WHAT'S IT LIKE?
What does freefall feel like?
Freefall is not the "roller coaster drop" feeling most people expect it would be. It is a comfortable sensation of floating and support, with a slight pressure of air against your body.
Freefall is the closest thing to human flight, especially when falling "relative" with other skydivers. In relation to other skydivers in the air, a jumper can move forward, backwards, up, down and all around in the sky. He or she can dive vertically to over 200 mph or achieve horizontal movement over the ground up to 60 mph. The constant air flow allows aerial maneuvers with precision and control.
What is opening and flying the parachute like?
The opening "shock" of the parachute is much like jumping feet-first into a pool of water. The opening takes about two to five seconds and is not uncomfortable.
Square parachutes are simple to maneuver and steer to the ground. Steering lines are attached to the rear right and left side of the parachute. By taking the controls in each hand, one steers the parachute by pulling on one control. To turn left, simply pull down the left control. To stop the turn, simply return the control to its original position.
What is landing like?
With the new, modern square parachutes, a proper parachute landing is now just like stepping off the curb. Parachutes used by beginners are typically much larger and more docile than an experienced jumper's parachute. Thus, landings are generally soft in most conditions. This doesn't mean jumpers don't get hurt while landing; they sometimes do, just like participants in other active sports get occasionally injured.
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