There are many who think that an extreme sport does not deserve any kind of respect. There are those who consider them a waste of time. They call it a fashion and trend of the modern times. In fact, skydiving or parachuting, wherever you prefer is been around for a very long time.
Falling from the sky is an idea that date as back as the 1100s in China where the Chinese would do what we call today “base jumping”. Some centuries and even more miles later, Leonardo Da Vinci, sketched the blueprints of the first parachute. In the year 2000, Adrian Nicholas jumped with an exact replica of Da Vinci’s model and had a successful landing.
There are some aspects that are important to highlight about skydiving:
- Between the years of 1914 and 1945, some of the most important development of parachuting took place during the World Wars. The parachute was recognized as a life-saving device. Also, at the end of the war, the parachutes became available for non-military use.
- In the years 1960, 1978 and 1989, the parachute received improves in its design. First, the first ram parachute design, by Domina Jalbert which allow the air in through the front cells and then retain the air forming a rigid wing that help the jumper control the air more effectively. Second, the three-ring release system invented by Bill Booth. This system makes cutting away the malfunctioning parachute easier and faster. This has been recognized as one of the best innovations in security in the history of skydiving. Third, the invention of the Cypres AAD which is a small device that measures air pressure and speed. It will automatically open if the jumper is still falling at the certain altitude.
- In 1991 the movie Point Break was released. The film was about a group of criminals who were rush-adrenaline junkies and they would practice extreme sports, one of them been skydiving.
Like any other extreme sport, the person who practices must always pay attention to the instructor. Work with experts in the area, know and study the gear and have fun, but always remembering that if you do not follow the rules, the outcome can be quite messy.