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What if you rule the sky: Heads up on experience of sky-diving

Jan 18, 2018

What if you rule the sky: Heads up on experience of sky-diving
What if you rule the sky: Heads up on experience of sky-diving | Credit: Skeeze

You only live once and the excitement and exhilaration that skydiving gives, is worth trying at least once in your life. It is one of the most preferred adventure sports today. But, it's not for the faint-hearted. So before taking the plunge, let us know a little about this dynamic sport.?

Training

A great skydiving experience requires careful and rigorous preparation. Training is vital. So, look for the best place where you can take the initial lessons.

Instructors will get you acquainted with every step before your first jump. Share your doubts and fears with the instructor and they will be happy to advise you.

Preparation

Get yourself mentally and physically ready for the big day. For tandem jumpers, your guide will give necessary information on safety procedures, how to hold your back in an arch like position and breathing techniques throughout the fall. 

Get ready for the flight

One would feel nerves wracking while boarding the flight and noise of the aircraft engines could be distracting but don't let it dampen the spirit.  

Tandem Jump

During the tandem jump, the trainee and the trainer will be harnessed together with the trainee at the front. The instructor always checks the straps and makes sure everything is safe. Each student also receives a pair of goggles to protect their eyes from tearing up or drying out during freefall. 

Jumping

Now comes the most exciting part. The doors of the plane will be opened and a gush of cool air passes by. The instructor will then instruct you to jump. After a minute the instructor will deploy the parachute.

Landing

The landing is a gentler and easier process. The instructor will tell you to lift your legs out of the way so you can gently sit and slide down. And as you touch the ground you may want to thank yourself for the once in a lifetime experience. 

Solo Jump

If you want to take the thrill to the next level there is Solo Jump. The course duration is a week and it is suited for those who wish to take up skydiving as a career. There are about 10 jumps, the last one is supposed to be taken alone without an instructor. Upon successfully finishing this course, the person would be qualified to jump solo anywhere in the world at any of the United States Parachute Association (USPA) approved drop zones.

Dhana, Madhya Pradesh

India too has a few places where one can enroll for skydiving lessons. This place hosted the first ever skydiving camp in India. Located near Bhopal, it offers courses in static line jump and tandem jump.

Cost of Static Jumps – INR 12,000 to 20,000 plus tax

Tandem Jump – INR 40,000 plus tax.

Contact: Escapadethrills – contactus@escapade-thrills.com

Mysore, Karnataka

Strategically located at a short distance from Bengaluru, this skydiving school is situated at the foothills of Chamundi Hills, Mysore. The skydiving camps provide training for tandem jumps, static jumps and accelerated free falls prior to professional training.

Weekday Tandem Fee – INR 35,000

Weekend Tandem Fee - INR 42,000.

Contact: Skyriders, Mysore Airport departure terminal, Mandakalli, Mysore.

Aamby Valley, Maharashtra

The place offers some out of the world experiences. Aamby Valley offers 10,000 feet Tandem Jumps. The whole experience lasts 45 minutes.

Weekday Tandem Jumps – INR 25, 000

Weekend Tandem Jumps (Fri – Sun) – INR 30,000.

Contact Information: info@aambyvalley.com

Deesa, Gujarat

Located at a lakeside city, it is the first certified drop zone in India. The Sports Authority of Gujarat and Indian Parachuting Federation host several skydiving camps here.

Static Line Jumps Fee – INR 16,500

Tandem Jumps – INR 33,500

AFF – INR 37,500

Contact- info@parachuting.in

Pondicherry

Skydiving in Pondicherry became popular in 2012. Any adventure lover would never forget this experience. 

Static Jumps Fee – INR 18,000 (1 jump)

62,000 (5 jumps)

Tandem Jump – INR 27,000

Contact: team@bmcindia.org