YES, very much it’s been 2 yrs officially since sky diving was added to the adventure tourism portfolio commercially. An experience, which till now was a part of Defence Academy curriculum as a fighting skill, is now opened for civilians.
Absolutely safe, if one follows all the instruction, processes & procedures that were taught in the training session. Till date there have been no casualties, minor bruises well that is part & parcel of life…isn’t it
All the instructors and crew are certified and highly experienced in the field of skydiving. Each instructor has done over thousand jumps in & outside India. All the equipments used are imported, is of latest technology at par with the international standards. Utmost care & precaution are taken by the instructors & crew at the camps.
Nothing as such, one needs to healthy & fit both body & mind. A medical certificate signed by a physician stating you’re fit and does not have any medical issues that could be fatal during or after the dive.
As a trainee or beginner sky diver, a static line which looks like a flat rope is used to deploy the parachute (technically known as canopy). One end of this line is attached with the deployment bag inside the rig (main bag) while other end is hooked to the aircraft. When the jumper jumps from the aircraft, the static line stretches maximum to its length pulling the deployment bag with itself and thus releasing the chute from the bag. The upward rushing winds open the canopy completely and inflate it. For unlikely event of malfunction each trainee is taught of emergency process of cutting the main chute and deploying the reserve.
The jump height in Static Solo varies from 4000 – 5000 ft.
A Static line training course covers following topics • Equipment Familiarization & Handling • Exit Procedures • Canopy Flying • Emergency Procedures • Radio Control • Simulation Of Entire Sequence
05 jumps are required out of which last 2 jumps happen with radio connectivity. Once you have completed your 5 jumps you get a certificate and ‘wings’.
Yes, definitely you get a log book which is to filled, signed & stamped by the jumpmaster after every jump you undergo. Remember every jump counts. (does not apply for tandem jumps)
Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) is also known as Progressive Free Fall is the next step to solo free fall wherein 1-2 instructor jumps along with the trainee for initial 3-4 jumps, handholding until the trainee is confident enough to deploy their own parachute. Unlike tandem jump the jump master is not piggyback with the trainee but is holding from the side. Once the canopy of trainee is deployed the instructors fly away deploying their individual canopies. Once the instructor is confident enough that the trainee can deploy their own chute various other phases of Free Fall would be taught. With every phase the instructor enters his comments in the log book in a way passing you for the next level of learning.
This advance level of training is yet to start in India however one can enjoy the feel of initial 2-3 jumps.
The jump height in AFF varies from 10000 – 5000 ft. In India it is somewhere around 10000 ft high.
Tandem Jump is when a person jumps piggyback with the jumpmaster. Tandem jump allows the person to feel the thrill & excitement with going through the hassles of learning the knowledge required to do a solo jump. A brief of an hour or two is given prior to the actual jump. At a height of 9000-10000 ft the pair jumps from the aircraft, the instructor deploys the canopy at an appropriate height which is usually at around 5000 ft. and then guides the canopy for a soft landing.
AAD stands for Automatic Activation Device is a mechanical device attached with your canopy rig that automatically does emergency activation after a preset speed/time/ altitude. This is helpful in unlikely event when due to some reason you have not been able to open either of chutes.
How does all this happen? The chip inside the device records the descent speed and in case it exceeds the pre-defined speed, which means for some reason the jumper has not opened his canopy or it is malfunctioning therefore it cuts off the main and opens the reserve canopy.
• The Body Mass Index (BMI) should be below 28 • Weight should be under 95 kgs and should be physically fit • Minimum age is 18 yrs and no maximum age as such as long as the person is medically fit and has a go ahead from the doctor. • A medical certificate from a physician/ general practitioner certifying you fit for extreme adventure. • Special caution would be required if you had any history of high BP, cardiac problems or serious back/neck injuries.
Yes, would require a declaration cum consent form signed by parents and should be accompanied with one or both parents/ legal guardian.
• Besides lots of courage & zest you would be required to carry following items • Medical certificate • Note pad & pen • Identity proof along with a Xerox copy of the same • 5 passport size photos
Most of us must have watched Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and has a perception that the coach pushes you off the aircraft if one starts developing cold feet in the 11th hour but I believe that what happens in our films seldom happens in real life. So I guess the ans is No, he will encourage, motivate you to experience it but no pushing or applying force in any other way. If anyone does the pushing it would be you. You would be required to push your boundaries and let go your fear & what ifs and believe me a whole new world waits for you.