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6 Best Skydiving Movies To Watch Now

Love the feeling of jumping from a plane? Check out the 6 best skydiving and freefall movies to watch now. Why go anywhere when you can get your skydiving high right from the couch!

Sunshine Superman

Sunshine Superman is a skydiving documentary you simply can’t miss if you’re a skydiver. The 2014 Norwegian/ American film is a biopic on the life and death of Carl Boenish, widely considered to be the “father of BASE jumping”.

Carl Boenish began his skybound career as a skydiver in the 1960’s. This fearless dude soon discovered BASE jumping, eventually having the courage to jump off of El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Boenish also went on to set a world record with his wife, Jean when they both jumped off Troll Wall in Norway together.

The isn’t a niche film- it’s a mind-blowing documentary about a man who had to courage to live a life of passion. It offers some amazing shots of things most of us would never even dream of doing, and it’s a thrill just to watch Boenish do his thing.


This skydiving film, starring Stephen Baldwin and Dennis Rodman, is an excellent watch for action fans. Baldwin plays Victor “Vic” Cooper, an undercover U.S. customs agent, whose personal and professional personas seem to blend just a little too much.

When Cooper takes on a drug smuggling case, he is unable to prove his suspicions. He realized the drugs must have been smuggled by parachute, and takes a skydiving lesson in order to investigate. There, he meets his new love interest, Star, who tells him that people who come there ‘cutaway’ from their lives and cutaway their main chute in order to use their reserve chute. He also gets permissions to take skydive lessons with the US army.

As he improves, he grows closer to the team. But as his skills improve, so does the competition between the top guys at the drop zone. He eventually lands a job with the suspected drug smuggling company with one of the best skydivers nicknamed Red Line.

Things get complicated with Red Line, and the film ends with the ultimate justification for the film’s title. You have to watch this one to know just how it ends!

Drop Zone

The idea for this 1994 film was hatched by professional skydivers Guy Manos and Tony Griffin.

The film begins with U.S. Air Marshal Pete Nessip (played by Snipes) and his partner escorting a terrorist to a high-security prison in another state. Things go awry when an attempted hijack blows a hole in the plane. The terrorists end up parachute-jumping out at 30,000 feet. The terrorists take the prisoner with them, and Nessip somehow survives as well.

Turns out the whole thing was masterminded by yet another terrorist, an ex-DEA agent played by Gary Busey. When Nessip questions the circumstances surrounding the accident, the FBI suspiciously reports that jumps at that height are simply not possible, nor would sneaking parachutes through security.

But Nessip doesn’t buy it, and ends up consulting with a U.S. Navy HALO military parachuting instructor, who confirms they have indeed done jumps at this height and speed. Yet it remains a mystery how the parachutes got onto the plane.

You’ll have to watch to find out what happens. Face it- everyone loves a good Wesley Snipes film- and Drop Zone is just the movie to get your heart pumping even while you’re sitting on the couch.

Terminal Velocity

Terminal Velocity, starring Charlie Sheen, James Gandolfini and Nastassja Kinski was actually released in the same quarter in 1994 as Drop Zone was. 1994 was apparently an excellent year for skydivers!

Charlie Sheen plays Ditch, a cocky skydiving instructor (he didn’t have to work too hard at the cocky part, however). When a beautiful young woman named Chris (played by Kinski) comes in to take her “1st” jump, Ditch lustfully agrees. The jump ends in tragedy when a Chris randomly jumps out on her own and appears to have died, hitting the ground at terminal velocity.

Things start to get more complicated, as Chris eventually turns up alive and well with a story about being a KGB agent. She claims her former soviet co-workers have been recruited by the Russian mob and are planning an attack on Moscow, which she must stop!

While you don’t need much more than half a brain to watch this one, it does have incredible action scenes- espionage, skydiving and Russian women- what more could you want from a film?

Adrenaline Rush- The Science of Risk

Adrenaline Rush- The Science of Risk is basically what it sounds like – a documentary about the science behind what makes humans crave an adrenaline rush so desperately.

The film features two main adrenaline-junkies – Adrian Nicholas and Katarina ollikainen. In 1999, Nicholas completed the world’s longest unassisted human flight, falling for 4 minutes and 55 seconds at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.

Watch as they and other skydivers dive in the most stunning locations worldwide, such as above the Florida Keys, the Mojave Desert and the breathtaking fjords of Norway.

