We were wondering when you would ask.
If you are thinking about taking the plunge then great! Here you will find a few words and links which may help you decide.
First check out this excellent video by Bryan Buckland to start answering the question "Why skydive" – especially 7.55 in – where the interviewee does a superb job in explaining why he skydives: https://vimeo.com/44007931.
However we feel there could be as many reasons people skydive as there are people. Some people's answers are here.
Maybe you have a milestones in your life? You want to draw a line in the sand? Before and after, to help you move on, milestones in one’s life can be more easily comprehended by making a skydive.
Remember, if you have to be “persuaded" then you might want to reconsider, as skydiving is not for everyone. Or, if you have to talk someone into jumping then perhaps they do not really want to jump so they will not enjoy it.
OK...so jumping out of a plane is the most unnatural act a human can do. Period. It goes against all your natural instincts for survival.
Perhaps Wilbur Wright described it best when he was asked what it was like to leave mother earth:
"More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination".
Still reading? Alright...
The three perspectives below are to help you comprehend how you could explain afterwards to others why you jumped...
1 The place. Scenic visuals are fundamental to skydive enjoyment. Seeing the surrounding surface of the earth from this new perspective brings home the beauty in which we live. Recognizing familiar landmarks and their relation to each other gives us a new way to connect. Perhaps the novelty of being in a small plane with others sharing the view will add to this perspective of a "higher definition". Take a few moments to survey the landscape of the photo at the top of this page...
Then there is the fresh air...if you have ever driven with the top down or window open you will understand how your senses are clearer. Just prepare yourself for much more moving air. Our atmosphere to a large degree is invisible and it behaves much like water. When you pass through the air on a skydive, air behaves like a fluid when moving around your body. Comprehending this invisible element is empowering and contributes much to the skydive experience. We liked this description of what freefall is like...
2 The people. As with most worthwhile experiences in life, they are more enjoyable when shared.
Do your first jump with friends. This means you will all have plenty of opportunities to bond and joke with during and afterwards when raising a celebratory glass or two. You will have a memorable experience together. Plan to take lots of photos.
We here at SDA recommend your first skydive be a tandem: enjoy the experience from a passengers perspective. You exit and land in the same harness with a qualified skydiver who has as much interest as you in getting to the ground with a big smile. Feeling "ten foot tall and bullet proof" (your adrenalin kicking in here). Your tandemaster loves what they do and gets great satisfaction from helping you enjoy your first skydive.
3 Learn. Get ready to learn how it feels to prepare then perform in an extreme sport environment. Being open to this learning process will help you become more aware and better at learning in general: you expand your ability to comprehend and how to better practice and rehearse.
You can help by working beforehand with your tandemaster. Rehearse with them what they want you to do, when you are going to do it and how. This familiarity will help build your confidence and comprehension.
Most skydive operations offer so if you can afford, spend the extra and get a video of your jump. It will help you acclimatize in freefall by seeing someone else right in front of you with a camera on their helmet and a big smile on their face. Plus you can later "relive" the jump with friends and family.
After you land you will feel different. See with new eyes.
From Leonardo da Vinci: “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return”.