How to fly
Have you decided to jump with a parachute? “First-timers” (as they call those who are going to get acquainted with the sky for the first time) can do this in two ways. This may be an independent jump according to the classical scheme with the forced opening of a parachute (i.e. it is not necessary to tug the ring, everything will open itself). In another case, this is a jump with a tandem master (instructor).
The jump according to the classical scheme is performed on a round parachute and approximately looks like this: about 10 minutes of flight by plane (helicopter). At an altitude of 600-800 meters – the department (“loss”, as experienced parachutists joke about newcomers), sometimes independent. Then the opening of the parachute and further hovering under the dome for two to three minutes. Landing in the place where it will carry, because the dome is uncontrollable. Putting the dome in the bag and walk back to the start.
The tandem jump is performed on a rectangular “wing” parachute and is considered more secure: the most reliable equipment is used, the most experienced instructors work.
The principle is simple – the novice’s suspension system is connected to the instructor’s suspension system, behind which are parachutes. Together they jump out of a helicopter at a height much greater than the classical scheme – 3500-4000 meters.
Then, for the sake of which, in fact, people go to the sky: free fall, which lasts about a minute. And only then the instructor opens the parachute. Under its large dome, tandemsters are reduced (all work on altitude control, parachute opening, dome control and landing is done by a tandem master). Landing takes place gently, near the take-off point.
Another plus of the tandem is that you can order a shot of your jump, and after landing you can view the footage and relive the sensations of free fall, but without fear of a bad ending.
Which jump to give preference? Consider the pros and cons of both.
Independent jump from a height of 800 meters:
Quite a long ground training.
Heavy weight parachute.
Lack of free fall and related impressions.
The inability to take a jump on the video.
As a rule, the inability to control the parachute.
There is a risk of injury, for example, if a novice gets nervous and does something wrong.
Relatively affordable price.
Always in the presence of free parachutes.
It is possible to jump with friends in one take-off.
A jump with a tandem master (instructor) from a height of 4000 meters:
High jump cost.
Sensation of 4,000 meters.
A minute or more of free fall.
Videotape with the recording of the jump.