If you’re new to skydiving, you will probably find it at once both daunting and exciting. The following provides information about 4 popular types of skydiving.
Wind Tunnel Skydiving
Wind tunnel skydiving lets the average person the experience of flying without the need to jump from a plane or even to don a parachute. According to VegasJourney, a wind machine powers the air upward at around 120 miles per hour so it can propel virtually anyone off the ground.
There are two primary kinds of wind tunnels. The first is the outdoor tunnel and the other is the indoor wind tunnel. Outdoor tunnels are both small and portable making it easy to transport from venue to venue. The indoor tunnels are typically larger and fixed in one location.
Wind tunnel skydiving is very popular as there is there is little chance of a fatal accident. Wind tunnel facilities are great places to experience the freefall of parachuting. So it lets you get the feel of flying absent the risk of crashing onto the ground.
When planning your first “real” jump, you’ll usually have three types of skydiving options: tandem, static, and the accelerated free fall.
Tandem skydives are the most popular choice among beginners. This type of skydiving occurs where the student is harnessed to an experienced tandem instructor or skydiver. The instructor controls the entire jump while the student receives minimal instruction before a tandem jump. The instructor also handles all the safety measures and the parachute’s deployment.
Tandem professionals are typically those who’ve passed the Federal Aviation Administration requirements mandated by law. One of the requirements is to obtain an instructor certification course or license before they can jump with a student from a plane.
Static line skydiving
These skydives are believed to be the oldest method of skydiving. This method, used by military airborne soldiers, occurs where they typically jump using with a cord hooked to a plane that then pulls open the parachute. Unlike tandem diving, the student usually exits the plane individually. However, the descent is guided remotely by an instructor through radio communication.
Accelerated Freefall Skydiving
Lastly is the accelerated freefall, widely referred to as AFF. Here, at least two FAA certified instructors jump from the plane with the multiple students. They accompany the students while in freefall and may grasp the student’s harness.
Since educators could also be freefalling along side the students, they can watch and adjust the student’s flying body positions and instruct on additional areas of concern or important topics observed while rippling through the atmosphere. The students can also radio ground support who guide the student to a save landing zone or spot.