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13 tips to prepare you for your first skydive.

The full guide on how NOT to wet your pants on your first jump.

Skydiving is an adrenaline-filled sport. If you’re not scared on your first jump, there’s surely something wrong with you. Skydive Taupo has a highly trained team of tandem instructors who will help you overcome your fear.

At Skydive Taupo we say fear is temporary; achievement is permanent!

Find here a few tips on what to expect if you’ve never done a skydive:

 1. Decide on the spot.

To avoid anxiety, don’t worry about scheduling your jump too much in advance. We recommend 5 days max. Don’t check the weather forecast. It changes all the time. The call will be made on the hour you’re booked to jump. And if you need a ride, we'll get you in style! Too easy, get booking!


 2. Don’t over-think.

This is the worst thing you can do, and the most useless tip we can give. But if you can control it, enjoy every other activity you can in Taupo, and avoid thinking too much about the jump beforehand. Everything you need to know, we’ll tell you when you get here. And don’t ever think that you’ll do a skydive when you’re ready. You are ready today! Relax!


 3. Make an effort to commit to the jump.

If you can pay in advance, do that. With that commitment it will be less likely that you’ll run away. Better yet, tell all your mates, post it on FaceyBee that you’ll jump out of a plane before you do it. We guarantee you that you won’t chicken out if you do that!

 4. Grab a friend…

…or several! It will be awesome to exchange your experience with them afterwards. And it will add to your commitment.



Celebrating with a cold beer after your safe landing will be rewarding! You won’t be braver with alcohol in you. And we may not take you jumping if we think you are intoxicated.

Another great tip on the same matter is: skydiving hangover sucks! Unless you want to clear you guts – and that will not be beautiful if it happens during freefall – we don’t recommend heavy drinking the night before your jump. And make sure you brush your teeth before you jump. You’ll notice that you’ll be closer to your instructor if your breath is fresh. Believe me, that’s a good thing.

 6. Wear comfortable clothes.

Don’t worry about showing off your hot body, and save your make up for when you go out telling everyone about your skydive. Tie your hair back and wear what you would wear to go to gym, not to go the night club. In winter months, warm layers are recommended. Taupo can be quite chilly! And remember to wear your best and cleanest underwear – if you focus on that, you won’t get it dirty!

 7. Eat light.

Don’t starve yourself before skydiving. Have a light and healthy meal before your jump is always the best tip.

8. What do you want to tell the world?

This is your chance to shine! Think of something awesome to write on your hands. Your photos will be EPIC! And you’ll get hundreds of likes of Facegram and Instabook! Dive into our photo package options for more info.

 9. Trust your instructor.

Remember: when you go back to work after your holidays, these guys will still be taking thrill-seeker-travelers skydiving. And they have families waiting for them after work every night. All our tandem instructors are fully trained to keep you and themselves safe at all times. Listen to what they have to say, try to create a bond, and trust them fully.

 10. Look ahead.

No need to stare down. In fact, your instructor will ask you to look up and do the “banana shape”. That is the scariest moment, and when your thoughts will be all over the show. SURRENDER! There’s nothing you can do at this point. Keep your eyes open. This is the only chance to check the cool designs underneath the wings of our plane. Suddenly you’re freefalling. Have fun! This is what you paid for. Enjoy the ride.

 11. Fear is temporary.

Don’t give in to fear – it will only try to stop you. The scariest part of skydiving is the leading into the actual jump. Once you freefalling, it’s full joy. Because you’re too far off the ground, your brain doesn’t actually understand that you’re falling, it feels like you have this massive invisible cushion of air holding you up and making you fly. Breathe normally. You’ll be at 200km/h without noticing. It’s not hard to breathe, you’ll just be overwhelmed. Just breathe.

 12. Get yourself a face massage.

Be prepared to smile. You may not be able to control it. After you land you’ll feel very silly, but you won’t stop smiling for days.

 13. Achievement is permanent!

Avoid reading articles about skydiving. It will make you more anxious. Well, now that you’ve read it, might as well book your skydive and enjoy the view! See you at Skydive Taupo!

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