Think you are an extreme
daredevil? Have you ever been skydiving? If you haven’t,
you don’t know what you’re missing. Skydiving
is the perfect hobby for a thrill seeker, and there are few
better places to skydive than above the stunning North Shore
of O‘ahu. Although O‘ahu boasts many skydiving
facilities, Skydive Hawai‘i is the most popular among
Upon arrival, participants are instructed to watch a short video
and fill out an extensive (and nerve-wracking) waiver, while
heart rates begin to quicken. After enduring a substantial wait
to be called, your tandem professional skydive instructor thoroughly
straps you into a harness, which will attach you to the instructor
during the jump. The harness goes on over your street clothes.
That’s right, most people jump in shorts and a shirt! The
instructor then explains and trains you in how you will exit
the plane and how to land.
Almost immediately you and your group, along with the tandem
professionals, walk to the plane. The plane ride lasts about
20 minutes and is breathtaking, to say the least. The jump is
a fusion of emotions and unexplainable in words. With both feet
on the ground, the euphoria of the experience catches up with
you, as you stand in disbelief.
HPU freshman and first-time jumper Sean Fancher recollects his
experience from October, “In freefall, the seconds feel
like minutes with your adrenaline pumping. And as soon as the
chute opens, you can see the North Shore waves breaking under
However, with this extreme sport come many dangers. The President
of Skydive Hawai‘i’s Skydiving School, Frank Hinshaw
said, “Since 1988, we have had a total of four fatalities.
Two sport parachutists and one tandem pair.” Injuries,
which are “mostly broken ankles or legs,” have gone
down in frequency in the past few years and “we may have
only one or two a year,” Hinshaw adds.
Still think you are up to the challenge? To avoid the lengthy
bus ride, Skydive Hawai‘i offers a shuttle service from
several Waikiki Hotels. Those interested should clear their schedule
for an entire day because the whole process may take a while,
depending on the length of a wait for an instructor.
The price ranges from $150-$200 including tip if you go in a
large group. Still photos add about $100, and a video recording
of your jump will add roughly $200 to your bill.
Skydiving is dangerous.In fact, HPU does not endorse this activity
because of the inherent risks associated with it according to
VP in Student Affairs, Jeff Philpott. But, if you are a thrill-seeker
who has assessed all of the consequences and benefits you might