Choosing a skydiving school
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. But if you're looking for adventure, or you're a thrill-seeker searching for your next bit of excitement, skydiving could be worth a try.
Skydiving is a skill. That means your first step should be attending a skydiving school. Find a list of skydiving schools on Kudzu.com.
You'll want to ask prospective training centers a few key questions before your first visit:
2. What kind of equipment is used
3. What is the certification of the instructors.
According to the United States Parachuting Association, there is no one organization that rates the schools' safety, but the USPA has its own requirements, and you can find out more on their website.
There are a few different methods of skydiving:
Depending on the type you'll be doing, the amount of time you spend at the school will vary. For a tandem jump, training and the jump itself takes about half a day. For the other types, expect to be at the site from morning until dark.
Skydiving can cost anywhere from about $100 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the type of dive you'll be doing, the equipment and the number of instructors. At the facility, you'll watch a training and safety video, and then your instructors will take over.
Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable sneakers or walking shoes. The facility should provide a helmet, goggles and a jumpsuit. If you decide to skydive more than once (or decide to make it a hobby), you may want to invest in some of your own equipment.
You may be able to purchase your equipment at the skydive school, or you can ask the instructor to refer you to a specialty shop to purchase what you'll need.
Other things to keep in mind
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