Should I Skydive Solo or Tandem?

So, you’re interested in learning to skydive solo – I knew the feeling of being free had you curious. So curious that you want to feel it with your own independence! Nice one =] The thought of jumping out of a plane, though very electrifying, can sound very daunting. Especially if you have no idea what’s involved. So, here are some things you should know for your AFF journey.

WHAT IS AFF?

For starters AFF stands for Accelerated Free Fall and here at Skydive OZ we take great pride in the reputation we have for giving our students the concentrated care they need. The instructors really help you to feel at home and support you in between your moments of fear. “But I don’t have any fear?” you think as you frown at your computer screen. Well, my friend, if your heart doesn’t feel a little flutter as you strap on your very own rig for the first time I feel sorry for you, because fear is part of the experience. So for those who are a little scared, embrace it! It reminds us that we are human. Just be sure to let the fear strengthen and sharpen your instincts, rather than overcome you.

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WELCOME TO THE AFF COURSE.

Once you decide to take that leap – pun intended – You then, will have to arrive at beautiful Moruya on Monday morning to start your day of ground training! You didn’t think we just pushed you out there, did you? You’ll spend the day going through the proper body position you should have, in order to have a stable flight and deployment. *Spoiler alert* the word ‘arch’ is going to be your new best friend for the duration of your course. You will also be discussing landing patterns and what your canopy should look like once it opens. Emergency procedures are also drilled into you until you’re feeling confident and then, the next day it’s time for your stage 1 jump! Hooray, time to skydive solo!

HOW MANY STAGES ARE INVOLVED?

AFF consists of 9 stages. For the first 3 stages you’ll be climbing out on the wing of the plane with two instructors on either side of you as you launch into free fall. Then it’s narrowed down to one instructor holding onto you and even they will let you go and jump completely solo by stage 6 – it’s okay! We’re right behind you! The AFF course is designed to enable you with a sense of general awareness in free-fall and to open your parachute at a predetermined altitude. Oh! And we don’t just leave you dangling 5,000ft in the air by yourself – not just yet – your instructor will be in radio contact with you during your parachute flight down to guide you in for landing. If you’d like to have a read of what exactly you’ll be performing during each free-fall you can check it out here.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The beautiful thing about skydiving is that you will never stop learning! There are many licence classes for you to achieve starting with your ‘A’ class all the way to ‘F’ class and why stop there, perhaps you’ll become a tandem master. There are many disciplines such as CRW, the acronym stands for Canopy Relative Work which is creating canopy formations – a popular canopy course is held here by our very own Jules McConnel. If group jumping becomes your thing you can venture off into creating sky formations, taking grips and joining competitions or even just become a bad-a** free flyer! The choice is yours, this is the freedom the sky gives you.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Expect your life to change. This is the beginning of a great, brand new chapter in your life. You will never forget sitting in the plane with your own rig hugging you for the first time, looking out the window and catching the glimmer of sunlight as it rises, creating a beautiful sunrise. The taste of so many emotions running so quickly throughout your body as you reach speeds that would seem impossible without a mighty v8 engine attached to it. With every 5 seconds bringing you 1,000 ft closer to your deployment altitude, you’re reaching speeds over 200km/hr and the wind is hitting nothing but your skin. You taste the air, it’s cleaner up here. Then the tranquility and peacefulness that silences all the other sensations as you glide that parachute along the horizon and down to land all on your own. Pure bliss consumes your body as you soak up the beautiful view that Moruya has offered you, sunbathers on the beach are pointing and waving at you. Then it hits you, they’re waving at you and you alone. It’s SOLO – It’s all you! So what are you waiting for? Come and feel freedom, come fly with me.

 

**Food for thought**
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T.S Eliot

Hope to see you in the skies, Emma Jane Warrender

Licensed Skydiver/ wind tunnel guru/ lover of words

P.s. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions, if you wish to live the experience that is skydiving you can book online now, give us a call on 1300 180 185 or keep an eye on what’s happening by following us on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Get to know me! check out how much fun I had during my AFF course by clicking this link!

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WELCOME!!!

