Tips for first time skydivers

Tips for first time skydivers

It's natural to be nervous for your first time skydiving,

so here are some tips to help you keep from being too

nervous. When you remember these tips, you will find that

your skydiving experience is rewarding and enjoyable.

1. Remember your lessons - Think about your lessons and

what you learned, because most of our fears come from the

unknown. The lessons are to help you know what you need to

know for all types of situations.

2. Enjoy yourself - Don't let your fears keep you from

having fun. That's one of the biggest mistakes that people

make when they are afraid and they forget to have fun.

Think about things that make you happy and help you relax.

3. Get your mind ready - It's important that you think

about what what helps you relax. Do what you can to help

get over your fear, because otherwise you won't do it and

you will miss out on a great service.

4. Look into pressure points - Do some research, because

there are places in the palm that you can press that will

help alleviate stress. When you have less stress in your

body, you will find that your skydiving experience is must

better.

It's normal to be afraid, but don't let your fear keep you

from going skydiving. Think about things that help you

relax and you will find that you are better prepared for

your skydive than you might think. It's always scary the

first time you do it.

The less popular types of skydiving

The Less Popular Types Of Skydiving

Skydiving has a lot of types. However, there are ones

that are commonly known such as freestyle, formation

and freeflying. Although these three are considered to

be the ones that are always done and seen on

television or in media, there are still other types of

skydiving that are most likely not known to many.

If you are new to the sport of skydiving and want to

know more about it, then knowing the less popular

types would still be important. Who knows? Maybe

you’ll be having a knack for these less popular types!

Skysurfing

This type is actually said to be an even more extreme

and radical rendition of skydiving. In skysurfing, the

diver would be diving with a board that is somewhat

like a snowboard, but a bit smaller in size. This

board would be attached to the diver’s feet.

Skysurfing is said to be hard simply because board

attached to your feet is extremely difficult to

control. In fact, even simply standing straight would

require you some skill and precise balance that you

can only get from considerable experience in free

flying.

Once you gain some experience and become a master of

skysurfing, you would have the ability to use your

boards to execute rapid rolls, tumbles, and spinning

helicopter acrobatic stunts. Just like in Freestyle

skydiving, you would have to have an auxiliary

partner, whose duty is to film your skysurfing

performance. As a safety measure, the boards can be

detached while you are in mid-aie. However, this can

cause extra hazard fro those people on the ground,

which is why not every skydiving club allow this kind

of skydiving.

BASE Jumping: As Close As It Gets

BASE jumping is actually considered to be the most

extreme and dangerous among the types of skydiving.

"BASE" is actually an acronym which refers to the

structures that the skydivers jump from: Building;

Antennae, which can be an uninhabited structure,

aerial mast or tower; Span, which are bridge-like

structures; and Earth, such as cliffs or canyons.

This kind of skydiving is only done by very

experienced divers. This is so, because such kind of

diving includes huge risks due to the fact that the

jump is quite a short one and has close proximity to a

lot of structures that give huge risks of

entanglement, collision and the likes.

According to statistics, in between 1981 to 2007,

there is an estimate of one hundred eleven experienced

BASE jumpers have already met fatal endings due to

some complications in the jump, that basically lead to

a failure.

Wingsuit Flying: Flying In Style

This branch of skydiving is a recent one. A winsgsuit

is an up to date invention in which skydivers put on a

specially designed suit that has webbings stitched in

between the arms and legs.

When the wingsuit is worn while skydiving, it results

to an airfoil, which gives the skydiver a lift. Thus

the diver is apportioned with an even more highly

developed level of control over his descent speed and

trajectory that seems impossible at normal

circumstances.

However, this kind of dive would usually entail you to

use portable computers and other gadgets to record

your velocity and distance travelled. Records show

that the slowest speed ever accomplished with a

wingsuit is 25mph. Once you get to reach the specified

altitude, you would have to unzip your wingsuit’s arm

webbing in order to deploy your parachute.

Wingsuits are commonly used and popular with BASE

jumpers. This is due to the reason that when they wear

wingsuits, they can have the ability to turn their 60

second freefall period into a longer span of 3

minutes. Nevertheless, this kind of skydiving is only

done by very experienced divers. I fact, it‘s

recommended that you should have hundreds of jumps

under your belt even before you decide to embark on

this kind of skydiving.

Accuracy Landing: Getting It Straight To The Point

This type of skydiving is a competitive one in which a

skydiver would earn points in the competition for

being able to land as closely as he can to a specific

target point or area on the ground. It is usually done

solo and the landing part is the one given the most

attention.

A guide to skydiving

A Guide To Skydiving

Skydiving, as the word implies, is an activity in

which you’ll be literally diving down from the sky

with some safety measures, of course. It’s done from

an airplane or a helicopter which takes off from a

drop zone, which is like a small airbase.

A Bird’s Eye View Of Skydiving

If you’re planning to do this breathtaking activity,

then you should be prepared to know that skydivers

would usually exit their airplane at the height of

4000 metres or 13,000 feet. After doing so, you would

have to do a freefall for a period of time and then

you could open your parachute to slow down your

descent until you reach a safe and slow landing speed.

