What happens to your body when you skydive?

Here’s a surprising fact for you… humans were not built to fly. We don’t have wings, we can’t glide and we aren’t supposed to free-fall. So when we decide to skydive out of a perfectly good aircraft, our bodies are going to react accordingly. 

Skydiving is a ridiculously exciting activity to do, but the event itself does trigger fear in our bodies. It also kick starts our survival mechanism, meaning we go into fight or flight mode. 

But before we get to the actual jump, let’s start at the very beginning….

Pre-skydive jitters


The first thing you’ll notice when you're preparing to skydive is that you’re strangely aware of your bladder. When you’re anxious or nervous, your body releases adrenaline, which causes the sudden need to pee. It could also be because you’re tensing your muscles which puts extra pressure on your bladder.

As you climb into the plane and start your journey towards the clouds, your adrenal glands will kick in. These glands release cortisol, which is our stress hormone. As you get ready to jump, your adrenaline glands will potentially be the highest they have ever been, and will ever be. Your speed and strength will be increased, meaning you could confidently take on a WWE wrestler (or at least try!). You’ll feel energised, but also as if time has slowed down entirely. 

Skydiving with plane in background

The Free-Fall

And then you jump! You’ll free-fall at around 200kph for anywhere from 45-60 seconds. You might experience goose bumps, sharpened senses, increased blood pressure, perspiration and a whole other cocktail of emotions – it’s hard to predict how the skydive will effect a specific person because it’s different for everyone. What’s common for everyone, is that you’ll be living 100% in the moment – how often do you truly get to do that?

After our skydiving experience and feeling the adrenaline rush

After You Land

Surprisingly enough, here’s where the fun really begins! You’ll feel like you just won a gold medal at the Olympics. The relief and joy is immediate and intense. Some people report that they feel like a whole new person after they skydive. This could be due to any number of things. You might have just faced your fears head on, proving that you’re much stronger than you ever anticipated. It also opens up a whole new world of heart-pumping, thrill-seeking adventures. What will you tackle next? You’ll have a new perception of the world having seen it from a completely different angle.

You can live off that natural high for the rest of the day while your body burns off the adrenaline. This means you’ll probably talk about your experience to anyone who’ll listen and be a happier, friendlier, chattier and more energetic version of yourself.

So what are you waiting for?

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