Skydiving is one of the most exciting sports a person can do. The 60 second free fall is the ultimate adrenaline rush. For first timers, or even veteran skydivers, tandem skydiving is the perfect way to enjoy every last moment of this thrill seeking activity. With tandem skydiving, no experience is necessary. All you have to do is smile, scream, take in the views and enjoy the fall, as your professional tandem instructor does all the hard work. Solo skydiving is an option for the bigger daredevils out there - where you will complete the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course, and as early as stage one you'll be completing your first solo skydive with your own parachute.
Despite being securely attached to your skydive instructor, before every jump you will be given a saftey briefing. You then get geared up and are taken on to an airplane where you will rise to the jump height of 14,000ft. When it is time, you will jump from that plane experiencing a 60 second freefall, before the instructor pulls the rip cord, where you will soar through the air for 5 minutes before you are brought in to land. If you are lucky, and brave, your instructor might just let you take control of the steering for a little while. If you wish you can even get a DVD of your jump, and still pictures capturing every moment from gear up to landing. Every detail of the experience will be captured to share with friends and family - and so you'll never forget what you conquered.
Solo skydiving is definitely for the extreme thrill seekers and there is a lot more involved than in tandem skydiving. You will need to complete the AFF course - however, if you wish to just do one solo jump you only need to complete stage 1, which includes a full day of ground training, then the jump the next day. If you wish to complete the entire course, there are 9 stages, with each jump consisting of a 20 minute briefing before your skydive. To skydive solo you must go to a skydiving school, or a centre that also provides the training, as well as tandem jumps. Sydney Skydivers is the number one skydiving centre in Australia - with 40 years experience and over 1.5 million jumps - that offers tandem skydiving as well as skydiving school.
You can skydive all year round, but many skydiving centres will not allow people to jump in bad weather conditions. While it is disappointing to have to reschedule your jump, it is for your own safety, and the enjoyment of your jump. You should wear loose casual clothing, similar to what you would wear for light exercise, and closed in shoes such as joggers - no sandals, thongs, or hiking boots. On colder days skydiving centres such as Skydive The Beach will provide polar fleeces and gloves for the jump.
There are skydiving drop zones and skydiving schools all over Australia. The best way to find the perfect place for you to experience the ride of a life time is to visit Adrenaline - where they have put together the best centres around Australia for you to compare prices and choose what's best for you.