Generally, the chute should be fully inflated by the

height of around 2,500 ft. In fact it is part of the

law that skydivers should jump with two chutes. One

would be the main chute and the other would be the

reserve, just in case the main parachute would fail.

Once your parachute is in its full inflation, you now

have the ability to control your speed and direction

using your chute’s steering lines. With that,

technical manoeuvres could be executed by experienced

skydivers giving them the ability to land with great

accuracy. In fact, there are even some competitions

held on being able to land in a specific spot with the

most precision and style.

Other than bundling yourself out of the plane, opening

a parachute and floating your way down to Earth,

skydiving also have some specialization areas, and

here are some of them.

Formation Skydiving: Creating Art While You Fall

During the freefall period of the jump, some

experienced skydivers would combine to create and hold

different formations before they breaking off and open

up their parachutes and float down to earth as normal

skydiving does. In fact, the world record for this

kind of skydiving is actually a 400 man dive. The

formation was maintained for 4.25 seconds from the

altitude of 25,000 ft. in Udon Thai, Thailand.

Freestyle Skydiving: A Solo Performance

This kind of diving can be a very entertaining one. It

is where the skydiver would perform some acrobatic

manoeuvres and stunts, such as rolls, tumbles and

graceful formations by himself throughout the freefall

period and before he opens his parachute. Freestyle

dives would also need the participation of another

skydiver.

The second diver on the other hand would not do any

kind of stunts. However, he would be the one to film

his partners’ performance through a camera that is

mounted on his helmet. This kind of dive is actually a

registered competitive sport that was declared in 1996

by the FAI.

Free Flying: Do It Your Way

This is considered to be the art of controlling your

body and having the ability to move through different

static positions while you are in the freefall period

of your jump, before you open your parachute. If

you’ll be doing dives like this, you would have to do

some manoeuvres like Sit Flying, Back Flying, and Head

Down. These would allow you to have more control on

your speed and trajectory. You also have to do some

exit rolls or tumbles at the end of your freefall

stage so that you can safely deploy your parachute by

the time you reach the right altitude.

Reasons to take skydiving lessons

Reasons to take skydiving lessons

Some people wonder why it is that it's suggested you take

skydiving lessons. There are a few good reasons, ones that

you may not have thought about.

1. How to land

One thing that you learn in skydiving lessons is how to

land. This is very important, because when you land wrong,

you could get seriously hurt.

When you go through lessons, the instructor will tell you

the best way to land so that you keep yourself safe.

It also helps you learn to react instinctively and know

that you can land safely no matter what position you are

in.

2. Parachute release

The lessons will talk about the parachute release and will

help to allay the fears that you have about your parachute

not opening. This is one of the biggest fears that people

have, and that is why it is included in the lessons.

3. Freefalling

For those who really want a thrill, the lessons will teach

about freefalling. When you are freefalling, it's important

to know how you can properly distribute your weight so that

you cut down on wind resistance, or increase it. It also

helps you learn how you can control the rate of speed that

you are falling.

Skydiving lessons is one of the best ways to make sure that

you have a good experience and have fun while you are

skydiving.

The lessons help you to calm your fears of the unknown, and

to show you that skydiving is safe and a lot of fun to do.

Skydiving 101 - the truth about parachutes

Skydiving 101: The Truth About Parachutes

Skydiving is considered to be a very extreme sport,

yet a lot of people nowadays are becoming very

inclined to it. As time passes, more daredevils come

into being and get hooked on this breathtaking sport.

However, due to the danger coupled with this sport, a

lot of people that have not tried it may have some

misconceptions about it. This is very much true

especially regarding the issue of malfunction in the

activity. To serve as a guide to those who want to try

out this sport, yet are having doubts of doing so,

here is an overview about parachutes and malfunction

issues.

All Hope Is Lost For You

This is probably the myth that a lot of people are

scared of happening and is the one that hampers them

from trying out the sport. For most people who haven’t

tried out this sport, they would likely think that

once their parachute would fail to open or inflate,

then are in big trouble and somewhat feel that they

are at the moment screwed beyond no doubt.

If you’re in mid-air 25,000 ft high, falling with the

pull of gravity, feeling the wind rush on your face

and something like this happens, you would definitely

be scared to death. However, it is important that you

understand the basic principles of a parachute first,

before you even go have anxiety attacks.

Chutes Are Made To Save You

The truth is parachutes do want to open; since they

are specifically designed to open. These are made to

save you and assist you with your descent; and most

likely your chute would perform its function and

fulfil its purpose. In fact, all skydiving rigs have

two parachutes. This is the standard and is actually

stated by the law.

Proper care and safety measures are done when

parachutes are packed. Basically, the main chute could

be packed up by anybody who knows how. However, for

the second chute, also known as the reserve chute, it

could only be packed up by a certified F. F.A. rigger

who has undergone extensive training about the

subject.

