Monday, July 10, 2017

Skydiving: Jumping out of a Perfectly Good Plane for Fun

Have you ever wondered what it's like to go sky-diving?

The first step is to find a place that will instruct you how to do it and take you up.

One jump will cost about $200 and another $100 if you want a video of your dive.

If you weigh less than 210 pounds dressed you can jump tandem; that's when an instructor (who may be called a Tandem Master) and you are strapped together and the instructor controls the dive and parachute.

The gear to do skydiving is quite expensive-it may cost over $5000-so unless you plan to do it regularly, it is not advised that you purchase a lot of gear.

Your most important gear, of course, is your parachute.

You also need a jumpsuit to protect you from the weather and also from anything you might land on

You need a helmet, padding, and perhaps a spine protector; the most dangerous time is the landing.

Check out this video of a man sky-diving with a 'bat suit'--that is, he had a sort of webbing that helped him soar for a long time before he opened his chute: 

If you do want to approach it as a sport, you need to complete the following:

1. Student training
2. Solo jump with a coach or instructor
3. Complete 25 dives and show your skills, and then you can jump with any other licensed diver.

And what of safety, you ask?

In 2013, there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, 24 deaths, and 915 injuries. This means one in 133,333 jumps resulted in a death.

Skydiving in a kayak:

What it's like:

   This guy and his dog do absolutely EVERYTHING together.
Felix Baumgartner actually went into space and jumped; A special parachute took his 'space module' up, then he jumped out. His suit looks similar to an astronaut's suit:

So, what do you think? Are you up for it? 

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