What does freefall feel like?
Freefall is not the "roller coaster drop" feeling most people expect it would be. It is a comfortable sensation of floating and support, with a slight pressure of air against your body.
Freefall is the closest thing to human flight, especially when falling "relative" with other skydivers. In relation to other skydivers in the air, a jumper can move forward, backwards, up, down and all around in the sky. He or she can dive vertically to over 200 mph or achieve horizontal movement over the ground up to 60 mph. The constant air flow allows aerial maneuvers with precision and control.
What is opening and flying the parachute like?
The opening "shock" of the parachute is much like jumping feet-first into a pool of water. The opening takes about two to five seconds and is not uncomfortable.
Square parachutes are simple to maneuver and steer to the ground. Steering lines are attached to the rear right and left side of the parachute. By taking the controls in each hand, one steers the parachute by pulling on one control. To turn left, simply pull down the left control. To stop the turn, simply return the control to its original position.
What is landing like?
With the new, modern square parachutes, a proper parachute landing is now just like stepping off the curb. Parachutes used by beginners are typically much larger and more docile than an experienced jumper's parachute. Thus, landings are generally soft in most conditions. This doesn't mean jumpers don't get hurt while landing; they sometimes do, just like participants in other active sports get occasionally injured.
What is Tandem Skydiving?
Tandem Skydiving is the best method for making your first skydive. It takes a minimal amount of instruction, and allows you to make your initial skydive(s) with an instructor harnessed to you for the entire skydiving experience.
What are the benefits of AFF over other training methods?
There are many benefits, but two of the main ones are the continuous exposure to free fall, that means that you are in free fall for a long time giving you the time to practice your free fall techniques. Another is our ability to teach you in free fall using hand signals to adjust your body position, thereby giving you a better result.
What is Accelerated Free Fall?
AFF is the quickest method of becoming a qualified skydiver and is also the easiest way to learn with approximately 50 seconds of free fall on every jump guided by our expert instructors. AFF usually turns out to be much cheaper in the long run, and much more fun than the outdated static line method.
What if I do not open the parachute?
The opening of the parachute is a very simple affair where you take a toggle attached to a pilot chute and throw it into the airflow; the parachute then opens in sequence. If you lost altitude awareness we would guide you through hand signals telling you to open the parachute and if you did not respond we would open it for you. You should also recognize that our parachutes are fitted with a computerized automatic activation device, which would open the parachute for you if all else failed.
Will I be scared?
Everyone experiences some fear throughout the course. Some find the first jump the most frightening, whereas others feel more relaxed about the first skydive, then feel it later in the course. This is part of the adrenalin buzz of this course. One of the things you will achieve is the ability to confront and control your fear, when you get past this stage you can really start to relax and enjoy the sport.
Is packing the parachute difficult?
Packing is a very simple procedure, we teach you to pack as the course progresses so that you will be competent at all aspects of skydiving before we are finished with you. You are not expected to pack parachutes on your initial skydives.