Malfunction Issues

Additionally, malfunctions on the primary chute are

not that common, unlike what most people think. It

also does not mean that you’re screwed, dead or

whatever fatal ending you may think about. As a matter

of fact, a lot of those mal-functions are actually

minor ones and are very simple to correct even if

you’re in mid-air. As a safety measure, if ever your

primary chute’s malfunction can not be corrected you

can simply release the primary one, so that you can

open the reserve parachute that you have got.

Lastly, if ever a malfunction occurs, you would not

feel so extensively screwed since before you are even

set for a jump, you would have to undergo special

training. So basically, you would already know what to

do, even before you take a jump.

In realty, skydiving is a really fun sport to engage

in. Sadly, a lot of people are still scared of trying

it out due to a lot of factors. For instance, media

can be one of the causes of such fears; this is

especially true with some movies that show

malfunctions happening during a dive. However, if

you’re affected by things like this, you should keep

in mind that these are only movies. There’s a lot more

to skydiving than parachute malfunctions and you’ll

never get to experience them unless you get the

courage to take that great leap of faith off an

airplane!

Skydiving myths

Skydiving myths

There are quite a few myths that are associated with

skydiving, so we’ll take a look at a few of them and see

what the truth is about them. This way you don’t have to

worry about what is true and what is really a myth.

1. You can’t breathe while skydiving

This is one of the biggest myths. But the truth is that if

people didn’t breathe while you were skydiving, they

wouldn’t be able to open their parachute, since they would

lose consciousness.

2. You can talk while skydiving

This myth has been made popular because of all those

movies. But it’s nearly impossible to hear anything because

of the rushing of the wind. But that’s why there are hand

signals, because people can’t hear anything.

3. If you don’t have a parachute, holding on to someone who

does will help you.

Although this has happened sometimes, it’s nearly

impossible. Don’t think that it will save you because it

usually doesn’t happen.

4. You free fall for as long as five minutes

The truth is that you would have to go up to at least

60,000 feet in order to fall for that long before opening

your chute. For the typical jump, you only free fall for

about 40 seconds before you open it.

5. The chute isn’t going to open

This is one of the biggest fears that people have, but the

truth is that the parachutes today are fitted so that they

are practically failsafe. Most of the injuries and deaths

that are associated with skydiving are because of mistaking

judgment and not being prepared.

The skydiving history

The Skydiving History

Skydiving is a well loved sport, especially for the

extreme goers out there. However, it may seem that

skydiving is something new as a sport, but in reality,

it has a very rich and colourful history that can be

very interesting to know, whether you are a fan of the

sport or simply curious about it.

Milestones And More

Although most of skydiving milestones happened during

the 20th century, its history actually goes back

further more. Originally, parachuting started around

the 1100s in China, which is about a thousand years

ago. Although there were no airplanes during that

time, people would find natural formations in which

they can leap off and float safely towards the ground

below. Additionally, Da Vinci actually made a design

that shows a wooden frame parachute that has a pyramid

shape. This is just one of the proofs that parachuting

is actually way older than most people think.

Skydiving Sport History

If you’ll be talking about the sport of skydiving,

this matter would have a much recent history in the

making. The very first person who did this daring act

was Jacques Garnerin. He didn’t jump from an airplane

though. What he did was jump off from balloons, around

late 18th century. He also performed fanciful displays

when he did so. After he executed his jumps, he would

then make use of a parachute to have a safe landing.

When Women Came In

Women had a part in skydiving history too. However, it

was not until the 19th century that they started

having participation in the sport. One of the most

famous women in skydiving history is Kathe Paulus. She

parachuted in Germany during the end of the 19th

century and became very well known for this skill of

hers.

Airplane Generation

Ever since the airplane was invented, the skydiving

history became even more colourful than ever. Indeed,

it took a great leap of faith, literally and

metaphorically! With the evolution of the airplane,

the more did skydiving evolved and became even more

daring. Now, daredevils had the opportunity to

parachute from a fast-moving mechanical device, which

caused even more spectacular and breathtaking

skydiving routines.

The first woman to ever jump off from an airplane is

Tiny Broadwick. She did this daring stunt back in

1913. Additionally, she is also the first woman to do

a free fall jump from an airplane, which she did in

1914.

Skydiving: It’s Official!

One interesting fact about skydiving is that it wasn’t

called skydiving before. The term skydiving was only

coined in the mid-1950’s and used for Raymond Young.

This was the first time when it was actually declared

as skydiving. Before it was termed as such,

"skydiving" was simply called as "parachuting" by

many.

From Novelty To Sport

Before, skydiving was considered to be more of a

novelty act than a sport. It was only during the

period after World War II that this art became an

actual sport that a lot of people could engage in,

just like basketball. This transition was due to the

fact that skydiving and parachuting was commonly done

as a tactical move by many countries throughout the

war.

In fact, pilots during World War I were even told to

crash their planes into enemy territory rather than

bailing out and were just given parachutes for

survival. Ever since the 1st successful bailout in

1922 of an airplane, parachuting became a popular

method of bailing out for pilots.

After the Second World War, it became a mainstream

hobby for many. This is because the soldiers who came

back enjoyed this activity and even have the courage

to do a freefall. They held some competitions which

then became a popular sport for civilians too. It was

in 1957 that the first skydiving schools appeared and

up until now, more people are having the courage to

face this extreme sport.

