How to become a skydiver

How to become a skydiver

How to become a skydiver

Can’t get enough of that jump?! We know the feeling! At Downward Trend we understand what you need as a new skydiver to get started and to grow in the sport. We’ve got over 20 years of experience and a set of experts ready to guide you no matter your level. If you want to get into skydiving then here’s where to get started:

Begin Skydiving Lessons to get your Cert A.

You’ve jumped before and now you know it’s time to get lessons so that you can get your Cert A skydiving license. You’ll need to get your license through an AFF course (accelerated freefall course) or a solo jump course.

What is Accelerated Freefall?

Accelerated Freefall is defined by the Australian Parachute Federation as a training table that will enable you to get your first certificate (A). We love this part, it’s the part where your freedom starts! You’ll get to freefall anywhere between 10,000 and 15,00 ft with two instructors known as jumpmasters that stay with you from the moment you jump, right up until your parachute deploys.

What is a Solo Jump Course?

Solo Jump Courses as defined by the Australian Parachute Federation allows you to concentrate on your parachuting skill sfirst before you work your way up to a free fall. The first stages of this course will mean that your parachute will be opened for you by an instructor or a line attached to the plane known as a static line. Each of the jumps focus on developing new skills from stable free-falling to all kinds of maneuvers.

Where do I go?

The important thing when starting out is finding a local drop zone where you’ll need to sit your certification courses. The APF have a list of drop zones and chief instructors who can walk you through the courses on offer. Of course if you get stuck speak to the team at Downward Trend and we’ll provide you with our favourite course locations.

Skydiving Gear Guide

Skydiving Gear Guide

Even for the most experienced of skydivers, there’s always something to learn when it comes to your gear. We know that the first step in getting the right gear is understanding it, which is why we’ve put together the following tips.

Altimeter – The instrument used to measure the altitude you’re at.

AAD – Automatic Activation Device. This gadget is a must for all skydivers, the AAD detects the altitude and speed of your decent. This piece of equipment is designed to fire and open  your reserve parachute automatically.

Canopy/main – The canopy is the largest parachute in your rig often referred to as the main. 

Container – Like a backpack the container holds your main parachute, reserve parachute and your AAD.

Closing loop and closing pin – These hold the container closed.

Chop/Cutaway – This is where you release the main parachute 

Drogue – Used in tandems to help stabilise and slow down the freefall.

Goggles – Used to protect your eyes during freefall.

Handles – Handles are a part of your skydiving rig one cuts away the main parachute and the other activates your reserve.

Helmet – Used to keep your head protected from injury from bumps that can occur from the plane or other skydivers.

Jumpsuit – Jumpsuits can aid in controlling your fall speed as well as provide better grip when performing maneuvers with other jumpers.

Pilot Chute a small parachute that is attached to the main parachute.

Reserve – this crucial piece of equipment is your back-up parachute if something doesn’t og to plan with your main parachute. 

Three-ring These allow for a more easier release of the main parachute and an easier switch to the reserve if needed.