Skydiving Anxiety: Story Of A Diver’s First Time Experience


As someone with a skydiving anxiety disorder – who just did her first skydive – no! There’s no need to avoid sky diving simply because you have an anxiety disorder. Sky diving might not be for everyone, and that’s ok. But having anxiety doesn’t need to stop you.

Skydiving Anxiety: Story Of A Diver’s First Time Experience
Skydiving Anxiety: Story Of A Diver’s First Time Experience

I never felt I would do anything like it in my life. I’m 38 and lived my life very cautiously! My family is not adventurous, and my mother and grandmother also struggled with anxiety disorders to the point of needing hospitalization. If someone told me a few weeks ago, I would skydive I would laugh in their face!

A True Story Of A Person With Skydiving Anxiety

A friend visiting from overseas wanted to do a skydive. I wished her well and said I’d happily go with her and take photos of her land etc. but I did not incline to do it personally. And I was comfortable with that I didn’t feel I was missing out or chickening out. I didn’t for a second consider doing it. I didn’t do that kind of thing!

Somewhere along the way, she suggested I try it, and I started to wonder. I looked into it and the safety. If it were just me, I wouldn’t ever have thought to do it. She was meticulous in encouraging me not to push me into it- but I think a big part was I didn’t want to miss out – she had come from overseas to Australia, and I felt I owed her a good time and should go too.

Skydiving Anxiety: Story Of A Diver’s First Time Experience
Skydiving Anxiety: Story Of A Diver’s First Time Experience

Skydiving Is Less To Worry Than Snorkel 

I was surprised that, for me, skydiving was less worry than the snorkel. I think a bit part is you’re working an instructor, and they do all the work you’re along for the ride. I felt a bit silly as my friend was so excited! Not nervous at all! And I was very afraid! But the instructors joke around and answer questions, and you feel like you are in good hands.

It was zero like I assumed it to be. All in all, I enjoyed the dive, but even more so, the feeling of accomplishment and being able to do something I never felt I could do. It’s a very empowering experience. And while I experienced a lot of (needless) anxiety before the day / once I was there, it’s a very calm place with calm staff. There isn’t room for fear. The instructor talked to me the whole way, and it was just really a great thing.

It might not be everyone’s thing. If you asked me last week, I would say no way I have no interest in it! But I encourage you if you are considering it and wavering, it’s worth going through with it. People told me that before my jump and I didn’t believe it – they didn’t know me or how anxious I was – but I can honestly say do it! You won’t regret it.

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