What is Tandem Skydiving? Know Your Sport Before You Leap Into Thin Air!

There is nonetheless a certain thrill in the idea of free-flying across thin air even if for a few seconds, but before you leap into nothingness from a great height, it is advisable to first know your sport. Generally, first-time skydivers experience tandem skydiving and have their first jump attached to an instructor.

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What exactly is tandem skydiving?

Tandem skydiving is the type of skydiving in which a student skydiver is attached through a harness and connected to a tandem instructor. The student/first-time skydiver is guided through the whole jump by the instructor, from the moment of jumping out of the plane, through the freefall, piloting the canopy, until the landing. Even for amateurs, the minimal instruction is enough to make the first tandem skydive.

The direct meaning of the word, ‘tandem’ is the arrangement of two or more persons, or objects, behind each other. In this regard, tandem skydiving is the arrangement of two skydivers, the student, and the instructor.  The student skydiver is attached to an instructor, by means of a harness.

Tandem skydiving is actually the easiest method of skydiving. The person skydiving has to only remain attached to the instructor and feel the experience; everything else is done by the instructor. The instructor is wholly responsible for the primary work of safe and timely parachute deployment.

Tandem Skydiving Essentials:                                        

Age Limit: The skydiving companies in India state the minimum age of skydiving to be 18 years and until the age of 60. People above 60 years, if they get a clearance from their doctor, they are good to jump. Those below 18 can also skydive under parental supervision.

Training methods of skydiving: There are generally three training methods for beginner skydivers, which include, the Static Line, Accelerated Freefall (or Progressive Freefall) and tandem skydiving. It is the tandem skydiving which is the most popular training method for first-time skydivers.

Equipment:

In tandem skydiving systems, drogue parachutes are used. The drogue parachutes are deployed after a brief span of leaving the plane such that the skydivers’ terminal velocity is decreased which is essential for the proper parachute deployment. The duration of the skydive is hence stretched.

In tandem skydiving, the main parachutes used are larger, in order to support the weight of two passengers. As per instructions, the tandem parachute system should contain a main and a reserve parachute, as well as an automatic activation device or the ADD. The ADD is a safety device that automatically deploys the reserve if it detects the skydivers still at free-fall speed below the necessary altitude.

Safety Measures:

In a bid to make it one of the safest adventure sports, the skydivers regularly check on their gear such that it is in good shape. In this regard, there is the backup parachute that automatically deploys at a given altitude. While descending, the skydivers are required to control both the primary and the backup parachutes with steering lines.

Does Skydiving cause nausea?

The possibilities of nausea during skydiving are rare, but sometimes people do experience nausea and the feeling of passing out which starts after the canopy deployment and never during the free-fall but also goes away as soon as the landing is done. This happens due to the incorrect adjustment of the tandem harness which affects the blood flow. Nausea occurs especially if the individual is at the upper end of the weight limit.

Who is qualified to be an Instructor?

The skydiving rules and regulations differ country-wise but most skydiving companies all over the world, follow the United States Parachute Association (UPSA) guidelines and protocols. Skydiving instructors are required to pass a certification course, have an experience of at least 3 years.

Skydiving is generally performed by people with different levels of physical fitness. In this sport, participants jump or fall from the airplane from desired high altitudes. Professional skydivers perform an assortment of aerial acrobatics before deploying the parachute. It is performed in a group or solo.

Skydiving comprises of the two main actions of actual freefall and the canopy flight phase.

The actual freefall can be short or long duration as desired. This phase ends the moment the pilot chute is deployed and the parachute is pulled out from the container.

Once the parachute is up, the freefall finishes and the canopy flight phase begins, which ultimately ends with the landing.

With many skydiving companies in India gaining momentum, and the rising popularity of skydiving, tandem skydiving in India has become the next big thing that you can’t afford to miss! So the next time you are looking for sky-kind-of-high, nothing like the Skyhigh skydiving to give you a safe and equally exhilarating experience all at once!

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