Skydiving Myths: Part 2

220px-WingsuitHere’s the much anticipated second part of our Skydiving Myths blog. Last time we left you wondering how you would survive if both your parachutes fail.

Both Your Chutes Fail = Dead

There is only one way you can survive if both your main and your reserve parachutes fail – if there is someone around to help you. What you can do is get close to them, wrap your hands around their harness and let them deploy their parachute. The G-forces will multiply your body weight, which means you won’t be able to hold on to the other person (that’s why you wrap your hands around the harness). Most probably the deployment of the chute would break yours arms but at least you’d have a chance to survive.

If your chutes fail and there is no one around you to help you can do three things – you can say a prayer hoping for a well-time miracle, you can contemplate about the great life you’ve lived or, if your life wasn’t that great, you can rejoice that it would soon be over. Make the most of those last seconds!

Unconscious Drop = Dead

Imagine you are scared out of your mind and suddenly decide that 7,000 feet above ground is a great place to lose consciousness. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a goner, which once again disproves Darwin’s theory of evolution. Working in your favour is a thing called the Automatic Activation Device (AAD), which will deploy your chute if you fall below 750 feet travelling at a speed of 78 miles per hour or more. Your landing will be rough and you might still not survive, but at least you have a chance.

The Higher You Jump, The More Dangerous It Is

For an amateur skydiver the altitude of the jump doesn’t really matter. Whether you will be jumping from 1,500 feet or 15,000 feet, you will accelerate to the same speed. Professional skydivers actually prefer to jump from a higher altitude because it gives them more time to correct a correctable problem that may arise during the fall.

You Need an Oxygen Mask for High Altitude Skydiving

If you are at altitude of = 18,000 feet or more your will experience hypoxia – a condition in which the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. However, you will need an oxygen mask only while in the plane, not while falling. Even the term ‘mask’ is an overstatement as most planes simply have a small hose coming down from the ceiling of the plane, which you put in your mouth until you jump. After you jump the time you spend at the high altitude is so short, you won’t need any extra oxygen.