No strings attached: Skydiving

November 6, 2015

 

Climbing without ropes is one way of meeting a mountain. Skydiving on the other hand is jumping out of a plane with nothing other than a parachute on your back in the hope that it opens and  deposits you gently back on mother earth.

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What many people are unaware of is that you can technically skydive with ropes:

Static line skydiving is the process whereby your parachute is attached via a cord to the aircraft and opens immediately after you exit the plane.  This is the safest way to enter the sport of skydiving… but not many people like being wired up, they want the rush of free-fall and the deafening roar of wind in the ears as you plummet toward terra firma.

 

So why go wireless?

Of course going wireless dramatically increases risk.  Or does it?
The sport of skydiving is continually evolving to find safer ways to free-fall and land safely without risk of injury. New parachutes, specific ways to fold parachutes, reserve chutes and strict protocols make skydiving more a rush sport than a risk sport.

 

Can you imagine your first free-fall jump alone? In most cases jumpers begin their training with a tandem jump – attached to another more experienced skydiver. Should you wish to challenge yourself further, you can sign up for a free-fall course. This is what that first jump would sound like:

 

The engines roar as you enter the plane. Exhaust fumes pierce your nose but you leave them behind as you begin to taxi down the runway. As the propellers reach screaming pitch your stomach lurches as you tilt skywards and you know the next time you touch the ground it will be via a few cords dangling you from a parachute.

 

The cabin is unpressurised; so all communication is done via hand signals and screaming into one another’s ears. As your altimeter reaches jump height the gaping hole, the jump archway in the side of the plane speaks to you loudly of the world outside. The barrage of wind rushes your ears and you can’t believe you are about to make your first jump… alone. You shift to the door; you dangle your legs over the edge &get the thumbs up from the crew. As you are pummeled by wind you are counted down with hand gestures… 3… 2… 1 … JUMP.

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The world spins, stabilizes and then calm returns. The world is your view.  30 seconds of free-fall later you can hear the thud of your heartbeat in your ears: it is time to pull the ripcord and open your canopy. Zip, it pulls easily and with a crack, the parachute opens above your head and you are greeted with a softening of the wind – but you are still descending quite quickly as your adrenaline & spirit still soars.

 

A few turns later and the world is rushing at your feet. The first sounds of whoops and delight reach up from the ground and you join them as you land effortlessly and welcome hugs & high5’s of joy and congratulations. You’ve done it: faced a new experience that no one can take away from you. You are making your life, actively & bravely!

 

The world of sound is easily highlighted by jumping wirelessly from an airplane: sound affects emotion but taking steps into the unknown often creates an insurmountable barrier. Going wireless with (Baha) (Nucleus) is far less stressful and infinitely easier but can still represent a barrier to existing recipients – the world will change the second you discover the innovation behind the wireless accessories, as it would by conquering a challenge like skydiving.

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