SKYDIVING

Skydiving, also called parachuting, is a sport in which athletes jump out of an airplane at a certain altitude and perform acrobatic movements in free fall.

Then they open their parachutes to slow down and return safely to Earth. Skydiving is considered to be an extreme sport which takes a lot of courage but also gives you an adrenalin kick. Skydiving is a sport that is not as young as it may seem.  At the end of the 18th century, a Frenchman, Andre Garnerin, jumped from a hot air balloon and was thought to be the first real parachutist.
JUMPERS

Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner was born on April 20, 1969 is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He is best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 39 km (24 mi), reaching an estimated top speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph). He became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power relative to the surface on his descent. He broke skydiving records for exit altitude, vertical freefall distance without drogue, and vertical speed without drogue. Baumgartner is also renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career.

Don Kellner

Don Kellner holds the Guinness World Record for most parachute descents. Career Total over 43,000 jumps!!! Making him the Most Experienced Skydiver in the World! He is a Air Force veteran, but despite over three thousand hours (wheels up) spent in military aircraft, he never made a jump while in the military. In June of 1961, he made his first jump and hasn’t stopped since!

Jeff Provenzano

Jeff “Jeffro” Provenzano is born September 12, 1976 is an American professional skydiver, wingsuit flyer, BASE jumper, HALO jumper and stuntman. He is a member of the Red Bull Air Force, and is considered to be a pioneer of the skydiving discipline of swooping. Provenzano was the 2007 Overall Champion of the Pro Swooping Tour, and won the U.S. Pond Swoop Nationals for four consecutive years. He won the championship at the 2011 Dubai World Cup Freestyle, and the Vertical Relative Work World Cup Championship.

EQUIPMENT

PARACHUTE

A parachute is like a little nylon machine with all of the parts designed for light weight, durability and as few problems as possible during deployment. Considering the speed at which a skydiver is typically free falling about 120 mph.

PLANE

It’s a good thing to think about what kind of skydiving plane you’re going to jump from.
It has a direct relationship to the  how amazing your jump will be.

HELMET

Helmets are important for safety while skydiving. There are many to choose from for the different disciplines of skydiving. While some can use an open face helmet but there is a full face helmet to block the wind in your face.
DROP ZONES

fox Glacier

There are a bounty of shockingly beautiful drop zones in New Zealand, a ground zero for extreme sports and arguably the
top country in the world for skydiving, perhaps the most extreme sport of all.
A consistent favorite here is Fox Glacier, an 8-mile-long glacier located in the remote Westland Tai Poutini National Park
on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Interlaken

With a long history as a hub for adventure sports, Interlaken continues to rank for many divers as one of the most
scenic drop zones in Europe. With views of Italy, France, Germany and Austria stretching out past the snow-capped peaks
of Jungfrau and the Matterhorn in the Alps, Interlaken skydiving is a thrill for beginners and experienced divers, too.

Snohomish

As you fall through the sky above Snohomish, Washington, your eyes might pop, but not from the winds that make a
falling skydiver’s cheeks and lips flap in the breeze. No, your eyes will pop from the sheer glory of the 360-degree panoramic view that
surrounds you, featuring Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker in the Cascades Mountain Range and the green San Juan Islands.
From mountain to sea, this drop zone is renowned for being one of the most gorgeous in the US.

"Any idiot can fly a plane, but it takes a special kind of idiot to jump out of one."

Catherine Destivelle