Skydiving is a popular vacation activity, even with people who would not normally consider skydiving while they are at home. A vacation can be a great excuse to try something new and many people find that they can be much braver when they are away on holiday.
If you are a beginner then you will probably want to start by trying a tandem jump. This is the best way to start skydiving since you will be strapped to an instructor who will control the parachute. This means that you do not need to spend any time learning how to skydive and you can simply enjoy the experience. If you want to learn how to jump by yourself then you may want to consider taking a training course while you are on vacation or finding a school where you can learn about different techniques. If you are an experienced skydiver, then you might be more interested in finding some exciting new locations for your next skydiving adventure.
You can base your entire vacation around skydiving or in order to visit a particular location where you want to jump, but it is often possible to find a skydiving school near a location that you want to visit for its own sake. Many people who are on a backpacking vacation choose to visit a location where they can participate in skydiving as part of their trip. You can find out more about other aspects of adventure travel, including backpacking, elsewhere on the adventuresinliving.org website.
Some of the most popular skydiving locations are Wailua in Hawaii, Taupo in New Zealand, Mission Beach in Cairns, Australia, Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Interlaken in Switzerland.
It can be a good idea to plan your jump ahead of your vacation, so that you can choose a location where you know you will be able to go skydiving, but if you find out about a local school once you have arrived you should still be able to organize a jump. However, if you are on a strict schedule or if you want to be sure you will be able to go skydiving you should consider making a reservation.
Skydiving will always depend to a certain amount on the weather, so you should be prepared for a cancellation if there is too much wind or bad weather.
Most skydiving schools are located in areas where the climate tends to be suitable for skydiving during most of the year, but it is still possible to find smaller clubs in less popular skydiving locations.
You will need to allow plenty of time before your jump, as you will need to fill out some paperwork before you can jump and you will also need to undergo some instruction. Ask the school what time they expect you to arrive.
Make sure that you pack some comfortable clothes for your jump. The school will probably provide you with a jumpsuit to wear over your clothes, as well as goggles and a helmet.
Most skydiving schools will offer the chance to buy a photo of yourself taken as you exit the plane or even during the jump itself. This can be a great keepsake, particularly if this is your first jump.
One common misconception about skydiving is that you will feel a jerk upwards as the chute opens. This is not the case and it only appears to happen when one parachutist is filming another since the camera continues to move down at the same speed while the other skydiver is slowed by their parachute. The parachute will slow you down, but it will not lift you upwards.
A typical jump will be from a height of about 13000 feet. You will free fall for about a minute before the parachute is opened. This will slow you down, and it will usually take between five and seven minutes to reach the ground. You will have plenty of time to look around and enjoy the view, although you should be prepared to feel the rush of the wind and some pressure from the air resistance.
If you do decide that you want to try skydiving while you are on vacation then you should make sure that you have the necessary insurance coverage since some travel insurance policies do not cover adventure activities. Skydiving with a reputable school is a reasonably safe activity, but injuries can sometimes happen so it is best to make sure you will be protected.