Top Skydiving Myths – Debunked


Top Skydiving Myths – Debunked

If you have decided to go tandem skydiving, and you don’t live under a rock, chances are good that you have received a wide variety of responses from well-meaning friends and family. Some may have pronounced you crazy, and believe you must have a death wish to pursue a tandem skydiving experience. Others may pepper you with advice on everything from what you should wear to what time of year you should (or shouldn’t) go.

Whether you’re considering advice from friends and family or beliefs you have developed about skydiving over the years, it is important to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Some skydiving myths are particularly persistent and seem to be quite believable on the surface. Take a look at some of the most common myths below to make sure you’re in the know.

Skydiving Myth 1: Tandem Skydiving is the world’s most dangerous sport.

Not even close. In fact, skydiving results in fewer fatalities, comparatively speaking, than running, cycling, or swimming, or even driving your car to and from work each day. Jumping from an airplane, of course, is not risk-free. Sadly, accidents do occur occasionally. However, out of more than 3 million jumps last year, fewer than 25 fatalities were reported.

Skydiving Myth 2: If you lose consciousness on the way down, you’ll die.

Although you probably won’t see it in action if you’re unconscious, there is a tool that can help in this situation. Thanks to the development of Automatic Activation Devices (AADs), if you (or your instructor for tandem jumps) have not deployed your parachute when a certain altitude and velocity are reached, it will be deployed automatically on your behalf.

Skydiving Myth 3: You can’t steer a parachute.

Actually, you can. When tandem skydiving, there is obviously no steering wheel, modern parachutes’ surprising maneuverability make them capable of exceptionally precise landings. Not only can you guide a parachute laterally by using the toggles on either side, but you can also influence the speed by using the brake line as well as “flaring,” which involves pulling both toggles straight down to decrease velocity when landing.

Skydiving Myth 4: Those rectangular-shaped parachutes are only for the pros.

Quite the opposite is true. Rounded parachutes are largely an echo from the past. Nearly all of today’s parachutes, particularly those used in tandem skydiving, are rectangular. Their shape, including the tapered ends, makes them much easier to control and maneuver.

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