Not all vacations are created the same. Some are good for lowering your blood pressure and catching you up on that summer tan. Others are high-speed thrills to make you appreciate life in a whole different way.
You know where this is going! The tandem jump is a fun way to add some high-octane experiences to your usual vacation package. You can meet up with friends at a skydiving center or sign up with an expert to try it out solo. Either way you’re going to finally see the world in a brand new light. Parachuting for the first time can be a little scary, but a seasoned professional will walk you through all the steps necessary to make it one of your fondest memories yet. Feel like catching up before going forward?
It’s time to talk adventure. Here’s what you should know about the tandem jump.
Here are a few things you might not know about the tandem jump. All the way back in 1485 the blueprints for the first parachute were sketched out to create the launching pad for the thrills we know and love today. By whom, you ask? None other than Leonardo Da Vinci. First time skydiving has since evolved into a pasttime for some and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for others.
Skydiving is seen just about everywhere. In movies, on YouTube videos, your friend’s Facebook after a trip to Hawaii…it’s practically inseparable from the cultural consciousness. By the time you get around to trying it out for yourself you can start to feel a little out of the loop! The USPA released an estimation that over three million skydives occurred at the beginning of 2017 in the United States alone. It’s common for people to skydive in groups, though some people will go solo to create a little soul-searching.
Did you know the tandem jump can be good for your health? It’s true! While you can imagine your blood pressure will hit a new high from the altitude and the adrenaline, recent research has suggested you can lose some weight, too. One study stated skydiving burns nearly 250 calories per hour for an average of 150-pound person. Even if losing some pounds isn’t high on your list of priorities, it doesn’t hurt to have a few extra positives on your way to a good time. It’s time to look at what you should know about the average experience.
The first time jumper might not know much about skydiving and how it’s done. The most common altitude for skydiving is around 13,000 feet, giving the jumper around 60 seconds to enjoy their freefall. A tandem jump freefall, however, lasts anywhere between 45 to 60 seconds, then followed by a four minute canopy ride all the way down to the ground. Once you hit 2,500 feet your skydiver will throw out a pilot chute, then deploy a parachute. Tandem jump skydiving uses what’s known as a ‘drogue chute’ to regulate the fall.
Tandem Jumping For The First Time
Thinking of spicing up your vacation time? Your local tandem skydiving center is a great place to start. You’ll learn all the ins and outs of the tandem jump freefall, from how your equipment works to possible complications (such as dizziness or overactive nerves). Keep in mind your professionals have done this hundreds of times and are more than capable of giving you the safest journey yet. The average age requirement for tandem jumps is 18 and, according to recent studies, Millennials are one of the most popular groups for this activity.
It’s time to conquer your fears and take to the skies. Make this year the year you see the world in a whole new light!