How to Mentally Prepare for Skydiving? 

How to Mentally Prepare for Skydiving? 

The first time I did skydiving, I was terrified. I wasn’t scared of falling, but the idea of jumping out of a plane 13,000 feet above the ground petrified me. It didn’t help that I had to wait 15 minutes in between filling out the paperwork and actually going up into the plane to jump! Luckily, there are ways to mentally prepare yourself for such an event, so you don’t end up traumatized by the whole experience! Here are a few tips on how to mentally prepare yourself for skydiving.

Realize that skydiving is safe

Skydiving is safe. There are a lot of misconceptions about how dangerous it can be and the truth is, it’s not that bad. The biggest danger in skydiving comes from inexperience–if you’re not jumping out of a plane with someone who knows what they’re doing, you could be at risk. For a long time, I was one of those people who thought it was insanely dangerous and never would have considered doing it–I assumed the worst possible outcomes when I jumped out of that airplane. The truth is, if you do your homework on all the things that could go wrong and know how to react when something does happen, there’s really very little risk in jumping out of an airplane. Don’t worry too much: If you don’t worry too much while skydiving, then you won’t freak out when something goes wrong. After my first jump I was so worried about every single thing happening that when I got down, I had absolutely no idea where my parachute had landed.

Visualize your jump

Imagine yourself standing at the edge of the plane, feeling the wind rush against your body. The world below you is a patchwork of green and brown. You feel your feet lift off from the ground and you are flying, soaring through the sky as you watch everything far below grow smaller and smaller. Your stomach drops as you realize that this is it, this is when you’ll be jumping out of that plane–but before fear can set in, there’s a momentary feeling of weightlessness. And then suddenly, without warning, it all starts over again: You’re back on the edge of that plane with butterflies in your stomach and excitement racing through your body. As you take one last look down at Earth, you see someone running towards the door. They reach up and open it–you follow suit, catching their hand as they help pull you up onto the wing. You hear them say Good luck but they’re too busy pushing another person out of the door to look up at you 

. It doesn’t matter because now that door is open and you know what comes next . You take a deep breath, step off the edge, and plunge headfirst into the unknown.


Mentally, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable. First, stay curious. No question is off-limits and there’s no such thing as a dumb question. The more you know about what’s going on, the less scary it’ll be. Next, try not to worry too much about your body. Try instead to think about how amazing this opportunity is and how lucky you are that someone has given you the chance to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet! You should also be excited because you’re finally going to get the answer to the question that’s been burning in your mind: Do I have what it takes?

As you get closer and closer to jumping out of the plane, remember that while freefalling feels like falling (because gravity is pulling down), you’re actually just floating gently down. It might sound impossible but we promise: You’ll feel just like Superman! Don’t forget to count backwards from three before pushing yourself out of the plane. Make sure your hands are tucked tightly into your chest and head back straight so you won’t hit anything on the way down. When you reach terminal velocity, which usually takes around 45 seconds, open up your arms so they’re fully extended so you will go into a stable sitting position for landing.


Skydiving is a lot of fun, but it can also be scary. When you’re thinking about jumping out of an airplane, it’s natural to feel some apprehension. That’s why many people try to steel themselves with mental preparation before they take the plunge. Skydiving has one of the best safety records in the world, so if you follow these steps and get on board with your fellow jumpers as soon as possible, you’ll have a great time!

1) Check your fear at the door – If you’re still feeling nervous about jumping out of an airplane, try doing some research about skydiving safety statistics. You might be surprised by how safe it is! Over 2 million jumps are performed every year, which means that there are less than two fatalities per 100,000 jumps. Statistically speaking, there’s more chance of getting killed by lightning or being involved in a car accident than there is of dying while sky diving. So what are you waiting for? Get outside today and enjoy yourself! It’s just like any other day- sunny, cloudy, windy or calm. If you’re up for it, go fly a kite, go watch the clouds from the ground… heck, even take a nap if you want to (just don’t forget about tomorrow!) 

It doesn’t matter where you are when life feels overwhelming; we all need times to regroup and refresh ourselves in order to continue on our journeys without burning out. We all need some downtime from life sometimes- even Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude from time to time!

Focus on the present moment

It can be really tough to not think about the future or past. When you’re about to do something scary, it’s natural to want reassurance that it will be okay or at least a guarantee that it won’t hurt. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in life. The only thing we can control is our thoughts and what we do in the present moment. We might have anxiety about jumping out of a plane but as soon as we jump, everything changes. The sky and ground look amazing when you’re up high! Try focusing on how good your body feels like when you’re falling because it’s really cool. If you focus on how awesome your body feels falling through the sky then when it’s time to pull the parachute cord, it’ll feel great too! I was just so nervous before I jumped. My mind raced with all these questions: What if I forget my name? What if I panic and freak everyone out? What if I don’t know how to open the parachute? But once I was up in the air, it felt completely different.

Trust your training

Skydiving is a very exciting experience, but it can also be extremely nerve-wracking. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been jumping for years, the truth is that most people experience some level of anxiety before they jump. One thing that helps me get over my nerves is remembering that I’m trusting the training I received. It’s reassuring to know how far I’ve come and how much I’ve learned – no one could ask for more than that! Another way I work through the fear is by looking at all the different components of what happens during a jump. As soon as we start out, we’ll need to suit up in all our gear with our instructor on hand every step of the way everything will be peaceful. If there are any doubts about your mental readiness, it’s important not to let them control you; instead try to see them as something positive so you can address them and move on when necessary.

Final thought

Mental preparation is key when it comes to tackling a new activity. There are many things that can be done before, during and after the jump that will help get you ready. A few tips include: -Beforehand, do some research on what happens in free fall and how the body reacts so you know what to expect. -During the jump, try and stay in the moment. It is natural to have moments of panic or fear, but take deep breaths and remember why you are jumping! Be present in your experience and enjoy every second of it. -Afterwards, celebrate! Whether this is your first or twentieth jump, don’t forget that this was an amazing experience! Share it with friends and family; they’ll want to hear all about it!