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The short answer? Because they let us!

But you aren’t looking for the short answer, are you… If you’re on our website, reading up on our sport, then there’s a really solid chance you’re hoping you’ll find some glaring reason why you should never, EVER make a skydive (even though you know you really want to). But here my friends is where we’re going to have to disappoint you.

There are so many amazing reasons to get out and make that first jump that listing them all here might actually break the internet, so let's just cover the very top of the list!

The Views

It honestly doesn’t matter if you find yourself in freefall over wide open corn fields from horizon to horizon, over tropical islands with stunning beaches and crystal waters, over the pyramids or even the highest mountains in the world. You cannot even begin to imagine what it’s like to see the beautiful world we live on laid out below you without having to smush your nose against a grubby airplane window to see it. It is beyond breathtaking, no matter where you jump.

The Feeling

It’s not like falling. In fact, when asked to describe what the sensation of freefall is like once it’s over, we are willing to bet that “falling” will be the last word you’ll use. To be more precise, you feel like you’re floating. Floating on a cushion of air custom tailored exactly to the shape of you… Falling is the feeling you get when you accelerate, but in a skydive you’ll reach terminal velocity, which might sound scary, but only means that you won’t fall any faster. That means no losing your stomach and no roller-coaster; just an incredible sensation that needs to be felt to be understood. Human beings can fly, believe us! We just can’t fly for long, yet…

The accomplishment

Fear. Lets face it, fear can be overwhelming to say the least, and it’s fear that can drive us to either make bad decisions, or pass up on really good ones. With skydiving, be it a once in a lifetime tandem or your own Accelerated Freefall Course and years of jumping, learning to skydive will teach you how to at first overcome, and then eventually control how you view and react to fear. The feeling you’ll have after doing something that scares you is something that cannot be described, and to have not only conquered your fear, but to have had fun doing it… there simply are no words.

So why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? If you’ve read this far, the we all know that it's just about time for you to come up with your own reasons to come out and jump!​

As we say in skydiving, “Blue Skies” and we’ll see you soon!​



Douglas Smith is CEO/President, and Guest Relations Associate at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. He has owned and operated the business since 2000. He has been skydiving since 1994, and in addition to leading the CSC Team, is currently an instructor, videographer and pilot for CSC.

Topics: Tandem, Chicago