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Thoughts During Your First Time Skydiving and Other Tips

April 3, 2017
Skydive Spaceland Dallas Lifestyle blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

Those of you who follow along on my Instagram stories saw that Colton and I went skydiving last Sunday at Skydive Spaceland in Dallas. We absolutely loved our experience. Colton is considering getting his skydiving certification.  Everyone should experience skydiving at least once in their life, if they want to. Don’t let fear hold you back from one of the most incredible experiences you will ever have.

Things to consider

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing where and when to skydive.  Colton and I chose Skydive Spaceland Dallas because of it’s location, equipment, and experience.

Weather

In order to go skydiving, the weather has to be perfect.  Aside from the obvious, no skydiving in a lightening storm, there are other weather conditions that may prevent you from skydiving. Too many clouds, and you do not have enough visibility.  If it is too windy, then conditions are too dangerous.

We tried to skydive the Monday of my spring break and spent almost the whole day waiting.  This happens frequently, so it’s important to be flexible and find a place you don’t mind driving to again.  Skydive Spaceland is less than an hour from north Dallas, so it was perfect.

Equipment and experience

Skydive Spaceland uses newer aircrafts on their private airport. Their new and certified harnesses and equipment are all helpful in easing any anxiety someone may have their first time skydiving.  They have some of the highest rated instructors and tandem divers, so we felt completely safe.

Thoughts during my first time skydiving

Here are 30 thoughts I had my first time skydiving. Colton and I had the plane almost to ourselves, so it we didn’t have time to change our minds.  There were two guys jumping solo (one at 6,00 feet and one at 14,000) with us.  Fair warning, I am not afraid of heights, so I didn’t have many of the fears some people have.

Checking weather every 15 minutes. It looks like it should be good if we can beat the wind.

We are doing this. We are actually doing this.

Let’s do this! Oh, wait. I have to sign all of these?!

Ok. I get it, I could die. I have now signed about 20 things that say that.

This bearded man is passionate about Skydive Spaceland but also reminding me of the 20 times I signed my life away.

How will I remember all of these “positions?”

I see a 22 minute countdown.  Is that for our flight?

Guess so. Better gear up. This suit is awesome. Let’s do this!

This is the plane that will take us up.  I’m so excited!

Wow. It gets really loud up here.

Thank you for the reminders on what to do with my hands. I’m ready.

Yup! That guy made it look cool. (The one who jumped out of our plane at 6,00 feet) Can we get to 14,000 feet yet?

Oh, that was fast. The door is open and it’s so loud.

Our turn, green light, hold on, jump out!

Oh my word!

Oh my word!

Smile. He’s filming.

I am falling at 120 mph and it’s so windy and loud.  Not even a stomach drop.

That’s the ground thousands of feet below me. Looks like SIM city.

Ah! I need to make sure it’s not time to open the parachute.  Nope. Still good.

Almost time to pull the parachute. Please, open!

It opened! Wow. This is incredibly peaceful. It’s so quiet.

Why does it look like Colton is plummeting to the Earth? Is he ok? Wait, how did he get below us? He jumped after.

Ok, he just landed. Now I can focus.

Wheeeee!!! Spinning is amazing.

Do we have to land? I kind of want to stay above the Earth for longer.

Legs up, time to land.

That didn’t hurt at all. Can we do it again! I want to go right now.

Wow. I just… this feeling is incredible.

 

Special shoutout to Oz for all of the great photos (and my DVD of my jump) and Blake for keeping me alive while jumping tandem with me.  If you are in DFW (or Houston, Atlanta, or south Florida) check out Skydive Spaceland for your first jump.

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  • Bobbi April 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Wow!! I still think I’d be scared to death but I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun! Great pictures!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      haha. It’s totally worth being scared for a second to experience it. Thank you!

  • Steph April 3, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Ahhh!!! Skydiving is one of those bucket list items that terrifies me! Your post had great info to consider how I plan this adventure!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you! I hope you do it and love it. It’s such a fun experience.

  • Sheryl April 3, 2017 at 6:14 am

    It’s been a few years since I have jumped but I’m feeling the need to do it again. I think I had a lot of the same thoughts. I agree with you that everyone should skydive at least once in their life. PS – you look awesome in these pictures.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      haha. I can’t wait to go back. Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Theresa Bailey April 3, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Wow! That is a crazy experience. Thank you for sharing. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to jump out of a plane.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Anyone can do it! It’s so fun!

  • Shan walker April 3, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Wow! Congrats – loved your thoughts. haha I just don’t think I could ever jump out of a plane! 😉

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you, Shan! You totally can!

  • Kelly April 3, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Hahah! “Looks like Sim City” This was a great post. I love your voice 🙂 I’ve been dying to try skydiving forever, but I think I may have to wait until my kiddos are a little older. Looks like you guys had an amazing experience!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelly! It is such a great experience. I hope you get to and love every minute of it.

  • Karen H. April 3, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Oh my gosh – what a great adventure! I’m too scared to go skydiving right now because I have two young children and my husband is in the military. One parent doing something dangerous is enough for right now…ha! I do hope to go someday and I do wish I would have gone before starting a family. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! So cool!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      I can see that for sure! When they are older, you should definitely try it. I felt completely safe and secure the whole time. Even when I thought my husband was falling to the Earth, I still felt safe. 🙂

  • Kim Airhart April 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Brave woman!! I would so do it!! Maybe.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Do it, girl!! It’s so fun!!

