Parachuting: The Part of a Skydive after Free Fall

When most people think of skydiving the first image that pops into their mind is the parachute. The free fall poriton of the skydive lasts about 60 seconds during which you travel about 8,000 - 9,000 feet at speeds around 120 mph. After that you will be parachuting for the remaining 4,000-5,000 feet which will take about 5 minutes.

AFF Accelerated Free Fall Skydiving

If you choose to make a tandem skydive your instructor will wear the parachute and will be primarily responsible for flying it back to the dropzone. Your instructor may let you steer the parachute so you can get a feel for how it works.

If you choose to make an AFF skydive you will wear the parachute and you will steer yourself back to the dropzone. An instructor on the ground will give you assistance by radio.

Skydive Delmarva uses modern rectangular ram air parachutes. When the parachute inflates it takes the shape of a wing which makes it very controllable unlike the older style round parachutes. The controls are simple. There are two handles called "toggles". When you pull down the right toggle the parachute turns right. When you pull down the left toggle the parachute turns left. When you pull them both down the parachute slows down for a soft landing.

Most people say that the free fall part of their skydive was an exhilarating, blood pumping adrenalin rush, and the parachuting part of the skydive was relaxing and serene. Which will you like more? There's only one way to find out.