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.
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.