Skydiving Myths

There are quite a few myths that are associated with
skydiving, so we’ll take a look at a few of them and see
what the truth is about them. This way you don’t have to
worry about what is true and what is really a myth.

1. You can’t breathe while skydiving

This is one of the biggest myths. But the truth is that if
people didn’t breathe while you were skydiving, they
wouldn’t be able to open their parachute, since they would
lose consciousness.

2. You can talk while skydiving

This myth has been made popular because of all those
movies. But it’s nearly impossible to hear anything because
of the rushing of the wind. But that’s why there are hand
signals, because people can’t hear anything.

3. If you don’t have a parachute, holding on to someone who
does will help you.

Although this has happened sometimes, it’s nearly
impossible. Don’t think that it will save you because it
usually doesn’t happen.

4. You free fall for as long as five minutes

The truth is that you would have to go up to at least
60,000 feet in order to fall for that long before opening
your chute. For the typical jump, you only free fall for
about 40 seconds before you open it.

5. The chute isn’t going to open

This is one of the biggest fears that people have, but the
truth is that the parachutes today are fitted so that they
are practically failsafe. Most of the injuries and deaths
that are associated with skydiving are because of mistaking
judgment and not being prepared.