There are particular things a new skydiver should know before making their first jump. There are different kinds of safety equipment you’ll have, tips about managing the free fall and gliding down when the parachute opens and thoughts about general physical security.
Skydiving is Safe
Contrary to what many folks say skydiving is safe as long as you follow some basic guidelines. There are a few deaths from skydiving annually; an average of 35 or so out of around 2 million jumps. Other things that may factor into the safety of jumping:
The aircraft – all aircraft must meet certain safety standards by the aviation sector in addition to skydiving regulations.
The gear – a lot of folks that are fearful of skydiving state that the possible failure of safety equipment is what keeps them from going. Actually, equipment rarely fails. Again, check the center’s track record before you opt to jump together.
Procedures – Most injuries and deaths associated with skydiving have to do with a lack of comprehension. You have to pay attention to, and make sure you completely understand, the procedures and the judgment calls you might have to make.
The government does not regulate the age or physical health of skydivers. However, most skydiving centers require that jumpers meet the age requirement of 18. There is no”high age” for skydiving.
There is standard safety equipment used during each jump. They include:
A helmet – the landing can be a little difficult at times. A helmet will protect your head in case of a tough or hard landing.
The initial shock from the cold when you jump is something that does not need to be added to your nervous body and mind.
A harness – The harness needs to fit properly. Ensure that your jumpsuit and harness work well together and don’t create any openings or gaps.
An automatic activation device – that opens the parachute at a predetermined altitude and is a excellent tool for first time jumpers.
The instructor/trainer – he or she teaches you what you will need to know and if it is your first time skydiving it is recommended that you do it with a teacher.
Other Things to Consider
Use sign language instead of trying to talk.
Do not eat anything heavy or greasy before your jump