Is Skydiving Fun?

Monday, October 19, 2020

Let’s have some real talk – Is skydiving fun? It’s likely you’ve landed on this page because you’re interested in making a skydive, but you’re more than a little scared about the prospect of jumping out of a plane. We’ve got great news – you’re not alone in this thinking! Everyone is scared, but most (we won’t say all) absolutely love the experience and find it completely fun. We’re not going to try and convince you to make a skydive, but we will share the realities of what we know to be true – the greater the challenge, the greater the fun!


Skydiving is fun, but it’s not without its scary moments, however, if there is no challenge, then the fun wouldn’t be as great. If you go out of your way to avoid anything that scares you, it’s likely you’ll have a pretty boring non-fun existence. It’s a paradox, but how much fun you have is tied to physical exertion, risk and a challenge – all the elements of a skydive.

What makes skydiving so fun is overcoming the mental challenge of facing a fear, overcoming it and learning that you actually enjoy the thing that you feared so much. Interestingly enough, we’ve noticed that the people who have the most fear about skydiving also seem to have the most fun! The video below demonstrates this perfectly when one of our guests, Antuan, jumped with us back in 2009. He was petrified by the experience and as you can probably tell… had the time of his life!


Skydiving is one of the most fun and enjoyable activities to do on the planet because of the natural chemicals produced in your brain when experiencing it. Endorphins, adrenaline and serotonin are known as the feel good chemicals produced by the brain which essentially make people feel really, really happy. Many prescription meds help the brain secrete these chemicals to help battle depression. So, is skydiving fun… like the most fun you’ll ever have!

Through the years, we have hosted guests who absolutely didn’t want to make a skydive, but were doing it to make someone else happy. When people skydive to please or impress others, they seldom have fun.

- Danny Smith, Owner of Skydive Carolina

As mentioned above,, the trick to experiencing that fun is getting past the fear of actually making a skydive. As humans we’re hard-wired to avoid danger and let’s be frank, skydiving isn’t without risk and you have to pay good money to have the privilege to be in this risky position (it doesn’t really make sense does it?). So let’s talk about that first – is skydiving worth the risk?


It’s important to be honest – you can be killed making a skydive. In 2019, out of 3 million jumps made, 15 people were killed and more than a couple of thousand suffered injuries related to it. These stats are eye opening, but when compared to other risks in life, you’re more likely to be killed by a lightning strike or by a bee sting. While your odds are still low of being killed, each of us must determine what level of risk we’re willing to take in order to have our fun. The risk quotient will vary for everyone. Whatever your level of risk, our advice to anyone thinking about making a skydive is to do it for yourself. Through the years, we have hosted guests who absolutely didn’t want to make a skydive, but were doing it to make someone else happy. When people skydive to please or impress others, they seldom have fun.

While pure comedy, it’s likely that James Corden wouldn’t have gone out for a jump unless it would produce such incredible views and more than 42 million views on YouTube!


If you’re unsure if skydiving is for you, but you’re still interested, we invite you to visit Skydive Carolina without a reservation or any inclination to make a skydive. We’re about 30 minutes from south Charlotte and 35 minutes north of Columbia. Come check things out and watch who’s jumping – this will help you determine if this is right for you. If you already know, click the button below to get this skydiving party started!


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