Skydiving Fast and Easy

The drop zone in skydiving is the area a skydiver aims at to land when he jumps from the plane. This is the entire area where the diver leaves the plane and over which he drifts as he descends, as well as where he is expected to touch down when he hits the ground.

Therefore, the skydive drop zone is the whole region where people learn to and then practice skydiving. There are three primary ways to learn skydiving, and each depends upon the amount of time and money one is willing to spend. You can choose between tandem diving, static line diving and accelerated free fall. Each is designed to give you the experience of skydiving in varying degrees.

The way you choose to skydive for the first time will be determined by what you hope to derive from the skydiving experience. Your initial experience should be designed to acquaint you with the sport, while expanding your horizons and giving you fun and excitement.

The first type of skydiving that most people engage in is tandem skydiving. It is a great way to experience skydiving while taking little risk and without too much prior preparation. In this method of skydiving, a drogue parachute is used, which allows the parachute to open during a quick descent and then slow the descent down considerably so that the descent can be used as a training tool. Most skydiving centers and schools use tandem jumping as the first jump a student will try, but many people simply use tandem jumping for the one time jump of their lives just to experience this thrill.

Tandem skydiving means that the student is literally connected (by a harness) to the instructor during the dive. The student can choose to do nothing and enjoy the ride, or can learn by doing as the dive is taking place. In either case, the instructor has total, final control over the dive.

Another method by which to learn skydiving is the static line. In this method, the parachute is connected to a static line on the plane, and the parachute is deployed automatically as soon as the diver leaves the plane.

A final way to learn is the accelerated free fall. In this method, one or more instructors, usually two, accompany the student on his jump and assist and instruct him as he dives. If the student is unsure about how to deploy the parachute, the trainer can just reach over and show him what to do. If there is still a problem, the instructor will pull the student’s chute himself. This is the fastest way to a free fall dive. As a rule, there are at least three accompanied dives before the student can skydive solo.

Instructors are responsible for determining when a student is ready for a solo skydive by observing how he managed to dive into the sky dive drop zone area. There is nothing like that first experience of pulling your own ripcord when skydiving!

How To Skydive For Charity And Do It Well

Skydiving is well known from a long time for raising charity money as these kinds of adventurous sports always encourage peoples to donate money for the noble cause. Some events of skydiving are arranged to support cancer patients or other patients who can’t raise money for their treatment.

Skydiving is a very adventurous and risky sport so many investors get ready to invest in these kinds of sports as they are always looking to spend money on events like this. Events like this are common now a days as most people like to try something new and exciting, these exciting skydiving is not so easy but there are several skydiving experts are available who tech skydiving in few hours.

Anyone who is planning to organize an event regarding skydiving for the purpose of charity then there are several websites who are taking the responsibility to help those persons who are really serious for this charity. Many organizations are also willing to invest in these kinds of charity skydiving events. Skydiving is a very famous sport so every one loves to watch the show and a better donation is expected from every viewer for the charity purpose.

There are two types of skydiving available for training and performing

Tandem skydiving – in this skydiving the person who is trying it for the first is attached to an expert and then they are allowed to fall freely from an airplane. The total control of the parachute is under the control of the expert and he/she decides the time to open the parachutes before reaching the ground resulting in a perfect landing.

Solo skydiving – this skydiving is very risky and the person is completely in charge and on his own. Training for this skydiving is very long and takes around weeks and parachute quality should be good. The risk involved in this solo skydiving is very much more than one can imagine so precautions must be taken before jumping.

The craze for sky diving is not only limited to the sportsmen, but also to the spectators. So an intelligent way to gain some money by charity is to organize a big event by involving some investors.

Many patients are suffering from cancer around the world and they need extra money every time they go for treatment so these events help those peoples who are suffering from severe diseases. Internet is another way by which one can search for related investors from all over the world so that events like this can be organized.

Many websites are organizing such events on their own responsibility and they are also looking for candidates those who are interested in charity skydiving, they help in getting investors, organizing the products and material needed for skydiving.

There are many charity options are available but skydiving is best among them as it makes more money than any other events. Generally the total amount which gets raised due to this skydiving event is around $5000 – $6000 and this is quite enough for the charity purpose. The major problem peoples face while arranging this event is because of investors, some investors don’t like to invest on these kinds of events and this makes it quite tough to search for kind hearted sponsors who can invest some money on such events.

So if some one is really looking to raise some money for the charity purpose then he/she will first have to look for investors who can really support the entire event from starting to end. Skydiving is not a cheap sport it requires a good amount of money and special trained skydivers are also involved in these kinds of events to ensure maximum security to peoples who are dying to try skydiving.

