Saturday, October 17, 2015

FAQ’s About Skydiving (part 1 of 2)

There is no doubt that skydiving is an extreme sport. After all, you are jumping from a high altitude and there is a chance that you could plunge to your death. But there are measures to prevent that from happening and usually one of the many questions people ask about this activity.

First, is skydiving safe? Skydiving is considered to be safe when there is only an average of 35 fatalities or even less per year. There are more than 2 million skydivers in the US so that is a very small figure. The cause of most of the fatalities is carelessness on the part of the jumper and not faulty equipment. This is why the equipment used needs to be checked and rechecked before a jump is made.

Is there a minimum age limit for skydiving? Here in the US, you must be at least 18 years of age. In other countries like the UK, the age limit is much lower since you can jump at the age of 16. There is also no limit to what age you can jump as long as you are in good physical condition which means someone who is pushing 60 of higher can still do it.

Do skydiving centers enforce a weight limit? The answer is no. Anyone can make the jump but if they weigh 226 pounds and above, there are additional charges that need to be paid.

Can you jump if you have a health condition? It depends but you will not be allowed to do should you be epileptic, have heart ailments or obese.

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