Why Do People Go Skydiving? Top 10 Reasons

And when you think about it, it kind of is! We’re jumping out of planes, with nothing but a bunch of fabric to deploy and hold us in the sky.

So why the hell do people go skydiving? Isn’t it dangerous? Are they just daredevils?

Truth be told, there’s actually a lot of reasons people go skydiving. Of course, you have the skydivers who just want the adrenaline rush – but there’s much more to it than that.

To help explain, I’ve covered every benefit myself and my friends jump out of planes. If that sounds good, let’s dive in!

10 Reasons Why People Go Skydiving

#1 – It’s On Their Bucket List

Whether they saw Point Blank as a kid, or simply love the idea of being in the sky, tons of people have skydiving on their bucket list.

It might be the scariest, most off-putting experience for them to picture, but a bucket list is a bucket list! This is one of the most common reasons that tandem students come to do one great big jump. Skydiving truly is an experience like no other.

No matter how scared someone is before they jump, they always land with the biggest grin across their face!

#2 – The Adrenaline Rush

Once you get past the bucket list skydivers – who typically come for one jump – we get the regular thrill seekers. These jumpers are the bones of any drop zone, often helping with running the airfield and it’s community.

They keep coming back for the rush of jumping. There’s nothing in life like the thrill of hurtling through the air. Especially once you’re licensed and have your own gear, meaning you can do it for as little as $25 a jump!

However, eventually the pure ‘rush’ fades into a deeper connection within the sport.

#3 – The Freedom

After the adrenaline comes the appreciation.

Once your brain stops going haywire when you’re jumping, you start to really appreciate the freedom that comes with skydiving.

It’s just you up there in the sky – with friends or alone – and doing whatever the hell you want. Shooting through the sky like a superhero, doing backflips, practicing tricks and maneuvers, or simply enjoying the view. All of this followed by piloting your parachute back down to earth.

This is pure freedom. It’s the best medicine to all the worries and stresses of the world. For many, this is the true reason they keep coming back to skydiving. It’s like a wonderful, life-filled reset button. Afterwards, you return to normality with a much better appreciation for all the little things.

Everything seems like a bit of a novelty after you’ve spent the weekend flying through the sky.

#4 – Impress Their Friends

Okay, so we’ve gotten past the regulars. Here comes the first ‘unique’ reason!

In an age of Instagram and Facebook, people often do things just to show that they’ve done it. They don’t look forward to the event itself, but instead look forward to the amount of likes they’d get on a photo of them with a parachute, or how they could use it to impress a potential date.

Unfortunately, these types of people are quite common. You can often spot them due to the lack of interest in training, while they’re the first to start posing for photos at any opportunity. They’ll sometimes make mistakes because they were too busy looking for selfie opportunities than listening to safety briefings.

While this isn’t always the cause, I’ve seen students like these land in the nearby car park, and even in a tree! Modern instructors are now masters at explaining why no, it isn’t a good idea to pull out your phone as we’re flying through the air…

#5 – Confidence Building

Next up is a group you can’t help but love.

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People who jump to build their confidence typically start off as bucket list jumpers. Then they recognize how amazing the skydive made them feel – especially after conquering their fears.

I was definitely in this group. Don’t get me wrong, I was scared like hell in all of my first jumps. I actually found the second scarier than the first! However with each jump I got more confident, and the realization that I could handle skydiving and earn my licence filled me with pride.

When life makes you question yourself, there’s something reassuring about knowing you’re able to fly through the air, open your canopy, and fly yourself to the ground. Not to mention being prepared for any emergency opportunities.

That feeling is why a lot of people take up skydiving as a sport. That, and one other super important reason…

#6 – To See Their Friends Again!

Skydivers are typically some of the happiest, fun-loving, positive people you’ll meet.

Granted, there are a few jumpers out there with big egos and a chip on their shoulder. But for the most part, skydivers are fun-loving and super welcoming people.

Plus – skydiving is a unique environment. People from all types of backgrounds are being brought together to do this one crazy thing. It really breaks down barriers between different kinds of people, and lets us all connect thanks to this one common interest.

#7 – To Do Before They Die

This is possibly my favorite group. There’s a certain type of people who get a new lease on life as they get older.

This might be caused by not doing things when they were younger, or just a new way of seeing the world.

