sky-diving

Indoor skydiving is a fun way to recreate skydiving and break down different techniques.  You have a guide standing with you who is able to talk to you while in motion (something that cannot be done actually skydiving).  He or she can correct your body, arms, back and positioning.  Its a great place to practice if your a beginner, want to practice coordinated jumps or bring the family to a fun outing.

Accelerated Free-fall describes indoor skydiving as a great simulation.  They have said that “In the same way, military special forces personnel, whose job it is to skydive into all kinds of locations under various conditions have to practice their procedures and make sure they are ready for anything at short notice perhaps testing specific requirements for each mission using a skydiving tunnel.   Similar to Olympic athletes, there are other professional and semi professional skydivers who compete in world class competitions and use a skydiving tunnel to improve their performance in their chosen events.”

An beginner skydiving trip is you and your instructor free-falling at 120 to 140 mph (190 kph) for 50 to 60 seconds.  Why do people go skydiving?

According to Lori Steffen, free-fall is a sense of freedom.  She describes it as  flying through the air, able to move your body in 3D.  “You can fly forward, back-up, move sideways, speed up how fast you are falling and slow down how fast you are falling.  During that time you are definitely flying your body.  You can do flips and twists.  You can stand on your feet or stand on your head.  There are absolutely no limits as to which direction you can move your body,” she says.  What stops people from going skydiving?

We heard the top Fascinating Skydiving Myths.  According to Listverse these are the top ten Skydiving Myths:

Skydivers pull a rip cord:  No.  Skydivers using modern day “rigs” (the entire contraption of harness, container and canopies), throw out a pilot chute which is tucked into a pocket on the bottom of the container, just above your butt.

Skydiving Myth: You can talk or yell to each other during free-fall you cannot hear another skydiver during free-fall.  No, you can’t.

Skydiving Myth: When you deploy your chute, you go back up.  No, one thing a skydiver cannot do is go back up. What you’re seeing when a skydiver deploys and goes up is an optical illusion. You’re actually seeing the videographer shooting the skydiver continue falling away from the one deploying who is obviously slowing down.

Skydiving Myth: If you’re ever knocked unconscious in free fall, you’re dead.  Not always.  Most skydivers jump with a device known as an Automatic Activation Device (AAD). It’s a small, air-pressure and speed sensitive unit that will cut the closing loop of your reserve chute so that it deploys automatically.

Skydiving Myth: Everyone falls at the same speed.  Not so, the average terminal velocity in the belly down position is around 120mph. Some of the more advanced free-flying positions like “Head Down” or “Sit Fly” can push a jumper to over 200mph!

Skydiving Myth: A skydiver always packs his own chute:  You can, however there are trained packers who work at drop zones and will pack your chute for you.

Skydiving Myth: You can deploy your chute at any altitude:  Free-fall speeds can be anywhere from 100 to 160mph depending on varying scenarios; that’s over 170 feet per second! A good main parachute needs about 600 to 800 feet to open

Skydiving Myth: You need to wear oxygen masks at very high altitudes:  Only on the plane. Hypoxia can set in quickly at 18,000feet, so it’s necessary for planes to supply it when climbing to that altitude and beyond. The most common high altitude jumps are between 10,500 and 14,000 feet.

Skydiving Myth: The higher the altitude, the more dangerous the jump.  Actually it’s the opposite. Skydivers want as much altitude as possible. Not just for the extra free-fall time, but also it gives us extra time correct a correctable problem that may arise.

Skydiving Myth: It’s possible to survive a terminal velocity impact:  An impact into soft ground or trees at 45mph is certainly survivable. You won’t enjoy it, but you have a better chance of survival.