Skydiving

Skydiving in Switzerland is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Switzerland. It is not surprising that you jump out of a helicopter or airplane high above the Swiss Alps.

The unique mountain panorama combined with a great adrenaline rush will make every jump unforgettable. Hotspots for skydiving are in Interlaken, Reichenbach, Lucerne, Zurich and Lugano.

Switzerland is well suited for skydiving all year round. The jump is usually from 4,000 meters above sea level and already on approach you have a great view of the landscape and the alpine massif.

In total you should plan half a day. The free fall takes about 45 to 50 seconds. You will reach a speed of about 200 km/h. Then the parachute is opened and after about six minutes of flight you land safely on the ground.

Often additional passenger seats can be booked on the plane (without jump) and spectators are welcome on the ground. Besides tandem jumps, first jumps are also offered as a trial course and AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) training in several levels.

What you can expect when you skydive in the Bernese Oberland in front of the Eiger North Face:

 

How did skydiving originate in Switzerland?

The first idea came from Leonardo da Vinci, but at first it stayed with the idea. The first skydiving took place in France in the 18th century, but only after the end of the Second World War skydiving as a sport developed further.

In Switzerland, it was previously used exclusively as a military means of transportation by parachute reconnaissance aircraft. Skydiving now refers to a sportive skydiving, which is performed as an air sport.

 

For whom is skydiving suitable?

In principle, anyone aged eight years or older can participate in tandem jumping. Sometimes jumps are only allowed from the age of 16. However, a written consent of all legal guardians is always a must for minors under 18 years of age.

Every jumper should be normally physically fit and may not weigh more than one hundred kilograms with clothing. You must not have any problems with your back, shoulders or neck, and because of the pressure equalization the ears must also be healthy. Contact lenses are not a problem.

Tandem masters are specially trained skydivers who have obtained a license to jump with passengers. All you have to do is follow the instructions of your tandem master. He will take care of all other matters and especially your safety.

 

Safety during skydiving

Safety is the most important thing in skydiving. That is why you get a short training on the ground about the most important things you have to be aware of. This includes the sequence of the jump and the practice of the correct body posture.

You will learn what is the right position during freefall and how to move and behave with the glider during landing. In this way accidents during landing are avoided as far as possible. During the jump you are in a jumpsuit (one piece) and are firmly connected to the tandem master via straps, eyelets and hooks.

These hooks connect the straps both at the shoulders and the hip area. The parachute is equipped with an automatic opening system for tandem jumping. So it opens even if the tandemmaster cannot do this for some reason. The speed of fall and height of the jumpers are constantly measured. As soon as the rate of descent at a defined height (usually 225 meters above ground) exceeds a predetermined value, the reserve is released.

Immediately after the jump, a small brake chute is opened to slow down the tandem team a little and stabilize the flight. This brake chute is also called Drogue. Also for single jumps it is recommended to use the automatic opening system as a safety measure. In case of a failure or tangling of the main chute, the reserve chute represents a special safety feature. It is checked even more strictly and just as regularly before each jump.

The failure of both parachutes is very unlikely. To make it easier to open the reserve chute when the skin is cut off, there is an RSL (Reserve Static Line) which connects the opening line of the reserve parachute container with a main riser of the main chute.

As soon as the tandem master cuts the main chute, a locking PIN on the reserve container is opened by flying away from it. Under the pressure of a strong spring the reserve parachute jumps out and opens. This considerably shortens the time it takes for the reserve parachute to become functional. Tandem parachuting is one of the safest sports.

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