Want to Wingsuit?
Do you want to learn to wingsuit?
Wingsuiting is often seen as the elite of the elite, the ultimate daredevil sport and those Youtube videos make it look so damn easy! However, before going out and buying your first wingsuit, understand that getting to that point is not as easy as it may seem. That said, when you learn to wingsuit, it will be one of the best journeys you’ll ever make.
To kick things off, you must be aware there is a HUGE difference between Wingsuiting, Base Jump Wingsuiting and Proximity Wingsuiting. What we’re talking about here is the entry point into wingsuiting from an aircraft. The minimum requirements before you can learn to wingsuit is an APF D Licence (200 jumps) or equivalent. You should also have good tracking skills and navigation awareness.
FALL BEFORE YOU FLY
First things first. Before flying among the clouds you must learn the basic skills to fall through them. Completing an ‘A’ License course will take about a week and allow you to skydive solo. From there, you will progress through B-Rels and learn to manoeuvre your body through the air with all your mates.
ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCE
As you progress with your skydiving and jump numbers, you’ll continuously build on your basic skills and get a greater understanding of the safety aspects of different disciplines and things to look out for.
As you train towards your goal of flying a wingsuit, we advise there are a few things which you can do to help you be more prepared.
• Master Tracking: Tracking is like flying an invisible wingsuit. This will help you learn the basics of navigation and how to handle the horizontal speed achieved in a wingsuit. You will also be introduced to new controls and body positions to allow you to fly quickly, increase lift and accurately glide next to someone else. Tracking is a fundamental part of getting your B-licence.
• Learn to fly Angles: Wait, what are Angles? (click here for more information). Flying Angles will teach you to fly fast and fly close with others. Similar to tracking you will cover a lot of ground so navigation skills are also involved. We regularly run Angle Camps if you’re ready to get involved.
• Try a Tracking Suit: This is where things start to get interesting. By now you’re getting up the jump numbers and are confident at tracking. It’s time to put on a tracking suit and up your game. Tracking suits are like baggy jumpsuits (think 80’s disco) that inflate during free fall to increase your surface area and turbo charge your track. These act like very small wingsuits and are a beneficial stepping stone. From the first jump, you’ll notice the increased speed and ground distance covered.
TIME TO SOAR
This is it! All the training you’ve put into has led you to this moment. It’s time to find a First Flight Course!
The big day starts with a classroom briefing with an experienced wingsuit coach. They will go through how to attach your gear, how it works with your parachute and what will happen on the jump. The nerves build up as you ride to height and you can’t wait to jump out! The door opens and everyone except you and your coach gets out. While the others simply fall towards the drop zone you are about to fly to it.
Once you’re away from the DZ, it’s time to go. A quick check with the coach and you’re out into the sky. Watch the tail pass over and open the wings. This is what true flying feels like. Once you land you’ll be busting to go again! From this point, you will need to do a few more jumps with the coach before going out on your own. Once you have a handle on the basics and are out of the nest, you’ll be flying in flocks with all your new mates in no time!
TAKE YOUR TIME
What are you waiting for? Start your Journey now! APPLY FOR AN ‘A’ LICENCE COURSE