One jump will cost about $200 and another $100 if you want a video of your dive.
If you weigh less than 210 pounds dressed you can jump tandem; that's when an instructor (who may be called a Tandem Master) and you are strapped together and the instructor controls the dive and parachute.
The gear to do skydiving is quite expensive-it may cost over $5000-so unless you plan to do it regularly, it is not advised that you purchase a lot of gear.
Your most important gear, of course, is your parachute.
You also need a jumpsuit to protect you from the weather and also from anything you might land on
You need a helmet, padding, and perhaps a spine protector; the most dangerous time is the landing.
Check out this video of a man sky-diving with a 'bat suit'--that is, he had a sort of webbing that helped him soar for a long time before he opened his chute:
If you do want to approach it as a sport, you need to complete the following:
1. Student training
2. Solo jump with a coach or instructor
3. Complete 25 dives and show your skills, and then you can jump with any other licensed diver.
Here's a video of some 'extreme skydiving' https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=extreme+skydiving&qpvt=extreme+skydiving&view=detail&mid=750578B0B5B18168932D750578B0B5B18168932D&FORM=VRDGAR
In 2013, there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, 24 deaths, and 915 injuries. This means one in 133,333 jumps resulted in a death.
Skydiving in a kayak: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=skly+diving&&view=detail&mid=CD91EABF56EF37284BA4CD91EABF56EF37284BA4&FORM=VRDGAR
What it's like:
The physics of Sky Diving: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+does+it+work+sky+diving&&view=detail&mid=737E370C40A1484D4A2C737E370C40A1484D4A2C&FORM=VRDGAR
Felix Baumgartner actually went into space and jumped; A special parachute took his 'space module' up, then he jumped out. His suit looks similar to an astronaut's suit: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=felix+baumgartner+jump+from+space&&view=detail&mid=7EAF2EB6E18C7AFAF8AF7EAF2EB6E18C7AFAF8AF&FORM=VRDGAR
So, what do you think? Are you up for it?