Most people have fantasized about flying, but how many of us can say we’ve truly experienced what it’s like to fly?
Thousands of individuals, in fact, have experienced this sensation! Because thousands of people try skydiving for the first time every year and there’s no experience that compares to free-fall!
When you don’t use your parachute during skydiving, you’re simply falling through the sky with nothing to stop you. The name ‘free-fall’ comes from the fact that you are actually free; there are no restraints, no bungee cords, nothing but open air and the wind in your face. It’s very thrilling!
How long does this feel last?
The free-fall begins the moment you step off the plane and continues until your instructor deploys your parachute. Your exit altitude (how high you are when you leap) and your free-fall speed (the rate at which you’re falling) are used to calculate how long you’ll be in free-fall. The average skydiving jump height is between 10,000 and 15,000 feet; at Skydive Carolina, it’s normally around 14,000 feet.
According to a typical skydiving free-fall descent rate (which we’ll explain in a minute), the first thousand feet take roughly 10 seconds to fall, and the next thousand feet take about five seconds. So, if you jump from 14,000 feet and deploy your parachute at 5,000 feet, you’ll be in the air for around fifty seconds. You’ll be able to fully breathe, relax, and take in your surroundings at that time, and if you’ve paid for a videographer to film your jump, you’ll also be able to offer your camera flyer a friendly wave and a smile.
During Free-fall, How fast do you fall?
Your free fall speed in skydiving is determined by your weight, the weight of your instructor, and the weight of the equipment combined. It can also be influenced by your body position, which is how experienced skydivers can fall together in free fall.
A tandem skydiver will usually fall at a speed of roughly 120 miles per hour.
Yes, 120 miles per hour! That’s quicker than you’ve ever driven your car, and probably faster than most of us have ever travelled safe on an airplane or on an extremely rapid roller coaster!
It’s natural for first-time skydivers to believe that such fast drop rates will feel, well, speedy. However, the reality is that it does not. The only moment you truly feel as if you’re falling is right after you step off the plane. You’re accelerating to your ‘terminal velocity,’ which is the fastest speed you’ll ever achieve, for the first few seconds. You cease accelerating once you reach that terminal velocity, and the sensation of descent is replaced with one of being ‘cushioned’ by the air. It doesn’t appear to be moving quickly. It’s like I’m floating. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to real human flight. It’s quite addictive!
There are a few common misunderstandings concerning free fall that should be addressed here. One is that you can’t breathe — this is completely false! The only thing that would prevent you from breathing in free fall is you. As they exit the plane, we advise our first-timers to scream as a reminder to let go of that breath! During free fall, you can undoubtedly breathe normally.
Another misunderstanding is that it’s quite noisy up there. Yes, there’s a sound — it’s the wind passing past. It isn’t, however, a deafening roar. During free fall, for example, you can’t talk to your instructor. The noise you hear when you drive down the highway with your window open is the closest analogy.
Something you might not know about free fall skydiving is that skydivers have the capacity to move around and control their bodies in the sky. They can move their arms, legs, and torso to turn in position, travel across the sky, and even modify their rate of descent using the basic concepts of aerodynamics. As a tandem skydiver, your instructor may turn you around in place using his or her legs, which is a lot of fun!
Jumping from an aeroplane two miles above the ground is terrifying in theory. Our internal fight-or-flight mechanism prepares us to react to specific threats. Moving towards an open plane door is terrifying, no doubt, and our brains are normally nudging us towards the flight sense (as in not flying without the plane). The majority of skydivers, even those with thousands of jumps under their belt, nonetheless experience a significant increase in pulse rate as they approach the door. It’s both normal and a little frightening.
The truth is that you are no longer afraid as soon as you step off the plane. It’s hilariously ironic. In fact, some people consider skydiving to be a form of rehabilitation. If you look at the images of many of our first-time jumpers, you’ll notice some worried expressions on the way up, then full joy in free fall. It occurs on a regular basis.
Why don’t people look scared during skydiving?
Physics holds the key to the solution. You enter a state known as terminal velocity seconds after exiting the plane. Although terminal velocity sounds frightening, it’s a fantastic sensation since you don’t feel like you’re falling. You’re literally riding on air molecules, which eliminate the plummeting sensation associated with bungee leaping. Because you are in control rather than crashing rapidly to earth, terminal velocity allows you to fully enjoy the event.
Is skydiving dangerous? No, it’s not the case. Is it frightening to walk up to an airplane’s open door? For a little moment, yes, but we won’t give you much time to consider it.
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