Skydiving is a freefall experience; the average fall rate is about 120 miles per hour! You should maintain a ´arch-like´ position as you fall in order to avoid potential dangers. There are many skills to master that can take many jumps to perform competently.
Experienced skydivers often experiment with freefalling sequences in order to create special formations with fellow jumpers.
As a beginner, there is a lot of ground to cover:
- Basic Safety
- Freefall Manoeuvres
- Parachute Deployment
Certain skydiving centres have vertical wind tunnels that are used to practice your freefall manoeuvre. The most common training options include:
Static-line: The parachute is deployed by a fixed cord as you jump.
Instructor-assisted deployment (IAD): Similar to static-line, your jumpmaster will deploy your parachute as you jump from the plane.
Accelerated freefall (AFF): It is also known as ´harness hold training´ because your instructor will jump with you and deploy your parachute after freefalling approximately 5500 feet.
Tandem skydiving: You will jump connected to an experienced skydiver via a harness. It is the fastest method to experience freefalling as little training and experience is required.
Your parachute is deployed by a toggle attached to a small pilot-chute. If you are jumping alone, you will have received plenty of training and practice about when to open your parachute and how to land safely. There is no need to worry about malfunctions because you will always have your reserve parachute!
There are various skydiving centres available throughout the U.K. and yumping.co.uk is here to help you find them. Experience a bird´s eye view of the world and a breathtaking moment.