Debuted in 2002, the documentary dives deep into the psychological and physiological urges behind risk-taking. It’s about time there was an explanation for why everyone keeps jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, right?

The Gypsy Moths

The Gypsy Moths is a 1969 American drama about skydivers from a small town in the midwest. This ‘OG’ of skydiving films stars Gene Hackman, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. These were the Tom Cruises and Julia Roberts of their day.

Attractions run high, as Mike, played by Lancaster, falls in love and sleeps with Elizabeth, whose husband overhears all the action. Then Malcolm becomes involved with Annie, a student living in the same household that all the skydivers are staying. Joe, played by Hackman, falls in love with a topless dancer.

While the story involves a lot of romantic relationships between characters, it also features quite impressive aerial stunts and camera shots, especially for the 1960s.

When the film was made on location in Kansas, skydiving was still in its infancy. The skydivers also used bat wings, which today have morphed into wingsuits. The film is a cool way to see how skydiving has evolved over the last 80 years and is a must-see for any skydiver.

If you want to find amazing locations to plan your next skydiving adventure, make sure to check out our article Top Places to Try Tandem Skydiving. Also, be sure to check out all of the skydiving activities on our website.

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The Psychology Behind Falling in Love

The psychology behind falling in love

Ever wonder why everything is so colourful when you are in love? Love is one of the most ecstatic experiences a person can have in life. The bliss and euphoria of romance and the satisfaction of having an intimate bond with the person you love can turn your life upside down. Love is not just a sensation, but both the good and bad aspects of love can make our bodies go haywire. While love may seem really simple but it can have complex changes in the way you think and behave. Love can prove to be an undeniably powerful and life-altering experience. But why is love so strong and what is the psychological basis behind it? Let’s take a look at the psychological aspects of falling in love.

The psychology behind falling in love

Below are some facts that show us what happens inside our brain and body when we fall in love.

1. Love produces chemical changes in the body

Have you ever experienced that looking at the person you love not only makes you feel better but you actually feel the sensation in your whole body? You may feel your heart act unusually either faster or slower, your palms may sweat, your body may shake, and you also feel a sudden spike of euphoria in your body.

This happens because when we fall in love, there are actual chemical changes going on in our bodies. When we are in love our brain gets overflowing with chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin. These chemicals enhance the areas of our brain that are related to pleasure and reward systems. These chemical changes introduce physical effects in our body as well as less pain, more joy, an addictive dependence. Similarly, when you cuddle, hug or kiss your partner, you get an instant jolt of relaxation and all your stress vanishes away because your brain is being flooded with oxytocin.

2. Love can take away stress or magnify it depending on your relationship

Love can work in extremes. The increased levels of dopamine and oxytocin can make your body relaxed and almost completely stress-free. However, if things go sour, this addictive attachment to someone can have a completely opposite effect as well. Cortisol is a hormone that can increase stress in our body and when you initially fall in love and don’t know if the other person feels the same about you, you go into an increased state of stress. The initial stages of love is a wild time where you are trying to develop intimacy with another person. The anxiety whether the other person likes you or not can lead to hormonal changes, fear, and mood fluctuations. However, if your love life is going well, it can reduce stress significantly in the long run.

3. We are wired to develop connections

Falling in love is a built-in trait. There are many conscious and subconscious forces at work that make us intensely interested in another person. While it is true that we can chalk it up to our biological and chemical influences but it’s much deeper than that. Falling in love with someone and developing a life-long and lasting relationship gives meaning to our existence. Developing deeper connections helps us make sense of our lives. When we share our lives with someone else who we deeply love, it enriches our experience.

Loving someone can make us feel like we belong somewhere and makes us feel validated. It is an ultimate expression of meaning-making and life without meaning can be difficult and boring. Love is also about being there for each other in sickness and in health. Good relationships can bring out the best in you and the other person. You can’t ignore such a bond as people are naturally attracted towards the person that makes them better. Relationships only based on physical attraction only fade away after a couple of months, but if your partner is someone who is also your friend under the romantic element, then that could make your life much more fulfilling.

4. You feel safer, happier, and sometimes even addicted

Being in love and letting someone enter your life can make you develop trust towards your partner. The oxytocin released through physical contact can strengthen your attachment with someone and produce the sensations of contentment, pleasure, security, and calmness. All the positive elements that you feel because of the other person can make you feel secure and safe.

