April 28, 2016 Anindya Roy

Accelerated Free Fall

Young generation of sports are appearing fast, opening the horizon for adventure. Gravity and acceleration are one of biggest truth of this planet & we are not shy anymore to explore this new frontier. With micro light parachutes and high safety features gravity sports have arrived.

Around 90 miles from the capital city of Dublin, Ireland, lies the small village of Edenderry, home to the Irish Parachute Club.

Situated amidst country grasslands, operational with two jumping aircrafts and a small runway this place had enough opening for even a not so smooth landing, unless of course you are having a bad day smiley.

 

The first time when you are doing a jump from a safe aircraft is a memory worth cherishing.

 

For a jump from thirteen thousand feet you should hit the ground well within sixty seconds, unless you learn to fly. In a normal skydive with a free fall of about 35 – 40 seconds one can experience what it means to be pulled towards mother earth.

The sport can be started as a tandem jumper, then gradually you move up towards making formations while free falling.

While doing my tandem it was a blissful experience after braving myself to step out of a small plane, high out there there is flight unlike any other.

A Different Sport

People who do sky diving usually carry their own parachute.

The survival of your jump hugely relies on a perfectly functioning parachute.

Packing a parachute is a skill which might make a difference between life and death.

The parachute backpack carries two parachutes, one as reserve.

Modern day parachutes are very light and reliable.

In case your main canopy (parachute) fails to open there is a reserve one, but one has to let go the first to launch the second, only these movements need to be done with very quick response.

In a Tandem jump, one can rely on the experienced jumper accompanying.

The jump fees go down as you jump more often, I guess this helps people to pursue full time jumping and training career.

 

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Picture Courtesy – Irish Parachute Club 

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