CAROLINA SKYDIVING

We are Carolina Skydiving and we are specialized in first time tandem skydiving. If you are looking for an amazing first-time experience when it comes to skydiving we offer not only professional and safe options but also amazing scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains on your first jump. Skydiving is an adrenalin rush that we highly recommend to everyone regardless of age. The sight might be scary but we ensure you that you are in safe hands. Before you meet our offer we want you to discover skydiving and what to expect from it.

SKYDIVING AS A HOBBY? WHY NOT!

If you are an adventurous person who loves heights, adrenaline rush and excitement, skydiving might be the right sport for you! Skydiving or parachuting is an outdoor sport of jumping from an aircraft or other high place, under free fall, before landing by parachute, and it is done as a competitive or a recreational sport, individually or with groups of people.

It takes about 5 to 7 minutes from jump to landing, and an extra 20 in the airplane beforehand, where skydivers can be carried out from around 12,500 ft (4,000 m).

It can be a really exciting and addictive sport, but is a very expensive one, and also, not understood by many people but despite that, it is a great way of meeting new people and getting socialized, so make sure you find the best instructor and location and start enjoying your new hobby.

To develop skills it takes time, just like everything else, and it takes a lot of practice and patience, and if you wanna go professional, you will need to find a good skydiving school, the right safety equipment, certifications, and a license. Skydiving is the best during the summer season, where you can see some beautiful locations near lakes or other stunning views that will encourage you to keep on exploring new places, for the most unforgettable experience in your life. Seeing things from ‘the above’, and we all share the same passion, but to capture the perfect moments some use drones with cameras and some just jump out of the airplane.

TANDEM METHOD SKYDIVING

Tandem skydiving or Tandem parachuting is a method of skydiving where a tandem student shares its parachute with a tandem instructor which includes jumping from a plane, canopy flight, freefall, and a parachute landing. 

It lasts 5 or 6 minutes with 50 seconds of freefall and 4 to 5 minutes on the parachute ride down. It is more expensive than the usual method, and it consists of many activities performed by skydiving students; how to do maneuvers in freefall, how to exit the aircraft, how to deploy the main canopy.

All tandem skydiving systems use a drogue parachute and a larger main parachute to support the weight of two passengers, as well as an automatic activation device that deploys the reserve parachute if the skydivers are still at freefall speed below a certain altitude. The limit for a tandem passenger is around 200-220 pounds for women, and 230-250 pounds for men, with a minimum age of 18.

HOW TO GET A LICENCE FOR SKYDIVING?

The very first step to becoming a licensed skydiver is completing the AFF program (Accelerated Free Fall), followed by an eight jumps progression that includes freefall and canopy flying lessons. Once you finish it, you can matriculate through 4 license courses, A through D, sanctioned by the United States Parachute Association.  The A license is the introductory license to the sport of skydiving, and it means you can push that out to 1 jump every 60 days. B license is one every 90 days, and if you hold a C or D license, you can stay current as long as you do a minimum of 1 jump every 6 months.

Your license is proof that worths everywhere in the world, that you haven’t just done a few jumps, but you are a qualified skydiver, so you can jump with other jumpers anywhere in the world.

UNITED STATES PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION

USPA is a self-governing body for the sport skydiving, founded in 1946, in Mineola, New York, as the National Parachute Jumpers-Riggers, that was renamed the Parachute Club of America in 1957 and renamed itself again to the United States Parachute Association in 1967. 

It counts around 43000 member skydivers who are promoting skydiving through parachute training, guideline courses, instructional ratings, and also issuing sport skydiving licenses, skill and achievement awards, and it also provides guidance and sets rules to keep the sport safe, which makes it a huge part of skydiving, and the body which awards instructor ratings and skydiving qualifications.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SKYDIVING

Skydiving is an exciting and adventurous sport, which most people simply don’t understand. Most of them think of it as a dangerous and deadly sport, but the reality is quite the opposite; skydiving is a safe sport! It is completely normal to feel nervous, but you should keep in mind that all the instructors you are attached to, are well qualified, certified, highly-trained and have years of experience.

Bring your ID with you. Jumpers that are allowed to skydive must be between 18 and 65 years, and persons over 65 are welcome with a Doctor’s Statement of Physical Fitness.

You should also weigh yourself since the weight limit is 220 lbs, or 230 if the individual is over 6 feet tall.

The weather is one of the most important factors that will play a role on the day of your jump. If it is too cloudy or rainy, your jump could be delayed, so skydiving during the summer season is the best option if you wanna see some new, exciting locations with a beautiful view. Make sure you get it on camera, you will probably record some of the craziest expressions of excitement, fear, and complete madness! Maybe you could ask your friends to capture the moments of your landing with a drone with GPS.

It is an expensive sport but it is surely worth it. The jumps are around 300 $, including costs for photo and video packages, while the tandem skydives tend to run from 200-275 $- the bigger the group is, the cheaper it gets.

There is a big possibility you get hooked on skydiving, so consider getting a license, which is a great step of becoming part of the community of skydivers. The program of an A license consists of 25 jumps, covering different skills and techniques. 

Try to have a light breakfast, nothing too heavy before the jump, so you feel comfortable and easy, but don t go with an empty stomach too because your blood sugar will be bottoming out and you’ll be lethargic and uncomfortable. A higher calorie smoothie will be a great choice!

You should also warm-up and stretch your body to get your muscles feeling loose, maybe with some jumping jacks or run in place, or do simple stretches, cause, don t forget: you will be freefalling at more than 120 mph, so it is important that your body is relaxed.

One of the things you should consider is to breathe properly. It may sound like it’s irrelevant, but knowing how to breathe correctly can avoid hyperventilation. Just make sure you stay calm, relax your body by taking deep and slow breaths instead of short and quick ones.

Make sure you bring all the important accessories with you, including comfortable clothes, jumpsuit, Tshirt,gym-pants and tight-lacing tennis shoes, and make sure you avoid clothes with strings, metal grommets, rhinestones, money to buy some food and water and to give a tip to your instructor, and video camera, so you can capture all the exciting moments!

It s all in your head! Try not to close your eyes, as you will miss the spectacular view, and just relax and have fun. Trust your instructor, and enjoy every minute, from the beginning to the end. And of course, make sure you repeat it again!