You have probably seen people jumping out of airplanes only, but a plane is definitely not only think you can jump from. Jumping out of a plane is the most common and popular way to skydive. It’s also the most comfortable way because you are in a few minutes up there ready to jump. For me, a plane is completely fine to jump from and it’s probably the easiest way to do it, but I think it really is not the coolest thing to jump from.
You can jump out of a bunch of different stuff, including helicopters, blimps, hot air balloons and high mountains and cliffs (this sport is called base jumping and I’ve already made a post about it). The coolest of these are balloons, because of it’s aesthetical look and because ballons are not moving sideways only up, so you can better flip and do the coolest exits ever (in this case helicopters are good as well, because the can literally stand in the air). But the cons of balloons and blimps are that they are so slow to prepare and to fly up, but the experience can be much more beautiful then.
There is a lot of different ways you can make money from skydiving or from doing things connected to it. But there is one thing you need to do any of them, everyone needs you to have at least some practice in skydiving or things connected to it. The most important things I want you to know is, you can make living out of skydiving but it takes a lot of hard work and determination. It’s the same with any kind of dream or dream job you might have.
The easiest thing you can do and for which you don’t need to have thousands of jumps done is packing, you can learn it from your coach (you must be good at it of course) and then you can pack for money or for jumping for free. I don’t think you’ll make living from this only, but it’s definitely something good to start with.
You can also go to the army and work there as a parachutist. But this work is much more about military skills than about skydiving. It’s all about what will you do after landing in the hostile territory.
Another way you can make living out of skydiving is becoming a professional skydiver and jump for free and be sponsored by some companies like Red Bull and so on. This job is the hardest to achieve doing, but when you work hard you’ll enjoy the best benefits out of it after.
The last job you can do out of skydiving is the most popular one, I bet you’ve heard about this before, I also talked about it in one of my posts. It’s Tandem jumping instructor or instructor overall. You’ll have work in AFF courses and in these kinds of stuff. But to do this you need to have a lot of jumps done because people who you’ll work with need to prove if they can rely on you that you’ll keep them safe. You can also shoot people in jumps, this is not really an instructor job, but you also need to complete some amount of jumps to do this job.
This is actually a really good question. This information is very important in extreme forms of skydiving like base jumping.
In normal skydiving, it usually takes around 5 seconds, sometimes quicker sometimes longer depending on the gear you use and on your packing job. In base jumping, you sometimes don’t have the amount of time this big. But how can they do it? They use the same gear but they change their packing technique to make it open quicker, in normal skydiving is important to open your parachute slowly so you don’t get one of those hard openings.
Base jumping is an extreme form of skydiving. Base jumpers are not jumping out of an airplane but from high cliffs and mountains. Jumps can be massive, for an example in Norway about 2000 meters high, but can be very low as well, the lowest base jump was done by Russell Powell from terrifying 32 meters, the parachute barely has time to open. Even though this form of skydiving is most dangerous, for me it is the best because you must first walk or ride all the way up to the spot before the jump, so it’s more enjoyable when it comes to actual exit. The best part of this is you don’t have to pay an airplane, this makes it the cheapest form of skydiving.
In my last post, I was talking about speed in skydiving freefall. I was mentioning wingsuit in order to slow your speed down a lot, but I didn’t tell you that wingsuiting is an official sport. It’s a form of skydiving when you have a wingsuit on and try to glide as far as possible. You can jump out of a plane, but from a cliff or mountain as well, that’s (as every wingsuiter would say) more fun thing to do, a lot more dangerous but much more adventurous. A wingsuit can make you fall almost vertically, that’s why people love to do this. This form of skydiving is for those who really want to fly.
Length of the freefall depends on the high you are in of course. Thanks to gravitation everything falls at the same speed and the weight doesn’t matter. If this was not true, skydiving would probably not exist as a sport or minimally it would be a lot harder to fly as fast as your heavier friends.
You can control your speed by your body position and pose. That’s basically what the actual sport of skydiving is all about. You can also wear a wingsuit which will slow you down a lot because its surface is a lot bigger than your body surface.
The common length of the skydive is around 50 seconds. The speed changes as you fall longer and longer you fall faster and faster thanks to gravitational acceleration. Your speed can change in range between 120 and 180. Depending on your gear and position, your freefall length will change with your speed of course.
I’m not gonna lie, but even after all things I’ve learned about skydiving and even after all those videos and tutorials I’m still scared to do this sport. I’m actually terrified of it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do it, sometimes my fear makes me dream about even more and looking forward to my 18th birthday when I’m planning to do my first jump. I gave my self a year to think about it, and to decide if I really want to do this. I don’t want to let my fear from dying to stop me from achieving one of my biggest dreams since I was born, my dream to FLY!
I’m pretty sure when you watched first skydiving video or when you saw first skydiving picture, you taught: “wow, how wonderful, but those people must be fools, it’s so dangerous, they could die very easily, I could never do this sport” as well as me, and I think pretty much every other person which is not total freak.
The truth is that the chance of an accident is lowest than ever was before. In 2015, the United States Parachute Association recorded its lowest fatality rate in history at just 0.006 fatalities per 1,000 jumps. The gear nowadays is high quality. You rather hurt your self while not propper landing than. Falling all the way down, ’cause your parachute doesn’t open. Overcome your fear and try it at least once in a lifetime, you’ll experience one of the most blissful feelings in the world.