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skydiving.jpgSkydiving is not necessarily a once in a life time experience and many of those who try it once keep going back for more.

What is more certain is that skydiving out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet will make you see yourself and the world in a whole new light, and your confidence could soar.

A skydive combines the adrenalin rush of free fall with a more tranquil ride once the canopy is open during which you can take in your surroundings and enjoy the freedom of the sky.

There are several ways you can learn how to skydive:

Tandem skydiving is a rapid, full-on introduction to the sport you can do in just a couple of hours. Minimal training is required as you exit the aircraft harnessed to an experienced skydiving instructor who will open the parachute and steer to the landing area - 

The first step to becoming a qualified skydiver is typically a 2 day Ram Air Progression System (RAPS) course which combines theoretical and practical training with a solo static line jump.

The fast-track route to becoming a qualified skydiver is an intensive Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course where the initial ground training is followed by a freefall from 12,000 feet accompanied by 2 instructors.

At its highest level, skydiving is a very competitive sport. It is also one you can do in a group and get sponsorship for to raise funds for charity.

To go skydiving in the UK you must be over 16 and in reasonable physical shape. If you are over forty, you'll need your doctor's signature on a medical form. For a flying feeling without the fall you could try indoor skydiving.

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