Myths About Skydiving

Myths About Skydiving

Thinking of jumping out of plane but before you do you want to know the ins & outs of what you’re getting into. Let us dispel your fears by telling you which rumors are true and which are to be trash.

1. Only young people can do it

It is said “you’re as young as your self confidence and as old as your fear” Fear nothing and skydive; there is no age limit to it as long as you’re healthy & fit. You should have no major health problem and your doc should give you a go head.

2. People have to be very fit to do sky diving

Well it depends on one’s definition of fitness, someone who is under 95 kgs with 28 BMI, is sharp & alert is a good to go candidate for Sky Diving.

3. Sky Diving is dangerous sports

Extreme adventure yes, Dangerous No, as long as one undergoes the training seriously, follows the guidelines & procedures carefully.

4. India is ill equipped for sports like skydiving

A big myth, all the equipments are the best and in accordance with international standards, especially imported.

5. If your main canopy malfunctions and you’re not able to open your reserve chute then you’re a goner?

No, for what so ever reason if you’re not able to open either of your parachute, AAD (Automatic Activation Device) will do it for you. This device records your fall speed and if after a certain altitude it is greater than the actual speed then it automatically cut your main chute and deploys the reserve one.

6. Every sky diver falls at same speed?

No, it varies from individual to individual, depending on the weight, individual’s buoyancy and wind speed.

7. One can deploy their parachute at any altitude, lower the better?

No. The opening of chute depends on individuals experience and level of expertise however for beginners it is advisable to do so between 4.5K to 3.5K AGL.

According to USPA the minimum altitude for opening the chute is 2500 feet for A licensed skydivers while 2200 feet AGL for B, C, and D. Since reserve chutes are designed to open faster due to their necessity to do so quickly they can be deployed at much lower altitude.

8. The higher the altitude, the more dangerous it becomes?

Higher the altitude better it is for it not only gives you extra minutes for freefall but also gives you spare time to correct a problem that may have arised due the avoidable reason.

9. I will drift off course from drop zone while skydiving?

No proper precautions are taken before a non experienced sky diver undertakes the activity, wind conditions and corrections are strictly. Only within a specified wind speed a trainee is allowed to dive so that he is easily able to land into the drop zone rather than drifting away.

10. I may land into a building or on a road in midst of traffic while skydiving?

Besides the airstrip condition, a great deal of care is taken to avoid or have minimum obstacles (natural or otherwise) while choosing a location for sky diving. For this very reason not all the airstrips are approved for sky diving activity as safety of the diver is the prime concern. Drop zone is always a flat piece of land outside the city away from major construction, main roads, ditches, lakes and rivers. There might be some bushes or shrubs but the area is clear of thick vegetation and trees in general. Still during training sessions, proper knowledge is imparted to avoid obstacles and maneuver your path around them.

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