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Skydiving Safety Rules

General Safety Procedures

    Before the jump even begins, you must communicate with the other people in your jumping party. If several people are jumping, you must decide a jump order and ensure that the proper distance exists between you and the previous jumper. For first-time jumpers, listening to your instructor is the most important thing you can do. You will probably be fairly nervous and as a result may act on impulse. Your instructor had to go through rigorous safety training so trust what he/she says and follow his/her lead before, during and after the jump.

Parachute Deployment

    If you are an experienced skydiver, you should deploy your parachute when you are 600 meters (1,970 feet) or more from the ground. Early deployment is necessary should your main parachute not open. Before deployment, skydivers must verify that there are not other deployed parachutes in the immediate vicinity. Should you find yourself on a collision course, wait until your parachute is fully deployed and then steer away from the collision with your rear riser. If the collision is head-on, turn right. Since your right and the right of the person you are on a collision course with are on opposite sides, this will ensure that you avoid a collision.

Post-Deployment

    Many skydiving fatalities result from reckless maneuvers once the parachute has deployed. Referred to as "hook turns" and "swoops," these "diving" techniques give divers a thrilling jolt but also open up the possibility of high-speed impacts with the ground. Swoops are designed to delay speed reduction until the last possible moment. Although experienced divers can execute swoops and hook turns safely, the possibility of misjudging altitude, landing angle or speed is simply too dangerous to risk. Low-hook turns are strictly forbidden at many skydiving centers around the country.

Landing

    Skydiving jump runs have predetermined landing patterns to ensure divers' safety. Since many people jump as groups, you must make sure you stick with your group and follow the lead of the first lander. If the conditions are windy, do not land in the same direction as the first lander in case the wind blows you towards him/her. However, on a no-wind day, follow the leader's direction.

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About the Author

Alexander Grouch is a freelance screenwriter, journalist and children's book author. He currently writes music reviews for "The Red Alert." Grouch has visited all 48 contiguous states and plans to document his journeys in a travelogue. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Africana studies from Brown University.

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