There are many different kinds of skydiving today, and not all are called skydiving, but the basic idea is definitely there. Skydiving and it’s many forms are quickly growing in groups and interest. These forms of skydiving are called:
- BASE Jumping
- Swooping or Blade Running
- SkydivingCanopy Relative Work
- Para-skiing and
- Sky Surfing
A jumper flying an open parachute through a course of turns between and around wind blades is called ‘swooping‘ or ‘blade running.’ It’s been rarely heard of because the discipline has been practiced on the snowy slopes of mountains away from observers.
With the most recent development of high performance chutes, swooping has seen more and more jumpers every year. Now, there are courses laid out on designed ground surfaces, lakes and ponds. This sport requires expert canopy control and isn’t for beginners, by any means.
BASE is an acronym for the four types of objects that participants jump from: Buildings, Antennae, Spans (like bridges) and Earth (cliffs and giant rocks). This is one of the most dangerous hobbies a person can have. Injuries and fatalities potential is very high.
Only highly experienced and expert jumpers should ever try this and it isn’t recommended to beginners. However, if someone wants to try it so bad that they care not for their life and limb, they should get ahold of an expert to learn from.
Formation skydiving actually began in the ‘70s. It’s a social event where many divers, or even hundreds of divers, link hands and legs to make a shape, like a giant snowflake falling to the ground. Formation skydiving actually came out when experienced divers experimented to formulate the process of getting two divers to connect while falling. The final result begins with a two-way hookup, and when it’s finished, it’s a 246-way hookup. Formation skydiving has two categories; recreational skydiving, or fun jumping, and the competition side.
More in the next post.