  • Beth Kondrick April 3, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Oh my gosh!! I don’t think I could do it! But I loved your detailed description and getting to jump along with you! Good for you!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      You would be surprised!! It’s such an amazing experience, you should definitely try it.

  • ShootingStarsMag April 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Oh gosh, I’m scared to be IN a plane most of the time. I could never jump out. That’s awesome you loved it though -and the pictures are so cool!!

    -Lauren

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Haha. Thank you so much!

  • Trish @ The Trish List April 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! I would totally do this if I had the chance!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      You should find a place to do it! It’s so fun! Once in a lifetime experience (unless you go again. haha)

  • Amy Blake April 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Amazing post! My first skydiving experience was AMAZING! I did a solo jump for my first, it was an entire day of training of what not to do..lol. I would love to go again some day.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      WOW!! I bet that was fantastic!! I would love to go by myself one day.

  • Anita April 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I have always wanted to do this but like anything else in life I wish I had someone to go with, kind of like how you had someone to document it all. How amazing and brave of you to book it and jump. I think this will be my 2017 goal, finally…to jump (alone) and by alone I mean with another person haha

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Haha. The person who took photos was hired through the Skydiving place. Where I went you have to tandem your first two jumps. You wouldn’t be alone and you would lOVE it.

  • Ashley Millar April 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I have always wanted to do this! Your post is so funny, I am sure I will be thinking the same thing whenever I get up the courage to do it, too!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      You will have to do it! It’s amazing. 🙂 Thank you for reading.

  • Ben April 4, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Amazing Photos. My partner dived out at 10k. She wished she done 15k feet. Would love to experience it myself! May have to throw that on my list for this summer 😋. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      You should!! It’s incredible. Thank you so much.

  • Samantha @ Momma Wants Java April 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Oh my god! This is amazing!I absolutely love your narrative! I’ve never been skydiving before. I’ve thought about it, but I’m not sure I can work up the nerve. 🙂

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Samantha!! It was something everyone should experience at least once in their life.

  • Jenn Wang April 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

    So jealous! Skydiving has always been on my bucket list. Love that you included your funny thoughts during the jump too! 🙂

    Jenn
    http://www.honeydewblog.com

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you, Jenn! Go for it, girl!! It’s such a rush!

  • Karen L April 4, 2017 at 10:15 am

    You are so so brave!! Thanks for writing this hahah! I love it

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks, pretty lady! It was so fun!

  • Willow April 4, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I have been going back and forth about skydiving. I want to try it, but I don’t know if I could actually go through with it. I have a fear of heights but being up so high, it feels a bit surreal. When I fly in a plane, I am not afraid to look down like when I look down in a skyscraper.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      You would be great! You really don’t have enough time to change your mind once it’s time to go. You just…jump! (and if you’re tandem, you don’t even do that, you just hang on)

  • Belle April 4, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Oh my! That looks fun! Although I don’t think I could do this. Lol

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Yes you could! It becomes so surreal once you are up there!

  • Melissa Chee April 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

    WHAT an experience 🙂

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      You can say that again!

  • Sue Tanya Mchorgh April 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I would love to do this one day! You are brave.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you, girl! You will love it! Do it soon. 🙂 No better time like the present.

  • Sam @ The Haunted Housewife April 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I want to try this! For some reason, I thought it would be scarier than that. I’m not afraid of heights either, and you say it’s peaceful after the parachute opens and that makes me want to try it more! Yay!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      It’s amazing! Find a place and go as soon as you can. You won’t regret it!

  • Charlotte April 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I would totally totally love to do this, and LOOOOVED reading this review. I have to get beyond the fear, because that feeling after you’ve accomplished something like that? Nothing like it 🙂 AMAZING pics, and proud of you, momma!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      You should! It’s so crazy cool. 🙂 Your heart will be beating and your brain will be full of endorphins for hours afterward. It’s WONDERFUL. I can’t wait to do it again.

  • Kim April 4, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I tried the indoor one and about DIED of hyperventilating and extreme anxiety! I went in the tube three times just to try to face my fears and yeah, I’m done! I wish I could be more adventurous. I’ll just live through your adventures!!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      I hate that you had that experience, Kim. The guy I talked to said it was totally different from that, but I am not sure if that would be helpful or hurtful. You can live through me. :0) Miss you!

  • Jessica Lam April 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Omg you are so brave – I’d be way too terrified to do this haha! It looks like it was a lot of fun though!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      It was a ton of fun! Thank you. 🙂

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen April 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    This looks like so much fun! Wonder if I can talk my husband into doing it one day?

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Y’all should definitely try it!! Such a blast!

  • Tayler Morrell April 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    So jealous! I’d love to go skydiving!

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      It is a blast! Definitely go, girl!

  • Angie April 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

    You are brave! I just can’t do it… I have no desire to even try it out.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Haha. I understand that. 🙂

  • Tyler April 6, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I want to go skydiving with a few friends but I’m worried that it might be a little scary. It’s interesting that it’s generally the initial jump and first few seconds that are scary. I’ll have to remember this after all of our training because I don’t want to be scared the whole time.

    • Jessica April 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      You won’t be! The adrenaline gets you through the first part and then it is so enjoyable! It’s such an amazing feeling.