Among the fun jumpers at the drop zone, you’ll notice an array of skydive disciplines. This is truly where the “sport” aspect comes in. Skydiving is so much more than just a momentary thrill.
Fun jumpers tend to be drawn toward certain areas of the sport.
If they love speed and canopy flying, they may end up studying how to be a swooper. This discipline involves smaller parachutes and low turns which increases their speed to allow them to glide (or swoop) for long distances.
Another discipline involving canopy flight is CRW (“crew”) or canopy relative work.
Participants open their parachutes immediately after exiting the plane at full altitude (usually between 10k and 13k feet), then “dock on” or connect to each other under canopy and fly as one.
Relative Work (RW) and Free Flying are both disciplines of body flight in freefall.
RW involves flying belly-down and docking on (touching) each other in different formations and patterns. This can be done with just two jumpers or “big-ways” with hundreds of jumpers.
Free flyers also dock on each other, but fly their bodies in a sit, stand or head-down position.
Wingsuiters are probably the most well-known group of skydivers, thanks to beautiful viral videos of wingsuit BASE jumpers who fly close to mountainous terrain.
Wingsuits can also be worn by fun jumpers in the sky.
The extra material in the suit allows for a longer horizontal flight and the ability to “surf” puffy clouds on perfect skydive weather days.
Regardless of which discipline skydivers are drawn to, it’s a necessity for every participant to have proper training as they take on new challenges.
Even a skydiver with ten thousand jumps is still a student in some ways and should practice safety refreshers.
Skydiving is truly an exciting and versatile sport with a very diverse group of members.
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