Skydiving equipment

Skydiving equipment

When you are skydiving, there are five pieces of equipment

that you are going to need. These will help ensure that you

stay safe and comfortable when you are skydiving. We’ll

take a look at these pieces of equipment.

1. Parachute - Of course, this is the one that everyone

thinks about. This, of course, is the most important piece

of equipment because it is the thing that slows your

descent after you pulll the parachute line.

2. Jumpsuit - Most people think that they can go skydiving

in just about anything, but that’s not true. The jumpsuit

is not just something that is a fashion statement, but it

willl help you to stay comfortable and protect you from the

winds and other things that you can encounter in the air.

It can also help you if you have a bad landing, and protect

your skin from cuts and scratches.

3. AAD - This, like your parachute, can really save you

life in case of an emergency. It’s called an automatic

activation device, and it will automatically open your

chute if you are unable to. It does this by measuring the

speed of descent.

4. Altimeter - You will need to open your chute at certain

altitude and this will help you determine when is the right

time to open the chute.

5. Protective gear - Just like with any type of extreme

sport, it’s always a good idea to have gear that will

protect you such as a helmet and padding for your knees and

elbows. It’s also not a bad idea to have a spine protector,

which is quite useful if you fall on your back when you

land.

Skydiving equipment - knowing your jumpsuit

Skydiving Equipment: Knowing Your Jumpsuit

Appropriate equipment is vital if you want to try or

even pursue the sport of skydiving. Your jumpsuit is

considered to be one of the most important equipments

that you’ll need to take a dive. If you’re new to the

sport, you should learn some certain jumpsuit

essentials first before you go off on a jumpsuit

shopping spree. Here are some of the things you should

consider when buying a jumpsuit.

To Get A New One Or Not? To get a new equipment or a

used one is actually more of a financial choice rather

than something to be done out of fear or a want to

impress. This doesn’t only apply for jumpsuits but

other equipments as well. If money would not be a

problem for you, then obtaining all these toys would

be an exciting game for you.

However, if like most people, your finances took a big

bite from finishing your recent skydiving course, then

your mortgage is already due yet your salary is still

2 weeks away, then you’d probably have to deliberate

on buying equipment based on your budget.

To think of it, there is no point when you have all

brand new gadgets but have no money to pay for the

jump itself. There’s nothing wrong in purchasing used

gear or even a mix of old and new. In fact it can be a

good way to save up for this new obsession of yours!

Something About Jumpsuits

Having a well fitted jumpsuit, that is customized for

your fall rate requirements and the type of skydiving

jump you’ll be doing is valued in gold, and is most

likely your shopping lists’ best value for money item.

Initially, you may think that the price is very

expensive just for a clothing item. Nevertheless, for

sure you’d appreciate its value in terms of its

excellent materials, durability, and workmanship.

What’s So Special About Jumpsuits?

Generally, formation skydiving jumpsuits are custom

made starting from materials used up to its

measurements. The industry’s best manufacturers would

usually sponsor a top team that provide them research

and development feedbacks. The suits made are

regularly updated and modified from the

recommendations that are based on numerous tunnel

hours and thousands of jumps. Those suits that you

should avoid are the ones that are cheap copycats of

the originals in which their manufacturers do not even

know how to jump.

First Suit Tips

It is highly recommended that you buy your 1st suit

from a dealer, instead of measuring yourself.

Generally, dealers would provide you excellent advice

about the suit type, which is most appropriate for

your fall rate and skydiving requirements.

Additionally, they would take expert measurements.

Plus, they would also consider what you’d be wearing

underneath your jumpsuit to make your suit a much

tailored one.

Dealers also show you colour fabric swatches coming

from various manufacturers and would assist you in

picking out your jumpsuit options. If ever you have

any alterations, it would be in their expense. In

general, suits would take 8 weeks to be done, unless

if you want a rush order. Factors like time of the

year also matter on how long your suit would finish.

However, if you do want to take measurements by

yourself or ask your friend to do it, it’s important

to take note the weight vests and warmwear you’ll be

wearing.

Indoor skydiving

Indoor Skydiving

Most people think that skydiving can only be done

outdoors in the sky. However, with the development of

technology, there is now an indoor rendition of the

sport, which is done through vertical wind tunnels.

What Is A Vertical Wind Tunnel?

Vertical wind tunnels (VWT) are wind tunnels that

blows up air in a column. This is actually a

recreational wind tunnel that is most of the time

advertised as "bodyflight" or "indoor skydiving". It’s

also a training tool that most skydivers use.

These wind tunnels can give people the ability to fly

on air without needing parachutes or planes, simply by

the force of wind that’s generated vertically. The

wind inside these tunnels generally moves upward at

120 mph, which is also a falling human body’s terminal

velocity, although it can vary from one person to

another.

VWT’s are most of the time called 'indoor skydiving'

because of its popularity with skydivers that say the

sensation they get is very similar to the real thing.

As the person 'floats' in midair inside the wind

tunnel, this is termed as 'bodyflight'.

