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What Does Skydiving Feel Like?
One of the questions we frequently get asked is both simple and vague: what does skydiving feel like? You need to experience it yourself, as it's pretty hard to explain, but we will do our best to describe the feeling.
Effective Breathing Tips While Skydiving
If you're thinking about taking the leap, you probably have a lot of questions. Maybe you've heard about what skydiving is like from experiences your friends and family have had. Most likely they loved it and can't wait to go again (maybe go together?!), or maybe they're in the one-and-done category and are happy they did it. Regardless, they definitely have a lot to say about their jump, perhaps including - "During freefall, I felt like I couldn't breathe!" Well, that would give anyone pause!
Skydiving Videos: Are They Worth the Money?
The cost of tandem skydiving videos may seem steep, especially after you've already saved up and shelled out to book your skydive, but listen closely - now's not the time to scrimp! As cliche as it sounds, it's worth stating: you only skydive for the first time once. Don't miss the opportunity to catch yourself in the act of accomplishing something extraordinary!
Is Skydiving Fun?
Skydiving is a lot of things - an adventure, a challenge, a thrill like no other - but is skydiving fun? You better believe it! Skydiving is tons of fun. All about having fun, in fact! When weighing up the idea of doing a skydive, the freefall part is likely where your mind goes first but there's a lot to be said for flying under a parachute too - and despite the jangling nerves you might have about jumping, as soon as you do it there is only joy. Let's do a play by play -
Is Skydiving Worth It?
If you Googled "skydiving prices" only to suffer from sticker shock and then Google around some more to see how "skydiving near me prices" compare ... you'll see that tandem skydiving prices are in the same ballpark, for the most part. Let's get into what goes into skydiving costs, how to choose the dropzone for you, and why skydiving is worth it.
Skydiving Positions and the Arch: What To Know
Have you ever wondered why skydivers seem to be so stable and relaxed in free fall? Falling with stability doesn't happen by chance; it occurs because of a foundational body position known as "the arch." Learning to arch is Freefall 101 when learning to skydive. Individuals who are unable to perform this key body position will be advised not to pursue skydiving as it's fundamental for your safety and the safety of others.
Does Skydiving Hurt?
Generally, skydiving is a pain-free experience, but it's not without moments of discomfort caused by multiple factors which include an individual's fitness and flexibility as well as variables like harness fit and weather conditions.
It should go without saying that an individual can be seriously injured or even killed when making a skydive (our company attorney wanted us to add that bit in), but barring anything serious we'll cover a routine skydive and the areas where a level of discomfort may be experienced.
What are the Differences Between a Tandem and Solo Skydive?
By far the most common way people experience skydiving for the first time is via a tandem jump, but what are the differences between tandem skydiving and jumping solo? Also, how do you go from one to the other? Skydiving alone and independently is a great goal to have, because everyone should know what it feels like to jump from an airplane - but at the start you need to learn what to do. This can happen in a few different ways...
Health and Exercise Benefits of a Skydive
The different ways that you can engage with skydiving - a lifestyle, a hobby, an obsession, a serious competitive sport - grow from the simple fact that even a single jump contains a lot of health benefits you can use.
What to know about Skydive OC's planes before jumping from them
The Cessna is Skyive OC's beloved tandem skydiving plane because of its strong engine for a smaller plane, its predictability and its speed in the air
5 Questions Every New Skydiver Should Ask
Before you make your tandem skydive booking, it is important to ask a few questions to ensure you have the best experience possible.
All About the Skydiving License
The traditional first step to becoming a skydiver is a tandem jump, where you're paired with an experienced instructor, and then various levels of skydiving licenses can be achieved after that.
How To Become A Professional Skydiver, Or Close To It
Since people realized that you could jump out of airplanes for fun, skydiving has grown into a leisure activity, hobby and even a competitive sport. It's something that appears on many bucket lists, but you can turn a one-time experience into a professional career.
Is Skydiving Bad For Your Back?
Skydiving is perhaps the original extreme sport, and it is entirely reasonable to wonder if it might be hard on your body. Without having ever jumped out of an airplane before, you could easily imagine that deploying a parachute at 120 miles per hour would put a lot of strain on your back - or any part of your body.
Why A Fear Of Heights Shouldn't Stop You From Skydiving
Lots of things we fear have very sensible roots, and being scared of heights is completely natural because falling off something is bad for you. But however sensible it feels to be anxious about skydiving, technology, technique, process and security should allow you to overcome that fear.
Skydiving Safety — How Safe Is Skydiving
Let's get it all out in the air - skydiving IS a dangerous sport, no bones about it. There are absolutely no guarantees, and there is a release of liability waiver you'll need to complete before you embark on this adventure. However, we'll let the statistics, technology, and our efforts tell more of the story on the dangers of skydiving.
How to have the ultimate skydiving experience
Attitude, altitude, culture, views and video all add up to create the perfect skydiving experience, which Skydive OC offers to both first-time and returning skydivers.
How to Prepare for Your (First) Tandem Skydive
There are many things to consider when you're looking to make your first skydiving jump. We hope to answer some of those questions for you here.
Tandem Skydiving Landings - What to Know
If you've landed on this page, it's likely you're giving tandem skydiving some serious consideration and now you're doing your research about tandem skydive landings and the physical requirements needed. If that describes you, you're in the right place as we're going to share everything you need to know about how to land while skydiving.
