Skydiving, is the Adventure sport of exiting an aircraft and returning to Earth with the aid of gravity, then slowing down during the last part of the descent by using a parachute. It may or may not involve a certain amount of free-fall, a time during which the parachute has not been deployed and the body gradually accelerates to terminal velocity.

There’s nothing quite like rushing to the earth at 120 miles (190 km) an hour after jumping from a perfectly good airplane. Skydiving can be practiced without jumping. Vertical wind tunnels are used to practice for free fall (“indoor skydiving” or “bodyflight”), whilevirtual reality parachute simulators are used to practise parachute control.

Beginning skydivers seeking training have the following options:

  • Static line
  • Instructor-assisted deployment
  • Accelerated freefall
  • Tandem skydiving

Things You Should Know Before You Go Skydiving For The First Time

1. Safety first – Find a jump school with a good reputation and that is certified by authorities.

2. Check the school’s safety record – A quick search on the web will give you all the info you need on the school’s safety record and reputation.

3. Understand the basics – Pay attention to the instructions, ask questions, and go over the sequence of events with your instructor. He or she will likely go over this several times with you, but be sure to do it until you are comfortable with what you are going to do.

4. Know the risks –  There are risks inherent to jumping, and you should be aware of them.

5. Read the fine print. You will be asked to read and sign several pages of waivers, disclaimers, and legal documents stating you assume all risks associated with the jump – up to and including death.

If you’re skydiving for the first time, you’re probably doing a tandem dive, which is where you’re strapped to another human who is certified staff who will help you in your first dive. And once you did it, you are one of the adventurist who did something that most people don’t have the courage to do. Enjoy the accomplishment.

Best Luck for your First Dive !!!

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