How to Skydive: Complete Guide with Tips and Tricks

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If you are tired of your boring daily life and routine, or you just haven’t experienced a thrilling adventure for a long time, Skydiving is for you. You can never experience the adrenaline and excitement involved in skydiving anywhere else. It takes a lot of guts and courage to jump off a plane above 10,000ft with an unknown person. However, once you do it, it will be one of the best 40-60 seconds of your life. We are here to guide you through on how to skydive yourself with complete steps, tips and tricks, precaution and everything you need to know to get started. Read the full steps, and you will be in the sky, free-falling in no time!

Introduction on how to skydive:

Skydiving, also known as parachuting, is a sport of freefalling at around 120 mph while doing different stunts and maneuvers in the air. This followed by parachuting after a certain height to landing on the ground.

Skydiving is a historic sport, and several inventors have either designed or created skydiving gear. However, the first real skydiver was Andre Garnerin, the person who invented the first parachute. To test it, jumped from a hot air balloon. After his success, several militaries around the world have used skydiving as a life-saving alternative, in case the airplane is not operating properly.

The potential of skydiving as a sport developed quickly. Soldiers from the army challenged each other to experience the thrill of skydiving. People developed more advanced parachutes, landing fields, organizations, and skydiving gear to increase the popularity of the recently founded sport. Skydiving became an official sport in 1952.

Before Getting Started

Health and Fitness

Skydiving is a very exhilarating sport, which requires a person to be physically and mentally fit. Before you get started, make sure that you meet the requirements to be able to perform a jump. If you live in the USA, make sure that you meet the USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements, in order to be sure that you are fit.

A person who has previous known heart condition or diseases, or has experienced black-out, might want to engage in a chat with their instructor beforehand. You must also explain any medical issues to your instructor, so he can judge if you are fit to skydive or not.

Also keep in mind that if you panic just before jumping, or are not ready to make the jump, you must consult your instructor. Once you enter the plane, you cannotAlso keep in mind that if you panic just before jumping, or are not ready to make the jump, you must consult your instructor. Once you enter the plane, you cannot get any kind of refund. So make a choice while you’re still on the ground!

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Age

The age limit for someone to be qualified for skydiving depends on country to country. The most common age for a person who wants to skydive is 18 or above. However, in some countries, minors of around 16 years of age are also eligible to learn basic training, under the supervision and guidance of their parents.

Types

There are normally three types of jumps for first timers. AFF (Accelerated free fall), Tandem Jump and Static line jump.

Tandem Jump

Tandem jump is the most popular jump for people who just want to experience the thrill of skydiving. In this specific type, you are attached to your instructor through several harnesses. The instructor controls everything, from jumping off, opening the parachute to landing. The parachute is large enough to carry the weight of two people. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride.

Accelerated Free Fall (AFF)

Accelerated free fall is a type of jump usually for those who want to learn skydiving. In this type of jump, you are on your own, however, there are two other instructors with you while you are free falling to teach you correct body positions, instructions, and steps. There will also be a ground instructor connected to you through a radio who will guide you throughout your jump. This jump requires around 5 hours of ground training before performing it.

Static Line Jump

Static line jump is for those who are learning to skydive. This includes jumping off the plane with the lever of your parachute attached to the airplane, which normally deploys 5 to 10 seconds after jumping. Still, many prefer AFF and tandem jump for the first time.
Now once you have made up your mind on which kind of skydive you are going to perform, and that you are fit and ready to skydive, follow the steps below:

How to Skydive:

  1. Look for drop zones in your area:

skydiving-646475_1920The first thing you should probably do is look for drop zones on Google. There are several sites which contain information and reviews on different drop zones around your country. Make sure you search all around the web as skydiving is an expensive thrill, and can range anywhere from $70-$300 for a single jump, so make sure that your bank account has an adequate amount of money!

  1. Book a Skydive:

When you have found the right spot with the right price and reviews, call the drop zone to get more information. Decide what kind of jump you want to make and ask anything you have in mind. If you have any doubt, make sure clear you everything before booking it. Chances are that your mind will be full of questions, so ask everything because people usually do. After you are satisfied with the dropzone, go ahead and book your skydive.

  1. Wear the right clothes:
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The best clothes for skydiving are loose-fitting clothes. Make sure you wear sneakers or joggers and add another layer of cloth if you are uncertain of the weather conditions, as the temperature at that altitude is low. As it goes for the gear, the drop zone will provide you the harness, goggles or helmet, and other accessories, sometimes even a jumpsuit. Do ask your drop zones for what they will provide just to be sure.

  1. Arrive at the Drop Zone:
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Your best bet is to arrive at the dropzone a couple of hours before the actual allotted time. You will have to wait some time for the instructors to arrive. Meanwhile, in your extra time, you can check out the facility and ask them questions about their experience. Make sure you hand all your valuables to the drop zone or leave them at a secure place, like your car.

  1. Give attention to the instructions:
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Before you board the plane, the drop zone will lead you to a place where they will show you a video on what to do during the freefall. Listen closely to what the video is showing. After you meet your instructor, ask him anything you don’t understand. The drop zone will provide you with some legal papers in case of damage to property or death (which is highly unlikely). After you sign the paper, you will board the plane.

  1. Boarding the plane and the flight:

planeAfter you are in the proper gear, you will board the plane. The flight usually takes 15 minutes to reach the height of almost 10,000ft. While you are mid-air, the instructor will give you further knowledge on what to do during the freefall. Although you will miss most of the instructions due to the noise, be sure to hear carefully. At 8,000 ft. the instructor will attach the harness to himself. At 10,000 ft. you will be exiting the plane. This is where the fun begins.

  1. Freefalling:

tandem-skydivers-603631_1280When you are above the drop zone, the instructor will tell you to lean your head back onto his shoulder, and he’ll dive out of the plane. You are now officially Skydiving. The actual skydive will usually last around 45 to 60 seconds, so make every second count. When you reach 5,500 ft. the instructor will deploy the parachute. You will experience a sudden jerk, after which you will be soaring in the sky for around 4 minutes. The instructor will loosen the harness, after which you will be much comfortable than before. Look around you, as the view from that height will be amazing.
You will start getting closer to the ground. When you can see the landing zone, the instructor will either tell you to land on your own or he’ll do it himself. You will land either standing up, or you will be sliding on the ground.
Congratulations! You are now officially a skydiver!
You did what most people couldn’t even imagine doing. Give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate your success.

Tips & Tricks on how to skydive:

Tips

  • Before you book your skydive, make sure that the drop zone is in a scenic area. When you are parachuting your way to the surface, the view of the earth is amazing. Might as well be in a beautiful area.
  • Skydiving is a terrifying sport for most people. The truth is that everyone is. If you have already made reservations but are rethinking your decision, don’t think about it too much. Once you have successfully skydived, you will be proud that you made the right decision.
  • If you are doubtful of the drop zone, ask them for the certification of the drop zone and the instructor. This might give you a little hope that they are not frauds.
  • Don’t skydive with your stomach full, otherwise, you will feel uneasy. Having a snack or two before skydiving doesn’t hurt, but a stomach full might create problems. Also, do not consume alcohol before skydiving, in case you are feeling a bit scared.
  • Getting the package with pictures and video will cost a little more cash, it will truly be worth it. It will help you to remember your experience and show your friends.
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Tricks

  • Most people suffer to motion sickness. To counter it, take a pill before you board the plane
  • The best thing to do is getting to know your instructor. Communicate with him. Ask him about his past experiences and instructions if you do not understand something.
  • Get information on the internet. Watch videos and learn as much as you can about skydiving so you know what you are doing during the freefall.

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