Should You.. Skydive?

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Skydiving

It is a word typically used by Americans to describe someone jumping out of an airplane, pulling a string and landing on the ground, most of the time unharmed. However, it is the “sport of jumping from an aircraft and performing acrobatic maneuvers in the air during free fall before landing by parachute.” 

The reason behind people skydiving is typically different for everyone, it is more than just “it is fun”. Some personal reasons include, a major milestone in their life, a major loss, or celebrating something important.

I started skydiving because I love the idea of freedom.”

— Felix Baumgartner- best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012.

                                                                               

Benefits

Multiple people argue about how dangerous skydiving can be. However, there are many advantages of jumping out of an aircraft. Most of the health benefits are either psychological or emotional. Skydiving challenges the divers mental mind set just as it does their physicality. This huge daring sport may help in facing fears for other things later on in life. Skydiving can give a person a life challenging confidence boost, along with a changing perspective on the natural beauty presented all around.  It is easier to see the beauty in the world from up in the air, looking down all over the place. Skydivers say that this activity requires intense control over the mind.

Disadvantages

The biggest health issue that skydiving relieves is stress. Psychologists say when somebody skydives, they focus on what they are doing and on nothing else. They forget all their worries and the usual distractions of life. This intense focus with the adrenaline rush makes them feel cleansed both mentally and physically.

Even though jumping out of an aircraft and landing safely on the ground makes the diver feel alive, it is also dangerous. Accidents happen, in the sky and on the ground. According to the United States Parachuting Association, there are an estimated 3 million jumps per year, that’s a 0.0007% chance of dying from this, compared to a 0.0167% chance of dying in a car accident. Coming from that, skydiving accidents are not common at all, but they do happen.

Two divers in Wilton were videoed by their instructor when jumping out of an airplane expectedly, but they did not safely land. Their parachute failed to open and they landed in the driveway of a rural home far away from where they were supposed to land. The instructor killed in a tandem skydiving lesson alongside his student was extremely experienced, having made more than 10,000 jumps in his 30-year career, AAP reported in 2017 when this took place. Police and emergency services were called by a resident, who saw the victims hit the ground. A seven-year-old girl who was one of several children at the home had to be counselled after seeing the bodies shortly after the accident. Mr. Stephenson, the father of the young children who saw the bodies, said he was told of the incident by his sister and mother, who live at the property. He said his five-year-old nephew also saw the bodies and his two-year-old niece was there but was unaware of what had occurred.

Skydiving is one of the major summer activities, once you have tasted the taste of the sky; you will forever look up.

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