Why a media package is the perfect skydiving addition
Is a skydiving video worth it? You bet your bottom dollar it is. Here's why a media package is the perfect skydiving addition.
Skydiving Slang — The Language of Skydiving
The vocabulary of skydiving is very nuanced and goes far beyond the word "parachute." If you're interested in skydiving, prepare for a crash course in skydiving terms you've never heard about! Consider this your unofficial dictionary for skydiving terms.
What Does Terminal Velocity Mean In Skydiving?
Terminal velocity means the top speed an object can achieve when it falls through the air, and skydivers can manipulate their body position to travel at the same speed.
How a parachute works and the design behind it
Parachute equipment is a rapidly developing field, one in which improvements are still consistently made today. The parachutes are made from a lightweight nylon material that has been chemically treated to be less porous, which allows less air to pass through the fabric and further increases the air resistance it creates.
Tandem Skydiving: Everything You Need To Know!
Everything you need to know about tandem skydiving.
Adventurists: get ready for one of the greatest adventures on planet earth!
Fearful moms: take a deep breath, this isn't as irresponsible as it may seem
Why Are You Doing This?
April Arnold shares her experience as a first time tandem skydiver. She took the skies to Ocean City, Maryland and describes to her followers in her most recent blog post the why, what and how of why she chose to jump out of a perfectly good airplane on a beautiful July morning at the beach!
Make it Count Monday: Stop and Smell the Roses
For this last Make It Count, hear Amy Ebling talk about the importance of making each minute count by slowing down and noticing more. Being present in each moment. Stopping to smell the roses, even (or the Pumpkin Spice, this time of year I guess)!
Make it Count Monday: Setting Goals That Scare You
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a frightening experience. This week's Make it Count Monday talks about goal setting; specifically goals that excite you. Read how to turn your bucket list into a to-do list!
Make it Count Monday: How to make the most of your time when you have none
Blogger, Skydiver and Fitness Guru Amy Ebling shares her thoughts on making time to stay fit and eat healthy. From quick workouts to easy meal prep ideas, Amy shares her secrets with us.
How Old is Too Old to Skydive?
Whether you are are "training for life" or just giving your vehicle the tune ups it needs, Amy Ebling reminds us why taking care of our bodies is so important. Make it count today and be fit enough to skydive for years and years to come!
Make it Count Monday: Why Skydiving is Good for Your Health!
Read why the decision to jump out of an airplane was one of Amy Ebling's healthiest things this fitness fanatic and guru has ever done.
Skydive OC welcomes to the team blogger Amy Ebling. Amy will host a series in October every Monday called Make It Count Monday.
How High Do Skydiving Planes Go?
No, Really, how high do skydiving planes go and why is there a limit to exit altitudes?
How to Mentally & Physically Prepare For Your First Parachute Jump
Learn top tips for preparing for your first parachute jump and skydiving experience!
Why Do Skydivers Wear Helmets?
No really... why do skydivers wear helmets?
Our Skydiving Safety Record
Learn about Skydive OC's skydiving safety record compared to the national average.
What is Skydiving Versus Parachuting?
What is the difference between skydiving and parachuting?
Is it Really All About the Skydiving View?
What is skydiving all about? Is is really all about the skydiving view? Find out here...
Top 13 Skydiving Bucket List Ideas
Learn all about the top bucket list skydives for new and long time skydivers.
Should I go Skydiving? 5 Tips to Conquer Your Fear
You may be asking yourself the question, 'should I go skydiving?'. Learn from these 5 tips on how you can muster up the courage to go.
Is Skydiving an Extreme Sport?
What is an extreme sport and is skydiving considered extreme skydiving?
All About Parachute Steering
Your Guide (and history lesson) about parachute steering!
All About Skydiving and The Elements of a Great Skydive
Want to know all about skydiving? Understand what elements are needed to have a great skydive and to make the most of your skydive at Maryland's Skydive OC!
Can You Breathe While Skydiving and Other Skydiving Myths
Many new skydivers ask the question, can you breathe while skydiving, & this article dives into the skydiving breathing myth & answers other common skydiving myths.
Everything You Need to Know About Your First Time Skydiving
Learn what you need to know for your first time skydiving and how to make your first tandem skydive your best yet! Understand what to expect for your first tandem.
How to Guarantee the Best Skydiving Experience
Understand what it takes to have the best skydiving experience and what needs to be invested to make the best skydiving experience become a reality.
Interview with Skydive OC Owner, Jeanice Dolan
Learn about the Skydive OC owner, Jeanice Dolan and experience her story to how she got into skydiving and how Skydive Ocean City in Maryland came to be!
Skydive OC attends PIA Symposium in the name of safety
Drop zone operators, skydiving manufacturers and skydivers all over the world attended PIA Symposium on February 13 - 17, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Skydive OC Launches New Company Website
We're very excited about our new website developed by DropZone Marketing!
The Meaning of Safety in Skydiving
Ever wonder what leads someone to becoming a professional skydiving instructor? Check out this NPR interview with our Chief Instructor.
Don't Be Scammed by Third Party Booking Sites
Don't be scammed! Many booking agencies are posing as real skydiving centers throughout the Maryland and Washington DC area.