Parachutes After every skydive, no matter if itâ€™s a tandem, AFF or an experienced jumper, everyone needs a parachute so that they can do it again. Parachute flying has evolved greatly from the old military round parachutes to the present day square, maneuverable wings. A whole industry has been born and developed over the last 20 years. Nowadays we use a ram air parachute, which will glide up to one mile horizontally per 1000 feet in height, enabling parachutists to fly with a great deal of precision and accuracy.
Sunset canopy flight over the DZ
Landings are now softer than ever with modern equipment that can be slowed down just before stepping on to the ground. Student parachutes are designed for first time users on our AFF courses. During training all aspects of flying a parachute are covered. The student
parachute, although very maneuverable, is also very large and slow, allowing plenty of forgiveness for students who are just learning. Once you pass your AFF course, youâ€™ll need to prove a level of competence under a parachute by completing your CH1 qualification. Once you get your BPA A licence and gain some experience, there are hundreds of canopy choices and sizes based on experience and your flying style. Many opt for slightly smaller, more responsive parachutes that can be great fun to whizz around the sky under. Youâ€™ll need to pass CH2 to move on and get your B licence. Beyond regular parachutes, used purely as a method of reaching the ground, are a range of high performance parachutes. Not for the faint hearted, these wings can build up speeds close to that of being in free-fall, and are used by canopy pilots that tend to prefer flying the parachute to free-fall. Using a different landing technique, they can build up speeds of up to 90mph before reaching the ground and gliding, at speed, across the landing area. Competitions are even held to see who can go the fastest and the furthest! The techniques required for this are covered in the CP1 and CP2 grades.
Thinking about skydiving, or already made that first jump? Read this to find out what to do next!