Bodyflight

Bodyflight is said to be the art of 'flying your body'

but in a controlled method. Control would include

rolls, fall rate control, turns, lateral movement and

some other acrobatic stunts in mid-air. Knowing

bodyflight skills help skydivers go closer to each

other while freefalling, so that they can link for

formation skydiving, and then fly away from each other

again until they reach a safe distance so that they

can open their parachutes.

A lot of bodyflight skills could be learned and

practiced from VWTs. Most skydivers use this as

practice equipment so that they can be better in

controlling their bodies while falling from the sky.

Bodyflight can be done through decreasing/increasing

your body drag, by using your legs and arms as rudders

for motion control. Additionally, other techniques

used similar by airplanes are used.

Types Of Vertical Wind Tunnels

Basically, there are 2 main types of VWTs, namely:

outdoor and indoor. The outdoor type can be either

portable or stationary. The portable ones are the

types that are often used for movie productions,

demonstrations and are usually rented for big events

like state fairs and conventions.

Portable units give a dramatic effect for the

spectators and the flying person, since there are no

walls bounding the flight area. This kind of wind

tunnel gives you the opportunity to fly with a partial

or full sky/outdoor view. Some outdoor units can also

have nettings around or walls so as to keep beginners

from flying out the tunnel boundaries.

For the indoor types, you also have to sub categories,

namely: re-circulating and non-re-circulating.

Non-re-circulating wind tunnels generally suck air via

inlets found in the building’s bottom portion. Then

the air would go up the bodyflight area, and exit

through the top portion of the building. However, the

re-circulating type would create an aerodynamic loop

that has turning vanes, which are similar to

scientific wind tunnels, but has a vertical loop and a

bodyflight chamber inside the vertical portion of the

loop.

Re-circulating tunnels are usually used in places

where the climate is too cold for non-re-circulating

types. Indoor types usually have a smoother and

controlled airflow than outdoor types. They also have

more control on temperature. Thus, they can be

operated year-round in places with cold climate.

Going skydiving

Going Skydiving

When you go skydiving for the first time, there are some

things that you should remember. These will help to make

sure that the experience is rewarding and that you get

everything that you can out of it.

1. Choose a certified instructor

Do your research and make sure that the instructor you

choose is someone that is certified. Make sure that they

will answer any questions that you have and will answer

them honestly.

2. Check their safety record

Before you do your skydive, you want to make sure that they

have a good safety record and that you know everything you

can about them.

3.. Decide on what type of jump you want to take

If you want to do a solo jump, you will have to take an

instruction course and you will use a static line that

opens the parachute as soon as you leave the plane. If you

do a tandem jump, you jump with an instructor who is going

to do all the work. You will just go along for the ride.

4. Make sure that you understand everything

Before you jump, make sure that you understand all of the

instructions that you have been given. You want to take

your time and make sure that the person who is instructing

you is answering your questions and not rushing you. If you

don’t feel comfortable with the way it’s going, don’t go.

5. Pursue it further

If you enjoy your first experience skydiving, think about

getting certified. But be aware that it can be a very

expensive sport, so that is something that should be a

consideration.

Getting your skydiving certification

Getting your skydiving certification

If you are a think that the sport of skydiving sounds

exciting, and you want to become certified, there are a few

steps that you will have to take before you reach your

goal.

When you take these steps, you will be able to get your

certification.

1. The first thing you are going to want to do is to do a

tamdem skydive so that you can try skydiving. Skydiving is

an expensive sport and you want to make sure that you are

going to enjoy doing it before you invest a lot of time and

money.

With a tamdem skydive, you are attached to your instructor

with a harness. Do some research and find a dropzone that

is near you and affiliated with the USPA.

2. One of the first things you will have to do in order to

become certified in skydiving is to complete the

Accelerated FreeFall, or AFF, course.

The requirements for the course can vary depending on the

dropzone, but usually there are seven levels. There are

maneuvers that you will need to do for each level.

3. Before you do your first AFF jump, you have to go

through and finish a First Jump Course, where you learn

about gear, hand signals, emergency procedures, and

malfunctions. These and other things will help you stay

safe during your jump.

4. In levels 1 through 3 of the AFF course, you wear your

own parachute when you exit the airplane, but exit with two

instructors that will hold on to you. They will give you

hand signals to tell you directions and if you need to

correct the position of your body.

They are making sure that you know how to do things. The

two instructors stay with you until you pull the parachute.

If your parachute isn’t pulled by the time you get to a

certain altitude, they do it for you.

They break away from you after your parachute deploys, but

there will be one that is on the ground that gives you

directions so that you land safely.

5. During the last levels of the AFF course, you will be

exiting with one instructor. They won’t be holding to you

unless there is a problem, and you’ll need to do maneuvers

that are harder than the first three levels.

6. Once you complete your course, you are ready to go out

on your own. It’s not a bad idea to work with a coach for a

bit before you go out with your friends. You can join the

USPA member and get your license.

Training methods for skydiving

Training methods for skydiving

When you are going to get your certification in skydiving,

there are three different ways that you will be trained.

Each step follows the other, and all are important if you

are wanting to get your certification.