So, I assume you’re here to find out about the wonderful world of skydiving that awaits you! You probably have a million questions firing off in your mind:

  • Where is Moruya? Where do you Skydive in Canberra?
  • Are my instructors crazy for jumping out of perfectly good airplanes?
  • What are the training procedures?
  • How long does the Free fall last for?

Whoa there! Take a breather. Silence the questions buzzing around in your brain box and hear me out. Throughout a series of postings here on this very blog I hope you find the answers you are searching for.

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THE LOCATIONS

To start with, Moruya is located on the beautiful sunny south coast of NSW. It’s about 20 minutes drive from Batemans bay. It’s a small yet friendly community, with plenty of things to do. So, when you’re not jumping you can head down to the beach for a surf or check out some local cafes and boutiques. The same team operates from Deakin Oval in Canberra City each weekend (Right next to the Royal Australian Mint!) enabling you to see Canberra from a fresh, exhilarating angle.

ARE THE INSTRUCTORS CRAZY OR AM I CRAZY, FOR WANTING TO JUMP OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE?

Are we crazy? Crazy in LOVE! For most people, skydiving is just something they try once to tick off the bucket list, but for us it’s a lifestyle. We live and breathe the sport; it’s changed our lives. The best part is the experience and learning never really stops. There are many branches that you can venture off into after a tandem! Should you decide to continue we have AFF courses (learn to skydive SOLO) CRW courses (Learn to fly your canopy and create picturesque formations in the sky!) keep checking back on our blog for frequent updates.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRAINING AND THE EXPERIENCE.

After you complete a booking and the glorious morning of your human flight experience arrives you’ll check in with our friendly staff at the front desk to fiddle around with some paperwork etc. Here is when your heart will begin to beat a little faster; the euphoric feeling of adrenaline is soaring hot through your veins! You enter the hangar where our instructor greets you, you feel like a mental case with so many emotions running through your body at once: Excitement, nervousness, happiness, you may even be a little tense. My advice? Do like Taylor swift and ‘Shake it off’. Don’t stress! You’re in great hands.

You’ll step into the harness that will later be attached to your tandem instructor, but not before they tighten it around your body making sure you’re all snug and secure. Ready to get in the plane? Of course you are! This is what you’re here for. You step up and crawl to the back of the plane, you gaze out the window as the plane lifts up off the ground and higher into the sky. Your instructor taps you on the shoulder; you turn and see him pointing to his altimeter. Your eyes widen as the dial continues to increase, 8,000ft, 10,000ft, 14,000ft – The pilot calls “2 minutes.” and your instructor calmly rustles around to make the final adjustments needed in order to give you the best experience of your life. You take this moment to close your eyes and feel the vibe, to feel how your body is reacting to the situation. You notice your body is no longer tense. You’re excited! Confident.

You open your eyes and exhale taking a final look out the window; the sun is hitting the ocean perfectly sending ripples of light that look like diamonds to your eyes. Your instructor says it’s time to jump. So, off you go…time to conquer the world!

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THE FREE FALL

Contradictory to what Point Break may imply, my little adrenaline junkie, the free fall does not last 5 minutes. However, you will experience the most exhilarating 60-second free fall of your life, you’ll always remember. It will make you feel exactly as its name suggests: Feeling free. Followed by a beautiful and serene hover over the most gorgeous beach that Moruya offers. Our instructors are highly trained professionals with thousands of jumps under their belts, so you can just sit back and soak up that glorious view while they do all the work!

I hope you have found some answers you have been searching for. Nevertheless, the fact that you are here and still reading tells me one thing, you’re curious. Curious about the feeling of being free, curious about the feeling of being able to fly! And that is something that mere words cannot express and that feeling of want for freedom cannot be filled by any other experience on this planet. You’re just going to have to try it and when you land with a grin that shines ear to ear you will whisper to yourself “She was right.”

**Food for thought**
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. (Leonardo Di Vinci)

Hope to see you in the skies,
Emma Jane Warrender
Licensed Skydiver / Wind Tunnel Guru / Lover of words

P.s. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions, if you wish to live the experience that is skydiving you can book online now, give us a call on 1300 180 185 or keep an eye on what’s happening by following us on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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