Tandem Skydive - Freefall and
At this time you will see skydivers exit the plane and you
and your instructor will be moving towards the door. Once you
get to the door, if you can remember this try to clear your
ears again. Sometimes the pressure gives you a headache once
you're on the ground, this will stop that. So try to remember
it. When you leave the airplane for your tandem skydive you
will not feel like you do on a roller coaster. You probably
will not feel anything in your stomach. Remember when you leave
the plane you are going as fast as the plane.
So now you are in the air, you are skydiving, you did it.
You actually jumped from a perfectly good airplane and you are
flying towards the earth at about 120 miles an hour. You are
having the time of your life. Do not forget while you are
flying to check out the world - it is beautiful. Look all
around not just down. If you have a cameraperson do not forget
to geek him or her.
During your tandem skydive, you will freefall to about 5000
feet before your instructor opens the parachute. For a
split-second when he or she opens the parachute you will feel a
little bit in your stomach. This is called the elevator affect.
After the parachute is open your instructor will check
everything out to make sure everything is okay. At this time
you can talk to your instructor and ask him or her if you can
fly the parachute. Most likely the instructor will say yes.
Flying the parachute is a lot of fun so do not be afraid to
fly. Once you get to about 1000 feet, your instructor will be
getting set up to land. You will need to listen to what your
tandem instructor has to say.
When landing the parachute it is critical to keep your feet
raised above your instructor's. You do not want your feet to
touch the ground before your instructor's. This can be bad.
Your instructor will tell you all this as you approach the
ground. Do not let the speed of the canopy bother you on
landing. Just listen to your tandem instructor. Do what he or
she tells you to do and everything will be fine. If you bought
video, your videographer will probably be filming you while you
The more you can relax the better the skydive will go. And
what is the number one most important thing to remember? "Have
Fun"!! This is what it is all about, having fun. I have been
jumping for 30 years. I started back in 1974 when skydiving was
crazy and unsafe. The one thing I always remembered is to "Have
Fun". I hope this information will help you on your first
tandem skydive. Blue Skies