1. Tandem jump

a. Ground training lasts for about 30 minutes, but once the

ground training is over, you will be jumping out of an

airplane. This sounds scary, but remember that you are

going to be strapped to an instructor and you are going to

be safe.

b. After you complete the First Jump Course, you will be

moved to the next level of the training course. But before

they allow you to do a static line jump and a accelerated

free fall, you will have to show that you meet the

requirements of proficiency.

2. Static Line jump

a. With static line, there's a cord that is attached to

both the plane and your parachute, so that when you step out

of the plane the cord deploys your chute. This saves you

from having to worry about remembering to pull your cord.

b. After your first static line jump, you will need to show

the instructor that you know where the ripcord is, This is

just a fake ripcord, but it tells the instructor that you

know what you are doing. After three of these types of

jumps, you will be able to do an accelerated freefall jump.

3. Accelerated FreeFall.

This lets you experience the total thrill of skydiving, but

it can be expensive because you have two instructors up

there with you. Although you aren't attached to them, they

are there in case you have a problem. When you have done

this a few times, you will go down to one instructor. If

you are wanting to get your license, this will help a lot.

Skydiving photography considerations

Skydiving Photography Considerations

Being a skydiving photographer is just as extreme as

being a skydiver. So if you plan on becoming one,

there are some considerations that you might want to

deliberate on first before you go out and buy your

camera. Here are some of them.

The Price Of Art

Getting to fly a camera is just as fun as skydiving

gets. However, it could also make your fun into a

frustrating and expensive affair in a great hurry, and

can eat out your valuable jump money much faster. Why

is it expensive? Well, first off, you still do pay for

your jumps even if you have a camera. Well, you do,

but maybe for about your first 50-100 jumps with the

gadget on. Your proficiency on using the equipments

and techniques would have to improve first so that

time would come that somebody would see it’s worth it

to pay for your slot. Take note that it’s your skill

with the art that should improve and not your flying

skills.

This is just one reason that you should make sure that

your precious money spent on the camera equipments

would not be wasted because of inexperience.

For What Purpose?

First off, just like with other major purchases, you

should have an idea on what exactly you want to do

with your equipment. One camcorder can be useful for

AFF, tandems, freeflying and 4-way; however, if you

don’t know which model and brand you should get,

you'll probably end up with equipment that don’t

exactly function the way you want it to.

Get A Master!

If you’re new to this stuff, it would be best that you

find a mentor. Try your best to find an experienced

camera flyer to ask input from them. Also try to ask

how they started in the field, what equipment they got

and why. You can also ask them about expensive and

hard lessons that they’ve learned through experience,

as for sure any camera flyer that has adequate

experience has at least one eye-opening story in store

for you.

Shopping Galore

Apparently, once you’re done with your homework, then

it is time to go shopping. Nowadays, there are a lot

of options and choices available for you that

sometimes it’s overwhelming just to know who you

should trust and know exactly where to go. Should you

buy through mail or locally? Should you avail of the

extended warranty they are selling you? Should you get

extra batteries? How about getting a wide-angle lens?

There are more choices to make that you’re probably

clueless with, which is just one of the many times

that you’d really benefit from having a mentor.

Safety First

For newbies or want-to-be camera flyers, taking

precaution in buying your equipment is the right way

to do it. You should always make sure that what you

buy would really provide you what you need.

For example, if you are planning to shoot a freefly

revolution and have some awesome head-down footages,

then getting a large 3-chip camcorder would probably

not be the right choice. However, if you’re planning

on challenging one of the top-of-the-line freefall

photographers for the "Top Dog" title, then you may

want to get the most feature-heavy and powerful camera

available in the market.

Basic Requirements

Obviously, if you want to be a camera flyer, you would

have to meet some basic requirements, such as being

able to skydive. At least having basic training and a

bit of experience would do. Of course learning how to

operate the gadgets and some of the techniques are

important too, but these can all be learned within the

whole process.

Why do people skydive

Why do people skydive?

Sometimes people will look at skydivers, and wonder why in

the world they would do a sport that takes them so close to

death. After all, plunging to the earth at a high rate of

speed seems like a dangerous sport. So here are some

reasons why people like to skydive.

1. It's fun

Those who have skydived have said how much fun it can be.

They go up again and again, and there's nothing like it in

the world.

2. It's exhilarating

There's a rush and a thrill to feel yourself falling to the

earth. There's also something special about that sensation

of flying, since for many years people have wanted to be

able to fly like the birds. Skydiving is one of the few

ways that you can feel as if you are flying, without being

in an airplane or a helicopter.

3. It's safe

Although most people think that it is a dangerous sport,

with the right training and preparation it's just as safe

as any other sport. It's only dangerous when people take

unnecessary risks and don't follow the proper procedures.

The thing to remember is that skydiving is just like

anything else. When people do it properly, it's something

that can be very enjoyable. But when people don't show a

respect for the sport and for the procedures that are laid

out, that is when people get injured and give skydiving a

bad reputation.

Skydiving myths revealed

Skydiving Myths Revealed

People who have not tried skydiving have a lot of

misconceptions or "myths" about the sport. Sad to say

a lot of people are misled by these myths and tend to

have wrong perceptions about the sport. Here are some

of the most common skydiving myths that buzz around

and the true explanations to them.

