Skydiving: The Truth About Parachutes

Skydiving is considered to be a very extreme sport, yet a lot of people nowadays are becoming very inclined to it. As time passes, more daredevils come into being and get hooked on this breathtaking sport.

However, due to the danger coupled with this sport, a lot of people that have not tried it may have some misconceptions about it. This is very much true especially regarding the issue of malfunction in the activity. To serve as a guide to those who want to try out this sport, yet are having doubts of doing so, here is an overview about parachutes and malfunction issues.

All Hope Is Lost For You

This is probably the myth that a lot of people are scared of happening and is the one that hampers them from trying out the sport. For most people who haven?t tried out this sport, they would likely think that once their parachute would fail to open or inflate, then are in big trouble and somewhat feel that they are at the moment screwed beyond no doubt.

If you?re in mid-air 25,000 ft high, falling with the pull of gravity, feeling the wind rush on your face and something like this happens, you would definitely be scared to death. However, it is important that you understand the basic principles of a parachute first, before you even go have anxiety attacks.

Chutes Are Made To Save You

The truth is parachutes do want to open; since they are specifically designed to open. These are made to save you and assist you with your descent; and most likely your chute would perform its function and fulfil its purpose. In fact, all skydiving rigs have two parachutes. This is the standard and is actually stated by the law.

Proper care and safety measures are done when parachutes are packed. Basically, the main chute could be packed up by anybody who knows how. However, for the second chute, also known as the reserve chute, it could only be packed up by a certified F.F.A. rigger who has undergone extensive training about the subject.

Malfunction Issues

Additionally, malfunctions on the primary chute are not that common, unlike what most people think. It also does not mean that you?re screwed, dead or whatever fatal ending you may think about. As a matter of fact, a lot of those mal-functions are actually minor ones and are very simple to correct even if you?re in mid-air. As a safety measure, if ever your primary chute?s malfunction can not be corrected you can simply release the primary one, so that you can open the reserve parachute that you have got.

Lastly, if ever a malfunction occurs, you would not feel so extensively screwed since before you are even set for a jump, you would have to undergo special training. So basically, you would already know what to do, even before you take a jump.

In realty, skydiving is a really fun sport to engage in. Sadly, a lot of people are still scared of trying it out due to a lot of factors. For instance, media can be one of the causes of such fears; this is especially true with some movies that show malfunctions happening during a dive. However, if you?re affected by things like this, you should keep in mind that these are only movies. There?s a lot more to skydiving than parachute malfunctions and you?ll never get to experience them unless you get the courage to take that great leap of faith off an airplane!