Being in love is also a natural provider of increased dopamine levels in your body. Dopamine is the chemical that regulates the reward and pleasure centre. When your partner is the reason for that rewarding sensation, your body automatically tends to feel safer around them. Studies have shown that when shown pictures of loved ones, people’s brain areas associated with dopamine displayed increased activity.

Because of such strong influences, love can also make you addicted to the other person. Love is a need that once you get used to, you cannot ignore for long periods. The rushes of oxytocin and dopamine can leave you craving for more. Studies have shown that falling in love hits the brain just like cocaine does. It activates the same portions of the brain and triggers the same euphoria as cocaine, opioids and other highly addictive drugs do.

The Takeaway

Love is definitely something more than just a feeling and it can change us both inside and out, mentally and physically. The strength of love can make dramatic changes take place at a genetic level that is something entirely out of our control. Being in love can have a drastic impact on your life such as inducing several biological changes as well such as reducing stress, relieving pain, and making you much happier.

11 Incredible Effects Of Skydiving On Your Body

Skydiving Has Numerous Incredible Effects On The Human Body

Skydiving is one of the few extreme sports that regular people can do without a lot of preparation. As such, many people ask themselves about the effects that skydiving has on the human body.

The human body will release several hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and dopamine in the blood circulations that will help people to think and act quicker. The muscles will also tense and people will lose perspective for speed, distance, and time. I have summarized the 11 greatest effects below.

  1. Your body will release adrenaline
  2. Your cortisol levels will rise
  3. Serotonin and dopamine will be released after the skydive
  4. The brain sends out different chemicals
  5. You will feel the need to pee and fart
  6. You lose perspective for speed and distances
  7. It does not feel like falling
  8. Some people will experience nausea during or after the skydive
  9. Freefalling gives you an improved sense of balances
  10. Your core and back muscles will strengthen and become more flexible
  11. Your body is exposed to strong temperature and air pressure changes

The Different Hormones That Will Be Released To Your Body When Skydiving

When going skydiving your body will release different kinds of hormones that have different impacts on your body and mind. While the type of hormone does not differ from person to person the amount of hormones differs strongly. The different levels of hormones also result in a different perception and experience of the skydive (or are a result of those).

The Role Of Adrenaline During Your Skydive

The most important hormone that is released during and before a skydive is adrenaline. Whenever your body is confronted with danger or a challenge it will initiate the so-called fight-or-flight response in which huge amounts of adrenaline are released. In general, adrenaline has performance-boosting effects and increases your physical abilities strongly.

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The first impact of adrenaline is that it empowers your muscles and makes them much stronger. The adrenaline will make your blood run faster such that the muscles are supplied with more oxygen and energy. Adrenaline will also trigger the release of proteins and special enzymes that enhance your muscle strengths.

Adrenaline also increases your heart rate drastically. The increased heart rate will increase your blood pressure and make your blood move faster. You are likely to experience this through a feeling of heat and tension throughout your body.

The increased blood flow together with the adrenaline will also supply your brain with more glucose. Glucose is the most important energy provider for our brains. As a result, you will be able to perceive your environment much faster and to think much quicker.

Your reaction time to external factors will also be much shorter. This can be extremely useful in skydiving as it allows you to resolve any problem much faster. Sometimes being 2-3 seconds faster in resolving parachute malfunctions such as line entanglements can decide between death and life.

Another effect of adrenaline that can be quite useful in skydiving is that it helps you withstand much more pain. In fact, adrenaline stops your brain from receiving pain signals such that you do not even realize that you might be injured.

Pain, in general, is meant to protect us from damaging our body, however, in the fight-or-flight state, our body prioritizes short-term survival over long-term effects.

Withstanding more pain is helpful during skydiving because you might be able to stretch yourself more and reach certain entangled robes. It also helps to hold positions that are painful on the one hand but are needed in order to solve certain problems on the other hand.

If you perform a tandem jump, you should not worry about this. Your tandem instructor will resolve any problem, so you will not need to leverage the positive effects of adrenaline (your body will nonetheless send adrenaline out).

The Meaning Of Changes In Your Cortisol Levels During And After Skydiving

In anticipation of the jump, you are likely to feel anxious and nervous. This usually results in the release of cortisol to the bloodstream. Cortisol is one of the hormones that control our stress levels.

When being released, it speeds up our gluconeogenesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat – which are responsible for our energy production. In other words, it speeds up our energy production drastically.

As a result, you will experience an increase in your blood sugar and a boost in your energy levels. While cortisol has great short-term effects, it has long-lasting side effects if you are constantly exposed to it. Cortisol suppresses your immune systems, decreases bone formation, and increases your blood pressure.