Friends And Secret Signals

Most people think that if you would be skydiving with

your friends, you should have a "secret signal" with

your buddy to tell that your parachute failed to open.

And when this happens, you would make your way towards

them and give your buddy a bear hug or hook yourself

to their parachute pack thingy and then afterwards the

chute would inflate just in time to save the both of

you.

If this myth were true, most probably both of you

would have broken arms by the end of the dive; which

you would think is way better than hitting the ground

in terminal velocity. Additionally, there is no known

hand signal for ‘my chute failed, please let me hug

you’ kind of stunt.

If you were to skydive in a group, it is a protocol

that before any of you would pull their parachute, you

should be a hundred and one percent sure that your air

space is clear. This is done so that you wouldn’t be

entangled with any of your group mates once all of you

pull out your chutes. Collision is also another thing

to watch out for.

Secondly, that ‘parachute pack thing’ is actually

called a ‘rig’, as to no skydiver would refer to it in

that way.

The Ultimate Myth: Death

Of all the myths of skydiving, this one would be the

truest, especially if you are falling at terminal

velocity and suddenly you are face to face with the

ground even before your parachute has slowed down your

descend, then you’ll probably die. Well of course this

myth would only happen if you let it. This is exactly

why you have to commence a pull sequence, then deploy

your main chute and make sure that it’s working

properly so that you can give yourself the chance to

cutaway and get your reserve.

The Going Solo Myth

Another one would be if you’re for some impious

reason, making a dive by yourself, then your last

resort of surviving would be to land with as much

surface area that you can get and the type of surface

you’ll be landing on.

First off, you should know that it is extremely common

to have a license and skydive alone. A lot of

skydivers do this. In fact, if you get a license you

can do this, especially if you want to see the beauty

and sacredness of watching the sunset as you freefall

all by yourself.

Second if ever both of your chutes fail to inflate,

there is no choice but to fight for your life even if

blood would fill your goggles. You can not rely on

your buddies nor your surface area.

You can’t really rely on landing in water, since this

is something that you wouldn’t really want, because

it’s just the same as landing on cement. However, if

you can, try landing on something soft and steep like

a mountain side with some snow.

Proposing while skydiving

Proposing while skydiving

Something that has become very popular in recent years is

men proposing to their girlfriends while they are

skydiving.

If this is something that you want to do, there are some

things that you will want to do in order to make the

experience memorable for you and your chosen bride to be.

1. If you have never skydived before, take some lessons and

make sure that your bride to be does as well, if she will

be skydiving with you.

2. Ask people with the company that you are going with for

suggestions, if you aren’t sure how you are going to do it.

There’s a good chance that they have seen things like this

before and they can give you some ideas.

3. Be sure that you have another plan waiting in the wings

just in case something doesn’t go right - like the weather

doesn’t cooperate.

4. Make sure that the day you choose for the proposal is

one that is good for your girlfriend and that she doesn’t

have any other plans for that day.

5. Decide on how you are going to propose. Do you want to

hold a small sign yourself, or you can have someone holding

a big sign on the ground.

6. Make sure that the ring is attached and secure so that

you don’t lose it on the way down.

7. Have something prepared for when you both land, like

what you are going to say or maybe some champagne. It will

be something that neither of you will forget.

All about skydiving weights

All About Skydiving Weights

If you want to go skydiving, having the proper

equipment is a must. Although there are some equipment

that are considered to be staples or standards when

diving, there are also those that can be add-ons

depending on your body and the type of jump you’ll be

doing. One of these extra equipments is called

weights.

What Are Weights For?

Physics has a lot to do with skydiving, which is why

your weight can affect how fast or slow gravity can

pull you. If it’s the case that you’re reasonably

light, you would sometimes have to fly at your range’s

edge in a rather extreme body position that is very

uncomfortable to you just to keep down with your

diving mates.

As a solution to this problem, wearing weights can

help you assume a more versatile and comfortable

flying position. However, the kind and amount of

weight can still vary on the diver. They would usually

base it on your body mass and size. Also, factors such

as the neutral position you’ll use and your level of

experience can play important roles too.

For you to maintain a comfortable neutral while flying

in a varied group, having a good jumpsuit and weights

are both very helpful tools. You should also learn to

adjust the amount of lead that you are wearing. Doing

so would highly depend on the type of jumping that you

will be doing. All of these are essential so that you

can maintain a comfortable position with that specific

fall rate.

However, you should also take note that 12-14 lbs of

lead would cause your parachute to work as if it is

approximately a size smaller. Additionally, you should

be aware that you should have the capability to

jettison the weights easily, if ever you have an

accidental incoming water landing. There are different

kinds of weight apparatus, here are some of them.

Weight vest

If you’ll be making use of a box position, like the

photo right, using a weight vest would be the best

choice. Additionally, this would be your pick if

you’re heavier down your hips than your shoulders.

Conditions like these are critical since, if majority

of your weight is lower than your center of gravity,

you would have a predisposition to backslide.

