If jumping out of an aircraft at a great height is your idea of fun then perhaps you should try skydiving. To fulfil your need for thrills and excitement this extreme sport will give most adrenaline junkies the rush that they will enjoy. So if you have a need for speed and are not afraid of heights then why not have a go. In fact skydiving is usually the first extreme sport most people will try as it’s easily accessible and as your first flight will be tandem with an instructor, you will also feel safe under the protection of a professional. There is no greater thrill felt than when you jump from that aircraft and experience the feeling of free falling towards the ground. Sounds good? Then read on and learn more:
If you want to skydive then it’s best to understand the basics about our chosen extreme sport so do your research and read as much as you can on the subject. There are weight restrictions so ensure you meet those so you don’t incur any problems. Although skydiving is not very demanding, your health should be up to spec so if you are unsure go along to your doctor to get their approval.
Remember to choose your clothes carefully. Wear something comfortable that will not restrict and limit your moves. Wear running shoes and avoid open toed shoes and sandals. You can wear your contacts or glasses as the goggles will fit over them.
When booking your first jump you really need to have confidence in the organisation you choose so Google skydiving Cambridge or similar to find local companies. Then ring the ones you like the sound of and make sure you ask them all the questions you may have. The more you find out about them, the more comfortable you will feel with your life, literally in their hands!
Pay attention to your instructor. Before you get ready for your jump and get on the plane, the team will give you a thorough briefing. Listen to everything they say and if you have any questions then make sure you ask. After this they will fit your harness so you can connect to your instructor and the parachute. The plane will have to reach between 9500 and 17500 feet before you jump and as you reach the right altitude your instructor will clip you to their harness, you are now joined together until you land! The instructor will tell you how you will be exiting the plane and then you will both fall at around 120 (190 km) miles an hour when you will feel like you are floating but the rush of air will confirm you are actually falling!
The instructor will deploy the parachute after around 30 seconds of freefall, at around 5000 feet (1524 metres) from the earth. Remember to enjoy the ride, it will be over in a flash! When you are close to landing, once again, listen closely to your instructor as they will tell you how to land. This can be done standing up or sliding softly.
Now if you enjoy your first jump and fancy doing it again or getting certified then talk to your instructors who will be able to advise you. It takes time and money but it’s an incredible investment that will lead on to some amazing opportunities and experiences.