Skydiving may not be traditional Olympic sport, but participants interested in parachute games can find contests and competitions held annually in various parts of the world. The International World Games Association, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, sponsors skydiving competitions.
The 2005 World Games, which were held in Duisburg, Germany, included many parachuting events. Participants competed in canopy piloting, formation skydiving, freeflying, freestyle stunts, and accuracy landing events. Just as in the traditional Olympic games, gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the individuals or teams placing first, second, and third in these skydiving games. Skydiving has also been included in the x-games, which hosts competitions for �extreme sports.�
As A Landing Area
A �drop zone� is also referred to as a �pit� or �jump target�. Usually these drop zones, in the case that a person is jumping from a plane, are a rectangular area with its length facing in the same direction as the plane’s movement. The size of the drop zone will typically be dictated by the weather, speed of the plane, or (most commonly) the skill of the skydiver. However, drop zones are not limited to just rectangular fields. The more adventurous parachutist may decide to have their landing take place in water, on a snow covered slope, into a raging forest fire, or even into hostile territory, depending upon the requirements of the jump and the skill of the jumper.
Parachute cord. or �paracord� as it is more commonly referred to. can and has been used in a variety of ways. Its initial design function was in the construction of parachutes. Regardless of function. design. shape. size. or material used for the canopy the one thing that all parachutes have in common is the use of paracord. Each line of paracord is made of a continuous filament nylon shroud covering seven high strength inner nylon cords. Each single line of paracord has a tensile strength tested to 550 pounds and is designed to last.
Each single mil-spec strand of parachute cord is tested to 550 pounds and is extremely light weight and flexible. making it the ideal banding for use in parachutes. Imagine a single uncut line of cord. tested to 550 pounds. wrapped continuously between your harness and your canopy at 10 or more times for the right side and the same for the left. The issue of whether or not the cords will hold is no longer a question.
In retrospect, everyone is a skeptic when it comes to skydiving, I myself was one of those people. But after some of the things I have done, I thought, why not. My skepticism was lifted with the help of Brian my Tandem Instructor, and all of the other instructors at Skydive Wayne County. In all consideration, with the laid back atmosphere and friendly staff it made my experience one of the greatest things Ive ever done in my life. Personally I dont know what all the hype is about, it was way smoother and more of an adrenaline rush than any roller coaster Ive ever done. So I say dont dis it until you try it!
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced skydiver, buying skydiving gear is one of the biggest moves you make, besides jumping out of a plane. That's because your gear is your protection from the ultimate bummer. Yes, skydiving is a dangerous sport after all. And there's some risk of getting hurt, or worse. But by being smart when you buy gear and looking not only for the best prices, but the best quality, you go a long way to protecting yourself.