Being able to fly neutral would require you

compensation, such as executing bigger legs-out

position during your freefall. This can drastically

reduce your capability to move dynamically forward;

and ironically, can create more drag. If you wear a

chest weight, your legs could come back to having a

90-degree position, which would enable you to have a

faster fall rate and at the same tie allowing you to

have movement with fuller range.

Even though weight vests are efficient, they also have

some limitations. After an assured point, you may also

need to wear weights in the middle of your body. If

this is the case, getting a weight vest that can

accommodate upper and lower weight would be the right

choice. It is really uncomfortable if you’ll wear more

than 12 lbs of lead in a single vest. This can put a

big strain on your shoulders and neck; thus, weight

belts would do the trick.

Weight Belts: Another Alternative

If you have an evenly balanced body, then a weight

belt would be perfect. This is also preferred when

doing the mantis position. You can wear it outside

your jumpsuit and is one of the most comfortable ways

to wear weights. However, you should make sure that it

won’t interfere with your handles, especially if your

torso is short.

Rig weight

This kind of weights can be placed in your rig itself.

There are some rigs that have pockets in which you can

put weights. However, the rig size would be the one to

determine the amount of lead you can put.

How to store a parachute

How to store a parachute

After you have gone skydiving, you will want to take care

of your parachute and store it so that it stays safe and is

ready for the next time you want to use it. There is a

proper way to do this to make sure that your parachute

doesn't become damaged.

1 The first thing you will want to do is to deflate the

parachute. Place the chute on an area that is dry and make

sure that there isn't any more air in it.

Turn the chute to one of it's sides, and fold the tip of

the chute towards chute's inside. Continue with the folding

in the same way so that the strings of the chute are neatly

overlapping.

2. Use a thick cord to tie the parachute's strings, and

place them gently on the cloth of the parachute. Continue

with the folding of the parachute until you have a small

package and place it in a bag that is odor free.

3. Make sure that your parachute is stored in an area that

doesn't have any sunlight but has a flow of air that is

steady. The bag should be kept away from water, oil and any

acidic solutions.

Some other things to remember:

Make sure that the tension is kept on your parachute's

lines when it is stored, pulling them gently so that they

form a line before tying them up.

If your parachute is exceptionally large, don't store it

yourself. Ask a professional to help.

If you stuff your parachute into a bag without folding it,

you risk damaging it. So take the time to fold it and store

it properly.

Skydiving accessories and gadgets

Skydiving Accessories And Gadgets

Other than weights and jumpsuits, there are other

gadgets that you may need for you jump. Here are some

of them.

Altitude Devices

Altimeters are one of the obligatory pieces that you

would use for skydiving. You may be surprised with the

vast variety of choices. However, it is recommend that

you use one that’s easy to read and can give you

outstanding after-sales services. In fact there are

ones that even give free lifetime warranty for your

device. Such kind of service is especially useful if

ever you drop your device on the creeper pad.

Audibles

Even though these are not strictly compulsory, you

might enjoy the extra security and benefits of wearing

one. Although you do not really have to rely on it,

getting an extra altitude warning would be very

useful. These are very useful if you’re doing various

disciplines like: freefly, flat-fly, and breaking off

high. This is because your freefall time would vary

from one dive to another.

If you want to go freeflying, most coaches wouldn’t

let you jump if you don’t have an audible, since

they’re such a helpful safety precaution, especially

if you’re learning how to fly with higher speeds.

Choices would vary from the basic models or the top of

the line, which would also act like a log book,

measuring your freefall time and speed, and could be

connected to a computer to get more statistics.

Basically, the more the functions, the higher the

price would be.

Helmets

This is yet another mandatory piece. If you’ll be

buying one, you should consider bother safety and

comfort. You should try on as much as you can so you’d

find the perfect fit. If you want extra protection,

wearing a full-face would be your right pick. It also

gives added security if you’re wearing contact lenses.

However, open-faced helmets can allow you easier

communication, since you’re able to see the whole face

of the person. Nevertheless, they don’t protect your

mouth and jaw. You would have to get another pair of

goggles for this one.

There are also leather frappe hats. Although they do

meet the mandatory requirements of wearing a helmet,

these can provide you little protection only from

injuries. If you’re an experienced diver, these can be

an acceptable choice.

Gloves

These are exceptionally useful as protection for your

hands. Wearing a pair can protect you from scrapes,

line burns, mishaps, and the cold weather. To know if

a pair is good for skydiving, they must be

appropriately thick to protect you from the cold,

while thin enough that you can still feel your

handles. To ensure that gloves are suitable for

skydiving, you should buy from a skydiving store

instead of a general sports shop.

Hook Knives

Hook knives are also important when you’re jumping.

This is another safety measure, just in case you’ll be

having a line-over malfunction with your reserve

chute. There are various types of hook knives and they

all do work. In choosing one, you should get a piece

that you particularly like yet can still conveniently

fit in your rig. Placing a hook knife on your chest

strap is not really a good idea, since it can be easy

to lose. Your leg strap is the more preferred choice.

To keep your knife sharp, try not to use it for other

tasks.