Sport Parachuting School

Sport Parachuting School

The Exhilaration of Sport Parachuting and the Safety of Certified Diving

Who deliberately jumps out of a perfectly good plane to experience an accelerated freefall (AFF) because they love sport parachuting? Are they crazy folk? Maybe, but that's not why. People who love to fall speedily into open space are sport parachuting junkies who love the thrill of the adrenaline rush, and the peace it gives them.

Sport parachuting is a step above a tandem skydiving experience. It is much more intense and takes a little longer, but by the end of the course, you'll be certified to skydive solo whenever you wish. Because safety always comes first, when you train in sport parachuting school, you have jumpmasters through almost all of the levels. Of course, the end of the course is designed to showcase your solo sport parachuting ability.

Level One

Before you can begin your sport parachuting jump, you must attend several hours of ground school. You'll learn how to deploy your parachute, maintain a freefall position, communicate with your instructors in the air, and the safety procedures everyone must follow.

Time and weather permitting, you will be sport parachuting the same day. Your instructors will jump with you at an attitude of up to 14,000 feet. Although you are not attached to their harnesses, they will hold onto you during freefall, using hand signals and radio communication to teach.

Level Two

Level Two deals with how to keep your body stable and relaxed during the sport parachuting freefall. A stable body posture ensures the best freefall experience. Your ground school will cover this in depth before your parachute jump.

During your sport parachuting endeavor, you put into practice what you learned from ground school earlier in the day. This includes how to turn your body and how to manipulate it in the air.

Your solo landing is radio assisted. Two down. Five to go. You're on your way.

Level Three

Level three is a continuation of what you learned about a stable body position in sport parachuting level two, only at a more advanced level. Your instructors will cover hover control (diving straight down) and heading control (90-degree turns and forward movement), which you will practice in the air.

Once again, you complete your solo landing with radio assistance.

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Level Four

Level Four is a review of everything you've learned so far. When it's time to jump, and if the instructors feel you're ready, they may let you land without radio assistance.

Level Five

Now you only need one instructor who, at this level, teaches you how to turn 360-degrees, and how to jump. He'll also review previous body maneuvering and have you execute different moves during the accelerated freefall.

Level Six

Level Six is a repeat of Level Five so that you can gain more experience in body maneuvering. You are very close now to receiving your sport parachuting certification.

Level Seven

It's time to exit the aircraft solo. You will execute an exit dive, back loops, 180-degree turns, and tracking.

You will wave off to the instructor, communicating to him that you are about to open your canopy.

Be prepared for the celebration that will greet you when you land. What you have accomplished is no small feat, and those on the ground know it. Now you are not only a lover of sport parachuting, but you are now a certified skydiver… and maybe a little crazy. Congratulations!

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