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!

Why We Clean

Recent surveys in the field of behavioural psychology have lumped household cleaning in with such notorious vices as drinking, gambling, sex and recreational drug use. While we don’t tend to think of cleaning as a form of escapism comparable to heroin or skydiving, it is certainly worth a second look. The popular conception of the sex-starved, stay-at-home 1950s American housewife with broom in hand and Prozac in pocket is an interesting first step to understanding why we clean.

Do we clean to turn off? Is this healthy? Many would say absolutely, or in any case, comparatively. Unlike its decidedly more self-destructive counterparts on the behavioural scientist’s checklist, cleaning can be seen to have unmistakable benefits in the day to day life of most human beings. It helps us feel better and improves the physical beauty of our surrounding environment. But how exactly does this work?

Primarily, cleaning is something we have immediate control over. It’s as simple as grabbing the sponge or hauling out the hoover. Because we can do it whenever we please, it is a source of easy and instantaneous self-gratification. We get measurable results and a feeling of satisfaction in completing each of our cleaning tasks. While you may not be able to rule your children or your boss, you can exert considerable control over your laundry and ironing. What then of the professional cleaning service, if doing the chores is such a rewarding experience?

The clue is in our housewife’s packet of pills. Like the appetite for drink, drugs, sex, or gambling, household cleaning is conceivably endless. A woman’s work is never done, as the saying goes. While we have control over the immediate cleaning task, just as the alcoholic must put the glass to his lips to get the next drink, we tend to lose ourselves in the overall process. As things get clean, they can also get dirty, within a matter of minutes, hours or days. A sense of helplessness can take hold, and here opens the place for the professional cleaning service.

In metropolitan cities, cleaning is a multi-billion dollar business. For cleaning services London and other world cities boast literally thousands of professional cleaning companies willing to help with a little dusting and tidying right on through heavy-duty, multiple year cleaning contracts. The answer, it would seem, to “why we clean” is increasingly because we want to, not because we have to. Although cleaning is perhaps worthy of its title as a potentially compulsive behaviour, getting help is easy and this is the beauty of it. The gratification and sense of accomplishment remain, but the helpless feeling of being unable to cope is easily remedied.

What Is Extreme Skydiving?

Extreme Skydiving?

For the uninitiated, it may seem that skydiving does not need an adjective such as “extreme.” Many people would ask, “Isn’t skydiving always extreme?”

The answer from those experienced in parachuting, skydiving and extreme skydiving would be, “No.” There is an important difference between skydiving and extreme skydiving, (Some have suggested that in extreme skydiving, the individual would not use a parachute. That would be extreme!) Rest assured, both continue to use parachutes.

What Is Extreme Then?

To put it quite simply, “regular” skydiving involves leaving the airplane, pulling the cord and descending slowly to earth. A short freefall may be involved in this version of the sport. The process of becoming an extreme skydiver passes through the “regular” skydiving phase. Some experienced skydivers have found that, after dozens of jumps, the activity can become a bit routine. While the general public might find it unusual that someone could jump from an airplane several thousand feet in the air and call it routine, it does happen.

For many skydivers, a next step might be to video the jumps, sometimes using two or more cameras to create videos that will be exciting and entertaining. Experienced skydivers have come up with a whole range of things to try during the minute or so of freefall before the parachute is opened. Most of these go far beyond the relative calm of video.

Team skydivers spend quite a bit of time designing patterns and movements that they can try during the freefall. Couples have planned their wedding to take place during this exciting minute. Another man actually had someone tattoo him while he was in freefall. These are just a few of the activities that have combined with skydiving to make the sport more extreme.


In spite of the awful play on words, this activity has become quite popular with skydiving dog lovers. According to the record books, a dachshund going by the name of Brutus holds the record for making the highest skydiving jump for a dog. He was securely strapped to his owner, who coined the term “fleafall.” According to his owner and other witnesses, Brutus shows no sign of anxiety during the session. The canine has more than 100 jumps to his credit.

While extreme skydiving is not on the Olympic card yet (even as exhibition) it is popular worldwide. Apparently the powers that be have not seen enough to convince them that extreme skydiving is a world-class sport. But perhaps the time is coming.