Welcome all you thrill seekers.
This is a small website all about Skydiving and the exciting, exhilarating rush that those willing to jump out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet or more are bound to experience.
A Little bit of Parachuting History
The idea of flying has been around for many, many years and Skydiving appeals to that small part within us that wants to experience, however briefly, the thrill of flying like a bird. Only one small problem … gravity!
In China sky falling, or ‘base jumping’ from cliffs and soaring down to the ground in an early kind of makeshift parachute, has been documented since the 1100’s. However, it was the remarkable Italian artist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci who drew the blueprints for the very first parachute in 1485.
Over 300 years later, french balloonist, Andre-Jacques Garnerin, began experimenting with parachutes in 1797 and used a canvas chute and a small basket underneath a hot air balloon to make several successful parachute descents.
World War II was hugely influential in popularizing skydiving as a sport as many soldiers on their return from war continued skydiving as a hobby and took part in competitions. Parachuting or skydiving became a national sport in 1952.
Below are a few posts on getting started in Skydiving. Find out all about the Tandem Jump, training beforehand, what’s involved and the huge thrill of your first descent out of an aircraft.
For the more ambitious amongst you, there is a post on everything you need to know about the very popular Accelerated Freefall Training programs now available worldwide.
For the even more ambitious there are a few pointers on setting up your own Skydiving Centre. Main points to take into consideration and tips for success.
And finally, for those of a more nervous disposition, we take a look into the real risks of Skydiving.
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