Ready to skydive in Los Angeles metro area?
When it comes to skydiving, we have all felt that small twinge of fear before deciding to take the jump. Ask the bravest man in the world and he will tell you it is one thing that all humans, including himself, have in common. The reality of flying, face first, towards the earth frightens most people. But we at Skydiving Los Angeles are here to put your mind at ease.
First, let’s tell you a little bit about the preparations:
When preparing to take that leap, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that most of our visitors have no idea about. First, your tandem instructor is put through a rigorous training that largely surpasses the typical certification. Other than being certified it is required of your instructor to complete a rating program through the USPA as well as have hundreds of jumps under their belt. Rest assured, all our tandem masters are extremely experienced, often performing 20+ jumps per day. Combine the number of jumps per day with several years of experience and you have thousands of jumps each of our instructors have made. This is not an easy task and taking on the responsibility of another person’s life is one thing not many are confident enough to do.
Your parachute will be packed and assembled by highly trained packing professionals. This is also a very tedious task and is left only to those who have been certified to do so through the USPA. The parachute is not the only thing that will be packed before your flight. Your instructor will also be equipped with an AAD. This Automatic Activation Device is set to release your back up parachute should there be any difficulty releasing the main chute. It will auto activate at a base level for you to make a safe landing no matter what.
Second, we will discuss the day of your jump:
On your big day, you will be asked to show up at our drop zone ready to take on the world. Please arrive early as you will be asked to sign your paperwork and watch a brief instructional video on skydiving before even getting harnessed. You will then go through a brief skydiving course with your instructor. He or she will go over with you how to hold your arms, legs and head during the jump itself and the moments leading up to it. Now, you will be fitted snugly with a harness and await your turn. If you choose to get a video of your flight you will be interviewed by your videographer about the flight and your feelings towards jumping out of an airplane!
Once it is your turn, you will board the aircraft with your instructor and optional videographer. You will not yet be connected with them until you are safely on the plane. Everyone will board, remember those in front of you will be jumping before you. Your instructor will connect both of your harnesses using specially designed industrial clips to keep you attached even during your freefall. The plane ride typically takes around 15-20 minutes to reach a comfortable altitude. The height at which you jump is based largely on cloud overhang, should the clouds be low, you want to jump at a stable level. The height ranges from 10,000-14,000 feet above the ground, so you are looking at 3-4 miles up! Often we hear that the scariest part of a skydive is the plane ride and we can agree. You are in a smaller craft that does bounce around a little bit, not to mention the adrenaline you are already feeling in getting ready to jump out. But there are no worries at all, you won’t be on the plane for long and plus, you already have your parachute!
Let's, do this!
When it comes time to jump your instructor will bring you to a seated position at the doorway of the aircraft. It is optional to look down, but we suggest it. There is no better way to come to the realization that you are about to perform an incredible feat than looking out at the miles of California countryside beneath you. After a 1,2,3 count you and your instructor will leap from the craft! The temperature in the air is roughly 14 degrees colder than on the ground and we can confirm this. The jump itself, feels like you have jumped into a cool pool. With the wind whipping around you and nothing but you and your instructor free falling towards the ground, this is the most thrilling experience of your life! If you choose to have video footage of the free fall, a videographer will “swim” towards you capturing your face as you plummet at speeds up to 120 miles per hour! Make sure to blow a kiss to the camera or give a thumbs up to the people who will later enjoy your dvd with you!
Once you have reached a safe level, your videographer will wave off in another direction and your instructor will pull your parachute. There is a bit of a tight pull when the parachute releases but your instructor will be able to loosen the harness at this time. Gaze at the majesty that is the hilly L.A. landscape beneath you. You cannot get this view anywhere else in the world. For miles around you, you can see the Santa Monica Mountains and of course our beautiful cityscape on the horizon. Your stunning canopy tour will last around 8-10 minutes before you will make preparations for your soft landing. In coming in, you will be able to lift your legs and scoot in on your behind. This is the easiest way to land when you are a beginner.
After the momentous occasion:
Once you have landed you will have plenty of time to wait for your video to be processed, if you ordered one and talk with the other divers. Do not be surprised if you immediately want to do it again, we all started with a tandem. Please note: Skydiving can lead to feelings of joy and excitement. Lasting effects can include a feeling of walking on air, awesomeness and an adrenaline high that can last from several hours to several days. Skydiving is an addictive sport and should be treated as such.
"If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle."