Skydiving is the practice of jumping off an airborne bogey that’s achieved a high altitude. The skydiver lands back on to the ground using a parachute, which he flips open in mid-air.
Skydiving has become a rage among the young and old today. This is owed mainly to the fact that it is an excellent source of adrenaline rush and excitement. Skydiving provides one with the feeling of flying in the air, or floating on it. Sky diving has also evolved into a professional sport that is keenly practiced and followed as well.
What is meant by Skydiving?
Skydiving is the practice of jumping off an airborne bogey that’s achieved a high altitude. In other words, the diver has to jump off a plane, or a helicopter, or a hot air balloon, in order to land onto the ground by using his parachute. The period of time between the diver exiting an aerial vehicle and pulling his parachute open, is known as freefall.
Before skydiving, a person has to ensure that he/she is well versed with the theory of skydiving, where the concepts of wind, direction, acceleration, etc. are taught. Additionally, one has to also stay in shape for Skydiving, because factors contributing to acceleration such as height and weight, matter a lot in this activity. Also, one has to properly ensure that his/her skydiving gear is in working condition. Many skydiving accidents are attributable to no other fact else than the gear not being checked, or in the desired condition. Next up, a diver has to jump in tandem with experienced divers to learn the art, only then he/she can master the practice. Once enough training is provided to the diver, he/she is cleared to dive.
Usually, a skydiver’s freefall lasts from 45 – 85 seconds. The speeds reached by these divers in freefall may vary according to the posture they adapt. The divers who fall in a “belly to earth” position reach speeds up to 130 miles per hour (up to 210 kilometers per hour). For the divers who adapt a head first position with their body behind in line, top speeds of more than 330 miles per hour have been recorded. Generally, the altitude from where experienced skydivers jump off, ranges from 7,500 to 15,000 feet. The altitude from where a skydiver is expected to flip open his/her parachute is at about 2,500 feet. The diver has total control of his canopy, once the parachute is flipped open. The steering lines help the diver to steer himself in his desired direction. He can choose a location of his landing and head there. Every diver is provided with a backup parachute as well, in case the functional parachute doesn’t open in time.
Reasons for Skydiving
Skydiving is mostly associated with the adrenaline rush and excitement that is caused by falling off from a great height. However, the reason to skydive can not be limited to that alone. Skydiving provides one with a surreal feeling of flight. Even the tiniest of movements made in the air can influence our flight. Not only that, one can even experience the feeling of being a free bird in the sky through skydiving. He/she can move up, down, sideways, spin around, turn upside down, etc. Divers jumping off in groups can collect in mid-air to make various formations. For some people, skydiving becomes a way of overcoming their fear of height, speed, etc. So there can be many reasons behind the practice of skydiving.
It would be surprising for many to find out that skydiving was invented in the 18th century, even before the first ever airplane of the world had taken off. The first act of skydiving was made in the year 1797, by a French astronaut named Andre-Jacques Garnerin. At the time Garnerin had jumped off a hot air balloon, but these days skydivers jump off a propelled aircraft. Skydiving is usually practiced by professional divers who compete in various skydiving competitions all around the world. Besides these, there are skydiving enthusiasts, who practice skydiving on vacations, adventure trips, etc. Also, skydiving is also taught at military and army academies to soldiers and cadets, so that they can rescue themselves or others in a grave situation. Skydiving also forms a key strategy in winning wars and espionage, because soldiers can be air dropped in locations that are critical to win. Skydiving is used as a counter measure in wars to drop off soldiers in to the enemy occupied zones, and preferably behind enemy lines.
Adventure with Skydiving