If you are finally deciding to take the plunge and try skydiving for the first time, then you are likely eager to have fun diving but wondering what your options are for ensuring you feel safe and confident on your first jump. Don’t worry because your instructor will help you choose from the following beginners’ diving options before you begin diving independently. There are three methods that are commonly used by new divers today. 

1. Tandem Diving

A tandem dive is taken with you and the instructor together. Many people choose this method for their first jumps, as it only requires a short training session before the jump. Many training sessions for first-time tandem jumpers last only about 30 minutes to an hour. 

This method also helps new jumpers feel safer and more confident, as they have a trusted instructor literally with them during the jump to make sure everything goes smooth. The instructor deploys the parachute with you, and it can actually be very fun enjoying a dive with another person your first time. 

2. Static-line Diving

Many new divers don’t realize that they also have the option of choosing another beginners’ jump called the static-line dive. With a static-line dive, you jump from the airplane alone, with no instructor attached to you.

Instead, you have a static-line attached to your parachute that automatically deploys the parachute at the correct moment. This happens because the line is actually attached to the airplane, as well, and it is designed to extend to the exact point where your parachute should be deployed. Once you hit that point, there is no more length on the line, and the line then pulls your parachute open for you.

This jump is great for divers who are eager to jump solo, but they fear that they will incorrectly time their parachute deployment

3. Instructor Assisted Deployment

This is another great method for new skydivers who dread the moment of deploying their own parachutes. This type of dive can also be performed alone with no instructor attached to you. 

Instead, the instructor is in the aircraft supervising your jump and waiting for the moment that your parachute must be deployed. He or she then pulls a line attached to your parachute jump bag that deploys your parachute. This works in a similar fashion to how the static-line jump works, but the line is not attached to the plane. 

If you are looking forward to your first skydive, then consider all of these options and which you think would make you feel the most confident during your first jump. You can then work your way up to diving independently! 

For more information, contact Skydive Burnaby or a similar company.