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.

Outdoor Activities in Australia

Australia is a country and also a continent all at once. It is also a place of wonder and beauty gifted with wide open spaces and considered as a paradise to both its local residents and visiting tourists. You can do different types of outdoor activities while staying in Australia. Actually, the country is a great place to do skiing scuba diving and more.

Here are the top ten outdoor activities that you can do in Australia together with your friends and family:

  • If you into water sports, you can paddle through rivers and girges of Australia and enjoy an exciting kayaking getaway. Blackwood River is a popular spot to do this sport.
  • Western Australia offers amazing spots to go white water rafting. You can paddle along the tranquil and even wild white water rapids. Some of the best places to enjoy white water rafting are: Bridgetown, Blackwood River, Frankland River, Walpole, Kalbarri and Avon River.
  • Visitors holding a driver’s license from their country are allowed to drive around Australia provided the license is written in English. Aussie roads are perfect for a driving getaway. Pick any sunny and traffic-free day to go out and drive.
  • Enjoy surfing along the beautiful beaches of Australia. The country has first-class surfing spots with waves coming from Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean.
  • Australia has the world’s best diving and snorkeling spots. You can find colorful coral reef gardens and exotic marine life. The Heron Island is one of the most popular diving and snorkeling areas in Aussie.
  • In Brisbane, there are a lot of skydiving centers where you can enjoy a fly above the beautiful Australian skies.
  • The country is gifted with beautiful landscapes. Touring around the country is a wonderful activity to do while visiting the land from down under.
  • Cycling or biking is a popular outdoor activity in Western Australia. The place has a perfect cycling climate and a flat terrain where cyclers can ride easily. One specific place perfect for cycling is in Perth where world-class bikers go to. Some other places to go cycling in Western Australia are Munda Biddi Trail, Swan Valley, Rottnest Island, Margaret River and Broome.
  • Australia has a lot of wonderful hiking trails that are adored by many. There are a lot of hiking areas within the country where you can find diverse trails. You can choose from rainforests, alpine mountains and beaches.
  • There are hundreds of fish species found in Australia. Shore fishing is a popular recreation in the country. Families spend their weekends going into the shores and gather fish. The country also has rules and regulations on what fishes are allowed to catch and eat.

9 Things to Expect When Doing a Tandem Skydive

A tandem skydive is when a skydiving instructor is connected by a harness to the skydiving student. This is so the instructor can instruct the student during the entire diving process. This is the most common training method used in skydiving because the expectations from the student are very minimal, making the student feel safer.

Before you begin a tandem skydive, you will notice that the equipment is different than that used in a traditional skydive. For instance, a drogue parachute is used, whereas a regular skydive does not require this parachute. This parachute will deploy shortly after leaving the plane in order to slow down velocity. The main parachute is also larger. It can range from 360 square feet and above. This is necessary because the parachute must support two people instead of one and, as usual, there is a reserve parachute as required by the FAA with an automatic activation device to deploy the parachute in case a skydiver is in a free fall below a specific altitude.

Here are 9 other things to expect when doing a tandem skydive:

1. Before you engage in a tandem skydive, you will need to sign a waiver form.

2. After meeting your instructor, you will then have to put on some gear. This gear includes a jumpsuit, goggles, and a harness. The harness is not usually used on solo skydives. The harness is specific to tandem sky diving. The instructor then outlines specific rules that include how to exit the plane and the proper body form when diving.

3. You will be taken to the desired elevation for a skydive. The plane’s door may be open so that you can easily make the dive. You will need to jump at a specific time because the landing spot is specific. You can’t jump too soon or too late. Expect this ride to last an average of 20 minutes and it will most likely be cold and loud.

4. You can also choose your jumping height, which is usually between 9,000 and 14,000 feet.

5. Expect the jump to be more of a roll than a jump. You and your instructor are sitting on the floor of the plane, so you will slowly inch toward the door until you are sitting on the edge. When it’s time to execute your tandem sky dive, the two of you will roll out of the plane so that you can assume the diving position.

6. The instructor will tell you to arch your back, giving your body a banana shape. This allows you to keep your center of gravity. Your instructor will be attached to the back of you.

7. Tandem skydiving seems as if it doesn’t take long. If you jump from 14,000 feet, you can expect the free fall to last 60 seconds. If you jump from 9,000 feet, you can expect the free fall to last less than 30 seconds. The conditions will be rather windy and you can expect to not be able to hear much of anything because the resistance of your body and the flapping of your jumpsuit means the conditions will be loud.

8. You will feel the tug of the parachute when it deploys. It may pull you up to a higher altitude as the air catches it. From there, parachuting to the ground is like riding on a swing. It is quiet and relaxing, so you and your instructor can then converse about the experience and the upcoming landing.

9. A few minutes after the parachute deploys, the instructor will tell you to pull up your legs so you can make your landing. Your landing will be a slide in the sand. It is gentle and you will be on your behind. Yes, you may see some divers land on their feet, but they may be more experienced divers. In this case, you are making a tandem sky dive, which means you will need to land the way your instructor tells you to in order to avoid injury for both of you.

There is a risk associated with a tandem skydive. If you are wondering about the risk, note that there are roughly 2 million skydives worldwide each year. Approximately 35 deaths occur annually. Some of these deaths are not always the jumps themselves, but the plane rides.

The most significant thing that you can expect is to have a lot of fun from the thrill that skydiving invokes. Sometimes, there is something to facing such risk that is exhilarating. Although it is good to assess the risk of a tandem skydive, it is important to understand that driving your car to work is also a risky activity. There are many safety precautions that have been put in place to make sure skydiving is an extremely enjoyable thrill ride.