Whatever the case, there’s a certain number of elderly citizens that suddenly fancy trying out skydiving!

The story of Kathryn Hodges isn’t unique – there’s plenty of older people who have finally gotten over their fear of flying. I always find these stories to be incredibly inspiring. Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you can’t do incredible things!

#8 Peer Pressure!

Going back to the younger types of jumpers again, there’s a few who aren’t exactly at the airfield out of their own free will.

Whenever we see a big group of friends or family rock up for their first skydives, there’s always one or two who are extra scared. They’re usually the ones hurling insults and “I’m gonna get you for this!” at their closest friends.

These people are unlucky enough to have convincing, adventure-seeking friends who’ve roped them in to coming with them. Never one to spoil the fun, they sign up through gritted teeth – knowing it isn’t for them, but they want to be there experiencing it with the group.

They also have one of the best reactions after the jump. Typically, it’s:

Jumper: “That was amazing!”

Instructor: “Great! Would you like to do it again?”

#9 – Therapy / Spiritual Connection

I mentioned before that some people jump for the Freedom of a skydive (Reason #3).

In the same vein, there’s others who come back for similar reasons. Maybe they’ve been going through a particularly hard time, or they just need to inject some energy back into their lives. But sometimes you’ll get a jumper who returns after a period of absence just to jump on their own.

I know I’ve felt the same thing. After a long time away from jumping, I can’t wait to get into the air and just be alone with myself and the sky. Maybe it sounds corny, but there’s something serene about being up there in the sky.

As adrenaline-filled and thrill seeking that skydiving can be, I find it can also be equally artistic, spiritual, and serene – depending on how you look at it.

#10 – YOLO / Try Everything Once

To round us out, we have the ‘yes!’ people.

This group want to try absolutely everything. Bungee jump? Done. White water rafting? You betcha. Posed for a naked art class? Why not!

They’re living to get the most experience packed into their lives, and so they have no hesitation to sign up to skydive. Whatever underlying fears they feel are completely outweighed by their desire to experience absolutely everything they can.

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While I’m not one of these people, I definitely respect them! They have the craziest stories, the most amazing travel logs, and a world full of friends. I’m not saying all of us should quit our jobs and travel the world in vans, but there’s definitely something we can all learn from them.


I hope this quick list has shown that there’s a whole host of reasons why people go skydiving.

If I missed your reason, do let me hear about in the comments! I’m always interested in what draws people to the sport.

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The Best Times To Go Skydiving (Day / Month)

Wanting to get the best skydive you can? Then it’s important to jump at the right time!

Whether that’s the time of day or time of year, there’s some moments which are simply better to be in the sky.

In short, the best time to book a skydive skydive is in the morning. The best time to actually skydive is right before sunset, and the best month to skydive depends on your climate. So the best time to skydive really depends!

I’ve explained all of this in more detail below.

There’s a few different ‘best time’ categories in skydiving, so I’ve covered each, one by one.

If that sounds good, then let’s dive in.

The Best Time to Book A Skydive

If you’re reading this after going to book a skydive – and wondering what time you should pick – then this one is pretty straightforward. Book the earliest time you can (which still allows you plenty of time to get to the airfield).

Skydiving is a super weather dependent sport, and you never know when a sudden wind will pick up, or a rain storm will fly over. If you book your skydive in the morning, you’ll be higher up in the queue once the weather delay passes.

If you book your skydive for later in the day, you may find a ton of jumpers queued up in front of you before you can jump!

That said, don’t pick a time that will be uncomfortable for you. If it’s a long drive, it’s better to pick a later time than force yourself up at 4am. This whole thing is meant to be enjoyable!

The Best Time to Actually Skydive

Want the short answer? Any time!

For real though, there’s no “best time” to fly through the sky, but there’s definitely a top 3.

Most skydivers will say sunset – and they’re totally right. I’ve been lucky enough to do a few sunset jumps, and the beauty of the world truly takes your breath away. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. Not only from the skydive, but looking at it from under canopy or in the plane with your friends. It’s just stunning.

Paragliders at Sunset

There’s nothing in the world like being the sky at sunset.

That said, the best time to skydive is also when your friends are doing it! A sunset might be beautiful, but nothing beats playing around with your friends in the sky.

