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Fun Facts about Skydiving

Skydiving is one of the most unique and exhilarating activities you could ever hope to participate in, and it has a long and exciting history. From famous skydivers to impressive jumps, there are plenty of fun skydiving facts to learn about. We’re here to go over some of our favorites and hopefully tell you something you didn’t already know about skydiving in the process.

For decades, the highest skydive record was held by Captain Kittinger, who jumped from a plane that was 102, 800 feet in the air. However, this record was recently broken in 2012 by a man named Felix Baumgartner. In October of that year, Baumgartner jumped from a height of 128,100, significantly passing Kittinger’s record. This height equals almost 25 miles, and during the drop he managed to break the sound barrier.

Did you know that the youngest person to ever skydive was four years old? The toddler didn’t accomplish the feat alone of course. It was a tandem jump made from a height of 10,000 feet.

Moving on to some more general facts about skydiving itself, you may be surprised to learn that while falling, the wind moving against your face is traveling at more than 100 mph. Because of this, you are essentially deaf while skydiving. Good luck trying to carry on a conversation if you are jumping with a group.

Finally, more than 3 million skydives take place each and every year. We are proud to take part in many of them, and we hope you’ll be joining us for at least one. For more skydiving facts and news, keep checking back with the team at the Virginia Skydiving Center!

Overcoming Your Fear of Skydiving

Skydiving can be one of the most unforgettable experiences that you will ever have in your life, but for many people, their own fear prevents them from ever giving it a shot. We understand why skydiving could seem scary to the average person who doesn’t know much about it, but we’re here to tell you… Continue Reading

How to Prepare for Your First Tandem Skydive

How to Prepare for Your First Tandem Skydive

If you have never been skydiving before, you are in for an unforgettable experience like no other. For beginners, tandem skydiving is the perfect option because you get to enjoy the ride while a professional takes care of everything for you. However, that doesn’t mean you should go into your first experience without any knowledge.… Continue Reading

Health Benefits of Skydiving

Health Benefits of Skydiving

Most people think of skydiving as an exhilarating activity that is fun and exciting. While these things are true, many people overlook the health benefits that come along with skydiving. There are actually several reasons why skydiving is good for both your physical and mental health, and we’re here to tell you about some of… Continue Reading

A List of Skydiving Sites near You

A List of Skydiving Sites near You

Maybe it’s been on your bucket list for ages or maybe the New Year has spurred you into action, but in either event, you’re looking to skydive. So what now? The decision’s been made (and that’s often the scariest part) so here’s a step-by-step guide in how to take the plunge for the first time.… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolution: Go Skydiving

Skydiving is one of those extreme things that is cropping up on everyone’s must-do list. But what does your first dive feel like, especially if you’re not usually a thrill-seeker or really not into heights? In short, amazing, exhilarating, worth the story, filled with more banter than you’d expect, and beyond terrifying. If it’s your… Continue Reading

You’re Never Too Old to Skydive

A healthy sense of adventure can develop at any age. Sometimes children who are overly cautious in their youth grow to seek out thrills like roller coasters and extreme sports later in life. Many people think that there’s a deadline to the excitement you could be having. However, as news reports around the country keep… Continue Reading

Marriage Proposals While Skydiving

There are few experiences in this world that can get your heart racing like whipping through the air at high speeds, hurtling towards the Earth and then being held aloft by a parachute. Some liken it to other life events that can get your adrenaline pumping, like buying a home or proposing to a loved… Continue Reading

Skydiving + Football = Pure Excitement

The NFL is a force in this nation, arguably the most popular and most watched sport in the country. Everyone has his or her favorite football team. Most men (and some women) have played a Madden videogame at some point in life. Let’s just say that the pigskin is a prominent part of the American… Continue Reading

Americans Dominated the 2012 World Parachuting Championships

Welcome to open skies! Did you know that there’s a World Parachuting Championships and that it just wrapped up on December 9th?  Not many people are aware of the WPC.  The championships, held in Dubai, attracted more than 800 ambitious daredevils.  Were you one of them? The championships cover almost every facet of skydiving.  People… Continue Reading