Try Skydiving In Ohio

Skydiving may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Ohio, but there are many splendid places to skydive in Ohio. Many people who have been skydiving for a while like to try their sport in different areas and see that area from their unique viewpoint, so if you are visiting Ohio you should consider seeing Ohio from the sky by skydiving.

The terrain of Ohio is interesting and wide open, allowing the skydiver to see a lot from the air. If you want to see Ohio, there is no better way to see it than skydiving in Ohio.

Whether you love the state, or have never had the chance to experience it, imagine seeing Ohio from the sky while you free fall downward in a beautiful skydive? On a clear day, you can see forever when you skydive over Ohio; once you leave the plane and start to descend, you will be amazed at the beautiful sights you will see.

There are many skydiving centers in Ohio, so you will not have to travel too far to visit one to do your dive. These centers all have excellent education programs that will help you learn how to skydive or to improve your skills if you are already a veteran skydiver.

The great thing about skydiving in Ohio is that there are so many wide, flat areas to use as drop zones. This makes it easier to skydive because you don’t have to be picky about where you land-you will have plenty of space to choose your spot. All of the major cities in Ohio, such as Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati have excellent skydive centers with really topnotch training facilities. If you go with a group, you can take advantage of the excellent group discounts that are typically available.

It is a really great idea to consider a skydiving trip as part of a vacation with family or friends. This will be the highlight of your trip together and something no one will stop talking about. Even those who don’t care to skydive can take part in the fun by staying on the ground and videotaping the rest of the group as they fly towards them from the sky.

If you are looking for great fun, try Ohio or nearby Illinois skydiving experiences.

Great views, excellent skydiving centers with a lot of experience in the field make skydiving in Ohio a must do event. For beginners or for those who want to put another notch in their list of great places they have done some skydiving, Ohio is an experience you will not forget.

Extreme Skydiving – Freefall

How fast do you think a skydiver freefalls to the ground below before their shoot is activated? Well believe it or not the velocity of a skydiving freefall can be adjusted with their body positions. Typically however your belly will be facing the Earth below but you can still reach a staggering 190 kph, but the top speed has been clocked at 988 kph.

The typical skydive of 14,000 ft the will generally last 5 – 7 minutes but the skydiving freefall itself lasts no more than 1 minute. And floating down to Earth is where you get to truly see the beauty of the land below and makes you really appreciate the beauty of the world we live in.

Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef is one example of skydiving over natural beauty. While most people who travel here they spend a day or two on a snorkelling tours and then have nothing else to do. But what if you could see this natural wonder while falling 13,000 ft? It’s literally a breathtaking way to view the Great Barrier Reef. But there are also many other places over coastlines and national parks that make for a beautiful skydive.

On your first jump it will be tandem, skydiving with an instructor who will first brief you on safety and how to position your body during the jump. Shortly after you will be up in the air peaking out at 9,000 ft, right up to 14,000 ft and this is when the nerves really kick in, particularly as you are edging closer to the door. Your instructor will make the jump and within seconds the plane you leapt from seems miles away. This is when the feeling of the skydiving freefall and adrenalin really kicks in.

Although the feeling is difficult to describe, the skydiving freefall itself doesn’t seem to give you a feeling of falling at high speeds, even though the skydiving freefall is huge. This is because the ground doesn’t seem to get any closer until at last you arrive at the point where the instructor pulls the shoot.

If want to talk about extreme skydiving then let’s talk about a famous name in Skydiving… Joseph Kittinger, a military officer who holds the world record for highest altitude jump and the fastest skydiving freefall. In 1960 Kittinger made his jump from a balloon at an unbelievable height of 102,800 ft which got him speeds of up 988 kph. This kind of jump is the definition of extreme skydiving.

Another record worth mentioning is in formation skydiving. In Udon Thailand, 2006 400 skydivers participated in breaking the world record in formation skydiving. Formation skydiving gets more and more difficult when increasing the number of skydivers but in 2006 they pulled this stunt off successfully.

Many who skydive get hooked on the adrenalin where as others just try it for the experience, no matter how terrified they may be. But skydiving venues are located all over the world and can be easily taken up as a hobby or a one-off experience.

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.