Skydiving – Tracking and Gliding

Tracking is a skydiving skill emphasized very early in training. It involves positioning the body to produce horizontal movement. Usually, a skydiver begins by assuming the classic skydiving position commonly seen in films: face down, belly to Earth, slightly arched, … Continue reading →

Skydiving – The Parts of a Parachute

A modern parachute is a complex piece of equipment – and lucky for the skydiver that it is, too. All that complexity is there to serve a purpose: to bring skydivers to Earth safely while providing a quality experience in … Continue reading →

Skydiving – The High Flying Sport

Skydiving or parachuting brings to mind familiar images from films and TV commercials. Who hasn’t seen one or a hundred people floating through the air, wind flapping against their jumpsuits, followed by a swoosh and a colorful canopy blooming? The … Continue reading →

Skydiving – Skydiving Techniques

Beyond the classic face down, belly-toward-Earth flying position, there are many skydiving techniques that it’s great to know. The more you know, the more fun you can have for those few precious seconds during freefall. Back flying is one of … Continue reading →

Skydiving – Skydiving Gear

Skydiving looks so simple. You open the canopy, you drift down. What could be simpler? In fact, there is an amazing variety of gear used in even the most elementary jumps. The parachute is the most obvious, of course. But … Continue reading →

Skydiving – Reserve Deployment

No one wants to have to deploy their reserve chute. And, fortunately, it’s rare to have to do so. But hang around a busy dropzone for a few days and you’re almost certain to see at least one instance. Far … Continue reading →

Skydiving – How To Deploy

In broad outline, how a modern ram canopy parachute deploys is pretty much the same, barring emergencies. The skydiver extracts a pilot chute that fills with air and tugs on attached lines. Those lines are also attached to the main … Continue reading →