I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky
Aug 05, 2013

I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky

Pretty much nothing else apart from going to Space can beat skydiving for the title of the greatest adventure life has to offer. Many people see Skydiving as a kind of therapy and a respite from the grind of life. Think you are having a bad day, week, month or even year? Make a jump and see if it seems as bad when you land.
If as a child you ever dreamt of flying like a bird, Skydiving is your chance to fulfill it. It is for those who have discipline, focus and the nerve to conquer fear. Many people say it is the closest you can get to nirvana, as in the realm of clueless consciousness, yet alert. The sight of the world from 15,000 feet is something in itself. With winds gushing furiously on to your face, the firm tuck of gravity on your body, your mind working in sync with your heart, you are focused and it is one kickass adrenaline rush. Get rid of the fear– fear that holds you from being a winner.
A typical skydive jump involves a person or a group jumping out of an aircraft, usually an airplane (or helicopter or even a hot air balloon) and deploying a parachute to slow the landing down to safe speeds and coming back to the ground. Skydiving is not just falling, it is the closest to flying we have been able to. Although you reach upto 120 kmph or even 240 kmph in a head down free fall, you merely feel the pressure of air against your body. Then it is the simple matter to use air pressure to fly through the open sky. Experienced jumpers frequently exit the airplane with fellow jumpers and by maneuvering their bodies, make countless formations; and still have time to move away from each other to open their parachutes in uncrowded location in sky.
When the parachute opens (usually the parachute will be fully inflated by 2,600 feet) the jumper can control the direction and speed with toggles on the end of steering lines attached to the trailing edge of the parachute, and can aim for the landing site and come to a relatively gentle stop. By manipulating the shape of the body in freefall, a skydiver can generate turns, forward motion, backwards motion, and even lift (relative to other jumpers, not the ground). When leaving an aircraft, for a few seconds a skydiver continues to travel forward as well as down, due to the momentum created by the aircraft's speed (known as "forward throw").
Many people make their first jump with an experienced and trained instructor – this type of skydive may be in the form of a tanden skydive. A Static line jump is usually a solo jump and doesnt require any parachute deployment from the the jumper and is done from lower altitudes. It is also a requirement to attain the license for higher altitude solo jumps.
And while you are still reading all about skydiving, remember there are people like Felix Baumgarter have made it their living to jump off aircrafts and perform death defying stunts in their quest for glory and for that "little extra" rush. Felix is the first and the only man to leap off the edge of space (24 miles up in the sky) , free falling for almost 4 and a half minutes, reaching speeds in excess of 833 miles per hour and breaking the sound barrier. And he is looking for apprentices...
But before we start dreaming about bettering that record, we have to go and get that initial tandem jump first and then the half dozen that follow to be eligible to make solo jumps :)
So if you have that need to go something "toofani"   today and have a few extra rupees in the bank, a skydive would be the perfect medium to get loose and actually LIVE life.
*All Images sources from either the Aamby Valley skydive website, Chimes Aviation Academy or from telegraph.com.uk

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Jatin Shukla

1449 days ago
Damn this is on my 30 things to do before 30


1439 days ago
This is great.