Why I jump

Trying to explain why I skydive is difficult. Especially to people who have never jumped. Most people think you are crazy, others assume you have a death-wish, and some think it is cool.

But nobody associates attributes like “relaxing” or even “peaceful” with it. But it actually is. Skydiving has a very calming routine to it: checking your gear, putting on your suit, parachute, helmet, googles and altimeter, riding the plane up, enjoying the view and going through the upcoming jump before your inner eye. Last checks before you get to the door and I am out in freefall.

If I jump by myself I generally watch the plane disappear from my view before turning back on my belly. Freefall is not simply “falling like a rock”. You can turn, roll over, fly forward or back, sit up, go head down, whatever you can think of. Apart from going back up you can do anything. It is amazing.

Obviously there is the point where you need to open your parachute and things become more restricted, but still – you are flying. It can be a bit bumpy when it is windy, but generally it is a smooth motion, fairly quiet and a lot of fun!

Apparently I am not the only skydiver who feels like that and some guys who are much better in flying and filming than myself put together a really nice video. 11mins worth watching!

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