Published: September 15, 2018
If you're wondering if skydiving is something you should try, there's a good chance that a few sticky little myths are getting in your way. The media loves to perpetuate these whoppers about our beloved sport and, while we understand that skydiving isn't for everyone, we'd like to make sure that you're not being falsely dissuaded. After all: there's a good chance that skydiving is just the thing you need to catapult you to the next level in your life! Here's the straight deal, dear reader. We know you'll be glad to shake off those false assumptions!
It's not for nutjobs with a death wish.
Yawn! Come on, popular media. Of all the incorrect perceptions about skydiving, this one is probably the most frustrating, because it's the most dramatically untrue of the lot. Here's what's up: People who make the decision to jump are so much more in love with life than the folks who don't. People who embrace the experience of a skydive are really, truly seeking to squeeze every last drop from their Earthly experience; to live it to the fullest and then live a little more. Death wish? Not even. Hah.
It's not for adrenaline junkies.
Despite the frenzied insistence of movies and TV, you most certainly don't have to be an adrenaline junkie to make a skydive. Out here at Ozarks, we host perfectly well-adjusted, smart, safety-minded first-time jumpers every single day. (You might say it's our specialty.) Our jumpers are business people, full-time moms, grandparents, caregivers, hard-working folks of every stripe -- every single category you can think of comes through our doors and leaves with a smile. One kind of first-time tandem jumper we don't see many of? Adrenaline junkies. They're a rarity. And that should tell you everything you need to know.
It's not a sport that's only for the young, flexible and fit.
Sure, stuntpeople have a tendency to be Crossfitted within an inch of their lives -- but 'regular' skydivers run the gamut of age and condition. Youth and fitness aren't prerequisites! Honestly, all you have to do is meet the minimum skydiving age and maximum weight requirements and you're probably good to go. (We regularly see adventurous 70- and 80-somethings jump with their college-age grandkids. True story!) If you have a concern about a pre-existing medical condition, just chat to your doctor about it. You might be surprised at the positive response!
It's not a crazy thing to do.
Here's the take-away: Skydiving is not just for lunatics. In fact, trying a tandem skydive here at Skydive the Ozarks is the natural next step for anyone looking for a new adventure that's convenient to southwest Missouri. Aching to get out of your comfort zone and into the fun zone? Skydiving is for you. Want to disconnect from technology and re-connect with real people in the real world? Skydiving is for you. Ready to check off that top-billed bucket list item? Skydiving is for you.
There's your answer, then! We're looking so forward to showing you around our splendid sky. Reach on out to us to schedule that first-time tandem skydive and we'll be overjoyed to answer any other questions that might come up. Don't be a stranger!