Skydiving is something that many people want to do during their lifetime, but few people actually realize just how long their free fall will be until they actually get to the skydiving site and learn from their instructors. I’d like to go over how long a typical free fall is during a skydive, as well as how fast people typically fall.
The majority of skydiving companies take participants to a height of between 13,000 and 15,000 feet. At these heights, a normal free fall will last around 60 seconds. This does vary from person to person, however. It is a sensation like no other, and everyone has different opinions about whether or not the time goes by quickly or slowly.
This length of time can go up or down depending on the body weight of the person skydiving, as well as the surface area that their body takes up. Most people will fall at around 120 miles per hour if they are of average weight and build.
It is this exhilaration of hurdling toward the earth so rapidly that draws millions of people to skydiving every year. During what other activity could you travel at over 100 miles per hour without the aid of anything but natural gravity for a full minute?