Saturday, October 17, 2015

Skydiving for Beginners (part 1 of 2)

If you dare try the extreme sport of skydiving then you will face the challenge of quite literally diving down from the air and enjoy the spectacular bird’s eye view of the world but not without some safety measures.  Typically this sport requires you to jump from either a helicopter or an airplane from a small airbase called a drop zone.

Falling Back to Earth

Before getting into this spectacular sport you must know that skydivers jump off a plane at the height of 13,000 feet which is equivalent to 4,000 meters.  But that’s not all you will experience a state of free fall temporarily before you can open your parachute which will serve as your break to soften your descent until such time you attain a safe and slow speed to land.

In fact, your parachute doesn’t fully inflate itself until it reaches the height of 2,500 feet.  Part of the reason behind this is that every skydiver follows the rule of having two parachutes.  The first parachute is considered the main one while the second is just back-up just in case something happens to the first.

After your parachute gets fully inflated you can now steer it in wherever direction you want and control your speed using the parachute’s steering lines.  If you’re an experienced diver steering your way accurately to a safe landing is an easy task.  The basis of skydive competitions are the exactness of your landing in a specified spot and the technique of how you landed.

Aside from preparing yourself for a dive from the plane, activating your parachute and free falling down to the surface, there are actually different areas of specializations in this sport.

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