Unfortunately, our bodies also often send out cortisol to every day’s challenges such as an angry spouse or temperamental boss. This constant exposure to too much cortisol is one of the biggest health threats in our current society. Doing skydiving on a regular basis can in fact counteract these effects.

When you experience real danger on an ongoing basis, you are less likely to send out cortisol to every day’s challenges that you only perceived as being dangerous even if they are not.

Dopamine And Serotonin Will Fill You With Euphoria After The Skydive

Increased cortisol levels are often counteracted by dopamine and serotonin after you landed safely at the dropzone. You will feel not only released from the danger but also proud because you dared to jump. This sense of achievement results in dopamine and serotonin release (or is a result thereof) and will bring you to a stage of ecstasy and wakefulness. You will feel energized, excited, and invincible.

Dopamine specifically plays an important role in the stress resilience of people. New studies have shown that increased dopamine levels help people turn stress into a positive experience and therefore eliminate the negative effects of stress.

You can also use this feeling for your own advantage months after your skydive. Whenever you feel stressed or pressured by something, try to revive the moment of your jump and the feeling afterward. Your body will react by sending out small doses of dopamine which will make you feel better and more energized.

Different Chemical In Your Brain Will Change Your Perception Of Time

Your perception of time depends a lot on your emotional state – which again is a function of different chemicals in your brain (including dopamine and serotonin). In general, it holds true that time flows faster if you are in a positive emotional state and enjoy the experience. If you, in contrast, are in a negative emotional state and do not enjoy an experience the time will slow down.

This effect holds not only true in general but also has been scientifically proven by researchers when studying novice skydivers (you can find the link to the research paper here.) Novice skydivers had to evaluate their experience before and after their jump and then were asked how long they had been in the air.

People who rated their experience highly estimated a much lower freefall time than people who did not enjoy the experience. It also makes sense evolutionary for your brain to perceive time slower when not enjoying an experience. An unenjoyable experience is often connected to (perceived) danger and it helps a lot if you are able to react faster because time flows slower for you.

Your Body Loses Perspectives And References When Skydiving

While you feel the changes in hormones emotionally, you will feel the changes in perspective through your mind.

Your Body Loses Perspective For Speed And Distances When Skydiving

When you are 14,000ft above the earth your eyes do not have any fix points for reference anymore. You know that you are really high above the ground but you do not know whether you are 5,000ft, 20,000ft, or 30,000ft above the ground. You will also not know how fast the aircraft flies or how fast you fall.

A result of this is that people who are afraid of extreme height can still skydive. As our body does not realize the heights, it is not as scary as standing on a cliff or a high tower. Due to this, skydiving is a great treatment against acrophobia (being scared of extreme heights).

If you want to read more about 7 reasons why you should skydive when being scared of heights, check out this article that I wrote.

It Does Not Feel Like Falling When Skydiving

When you jump out of the airplane, gravity will pull you down to earth and your falling speed will constantly accelerate until you have reached terminal velocity. Tandem skydivers often reach terminal velocity after 14 seconds at a speed of 270 mph. Terminal velocity means that your falling speed has reached its maximum.

Terminal velocity is reached once the air resistance equals the gravitational pull of the earth. When this happens, it feels like you have a giant air pillow below you. It does not feel like falling anymore but as you were flying through the air.

Enjoying the terminal velocity during freefall is one of the amazing feelings that your body can have because it is not used to it.

Some People Have Nausea During And After The Skydive

Some people, however, do not enjoy the feeling of freefall because they will get nausea from it. Nausea in skydiving is caused by “motion sickness”. Motion sickness is much less common in skydiving than in other activities that involve high speeds. As aforementioned, your body will lose perspective for speed and freefalling does not feel like falling.

Nonetheless, it can still happen to some people. In order to prevent nausea people with motion-sickness should rest well before going skydiving. They should also drink enough water and make sure that they eat a small snack such as a banana.


Physical Effects Of Skydiving On Your Body

Not only does your body release a hormone cocktail to your bloodstream before and during a skydive, it also has impacts on your muscles and inner organs. While skydiving has some short-term physical impacts on your body, the greatest impacts are made when jumping regularly and solo.

You Will Feel The Need To Pee And Fart Before The Skydiving

Due to the increased level of adrenaline, cortisol, and anxiety, your body will feel much tenser. Tension means that your body is ready to react to any danger quickly. However, this also has an impact on your organs.

