Nervous About Your First Time Skydiving?
Everyone..and I mean everyone is nervous when making their first skydive. It is normal and expected. No Limits Skydiving takes thousands of people on their first skydive, and we specialize in first time jumpers. Our entire business is catered to Tandem Skydives and First Time Students. As the owner of No Limits Skydiving, I have been involved with skydiving for most of my adult life. The biggest adventure in skydiving is being a part of someones first jump. We are able to show them the adventure of skydiving, we are with them the first time they step out of a perfectly good airplane and we are there when they experience a new thrill.
When I first become an instructor we were all the aspects of the equipment and safety. No one teaches you how to calm a first time skydiver down so they can enjoy the jump. It is something you learn with years and years of teaching. All of the instructors at No Limits Skydiving are Full Time Skydivers. This is our profession. We make it our job to read people and determine how to keep them calm before we take that first step.
Is Tandem Skydiving For Me?
We get asked many times about if people back out once they get in the plane. Of course some do. Some people decide when they are in the plane that skydiving is not for them. That is not a problem because skydiving is not for everyone and we understand that. I can only tell you that we take the time to talk to our students and assure them that they are attached to us and we will take care of them. Your job is to relax and enjoy the view.
The worst part is sitting in the plane on the ride up, the anticipation of the skydive is the worst part. Once we leave the plane then all your nerves will leave you. I promise! I have made over 11,000 jumps and I promise you that your nerves leave once we are in free fall. Here is a great article about ways of performing under pressure. Please take a look and see what you think.
We hope to see you at one of our locations soon for your first skydive. As the owner of No Limits Skydiving, I skydive all the time. I am the only owner of a skydiving school in Virginia that still takes students on their first skydive. Come join me soon.
Tandem Skydiving Safety Precautions
This is a question we often get asked, so thought it would make a great subject to talk about. Skydiving is on the Bucket List of most people with a sense of adventure. Of course jumping from planes does carry a certain amount of risk but let me share some of the ways that No Limits Skydiving minimizes those risks. We belong to a organization called the United States Parachute Association. This is a membership of skydivers that regulates how drop zones in the United States must conduct operations. They mandate everything from how often parachutes must be inspected to who is allowed to be a Skydiving Instructor.
Here are some of the details:
- All Reserve Parachutes must be inspected every 160 days. They must be inspected and repacked by a certified rigger.
- All airplanes that are used for skydiving operations must go thru a complete inspection every 100 hours.
- Every Skydiving Instructor must go thru a class 3 medical exam very 2 years. the same psychical that pilots must pass.
- They regulate at what altitude parachutes must be deployed and what weather conditions we are allowed to parachute in.
For more information check out this great article with stats by the United States parachute Association on how safe skydiving is.
The Importance of Safety When Skydiving
Safety is a main concern of every skydiving school in the country. We all study ways to improve and make skydiving even safer. Here are some highlights of No Limits Skydiving and other ways we keep playing in the sky as safe as possible.
- We only use Full Time Skydiving Instructors. This is our profession, not a weekend hobby for our instructors.
- We only allow students and Tandem Skydivers to jump at our locations. Many skydiving schools have fun jumpers or licensed jumpers who have their own gear and just come out to fun jump with friends. This is fine and it is good for our sport, but No Limits Skydiving just allows Tandem Customers and First Time Skydivers. This allows us to give our FULL attention on making sure you have the time of your life!! We specialize in Tandem Skydives. If you want to be great at something, concentrate on that one field. This is what we do!
- Our most junior instructor has over 5,000 jumps. Our owner has over 11,000 skydives and another instructor has 14,000 jumps.
Come Jump With Us!
We take thousands of people on their first skydive each year.
We have a 100% safety record. Yes…100%. Now as with any high risk activity we cant 100% guarantee anything, but with over 10,000 customers since opening we have never had a accident yet.
So if you are thinking of having the adventure of a lifetime please read the article in the U.S.P.A. website about skydiving safety stats and become informed. Then call us to join us on a tandem Skydive at No Limits Skydiving.
Skydiving in Virginia
No Limits Skydiving has two locations in Virginia. Our location in West Point is the closest Skydiving School to Norfolk VA. We are a easy drive right down 64 to the drop zone. Norfolk VA is the home to the worlds largest NAVY Base so there is big military presence in the area. We get many service members who come to No Limits Skydiving for their first skydive.
The owner of No Limits Skydiving is veteran of the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia during his service. He served on the Aircraft Carrier USS America CV-66, which was located on Pier 12 when in port. Most of our staff are ex-military and we make sure service members have a great time skydiving. We offer discounts for U.S. Military, for their skydive, and their video or pictures.
People who enlist in the military are usually adventure seekers so skydiving is a natural fit for them. We also realize that being in the military is not a regular 9 to 5 job, and your days off are not always the weekends. No Limits Skydiving is open 7 days a week so we are ready to jump when you are.
How to Prepare for Your Jump
When planning your day of skydiving you should allow for 2 to 3 hours for your jump. Once you arrive there is a short training session where we show you exactly what will take place during your jump. Let them know if you want to pull the rip cord. If you don’t, that is no problem also. Just keep your eyes open and enjoy the free fall. After the training we will get you suited up and head to the airplane. You will be with your instructor the entire time. The plane ride to jump altitude is about 15 minutes. You will be attached securely to your jump master before the door opens. You will exit the plane attached so you can take in great views during your free fall while your instructor handles everything.
Your job is to relax…yes..relax! After you leave the airplane your nerves will disappear and the fun begins. Your instructor will deploy the parachute after about 50 seconds of free fall. The parachute ride is 5 minutes and you will land right back at the same airport you took off from. Your video and pictures will be ready in 10 minutes after your skydive. You only have to worry if you get hooked to the sport and want to come back the next day for jump number two.
If you live in Norfolk and want to experience skydiving then give us a call and make your reservation at No Limits Skydiving.