There are many excursions one can sign up for, and among them skydiving is a popular choice. At the risk of assuming it’s the first time for whomever is reading, rest assured that a tandem skydive will be suggested by an upstanding skydive company. If not, it may be smart to find another company.
Skydiving excursions require that one bring some essential items. First of all, wear comfortable clothing and bring a second set. While some companies provide a jumpsuit, some don’t. Jeans and a shirt that covers well work perfectly in any case. There will likely be pictures and, or video so be sure it’s something that will be acceptable and won’t show too much skin because clothes will fly everywhere.
Another important item is cash to purchase pictures or a video, or even to pay for the excursion. Some companies will give cash payment discounts and one will wish they’d known. Of course this can be verified by phone before arrival.
There are many considerations as well for skydiving excursions. Remember, there can be delays due to other planes, weather, and even other participants. Bring snacks and drinks, be prepared to spend time filling out essential paperwork. It’s best to sign up for an excursion during the week rather than the weekend unless there is no choice. This is because there are far less jumpers and time involved will be better; in any case arrive early to be first in line if on a time constraint.
What to Expect
There will likely be brief training either via an instructor or by watching a video. Since it’ll be a tandem jump there’s not much to know as the jumper won’t have much control. It’ll likely include what to do with legs and arms on exit from the plane, and during the fall and landing. It’s important to pay attention to landing instructions as each instructor does things different.
At this point of the excursion there is a wait. Waiting on the plane, good jump conditions and similar circumstances so bring some sort of entertainment to avoid boredom, or consider jumping with a group of friends to make it more memorable.
A variety of things can happen during a jump excursion! Depending on the instructor they may engage in some aerial fun like flips and formations, but usually it’s just what is called a poised exit where the jumper’s belly is flat into the wind and they enjoy a stable fall. Around ten seconds after leaving the plane, the instructor will deploy what is called a drogue parachute. This is just for stability since there are two people on the jump, and it helps slow them down to what would be a normal speed for just one, lone jumper. At 5,000 feet or so the drogue cable will be pulled and it won’t be attached to the instructor any longer, but pull the main parachute out. This is a smooth transition so those that are worried about any jerking motion have nothing to worry about. Finally, on landing be sure to follow instruction for a landing on feet or bottom. The chances of injury are very slim, far less than the dangers of riding a bicycle through the city.
Questions for the Skydive Company
There are many things one may want to ask the company in charge before signing up for a skydiving excursion. For example, how many seats the aircraft has and what kind it is. Turbine powered aircraft are preferred and it should hold ten or more people. Also, find out if they have the most up-to-date jump equipment. This ensures that the jumpers are going to have an optimal, safe experience. Check online reviews to see how others have enjoyed their jump and any advice they may have in relation to the company being used.