Skydiving, that exciting extreme adventure sport to which adrenalin junkies are drawn like moths to a flame, takes a bit of preparation. Like most extreme sports, skydiving carries several risks. Being prepared with the salient facts will help you face this sport in complete readiness. Here are 10 things that you absolutely must know before your first skydive.
Basics For Beginners
- Before you start your skydiving adventure, you need to decide on what kind of skydiving instruction you want to take. You can choose from the following options:
- Tandem skydiving: In this mode, the skydiver is attached to a certified skydiving instructor who will be in charge of opening the chute. Tandem jumping allows the beginning skydiver to prep for the static line or accelerated free fall jumps.
- Static line skydiving: In this form, you won’t be attached to an instructor, but your parachute will be deployed through a static line that’ll be attached to the plane.
- Accelerated freefall skydiving: in this mode, the skydiver has his or her own chute, but two certified instructors make the jump along with the skydiver, maintaining physical contact until chute is opened. If you want the best adrenalin rush, and if you’re confident, then this is the jump for you.
- Before you attempt skydiving, find yourself a reliable skydiving school. To find a good school in your area, check at your local airports, phone books and search the internet.
- If you’re in a hurry, opt for tandem skydiving as the instruction takes about 30 minutes after which you’ll be on a plane.
- You must be above 18 years of age, and weigh less than 250 pounds in order to qualify for skydiving.
- Check the accident records of your local sky diving airport or your skydiving class. Choose the skydiving organization that you want to join based on their accident records and safety regulations.
- Note that skydiving can set you back anywhere from $150 to $300 for a single jump. Consider both cheap and expensive skydiving places but when you make your final choice, don’t let money be the deciding factor.
- A lot of first sky dive attempts are recorded on camera. Some skydivers tend to dress glamorously for the camera. Remember not to do this: wear comfortable clothing and not something that constricts movement.
- You can leave your spectacles or contact lenses on if you like; you’ll be given a pair of goggles for your dive.
- If you have long hair, pull it back and fasten it into a bun. Loose hair or a flipping ponytail can cause issues not just to you but to your jumping partner, who’ll be strapped to your back. Accidents happen when loose hair blocks the skydiver’s vision.
- Depending on your jump height, the average free fall time is anywhere between 30 to 45 seconds. The regular jumps are from 10,000 feet; however, you can jump from as high as 13,500 feet if you pay extra.
- After your parachute opens, lift your legs and place your thighs into the stirrups; this will place you in a sitting position. This will not only help you make a comfortable landing, but also discourage your jumping partner from spiraling and twirling towards the earth like a tornado. Jumping partners tend to do this to add a level of additional excitement to the jump but if you have a sensitive stomach, this move can make you vomit before you land.
Health And Safety
- During freefall, you will reach an unbelievable speed of 110 miles per hour. If you have heart issues, unregulated diabetes or high blood pressure, compromised blood circulation, damaged nerves or other issues, speak to your doctor and then your instruction. Find out your options and how much you can attempt.
- Even the best divers hit the ground with a jolt. If you have bad knees, or spinal cord issues, it’s best not to attempt skydiving.
Qualifying As A Skydiver
- Once you’ve completed about 5 hours of skydiving school training, and have successfully completed 25 jumps, you are eligible for a skydiving license. You can proceed then to obtain your D license, for which you need to make 500 jumps.
Teena Celis is a copywriter for Adrenalin, an Australian presents for men company that offers a lot of experiences like helicopter helicopter rides, driving, flying and water experiences all across Australia.