Skydiving is one of the most dangerous activities to undertake. So it is only fitting that you get your parachute well equipped before you take off on your adventure.
Selecting The Right Parachute Is Important
First, you need to select the right parachute. This is important so that you can be sure that the parachute will provide the best protection and safety for you. Choose a suitable material and design and always choose a high quality product.
Once you have selected the right parachute, you are now ready to select the right canopy. You can either go in for full canopy or partial canopy. If you are going in for full canopy then you are better off with a full-coverage canopy which should be able to protect you from all sides, while remaining light weight and easy to manage.
Full canopy canopies are more expensive than a partial canopy so if you are just going to do a few jumps, go in for a full canopy. A good idea is to take along a friend who has experience with canopy training. It is much easier to learn and do when you have somebody who is there to help you.
You can also use a canopy to protect yourself from debris, the sun, wind and rain. While your canopy can provide all these advantages, you need to ensure that you fit a suitable harness so that the canopy does not become too tight and cumbersome.
Don’t Use Thick Canopy
Also ensure that you don’t use a canopy too thick, as this may cause the canopy to collapse under you. It is much better to take a little less and ensure that you can breathe well. This will also ensure that you do not drown.
Once you have made sure that your canopy is fitted correctly, your next step is to put it on. You can use a mask and goggles to protect your face but this might not be enough as the wind may cause your face to hit the ground.
You should make sure that the straps on your harness are made of high quality material and are well padded. If the straps are uncomfortable they may not serve the purpose for which you bought them for.
When you are ready to strap yourself in, strap one end of the harness to the rope around the canopy and then the other end to your parachute harness. This makes it easy to attach the canopy. The rope is attached to the canopy by a safety stop, which makes the parachute secure.
Ensure that the rope is held tight by means of a proper grip on each end. If the rope is pulled too tightly, this will restrict the air flow.
Make sure that the line cord is not too long so that there is an opening at the top of the canopy. You should also ensure that the line cord is not tied too tightly, as this can cause it to come undone when you are in the water.
The line cord can be used to stop the canopy from blowing away in case you encounter turbulence. The line cord should not be pulled through the canopy too tight as this could lead to serious injuries.