Let me start off by saying that I have an extreme fear of heights/falling, and I get motion sickness pretty badly (I cannot do IMAX movies, turning my neck too often when in a car, etc.). However, 2 years ago, I literally took the plunge. Why? For love, mostly!
I knew that Chris (my now-fiance!) wanted to go skydiving (something he's never done before), and I always told him 'no way' because of all of the above reasons... why would I want to torture myself?! But, the more I thought about it, the more anxious and excited I felt- how amazing would it be to conquer a ton of my fears but also do a once-in-a-lifetime thing to celebrate my 2 year anniversary with Chris?
I managed to keep it a surprise until the morning of... I wanted to tell him a little in advance just to make sure he was still cool with the idea, and for mental preparedness. He loved the idea, and it was AMAZING to do it together! (I 100% don't blame you if you are the partner in a relationship who is like me, but will adamantly refuse to jump out of an airplane- totally respectable.)
I still honestly have no idea how I was able to take the mental (and physical... haha) leap of faith OUT OF AN AIRPLANE AT ABOUT 13,500 FEET, but I did it! I HATED the free fall (maybe hated is too strong... I just didn't like it, especially when my tandem jumper SPUN US AROUND MULTIPLE TIMES even though I told him about my extreme motion sickness...). The floating down toward the ground after the parachute opened was the best part- you could relax, take in the scenery, and actually enjoy the experience. I've read that other people LOVE the free fall, so it's all just difference of opinion.
I took dramamine pills before skydiving, but I still threw up (it probably would've worked if my tandem jumper (who was otherwise great) didn't spin us around during free fall). Also, it was good that I took them anyway, just for piece of mind, and it most likely held off the throwing up until I was on the ground.
Chris' sinuses were acting up all day afterward, so the both of us were feeling pretty crappy the rest of the day (albeit glad we did it, and excited about our accomplishment). But making sure you're well hydrated before and after, and taking medicine if you need it (dramamine/sinus/etc) would be two of my top tips.
Also, If you skydive, I would recommend buying the photography/videography package! It was well worth it for us! (especially me, since I NEEDED tons of proof that I did it- definitely something I love looking back on!)
Have you ever been skydiving? Is it something you'd ever do? If you have questions for me, or tips for others, please leave them in the comments below :)
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