The muscles of and around your bladder will be tensed as well. As a result, you will feel an increased need to pee. I, therefore, advise you to pee before stepping into the airplane. I remember that I had to pee twice – one time when I arrived at the dropzone and one time after I put on my jumpsuit and got really excited.

You will experience a similar effect on your stomach and butt. Because of the increased muscle tensions, you are more likely to fart – something that is called anxiety-farts.

Do not worry too much if you have to fart before or during your skydive. When it happens in the fall your tandem instructor will not notice it. If it happens before the jump, the tandem instructor will understand.

After all, you will not be the first one who farts before a skydive!

Increased Strength and Flexibility When Skydiving Regularly

While adrenaline will give you more flexibility and strength in the short-term, skydiving regularly will increase your muscle strength and flexibility in the long-term.

Skydiving can be physically tough specifically from carrying heavy gears around, keeping your balance in the air, and steering the parachute. You are likely to increase your core strength and to strengthen your back muscles.

Although flexibility is not trained as much as your body strength during a skydive, it still improves and skydivers are often more motivated to stretch regularly. They know that being flexible will help them enjoy their skydive more and can make a real difference in case of any turbulence. Flexibility also helps prevent serious injuries that can happen specifically during landing.

Besides this, skydiving is a good physical workout. If you are interested in knowing more about skydiving as a workout, you can refer to this article. I have also written an article about the 9 physical and mental advantages of skydiving regularly here.

Freefalling Improves Your Sense Of Balance

The first thing that you need to do after you jump off the plane is to stabilize your position. You will need to activate different muscles in order to track through the air or to turn arounds. Depending on the weather conditions you might also be exposed to some wind that can make it harder for you to maneuver your body.

Once you have reached terminal velocity, it does not feel like falling anymore and you will be able to “fly” through the air. This is an amazing feeling and although you might not feel it at first but also very demanding physically and cognitively. The more you jump, the better your sense of balance will be, and the safer you will fly through the air.

For novice solo skydivers it can be quite challenging to keep their balance at first. Due to this, they will always be accompanied by one or two instructors that jump beside them in order to hold them in the right position. After some time they will build up their muscle memories and will be able to stabilize themselves alone.

Novice skydivers are also likely to recognize their improved sense of balance when doing other sports. I was amazed to see how much my skiing skills improved after I picked up skydiving.

Your Body Experiences Strong Temperature And Air Pressure Changes

As you can imagine, there is a strong difference in the temperature and air pressure between 14,000ft (4,200m) and the ground. For example, the temperature can be 75°F (24°C) lower in the sky than on the ground. In addition, you will fall at a speed of more than 120 mph such that the perceived temperature is even lower. Air pressure is also significantly lower in the sky than on the ground.

While everyone knows how quick and strong temperature changes feel like, experiencing air pressure changes is not as common. It feels the same as taking off with a plane but much stronger. You will feel pressure on your ears and nose and should release this pressure by yawning. You can also choose to shout out loud – it will also release the air pressure.

Although quick changes in air pressure might feel uncomfortable sometimes, it does not put any health threats on your body if you are healthy. If you have any chronic diseases you should check with your doctor before skydiving.

If you are sick, you should not go skydiving as it puts several risks on you and others. I have written another article about the 7 things that go wrong when skydiving sick. You can read it here.

Is There A Difference Between Tandem And Solo Skydives?

While there is no difference in the type of effect on the body when jumping tandem and solo, the above mentioned effects on your body will likely to be much stronger. Specifically, the different hormone releases can make a strong difference between tandem and solo jumps.

Solo skydiving will also be physically more exhausting because you need to make every movement yourself and you need to carry around the skydiving gear.

How Does The Jumping Altitude Impact Your Body?

There is no real difference between jumping from 10,000ft and 15,000ft. If you do perform HALO jumps (high altitude low openings), you will experience higher terminal velocity and higher changes in air pressure. You will also fall much longer, and therefore the effects on your body are much stronger.

That being said, enjoy your free fall!

Hi, I’m Kai. The first time I jumped out of an airplane and experienced free fall was one of the most amazing moments of my life. For me, skydiving does not only stand for freedom and independence but being present in the moment and being respectful to others and oneself. Now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

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Hi, I’m Kai. The first time I jumped out of an airplane and experienced free fall was one of the most amazing moments of my life. For me, skydiving does not only stand for freedom and independence but being present in the moment and being respectful to others and oneself. Now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.


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