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Going as a small group: In my experience going with a small group that you get to know instead of booking for yourself increases your level of confidence and decreases your fear and apprehensions. This is a great teambuilding bucket list adventure that will not only allow you to be motivated by others but will also give you peace of mind. Skydiving with a group that you know or get to know during an adventure trip will decrease your doubts and fears. Anticipation: Anticipating that sick stomachdrop feeling is one of the major fears of this sport. The reality is that you are in an airplane flying at approximately 100mph so that when you jump, there is a quick transition from flying to dropping at 120mph which alleviates that sickening feeling because you are riding on air molecules which feels like floating in water or flying. Safety: Of course, the question of how safe skydiving is in comparison to other outdoor activities, will cross your mind. Do your research ahead of time, and you will find that skydiving can be safer than everyday activities such as driving a car, riding a motorcycle, or even cross-

ing a busy street while walking to work during rush hour. There is always an element of risk when it comes to high-adventure activities. However, it is vital to check an organization’s safety records, certifications, training programs, as well as reviews from former participants. Health, level of fitness and age: As with any outdoor activity these are issues that haunt so many adventurous people and stop them in their tracks without knowing what they are actually capable of doing. When in doubt consult with your doctor in order to get a green light to take that jump. These days skydivers upwards of 90 years jump out of airplanes around the world while laughing at Millennials who are hyperventilating before their jump and stressing out all the way to the drop zone. Body weight can also be an issue. Make sure that you discuss this with the skydiving company prior to booking. Most issues can be addressed and corrected based on conditions and available equipment. Seasonal opportunities: Skydiving like many other adventures is seasonal because of weather conditions. End of March through October is prime season.

What to bring: • Food, water and snacks or you can eat at the bistro. • All equipment will be provided on-site. Test yourself first: Indoor skydiving in a wind tunnel is an excellent way to try out how skydiving feels beforehand and get yourself ready for this sport. The wind tunnel airflow simulates the realistic freefall portion of a skydive as well as allowing you to do turns, go forward, backward, slow down and speed up your fall rate all of which build your precision levels and confidence. The indoor flights are actually longer than outdoor flights. Not only was it fun and gave me that adrenalin junky fix, it is also very safe and can be done with a group of friends or the whole family at one time. For more information on skydiving check out the following links: www.skydiveinterlaken.ch/ index.php/en/ www.indoor-skydiving.com www.firebird-skydiving.de www.dropzone.com/dropzone/ Europe/Germany/ Background photo by siro46 / Shutterstock.com

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