For some people taking a plane or helicopter ride is a daunting thought, well how about jumping out of that aircraft at an altitude of 3,000 feet? Nothing can beat the exhilaration this experience provides, you will free fall for a short period of time, taking in the sights below you, feeling the rush before that all important moment when you release your parachute. Once this is open you will be able to control your direction and speed with the skills you have learnt from your training in order to land as safely and as gently as possible. This is one of the most challenging sports ever invented but you will be supervised by British Parachuting Association instructors and undergo rigorous ground training for maximum preparation.
Need to Know
This extraordinary experience is usually run over two adrenaline-fuelled days, but this may differ with location and circumstances on day one. If you wish to stay overnight, many parachuting clubs offer basic and inexpensive accommodation which is not covered by your voucher, so if you are interested you should enquire about this when making your booking. When you arrive, you will be asked to sign a Declaration of Fitness Form and provided your instructor is satisfied with your overall health, you will be enrolled as a provisional member of the British Parachute Association. You will then be issued with the appropriate equipment and start your first day which usually consists of intensive parachute and landing training, as part of a small group. This will be a mixture of practical and theory with your static line jump normally taking place on the second day (where applicable). This surreal experience will see you jumping from a height of approximately 3,000 feet using a modern hi-tech steerable square canopied parachute created for optimum descent control and a softer landing. Definitely an experience of a lifetime and one you will never forget.