Last but least – the best time to skydive is when the weather’s right. This is the more boring answer, but weather delays are a real thing. As someone who started their skydiving career in Scotland, believe me they can last a while! Sometimes the best time to skydive is when the weather’s lining up perfectly.

If you’ve got a tandem skydive booked and the weather is looking miserable that weekend, try calling ahead and asking them about it. They may advise rebooking to save yourself waiting around all day.

The Best Time of the Year to Skydive

I’ll also just touch on the best months to go skydive.

It’s a surprise to no-one that skydiving is more of a summer sport. That’s not because of temperatures (though they do help!), but more because the stronger winds and more rain of winter make it much harder to get a plane up there.

The perfect conditions for skydiving is warm, dry, and without much wind. Some climates enjoy those conditions year round, but for others these might be limited to the summer months only. In that case, the best time of the year to skydive is when your climate is suitable.

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That said, if you ever get the chance to skydive in the snow – take it! It’s freaking freezing, but the view is incredible. It’s like someone’s painted the whole world white. You can see for miles around you, and everything’s been colored the same white. It’s simply beautiful.

While it’s ice-cold, skydiving above a snow-colored world is also beautiful


Well, that’s about all there is on this one!

I hope I’ve answered your question today. Whether that’s on when to book a skydive, when to go skydiving, and what time of the year is best.

If you’ve enjoyed this article, please consider checking out the related ones below. I’m trying to build a really useful resource for beginner skydivers.

All You Wanted To Know About Skydiving Jump Planes

Are you ready to meet the plane of your dreams? Let us introduce you to a few of the aircraft you might end up swooning over during the course of your skydiving career. This might be the year you meet the plane you want to jump out of for the rest of your life!

The Scrappy Lil’ Cessna:

If you’re bounding up to a Cessna with a big grin on your face, you can be assured of one thing: You’re just falling all over yourself to get into the sky, and you’re glad that there’s any plane whatsoever headed to jumpable altitude.

A Cessna, after all, is no limousine. These little guys are the workhorses of the skydiving industry, as they’re cheap to run and don’t need much in the way of an airfield. They’re cramped, they’re slow and they don’t go up as high as their posher counterparts, but y’know what? When you need a jump, you need a jump, and they get the job done.

cessna aircraft

The Almost-Perfect SuperVan:

Golly, the SuperVan is almost perfectly perfect. It’s got the benefit of a big door, it’s cost-efficient for operators, it’s comfortable inside and it’s an efficient ride–it just isn’t quite big enough to compete with its burlier cousin, the Twin Otter. That said, its many benefits outweigh that one little nitpick. As a matter of fact, the SuperVan is currently overcoming its very slight runtiness to become one of the most popular planes in skydiving.

Skydive Paraclete XP Cessna Grand Caravan

The Shiny Twin Otter:

The Twin Otter is the undisputed golden child of skydiving aircraft. This handsome fella has it all: a great big door (for launching complicated formations), a comfy interior (for compulsory skydiver snuggles), a speedy ride to altitude (for packing more jumps into the day), and comparably short requirements for takeoffs and landings (for safety). Bonus: Double turbines provide security in case one of them is having a bad day. The drawback is that these guys are expensive to operate–heck, anything this yummy has got to be high-maintenance–but they can crank out some serious jumps when you treat ‘em right (like we do ours).

Skydive Paraclete XP Twin Otter Aircraft

The Dreamboat Casa:

The Casa is a skydiver’s dream–just check out that sweet tailgate! With a door this big, you can strategize some mindblowing formations…and that leaves open all kinds of opportunities for wacky exit hijinks. (See also: coordinated gainers, hanging and dropping off the back, twelve-jumper cannonballs, “magic carpets,” inflatable raft jumps, etc.) Maybe it takes a little while for a Casa to make it up to 13,500 feet, but y’know what? When you’re jumping ten people, two rafts and a hula hoop, it takes time to work out the details. Casas are also spendy to maintain, but when you’ve got one, you show it you love it by providing lots of tender loving care. (Ours is downright spoiled!)

Skydive Paraclete XP Casa 212 Aircraft

At Skydive Paraclete XP, we are proud of our fleet of skydiving planes which include a Cessna Super Grand Caravan, CASA 212, Twin Otter and PAC 750. So: whaddaya say? Can we make the introduction so you can get to know them yourself? With any luck, your budding relationship will have lots of ups and downs!

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