See the world from a whole new level and experience the thrill of skydiving

Updated: Feb 7

✦ Whether it’s your first time, you’re an experienced adrenaline-junkie or skydive on a regular basis, skydiving definitely gets the heart pumping.

Parachuting or skydiving can be performed as a recreational activity or a competitive sport and is also widely considered an extreme sport due to the risks involved.

Imagine the feeling of free-falling from incredible heights before the parachute opens and you float your way back down to earth. The rush you’ll experience as you travel up to 200km/hr free falling for 60 seconds will be a feeling you remember for years to come.

If it’s your first time, you may be feeling a little nervous and scared but that’s completely normal. Once your parachute opens and you enjoy the 5-7 minute float to the ground, your fears will drift away as you take in the view from above.

What Should You Know Before Going Skydiving?

Whether you’ve never skydived before or you consider yourself a pro, there are a few important things you need to remember including that there are certain weight restrictions and guidelines in place.

The maximum weight for a skydiver is 110kg. There are also age restrictions for skydiving - the minimum age is 14, however if you are looking for something for those under that age, you can indoor skydive from three years upwards.

It’s also important to note what you should wear on the day. It is recommended to wear comfortable and loose clothing (taking into account the weather on the day) as well as wearing sensible closed shoes. These need to be secure to save them flying off during the dive. It’s a good idea to leave any valuables on the ground so they don’t fall off during the jump!

Wingsuit Skydiving, Port Macquarie, Featured on Brilliant-Online
Wingsuit Skydivers at Port Macquarie

Is It Safe to Skydive?

How safe is skydiving? Skydiving isn't without risk, but is much safer than you might think. According to statistics by the United States Parachute Association, in 2018 there were a total of 13 skydiving-related fatalities out of approximately 3.3 million jumps!

Why Do People Skydive?

People choose to skydive for many different reasons. Skydiving is visually stunning. Flying in formation with friends, the plane disappearing above you, the thrill of the parachute ride, the smile that just stepping out of a plane puts across your face – all are reasons to skydive.

What Are the Benefits of Skydiving?

The good chemicals we create such as adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine are driven to action by skydiving which can have both immediate and lasting effects. The various internal chemistry stimulated by freefall can help with things like sleep and digestion, but also aid depression and improve general mental health.

The most prominent effect of skydiving on the brain is the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is most closely tied to feelings of pleasure and the brain's reward system. After a skydive, the flood of this 'feel good' neurotransmitter can produce feelings of euphoria.

Are Skydivers Crazy?

We interviewed several skydivers. Listen to their stories.

Most people would agree, skydiving isn’t something you do everyday. But while skydiving is an extreme sport and it does get your adrenaline pumping, it's not a crazy thing to do.

Skydivers aren't crazy! They are sensible, calculated people who know exactly what they're doing and do it with total precision.

Why Do People Crave To Skydive?

There's an endless amount of reasons as to why someone would choose to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Is it mostly for the freedom or for the thrill? Is it to find a sense of belonging with a small community filled with people like them? Or can it be used as a form of therapy, to clear the mind and create positive emotions? There are so many reasons why people want to skydive!

Why people skydive often depends on how frequently people skydive. Most first time tandem skydivers are looking for a once in a lifetime experience and choose to make their skydive for the thrill of it. They want to cross an item off of that proverbial bucket list.

Experienced skydivers, people who participate in this sport and make hundreds of skydives a year, have found a way to turn this sport into a lifestyle. They tend to seek out this crazy sport of skydiving because of the community, confidence and therapy it provides. It’ fun!

History of Skydiving (Parachuting)

After Louis-Sébastien Lenormand demonstrated a rigid-frame parachute for the first time in 1783, the first high-altitude parachute jump in history was made by André-Jacques Garnerin, the inventor of the frameless parachute, on 22 October, 1797.