Will it feel like I'm falling during the skydive?
When you jump off a stationary object like a high diving board you get the sensation that you are falling. When skydiving you are already moving fast when you exit the aircraft and there is sufficient wind resistance to give a sense of support. This support allows skydivers to control their movement in the sky which simulates flying even though its really just falling. A skydive out of a hot air balloon offers both feelings with first the dead air falling sensation then as speed picks up closer to the average 120 mile an hour skydiver fall rate, it starts to feel like flying. Then when the parachute opens you feel a slight jerk then its really quiet and peaceful and feels more like floating or hanging from your harness on a windy day.
Will skydiving feel like a roller coaster ride? Like my stomach is in my throat?
Roller coaster rides can simulate zero gravity which is that sensation that your lunch just bumped against your throat. With skydiving you don't get the zero gravity feeling during the free fall portion of the skydive but once the parachute is open this sensation can be induced through particular flying maneuvers. Not only can you fly a parachute/canopy to give you zero-gravity but you can simulate gravity forces greater than the standard one gravity you experience at ground level. If you frequently experience motion sickness mention it to your skydiving tandem instructor and they can fly the parachute with out spins or other highly dynamic maneuvers.
Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
Skydiver would respond with. "the door was open" or "there is no such thing as a perfectly good airplane" but the truth is skydiving is an amazing experiance that can empower you and make you realize that life's moments are precious. Don't waste your life. Get up and do that "must do before I die list", and do it today. There might not be a tomorrow but there is a today, make the most of it!
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