Choosing to do skydiving presents a number of challenges and this includes the challenge of choosing the proper skydiving equipment. Just like any other adventure sport, you need to select and use the proper equipment to make sure you are safe, and you get the most out of your experience. When you are skydiving, you will be dropping several hundred feet in a split second. There are a few different pieces of equipment you will need in order to make your skydiving experience an incredible one, and some of them will be described below.
Types Of Parachute
The first piece of equipment that you will need for skydiving is a parachute. You can select from a wide variety of different types of parachutes depending on your needs, and your style of skydiving. Typically, the majority of skydiving involves a tandem jump where one parachute is used by the tandems (you) and the other parachute is used by the parachute lander (who is also usually the person who knows how to deploy the parachute). However, skydiving more often than not involves jumping just one parachute, which is often referred to as an individual jump or an “isolated jump.”
Decide On The Size
When selecting a parachute for your skydiving experience, you will first need to decide on a size. It is important to purchase a parachute that is not too large (too heavy). As you will soon learn, it can take quite a bit of physical effort to come to the ground after your parachute has deployed. If you are in poor health, or if you have difficulty deploying your parachute when it is heavy, then a larger parachute may be your best option.
One of the key decisions when choosing a parachute is whether to select a tandem jump or an isolated jump. Both offer their own set of benefits. When skydiving, the primary benefit of a tandem jump is that you can literally ‘see’ your skydiving partner! If you are in poor health or have difficulty separating yourself from your parachute during a tandem jump, then an isolated jump is certainly the way to go.
The primary benefit of a tandem jump is that all of the safety equipment on board will be utilized together. A tandem parachute will include such items as a parachute handle (the portion of the parachute that you hold on to), chute itself and a leash. Your instructor will teach you how to use these items properly during the jump.
Make Adjustments To Your Parachute
Another thing that you will need to think about is whether or not you want a high/low-altitude jump. When skydiving at altitude you will need to make some adjustments to your parachute. These adjustments include the amount of time the canopy remains open and whether or not you need a landing gear parachute. (This parachute is used in conjunction with your primary parachute.) These are important considerations that you must think about carefully before making your skydiving decision.
The other consideration for selecting a tandem jump is the type of parachute you are going to select. This is especially important for skydiving beginners because you will not want to select a parachute that is too small for you or too large. When selecting your two parachutes, keep in mind that your instructor will probably make recommendations concerning the best choice for your age, health, gender and physical condition. In addition, you will likely be required to demonstrate your ability to use all of the parachutes prior to being released into the air.
You also need to think about the safety gear that you are going to need prior to making your jump. Your parachute should open and close quickly and smoothly. Additionally, it should have sufficient drag to slow or stop rapidly if needed. If you are in an extremely windy area, you may not want to select a “stretch parachute” as this could pose a safety risk in strong winds. Generally speaking, the instructor will select one of two different openings for your parachute.