Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Mickel Malek, a dental surgeon at iSmileSpa in Santa Cruz, California, is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys camping, fishing, and horseback riding when not devoting himself to his work. Something for only the most dedicated adventure seekers, Mickel Malek also enjoys skydiving. Here are three important tips to keep in mind before taking the first plunge.
1. Calm down before the jump. This might be easier said than done, but educating oneself with some skydiving videos and articles beforehand can help put things in perspective. Doing some stretches before jumping, especially ones for the neck, will also help relax the body.
2. Become the banana. When jumping tandem, the body should be banana-shaped, with the head tilted back slightly and eyes on the horizon. The back should stay arched, with legs bent and soles aimed at the sky, with the arms out like a bird.
3. Dress properly and come prepared. While it might seem like jumping out of a plane so high up would be freezing, adrenaline has a way of warming a person up. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, and don't forget to bring a bit of cash to tip the instructor!