In case of amateur jumpers like myself, it's a tandem jump with an instructor. Everything is okay till the door opens and you sit on it with your legs hanging out. Then you wonder what the hell am I doing out here? Take a deep breath and jump!!!!!! Then the fun begins, you can do what you want during the free fall, flap you hands like a bird, reach out and shake hands with other jumpers. The view from up there is really fascinating. You can even control the speed of your descent. The free fall for beginners is normally upto 7000 feet. Then the chute is deployed and you float down and land in the drop zone.
When you are skydiving, make sure you have a photographer with you, without the pics, none of your friends are going to believe you.
An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.