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All You Need To Know About The Skydiving

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Having decided to jump from a perfectly good aircraft, my next question was, how  did the research and asked as many questions as I could think of about skydiving, and there were quite a few, considering the nature of the sport. Here is what I learned. The Basics First, you will need to find a skydiving school with a good reputation.This is a fairly easy thing to do.The internet, phone book, and local airports are full of them.Next, you will need to check your pocket book.Skydiving is one of the more expensive sports to learn.Then, you will need to decide how you want to learn.There are three methods of training: tandem, static line, and Accelerated Free Fall (AFF).All of these methods have their benefits and drawbacks, but we will touch more on those a little later. What’s First? Health and Safety. First, you must consider health and safety.Know the risks involved before you get involved.Skydiving is not chess; you will not be sitting on an uncomfortable concrete bench moving your pieces around a game board.

You are going to step out of an airplane and, in freefall, will reach speeds of up to 250 feet per second?that is 110 miles per hour!!If you have a bad ticker, unregulated high blood pressure, or any number of other health problems, speak to an instructor and discuss your options in detail.Also keep in mind, even the best of the best in this sport sometimes hit the ground a little harder then they intend to.So, bad knees may also be a consideration.DO NOT be afraid or embarrassed to discuss these things with your instructor before making that first jump. It is always preferable to hit the ground safely then to plant yourself in it.Truthfully though, with the proper preparations and instruction you would be more likely to develop cataracts from reading this article then suffer a serious injury from skydiving.Listen to your instructors, know your equipment, and never assume you know how to do something just because you saw it in a movie. Which Training Method To Use? Training Methods.As I researched information, I discovered that there are three approved methods of training to become a licensed skydiver, the Tandem jump, the Static jump, and the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF). Tandem the tandem jump is the easiest and quickest method to get into the air.

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Skydiving Equipment And Supplies

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

When you attend a skydiving certification course you will be able to hire all the skydiving supplies you need for the duration. However if you are serious about the sport you are going to need to equip yourself for action. Your basic equipment needs to begin with are a jump suit, goggles, and helmet. You may also like to buy your own altimeter and gloves. Some of the equipment you will come across when shopping for skydiving supplies explained: Altimeter ?This is a device used by skydivers to measure the altitude above a landing area.This lets the diver known when its time to release the canopy. Audible Altimeter ?This sounds an alarm when the diver reaches a pre-set altitude. Canopy ?This is the major component of a parachute.It is the material that is connected by lines to the harness that provides wind resistance and makes deceleration possible. Pilot Chute ?This is a small chute that works in conjunction with the main chute to speed up or initiate deployment. Harness ?What connects the diver to the chute and restrains the diver in position. Automatic Activation Device ?An Electro-mechanical devise that automatically deploys the reserve chute at a pre set time or velocity. Containers ?This is the bag that holds the chute until deployment. Depending on your level of experience you can look into varying types of canopies and other devices that will affect the speed and control of your jumps. Some of the major suppliers of canopies include Icarus, Precision Aerodynamics and Aerodyne.

You might also use other equipment such as knives, creepers, drag mats and windsocks. Skydiving supplies range from beginner products to professional and custom designs. There are other components that you will come across when learning about equipment that are more advanced. Components such as rigging and static lines will effect your ability to control and maneuver your parachute. You will also be using toggles these are the mechanisms that are attached to the lines that allow you to slow your speed when you are about to land. They act as a break mechanism so that you can cont-rol your descent. The author is an expert in bluehost and web hosting New Zealand, he is working on http://webhostingreviews4u.com/