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10 Types of Skydiving That You Need to Know

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Skydiving or parachuting is an achievement of an ancient dream of the human beings: flying. This is one of the most amazing and indescribable experiences that one might have, feeling on the skin the sensation of freedom that the flying provides.

Since the invention of the first canopy in the 15th century, a lot has changed among safety equipments and the types of skydiving.

Nowadays, there are modalities and technologies that allow stunts like the tandem jump and even the performance of tricks during free fall. Thinking about it, we prepared a post with the different types of skydiving, check it out!

1. Tandem Jump

This is the type of skydiving most indicated for those who want to get to know and begin in the sport. The athlete jumps attached to a professional instructor, that will perform all the needed proceedings for a safe and unforgettable experience, so that the passenger can only enjoy the flying.

In the tandem jump, the free fall take approximately 30 seconds, followed by at about 8 minutes of sailing with the open parachute.

2. Formation Jumping / Relative Work (WR)

The formation jumping require more from the athlete, where the participants have the goal of forming figures in the air using their bodies. The most common modalities are the 4-way, 8-way and 16- way, in which each number corresponds to the number of athletes in the jumping.

3. Freestyle

Compared to an aerial ballet, freestyle is a parachute jumping done by two people that perform tricks in the air, like spins and positions that look like artistic gymnastics. The modality requires a lot of training and technical knowledge.

4. Freefly

At freefly, the athlete can fly head up, “head down” (upside down), seated, belly or however the imagination requires. In this type of skydiving, the speed of the free fall can reach up than 300 km/h.

5. Skysurf

In this type of skydiving, the athlete jumps with a special board to perform spins and rotations in the air.

6. Canopy Formation / Canopy Relative Work

This modality is performed with the parachutes already popen, where two or more athletes do tricks to form figures and choreographies with the canopies, providing a beautiful show for those who watch from the floor.

7. Style and Accuracy

The type of skydiving Style and Accuracy is used a lot in competitions and consists in the performing of tricks in the air, which are evaluated by judges and then, the parachutist guides its canopy to land as close as possible from a target marked on the ground.

8. Big Skydiving Formations or Big Ways

Like the Relative Work (RW), the goal of the Big Ways is also form figures with uniting and grouping the bodies in the air. However, in this case, only is considered a Big Skydiving Formation if jumps have over 30 parachutists.

This modality has a  high difficulty level since the higher number of participants also increases the difficulty to “get” to the formation and keep it in the air.

9. Wingsuit

In this modality the athlete jumps with special clothes to move horizontally, where the goal is going through the longest distance as possible.

10. Swooping or Canopy Piloting

The swooping modality is defined by high performance landings, where the athlete must glide the parachute horizontally, travelling in high speed through a delimited aisle.

Swooping is one of the most interesting modalities for the public since the ability of the parachutists can be seen within the reach of the eye.

What is your favorite type of skydiving? Tell us in the comments!

Images: SkydiveFoz, Colegas na Plataforma, Pinterest, Panoramio, Shock the World, Kalay Swoop, Accumat.

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