that is a phenomenal feeling.
The wind is intense as it hits you, making it hard to breathe at times. However, that can be relieved by cheering in excitement as you free fall. Since the wind is so intense, it didn’t feel like we were falling as fast as we actually were (120 – 140 mph). Before you know it, the string is pulled and the parachute opens with a minor pull-back as the chute fills with air.
I learned how to control the parachute and was able to spin in circles as we descended down to the ground. It was a smooth flight down, with a superior view of the horizon and the surrounding Vegas area.
There’s Always A Second Parachute
I went skydiving with a friend and her experience was a little scarier; her first parachute did not want to open. According to her instructor: “Don’t worry, the second one always works.” And, it did.
I can’t even begin to imagine what was going through her mind between the time the instructor tried to open the first shoot and found success with the second.
How Safe Is Skydiving?
According to the National Safety Council, a person is much more likely to be killed getting struck by lightning or stung by a bee.
How Longs Does A 15,000 Feet Skydive Take?
The parachute is deployed at 5000 ft. You will have a freefall distance of 10,000 ft, which on average takes about 60 seconds. When you’re free-falling, you are falling at a rate of around 120 mph.
Does Skydiving Change Your Life?
I believe it does! After you come down off of the adrenaline rush, it really does add to the joy and appreciation you have for life. It sounds corny, but a skydiving experience will give you the motivation to keep living a life of adventure. After a skydive, you’ll have the extra confidence to know that you are capable of anything.
Is There A Weight Limit To Skydive?
Most people who live an active lifestyle can go skydiving. There is usually a weight limit of 250 pounds. Also, the student must be height and weight proportionate to be able to make a tandem skydive. Always confirm this with your chosen provider before booking your skydive.
Is Skydiving Scarier Than Roller Coasters?
I do not believe so. The seconds before you drop out of the plane may induce some panic for some, but when you’re free-falling, I only felt excitement and joy. It is as if you forget how high you are in the sky at that moment and every second is magic.
What Is Scarier: Skydiving Or Bungee Jumping?
While I found skydiving more of a thrill, the scarier moments of bungee jumping are that your surroundings are much closer and you have a good idea of how fast you are falling. During skydiving, I felt the fall seemed slower without the points of reference. Also, in a tandem skydive, you’re with a professional instructor that gives you an extra sense of security. When you bungee jump, you are on your own.
Will Skydiving Make Me Puke?
The majority of people do not puke. However, if you feel you might be the exception, here are some tips to help you not blow chunks during your jump.
If you are jumping in Vegas, as I did, do not show up hungover. That is a sure way to become the exception and puke.
Motion sickness tablets will help if you’re prone to motion sickness in the car or on the water.
Eat light meals and stay hydrated before your skydive. Some may feel nervous and not want to eat, but that will only make you feel nauseous during the skydive.
Do you have the guts to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? I recommend you try Nevada’s highest skydive, Skydive Las Vegas, as I did.
If you’re not quite ready to fall from the sky, you can also give indoor skydiving in Vegas a try.
A Life Of Adventure
I’m a firm believer in living like you’re dying. As morbid as that may sound, it is the basis of my adrenaline obsession that most find disturbing (including Darcy). If you knew tomorrow was your last day on earth, what would you do? You should go do that tomorrow. Really.
Have you ever been skydiving? Would you dare try skydiving in Vegas?
Last updated February 2021