Skydiving In Spain

Learning to Skydive

The AFF course (Accelerated FreeFall) is the most modern way of learning to skydive, and is geared towards complete beginners who have no prior skydiving experience. Students work through eight different levels (each level is a skydive), and are able to learn to skydive with just a few days of instruction to become a qualified skydiver. Most people like to book about a week to complete their AFF course and ten solo skydives, although the AFF course is usually completed with three or four days- depending on how many skydives the student wishes to make per day!

The AFF System

The course starts with a ground school that usually takes about six hours long. This ground training is split into manageable lessons that cover everything the first time skydiver needs to know. When they are ready for their first skydive, AFF level 1, the student will be skydiving with two AFF instructors holding onto either side of them.

Throughout levels 1 to 3, the two instructors work on perfecting the student’s body position, teach the student how to turn left and right, altitude awareness and hover control (being able to fly without turning involuntarily left or right). When the student reaches AFF level 4, they will be skydiving with one AFF instructor and the subsequent AFF skydives will teach the student how to regain stability (being in a belly to earth position), turns and tracking (horizontal movement across the sky).

Before each skydive there is a detailed ‘brief’ that the instructor and student will spend time over, ensuring that the necessary skills are taught and learnt on the ground, ready to practice in the air on the skydive. On every AFF skydive the instructor wears a special camera helmet that holds a small, but powerful, video camera. After each skydive, the instructor will ‘debrief’ the student using this video that is an invaluable teaching tool. Once the student has completed their course, the videos of each skydive are compiled into a DVD, complete with titles and music to present to the student as a fun memento.

Do Static Line jumps count towards my AFF course?

Static line jumps are when the parachute is automatically opened when the skydiver exits the aircraft. This method of learning is slower than the AFF system, as more jumps are required to pass the course. However, if you have started learning to skydive on the static line system, you may be able to convert your training to the AFF system.

I’d like to try skydiving but I don’t want to do a full course – what are my options?

Of course you could try skydiving by doing the more traditional tandem skydive.
This is a parachute jump in which you are strapped onto a tandem instructor, and after a short brief, are ready to go!
However, now you also have the option of doing the AFF level 1, without needing to book onto the full AFF course.

This alternative really gives a more in depth introduction to skydiving. You would complete the ground part of the training, exactly as per the full AFF course – learning more about body position, equipment, canopy flight etc. Then, you would make you parachute jump with the two instructors holding onto you, before gently floating down to the ground, steering your own parachute and assisted by one of your instructors through a radio that you will be wearing. Should you decide that you would like to keep skydiving, you can then progress straight away to the second AFF level.

What are the benefits of skydiving in Spain?

Many people choose to come to Spain because of the fantastic weather – which means that they can skydive constantly throughout their trip.
The centre in Seville also boasts great non skydiving activities as well, whether you would like to go to the beach, discover the rich culture that the city has to offer, or explore the diverse bars and restaurants. The Cathedral of Seville is famed for being Spain’s largest church, and was built over 400 years ago. The streets of Seville are lined with orange trees, and in the evenings there is no better way to enjoy the city than sat outside a typical Spanish bar, with a cool drink, some Tapas, and the scent of the orange blossom. It’s a great place to explore by foot, along the cobbled streets – whether you are looking for souvenirs or just shopping.

For those that are interested in more of a lively evening, Seville’s bars and clubs have to be experienced! Whether you end up in Triana – a district of bars and clubs right next to the river, or the centre of Seville, it has to be said that the Spanish know how to have a good time!

The beach is only a 45 minute drive, and the most direct route also takes you through the National Park, where an abundance of wildlife can be found.
Skydiving in Spain is also much cheaper than learning in the UK, and this allows people to make the experience into more of a holiday. The cost of living in Spain is also much less than the UK, which makes it a pleasure to go out to eat when the average cost of a meal with drinks is only 15 euros!
Often, people like to take a day out to visit Cadiz, Huelva, or even Tarifa which is famous for being one of the best kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing sites in Europe.

Who can I train with in Seville?

The parachute centre is a British Parachute Association (the governing body for skydiving and parachuting in the UK) Associated dropzone, so all operations are carried out to the highest safety standards. One of the most popular skydiving destinations for British jumpers, the aircraft here fly to 15,000ft, the highest altitude in Spain. What does this mean? Well, each skydive will have an extra 15 seconds of freefall time. This may not sound like very much, but on the AFF course, the freefall time is your main learning time. You will have more teaching time in the air, and therefore progress more quickly on each skydive. Over the whole AFF course, this equates to about 2 extra skydives!

How can I keep my friends and family updated on my skydiving progress and where can I find more information?

The internet is a great way of keeping your family and friends updated, and photos and news are posted on a daily basis on the Freefall Addicts website.

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      The Freefall Addicts forum is also filled with skydivers and would be skydivers, ready to offer advice, answer questions or just good luck wishes!

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          Skydivers do really think of themselves as being in one big happy family, and are more than happy to help others who are thinking of having a go themselves.