Skydiving May not be For everyone But What a Rush!

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According to the BPA (British Parachute Association) “Skydiving is one of today’s most exciting sports”! Those brightly colored parachutes you may have seen floating downward, seemingly from the heavens above, offer the participant a chance to master the air and obtain a freedom seldom found in most other sports You can truly make the skies your very own when making a jump. And that very first jump will most likely be the most memorable event in your lifetime! The exhilaration, enjoyment, and limitless opportunities and challenges are all there awaiting you. When you gain that feeling of perfect body control and have finely tuned your skills in this intensely competitive sport you will realize how vital life is and how very much you can enjoy the thrill of free falling before opening your chute.

Learning to jump is the opportunity to meet with others with similar interests and even compete in “boogies” or fun jump events. Whether you choose to compete at shows and fairs or jump into fetes for the appreciation of the crowds it’s all about having fun and participating in social events the year around. Select from some twenty five parachute centers or clubs which are each approved by the BPA. Spread out throughout the united kingdom, they provide a wide assortment of courses that students and even the more experienced parachutists can participate in. And at most of the centres you will find they can video your jumps, making the occasion a most memorable experience!

The experience of jumping is unrivalled and most of the year the enjoyment is unparalleled in the uk. Take some courses provided by the BPA and you will soon be up to the challenge that sport parachuting offers. Whether your first jump involves use of a static line or a tandem jump you will first learn some of the skills while still on the ground during about six hours of “ground work”. The organised structure that is involved with the early training helps give confidence and comfort to the first jump when it occurs.

Once the training on ground has been completed a static line jump may be made and that involves jumping from an airplane at approximately 3500 feet in altitude. This includes the chute being deployed automatically when a static line pulls the main chute out, thus beginning the deployment and slow down of the parachutists. The feeling of exhilaration and freedom is there immediately and the jumper feels safe because of the control involved. Use of a square parachute enables the student jumper to learn control of his progress and select a landing spot that is safe. The jumper’s helmet may even include a radio by which an instructor can guide his student toward a picture perfect landing.

Using a dual harness and attached to an experienced instructor enable the first time jumper to feel confidence and enjoy the event. On that very first jump the instructor can control the chute deployment and control the descent and landing, making the new jumper feel more confident and just appreciate the feeling of the jump. This type of jump can happen within a very few minutes because you just let the tandem instructor take control. Then move on to further training and perhaps some AFF or Accelerated Free Fall jumps for this is where the real thrill comes into play!

If you’re looking for something different for your corporate events, you might want to think about indoor skydiving UK. The experience has only recently landed in the uk (there are currently two centres open, one in Milton Keynes and one in Manchester) and it gives you a unique opportunity to run team building activities, or to reward and incentivise your staff, in an atmosphere they’ll be talking about for weeks afterwards. Indoor skydiving is done in an inverted wind tunnel where the air flow is from the ground upwards. The rising curtain of air keeps indoor skydiving UK participants suspended as though they are flying. There are no ropes or harnesses involved in these corporate events – just a genuine feeling of unpowered, unaided flight!

It’s possible to book corporate sessions at the indoor skydiving centres, which include a pre-specified number of flights (the price is different dependent on the number of flights that you book). There are plenty of extras available to turn your skydiving experience into a productive conference, seminar or meeting. You can even opt for accommodation and stay in a hotel near the indoor skydiving UK facility, use conference rooms to hold your corporate events and then finish the time off with some rewarding flights. There’s food and drink available in a choice of light or hearty packages – from breakfasts to a full hot buffet. A typical experience day might start with checking in and getting some breakfast, before moving on to the meeting part of your trip. As soon as that is out of the way it’s time to get on with the fun bit – learning to fly in an indoor skydiving tunnel!

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