Skydiving is a very popular hobby and recreational activity. It is the second most popular sport in most states, after football. Skydivers can take lessons and learn how to skydive safely and properly. Many people choose to upgrade their license or get a multiple jump certificate. After taking classes, many skydivers enjoy the thrill of jumping out of planes for fun.
Skydiving can hurt the ears and cause shortness of breath which may be accompanied by chest pains. A skydiver needs to possess fair health in order to perform a dive without complications. The discomfort caused by skydiving arises in response to rapid changes in the external air pressure.
There are certified skydiving instructors who help beginners feel more comfortable with this exhilarating activity, which helps them overcome the fear they might have about falling from such high heights at an incredibly fast pace. Some people use skydiving to push themselves past their boundaries and try something new or challenging. People also choose to do it as an adrenalin rush, but others do it for fun. Many people get a high from skydiving and find themselves constantly doing it. Here is what you should know about skydiving safety.
Does your stomach drop when you skydive?
Yes. When skydiving, the speed of the fall makes you able to feel a dropping stomach. That is because your inner ear sends a signal to a part of your brain called the “locus coeruleus” area, which then affects another part of your brain that controls coordination. These two signals can make you feel like your stomach is dropping, even though you fall straight down.
When one skydives, they get a feeling that their stomach drops because there’s a certain pressure on their inner ear during this process. As a result, it alerts a part of the brain called locus ceruleus and alters how another section of the brain manages coordination. These two signals can make you feel like your stomach is dropping even though you are falling straight down.
Other reasons for getting a dropping stomach in skydiving include your body’s fear of falling, fear of death, increased heartbeat, and increased blood pressure. Your body reacts to these emotions by releasing adrenaline into your system, which causes you to feel nauseous. One may also experience this because of being too focused on the jump instead of taking time out to relax. All these are very common when skydiving happens with beginners who have never done it before. That is because as a jumper falls from a plane, their stomach lurches into their mouth – due to the atmospheric pressure suddenly decreasing at higher altitudes.
How does it feel while skydiving?
Skydiving is an extreme sport, and many people question how it feels to be jumping from a plane several feet up in the air. Some people instantly feel excitement and happiness, while others start to panic and regret their decision. When skydiving, you can either feel adrenaline or fear throughout your body. The feeling varies for every person, but no one ever forgets their first time jumping out of a plane.
People who have never experienced skydiving before almost always feel an overwhelming amount of excitement the moment they jump out into the sky because it is such a great accomplishment that not everyone has experienced. You are happy because you overcame your fears, reached a new milestone, and explored something unknown to you, which gives you a sense of euphoria and accomplishment. Some people also feel sad because they realize their life will change after doing something so exhilarating. The adrenaline from skydiving might cause that causes your heart rate to increase, allowing you to live in the moment more intensely than usual, but this feeling quickly disappears when you land back on Earth again.
People who have already experienced skydiving before usually feel a combination of different emotions when they jump out of a plane for the second time because it becomes an entirely new experience every time. Some people remember what it felt like last time and embrace it with open arms, while others begin to panic and fear everything around them. If you have never had such an experience, you might be scared of the unknown and what lies ahead. Many people start to ask themselves questions such as “What comes next?” or “What will happen if I get hurt?”
That causes individuals to feel a bit uneasy but eventually calms down when they reach airspeed. After that point, you experience thoughts similar to skydiving, which cause excitement and happiness throughout your body because you have never felt this way before. However, the feeling while skydiving is different for everyone because everyone feels a different adrenaline rush from doing something extreme and dangerous.
Do your ears hurt when you skydive?
Yes. When skydiving, your ears might become blocked. A blocked ear means an air pressure difference between the inside and outside of your eardrum, which can be painful and cause annoying popping sounds as you accelerate to terminal velocity. This condition – known as barotrauma – is not unique to skydiving; it happens with other forms of travel, such as changing elevations during a plane ride and scuba diving.
What causes this?
The passage from your inner ear into your middle ear includes a thin passageway that goes past your throat. As you descend at high speeds in freefall, wind rushing past your face can make the Eustachian tube snap shut; this creates pressure on the eardrum, which you might feel like pain, and some people also hear “pop” sounds.
What can you do about it?
The most important thing is to equalize early and often. If you experience popping or pain in your ears, attempt to equalize them by pinching your nose and blowing gently (the Valsalva maneuver). This technique works because it opens up the Eustachian tube and allows for normal airflow. Since opening the Eustachian valve relieves both pain and pressure, doing so will usually stop any other pops from occurring during descent.
However, many people’s Eustachian tubes are very sensitive to certain stimuli, including the stress of skydiving. If your ears won’t equalize no matter how often you try, then there isn’t much you can do about it besides getting help from your instructor or one of the jumpmasters. They may give you an instrument called a Valsalva that looks like a plastic ear syringe. Such a device works in the same way as described above by pinching your nose and blowing gently. However, it is more effective because it creates sufficient pressure inside the eardrum to open its valve against the surrounding air pressure.
Is this dangerous?
No. With one notable exception, blocked ears will not cause any serious problems for freefalling people at terminal velocity. The only way barotrauma can become truly life-threatening is if you experience a complete blockage of your Eustachian tube – for instance, by blowing your nose hard immediately afterward. If this happens, you could feel pain without equalizing due to swelling and fluid buildup in your middle ear (which is why you should not blow your nose hard after landing).
What are the chances of getting hurt skydiving?
Many people may think that skydiving is an extremely dangerous sport, but it’s not as dangerous as many other activities that are practiced daily. Luckily, skydivers who wear jumpsuits can help slow down their falls to make things less fatal when they fall to the ground, especially if there aren’t any trees or telephone poles nearby. However, these skydiving suits don’t always work, and some jumpers have died while wearing them.
The death rate of sky diving is relatively low at 0.62/100,000 jumps, and injuries are even lower than that, with about 4% of experienced jumpers having had an injury before. That shows huge progress compared to the early days of skydiving, where over half of all deaths occurred during training missions. This number is even further reduced because most fatalities occur during solo jumps (when no instructor is present), which can help guide divers if something goes wrong.
The risk of getting hurt while skydiving is extremely low, although it is dependent on several factors, including your personality. Since the drop zone strictly regulates jumps and uses modern equipment (including screens in front of the door), if you follow regulations and jump with an experienced instructor, the chance of injury is 1/1000 – 1/2000 or less. That makes it one of the safest recreational activities possible.
As with any sport, injuries can happen, but they aren’t as common as most think. Further, injuries can vary from case to case depending on many different factors such as the height of fall, body position at the time of impact, and overall health of the individual before they go skydiving. Skydivers themselves will never know what type of injury they may sustain until it happens – but if precautions are taken, there is a very low chance anything serious will happen. It is best to go at it safe and remain vigilant about what’s going on around you.
Skydiving offers a memorable experience that most people choose to try at some point in their lives. It is a challenge, but with the right trainer and attitude, anyone can have a lot of fun learning to skydive. Some even say it’s life-changing. You should not try to jump out of a plane if you don’t feel comfortable signing up for classes, taking them, and ultimately jumping from planes. Make sure you make safety your number one priority when skydiving because once you fall out of that plane, there’s no way to go back up or stop yourself from landing on the ground.